The Quapaw Quarter Association held the third annual Festivus for the Best of Us at the Governor’s Mansion. Guests enjoyed music, food, an open bar and a silent auction, all to benefit the QQA’s historic preservation efforts and advocacy.
The Arkansas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosted its annual luncheon at the Embassy Suites to recognize individuals and organizations that enable nonprofits in the state to meet critical needs and enhance the lives of thousands of Arkansans. Honorees included Janet and Dr. Glenn Davis, Melissa and Martin Thoma and others.
Benefiting Arkansas Muscular Dystrophy Association, Passport to a Cure Road Trip Arkansas was held at the Marriott Downtown and featured a live auction sponsored by Snell Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory, a silent auction, dinner and entertainment.
The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 148th annual meeting at the Statehouse Convention Center. The program included the Chairman and CEO of Delta Trust and Banking Corp., J. French Hill, presenting the Chamber’s year in Review. The featured speaker was Jim Hannon, CEO and President of Georgia Pacific LLC, Atlanta.
Chaired by Kristie and Adam Mitchell, the Central Arkansas Heart Ball was held at the Statehouse Convention Center and raised more than $850,000 for research and educational efforts of the American Heart Association. The event began with a welcome from the Mitchells, followed by an introduction of all 58 Sweethearts. A white-glove dinner service included a first course of Prosciutto Roulade and an entrée of Crab-Crusted Sirloin with Creole mustard crème sauce, sautéed broccolini, oven-roasted carrots and goat cheese mashed potatoes. Dessert was a choice between sweet potatoes cheesecake or caramel banana truffle. Master of Ceremonies David Bazzel then introduced 2014 honorees: Roxana Harsh Whitner, Dan Herrington and Friday, Eldrege & Clark. Featured survivor Samantha Johnson shared her story of receiving a heart transplant. The evening concluded with dancing to The Rockets.
The annual Governor’s Arts Awards Luncheon was held at the Marriott Downtown and honored nine individuals and one group for their efforts to advance arts in the state. Honorees included Paula Morell, Robert Hupp and Lee and Dale Ronnel, among others.
The American Childhood Cancer Organization Arkansas presented its annual Gallery of Hope art auction at Next Level Events. The event included a cocktail reception and auctions to benefit Arkansas’ youngest cancer patients.
The Historic Arkansas Museum held a reception to kick off its exhibition, A Sure Defense, the world’s largest bowie knife exhibit ever assembled. Guests at a special VIP kick-off reception included locals and museum staff, knife lenders and the editor of Knife World magazine.