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story.lead_photo.caption Coaches Kristin Killham, Ramay Junior High (from left); Chip Durham, Bentonville West; Jody Grant, Bentonville; Steve Peck, Rogers; Wayne Levering, Rogers Heritage; Ashley Riggles, Decatur; and Stephen Neal, Pea Ridge, are named Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life Hydration Heroes at the Mercy Coaching Summit on July 27 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. - Photo by Carin Schoppmeyer

Circle of Life Ladies Auxiliary members and friends gathered for the group's annual luncheon July 25 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

Susan Goss, co-founder of the Joshua Center and founder/director of Tangible Truth Ministries, provided the keynote address, saluted members for their volunteer work and extolled the benefits of volunteering for one's "health, life satisfaction and enhanced well-being. "

At a Glance

Annual luncheon

Who: Circle of Life Hospice Ladies Auxiliary

What: Auxiliary members dues help support the hospice’s Angel Fund.

When: July 25

Where: Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers

Information: (479) 750-6632 or

Beat the Heat luncheon

Who: Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life Foundation

What: The group played host to hundreds of coaches attending the Mercy Sports Medicine Coaching Summit.

When: July 27

Where: John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers

Next: Cool Summer Homecoming, Aug. 19

Information: (479) 986-9960 or

Auxiliary members' dues help support the hospice's Angel Fund, which pays for patient needs not covered by insurance, such as family portraits, horseback rides, birthday cakes or strollers.

The charitable group also donated $10,000 to purchase pediatric equipment including two cribs, one each for Circle of Life's hospice homes in Springdale and Bentonville.

Ladies lunching in support of the auxiliary included Sharon Young, Jeretta Hardwick, Jackie Spedding, Sarah Kendall, Kathy Wheatley, Carol Adams, Sharon Westbrook, Kitty Swank, Jane Vaughn, Mary Frevert, Kim Mertes, Marsha Nolan, Alice Phillips, Linda Hankins, Bootsie Ackerman, Barbara Phillips, Karen Parker, Diane Callahan and Mary Shambarger.

The Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life Foundation played host to the Beat the Heat luncheon as part of the Mercy Sports Medicine Coaching Summit on July 27 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. The summit drew hundreds of area coaches for a day of learning about the latest developments in sports medicine.

The Fincher mission is to "promote proper hydration and prevent heat illness through education and supporting activities."

Brendon McDermott, University of Arkansas kinesiology assistant professor in health, human performance and recreation, updated guests on the latest in heat and hydration research.

The nonprofit organization recognized seven area coaches as "Hydration Heroes":

  • Chip Durham, Bentonville West High School;

  • Jody Grant, Bentonville High School;

  • Kristin Killham, Ramay Junior High;

  • Wayne Levering, Rogers Heritage High School;

  • Stephen Neal, Pea Ridge High School;

  • Stephen Peck, Rogers High School; and

  • Ashley Riggles, Decatur Middle School.

Those helping Fincher promote hydration included Tameka McBride, Bill Oldham, Clark Ellison, Keith Morrison, Patrick Skinner, Joey Walters, Martine Pollard, Dean Weber and Dr. Steve Goss, Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas president.

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NAN Profiles on 08/06/2017

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