Fundraisers focus on philanthropists

Jones Center backers go big

Posted: December 3, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Jason and Michelle Nichol (from left), Barbara and Shawn Baldwin and Kelly Kemp McLintock and Ben McLintock welcome guests to the Big Night benefit for the Jones Center on Nov. 11.

Jones Center backers went big Nov. 11, helping the nonprofit organization raise some $300,000 at Big Night in the Big Easy: A Night in New Orleans. The evening at the center in Springdale featured Mardi Gras beads, gas lamps, king cake, shopping local boutiques in the "French Quarter Retail District," and a multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by Mario Valdovino, Tyson Foods Inc. corporate executive chef.

Big Night in the Big Easy: A Night in New Orleans

Who: The Jones Center

What: Backers helped the group raise some $300,000.

When: Nov. 11

Where: The Jones Center in Springdale

Information: (479) 756-8090 or

National Philanthropy Day luncheon

Who: The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

What: The luncheon highlighted outstanding Northwest Arkansas philanthropists.

When: Nov. 15

Where: Fayetteville Town Center


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