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1/11
Greening of the Garden Gala

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks’ 25th annual Greening of the Garden Gala was held on Oct. 1, 2020 both in person and via live stream. Honorary chairs Bob and Linda McMath hosted this year’s event, rescheduled to an autumn celebration. Emcee Dan Skoff welcomed guests from the stage on a lovely fall evening, which was perfect for a socially distanced outdoor fundraiser. Guests enjoyed a wine stroll through the garden, live music by Bill Dollar & Loose Change, and a fall inspired dinner by Travis McConnell with Pressroom in Bentonville. The meal included a light salad, herb and lemon gremolata, braised short ribs with roasted heirloom squash and local greens, and an olive oil cake with local apple butter. As a result of COVID-19, the garden canceled many of its events and activities this year. The gala fundraiser and online auction are vital to sustain the garden and its programs for the coming seasons. www.bgozarks.org

1/14
20th Annual Soup Sunday

 

January 21-31, 2021, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families celebrated its 20th Annual Soup Sunday! Since they were unable to have an in-person event, ticket buyers received incentives from local restaurants throughout the 10-day period. On January 31st, Advocates held a virtual live event, and viewers were treated to a soup judging competition, a recap of the organization’s work and mission, and fun activities for families. The winner of the Golden Ladle award for best soup was Wood Stone Craft Pizza + Bar’s Carrot Ginger Miso Soup. The People’s Choice Award for favorite restaurant went to The Farmer’s Table. Through ticket sales, donations, and the silent auction, the event exceeded their fundraising goal resulting in another great year benefiting the organization. www.aradvocates.org

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