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Volunteers roll out Red Carpet

Subscriber onlyWolfe Street Foundation volunteers Charlotte Linch and Karen Holderfield are struggling to get a giant wood cutout of an Oscar statuette out of the back of a friend's luxury SUV. The statuette's size and base make it clunky and awkward to handle, but the pair are determined. Continue reading...

'17 Eggshibition cracks open some new twists at pre-party

Subscriber onlyStill riding high from a successful 2016 Eggshibition fundraiser and fueled by some new aspects added for the 2017 affair, officials and friends of Youth Home Inc. gathered at Drawl Southern Contemporary Art the night of Feb. 9 to help the excitement spread. Continue reading...

Personal Space

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Not new to the zoo

Altrui, veteran at LR Zoo, friends applaud her being named new director

Subscriber onlySusan Altrui was surrounded by her besties during a Jan. 30 reception to celebrate her new post as director of the Little Rock Zoo. In December, she was named to replace longtime Director Mike Blakely, who retired in October. Altrui was assistant zoo director under Blakely. Continue reading...

Woman of the Year

Melanie Jackson is Women and Children First’s big winner

Subscriber onlyMelanie Jackson knew in advance she'd been named Woman of the Year by Women and Children First, but when it came time for her to stand up and be recognized, she slumped in her chair and cried tears of humility. Continue reading...

Heck of a haul

Rep is blessed with many friends at Saints and Sinners fundraiser

Subscriber onlyEverything that glittered was gold at Saints and Sinners 2017, the largest annual fundraiser for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Tables and chairs draped in gold cloths and a wall of iridescent balloons provided a shimmery atmosphere for the Jan. 28 affair held in the Grand Ballroom of the Little Rock Marriott. Co-chairmen Jay Barth and Chuck Cliett welcomed guests with hugs and handshakes, then presided over the program. Continue reading...

Slurps and robust burps signal another win-win

Subscriber onlyIt was controlled chaos at the Statehouse Convention Center the afternoon and evening of Jan. 29 as seasoned patrons of the annual Soup Sunday fundraiser lapped up soup from tiny cups and bid on silent and live auction items. Some 2,000 people attended the 36th event, raising about $160,000 for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Continue reading...

Melanie Bynum Jackson

With selfless role models like her activist mother and her husband, Melanie Jackson puts her heart into her work with at-risk students at the nonprofit P.A.R.K.

Subscriber onlyWhen Keith and Melanie Jackson were invited to lunch by friends and philanthropists Chip and Cindy Murphy, the Jacksons readily accepted. Sitting around a restaurant table in Little Rock last summer, Cindy broke the news that Melanie was selected Woman of the Year for the annual fundraising gala for Women and Children First, an organization that provides crisis intervention and shelter for domestic violence survivors and their children. Continue reading...

PHOTOS: Arkansas fans attend parties, concert on Belk Bowl trip

Arkansas fans attend parties, concert on bowl trip

Subscriber only Razorback fans attending the 2016 Belk Bowl found their way to The Queen City from points far and near, proving the team's support stretches well beyond the Arkansas border. Prior to the Hogs' Dec. 29 contest against the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Arkansas Alumni Association hosted a welcome reception/Razorback social at Rooftop 210 the previous night and then a game-day Hog Wild Tailgate at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Both venues are downtown. Continue reading...

Woe pigs, really?

Football fans commiserate in North Carolina

Subscriber onlySome 4,000 Hog fans sprinkled the stands at Bank of America stadium for the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl, but a glance at opposing Virginia Tech fans wearing the school's colors showed the Razorback faithful were well-outnumbered. Arkansas lost the game 35-24 in what has been called the worst second-half meltdown since World War II. Continue reading...

Pridecorps a safety net for young LGBT people

Subscriber onlyBobby Cushman was a truck driver and then a Realtor. Then he was a truck driver and was a Realtor again. Continue reading...

Guests at festive mansion celebrate in historic style

Subscriber onlyThe low roar of conversation at Jay Barth and Chuck Cliett's annual holiday get-together was likely heard at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, just three doors away. The Dec. 22 fete in the 1700 block of Center Street -- in the Governor's Mansion Historic District -- drew some 300 of the couple's friends, colleagues, fellow churchgoers and others, all of whom seemed to know one another or had bobbed in and out of each other's social circles. Introductions were light. Continue reading...

Yum-o gumbo, hot crackers and pie are a public service

Subscriber onlyBob Gee, a volunteer at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, does a lot for the school year-round, but he goes above and the beyond the call of duty with an annual gumbo lunch he hosts every year for the faculty, staff and some students who live in town or remain over the Christmas holiday. Continue reading...

Rural revelry

Guests from far and wide celebrate season at Elberta Bend Plantation

Subscriber onlyAt the end of a winding gravel road off Arkansas 7 outside the town proper of Dardanelle, Dr. Chris and Elizabeth Stinnett's antebellum mansion was a visual feast for guests attending the couple's annual Christmas cocktail party Dec. 17. Continue reading...

Hospital volunteers saluted with lunch, entertainment

Subscriber onlyThe CHI St. Vincent Auxiliary honored its hardest-working volunteers with a luncheon Dec. 9 at the Country Club of Little Rock. In between awards and accolades, the group enjoyed a tasty turkey dinner and entertainment by the Little Rock Rockettes, a group of prime-time dancers (ages 63-82) with moves comparable to women half their age. Continue reading...

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