Giving Back

Pagnozzi Charities

Each year for the past three years, Foghorn’s has donated 10 percent of all appetizer sales to Pagnozzi Charities on every Razorback home baseball game day. This year, the company donated $1,039. Those on hand for the presentation were Kaley Powell, an employee at Pagnozzi Charities; Tom Pagnozzi, founder of Pagnozzi Charities; Jeff Hodges, owner of Foghorn’s; and Kelley Atchley, executive director of Pagnozzi Charities.

Feed the Hungry

Arvest Bank on Wednesday kicked off a two-month bankwide effort to provide at least 1 million meals to hungry families.

The initiative continues until Nov. 2, when donations will be presented to 53 organizations who feed the hungry in their communities.

Northwest Arkansas residents can help by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any Arvest branch or by calling (866) 952-9523.

Single Parent Scholarship Fund

Harris McHaney Property Management recently presented a check to Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County. The money will be applied toward scholarships. The nonprofit awarded over $190,000 to 142 single parents in the spring semester. On hand for the presentation were Pat and Lynette Harris, Ali Meneses and Ben Fox.

Women’s Shelter

The Northwest Arkansas Mustang Club recently hosted a charity car show at the annual Lowell Mudtown Days. The purpose of the show was to have fun and raise money for the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. The club raised $2,500, an amount matched by the Modern Woodmen of America, Fraternal Financial, for a grand total of $5,000 donated to the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. On hand for the presentation were Danelle Knight, Mustang Club president, and EvaLaurin, Women’s Shelter director of outreach.

Faith in Action

Bank of America provided a $3,000 gift recently to Faith in Action, a service of Washington Regional Medical Foundation.

Faith in Action is a volunteer-based organization that provides the elderly with free non-medical services to promote their independence, dignity and quality of life. This gift will help ensure that the services of Faith in Action continue to be available throughout the community.

Last year FIA volunteersdonated 4,177 hours of their time and drove more than 21,250 miles to provide services for 130 clients.

Services included chore assistance, friendly visits, grocery shopping, light home maintenance, transportation to appointments and errands, telephone reassurance and yard work.

Larry Manry and Yevon Prater of Bank of America presented the check to Jaclyn Keeter, Faith in Action program manager, and James Kimbrough, Washington Regional Medical Foundation executive director.

Bentonville Public Library

Every week, the Rotary Club of Bentonville sponsors a new “classic” book for the Bentonville Public Library’s collection.

Nearly 75 books valued at approximately $300 have been sponsored by the Rotary Club through the Bentonville Library Foundation in the last 30 months.

The library selects classic paperbacks that are inexpensive but are always in demand by students and other readers. Special honorarium bookplates are included in each book; the bookplates include the Rotary and library logos.

In 2006, the Bentonville Library Foundation benefited from the Rotary Club’s $125,000 contribution to the library facility project. The building features a Rotary Conference Room to recognize this enduring gift. Last year, the Bentonville/Bella Vista Daybreak Rotary Club donated $4,500 to provide more Nook eReaders for children.

Children’s Shelter

Walmart Foundation recently donated $165,000 to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.

The grant, awarded as part of the Walmart Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Giving Program, is funding: Emergency Care Program support. This includes expenses associated with meeting the children’s basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, toiletries, etc., along with 24-hour supervised care.

Design and installation of a new resident information database.

A minivan to transport children in the Children’s Shelter’s care to and from appointments for services such as medical, dental and vision care and to be used for small-group outings.

“Rewards cash” for residents as positive reinforcement for displaying desired behaviors and attitudes. Residents may save the money or spend it on toys and other goodies at “The Cart” (the behavior-management program’s in-house rewards store) or on outings.

Mercy Health Foundation

More than 2,000 miles were walked by spectators at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G as a part of the A Mile for Mercy program.

The tournament will make a $5,000 contribution to the Mercy Health Foundation.

Spectators were encouraged to wear pedometers to track the distance they walked during the tournament with an overall goal of 500 miles by week’s end.

More than 2,000 pedometers were distributed to participants, including Bob Pellegrino of Hot Springs who walked 3.87 miles and was selected as the winner in the random drawing of all program participants.

Pellegrino won a mountain bike package.

Local organizations benefiting from the tournament in addition to Mercy Northwest Arkansas this year included, the Cancer Challenge, the Benton County and Fayetteville Boys & Girls Clubs, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and the South Central Golf Foundation.

City of Pea Ridge

Wal-Mart Distribution Center 6008 recently presented a Wal-Mart Foundation Grant for $2,500 to the city of Pea Ridge. Accepting the check from Wal-Mart associate George Bleich were Mayor Jackie Crabtree and Nathan See.

Springdale Fire Department

Nine beds were donated to the Springdale Fire Department by Joplimo Mattress. Brian Croft, owner of Joplimo Mattress, donated the beds as a personal ministry in memory of his brother.

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Northwest Profile, Pages 40 on 09/08/2013

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