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Group wraps Christmas for needy senior citizens

Subscriber onlySimon Lee had to step over Christmas gifts when he interviewed for a job as community service representative at Home Instead Senior Care last December. The company had been collecting gifts for its Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts and helps facilitate human contact and social interaction with senior citizens during the Christmas season. Continue reading...

Highway commissioner gets dinner, salutes at his sendoff

Subscriber onlyBank executive Frank Scott Jr. was just 29 when he was appointed to the Arkansas Highway Commission in October 2013. In the three-plus years since, he has put his communications skills and financial intellect to work for the good of the commission. Continue reading...

Couple help Philander Smith celebrate past, look to future

Subscriber onlyKaki Hockersmith and Max Mehlburger know how to throw a party, and officials at Philander Smith College were on the receiving end of the couple's hospitality the night of Nov. 18. An appreciation reception was held to allow Philander Smith President Roderick Smothers and others to thank the people who continue to push the school's mission forward. Continue reading...

Raising a festive salute

Luncheon serves up praise, awards for those dedicated to aiding others

Subscriber onlyThe 2016 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, held Nov. 17 at the Embassy Suites Little Rock, was a literal "Who's Who" in fundraising in Arkansas, specifically central Arkansas. Besides the eight award recipients, attendees included a slew of past and potential honorees. The event was put on by the Arkansas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Continue reading...

Saying farewell to Manees House

Subscriber onlyIf it was indeed the last social function by the Junior League of North Little Rock at the E.O. Manees House, the group's home of 54 years, there were no signs of sadness or remorse. The night of Nov. 18, they threw a "Party Like It's 1999" -- or well, you get the idea. Continue reading...

LR leaders applaud retiree on 33 years of chamber work

Subscriber onlyJudy Love is like a surrogate mother -- or a school principal -- ushering some 1,500 business leaders through Leadership Greater Little Rock, a program of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Some 300 former Leadership class members and chamber administration and staff gathered on the third-story veranda at the Robinson Center on Nov. 18 to raise a glass and celebrate her years of service upon her retirement as director of administration. Continue reading...

Baldwin & Shell bash marks construction firm milestone

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock-based Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. celebrated its 70th year in the business with a reception for about 500 of its top brass, vendors and dignitaries the night of Nov. 7 at the Clinton Presidential Center. The affair was hosted by President and Chief Executive Scott Copas and the company's board of directors. Continue reading...

Alma mater given fiscal hug by noted filmmaker graduate

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock native and writer/director Jeff Nichols was in town Monday to share his latest film, Loving, a love story with strife. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Continue reading...

In renovated Robinson, epic Opus raises $640,000 for ASO

522 guests snatch up tickets in 39 minutes, celebrate with ‘Taste of New Orleans’

Subscriber onlyJust days before, you could have heard a nail drop. Continue reading...

HIGH PROFILE: Junior League of North Little Rock President Kelly Phillips

The door is closing on the Junior League of North Little Rock’s home of 54 years, but not on the Junior League.

Subscriber onlyIt’s all got to go. The silver punch bowls, crystal vases, antique furniture and a massive closet filled with Christmas decorations — everything will be reclaimed by its original owners or sold at auction. Continue reading...

Hot, helpful helpings

Area chefs bring their best again to benefit families of Youth Home

Subscriber onlyThey're the top chefs of central Arkansas, and they feed more strangers than they do their kin, sometimes for the benefit of area nonprofits. Continue reading...

Adults have a blast at benefit for Museum of Discovery

Subscriber onlyThe biggest-yet Spark! fundraiser for the Arkansas Museum of Discovery drew raves about the activities, demonstrations and the food, a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, by chef Shane Henderson of Ben E. Keith. Held on Nov. 1 at the museum, the fourth annual event reeled in about 400 people (average attendance, said museum Chief Executive Officer Kelley Bass) and netted a record $150,000. Silent and live auctions also contributed to the museum's till. Continue reading...

Barristers party in interest of community service effort

Subscriber onlySome 200 lawyers and their friends or better halves gathered at the Governor's Mansion the evening of Nov. 3 for a fundraising dinner for the Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program, also known as JLAP. Continue reading...

Arkansas talk show host celebrates 50th with costumed friends

Subscriber onlyBill Vickery, the radio talk show host and political strategist, celebrated his 50th birthday Jim Morrison-style the night of Oct. 28 with a costume bash at Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill. Owner Kevin Case closed the restaurant early for the occasion. At the door, guests were given green wristbands with the slogan "50 Shades of Bill." Continue reading...

Event honoring 2 nets $58,000 for Advocates

Subscriber onlyThe Rev. C.J. Duvall Jr. and Dr. Chad Rodgers had similar takes on the Friends of Children awards they received Monday during Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families' annual Friends of Children luncheon. Nearly 500 helped fete the two at the Doubletree Little Rock. Continue reading...

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