Golf, gala closer to the goal

The Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) champions lined up Aug. 4-5, then donned pink evening attire Aug. 6 for the 24th Annual Will Golf 4 Kids and 14th Annual Color of Hope Gala. Together, the events raised $1.38 million for ACNW. With this total, the Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament and Color of Hope Gala Committees are $4.68 million away from fulfilling a pledge made in 2019 to raise $5 million over five years to expand hematology services and of Oncology at ACNW.

Silvia Azrai Kawas, senior vice president of health and wellness at Walmart Inc., served as honorary golf tournament chair. Mike Sewell of Market Performance Group LLC, Tony Murphy of Acosta Sales & Marketing and Kyden Reeh of The Emerson Group served as chairmen, according to a press release.

Tamara and John Roberts chaired the Color of Hope gala, which was a televised event broadcast as guests gathered for watch parties at their homes – rather than en masse – due to health precautions.

“Children’s champions from across the Northwest Arkansas region played golf and joined us to watch this year’s first-ever televised Color of Hope Gala,” said Fred Scarborough, President of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “This community’s commitment to the children of Arkansas is inspiring. The success of these events year after year would not be possible without the countless volunteers and sponsors, and ACNW’s community of donors. We are humbled and grateful to each of you for continuing to support pediatric cancer services at Arkansas Children’s Northwest.”

Save the dates for 2023 Will Golf 4 Kids August 3-4, Color of Hope Gala August 5.

Farewell AU

Ahead of Todd Shields’ nine-year term as dean of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas ending Aug. 12, college members and funders gathered Aug. 9 to say a loving goodbye to him as he is now Chancellor of Arkansas State University. The reception at TheatreSquared saw Shields’ colleagues and friends hail him as a visionary and served as the kickoff for the fall semester.

Calvin White, associate dean, told guests that Shields has created “a culture of exploration, innovation, transparency, accountability, excellence and service leadership.”

“As Dean of Fulbright College, Shields represented and provided strategic vision and leadership for AU’s largest college, which has over 8,700 students, three schools, and 16 academic departments. Fulbright College also provides the majority of the university’s core curriculum and offers degrees in fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences,” according to a press release.

“Some of his most notable accomplishments as Dean include establishing the UA School of Art in 2017 after an unprecedented $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. school of art is the first and only accredited collegiate school of the art in Arkansas,” the statement continued.

Kathy Sloan is acting dean.

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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

Kathy Sloan and Weston Wilkerson visit the college reception August 9 at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Jeannie Hulen (left to right), Steve Bureau and Calvin White attend the August 9 reception. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Keith Roberts and Laurice Hachem-Roberts help support Arkansas Children’s Northwest as part of Color of Hope. (Courtesy picture)
Photo Robert and Mechelle Ehardt sport pink, this year’s color of hope at a watch party on August 6th. (Photo offered)
Photo Mandy Macke (left) and Jennifer Yurachek attend a Color of Hope watch party on August 6. (Photo offered)
Photo Theresa and David Fender help support the Arkansas Children’s Northwest’s Color of Hope on August 6. (Photo offered)
Photo Angela and Naccaman Williams attend the Fulbright College Reception. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo Visit by Dan Ferritor and Merlee Harrison to the Fulbright Reception on August 9. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Photo George and Cheryl Westmoreland are hosting a Color of Hope watch party on August 6. (Photo offered)

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