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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kelly Coughlin (from left), Lola Behrends, Cynthia Coughlin and Terrye and Patric Brosh enjoy the Gala at the Peel Mansion on Dec. 9.

Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas supporters gathered for the annual Jingle Mingle on Dec. 7 at the Barn at the Springs in Springdale.

The event is a chance for scholarship recipients and supporters to ring in the holidays and serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

Jingle Mingle

Who: Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

What: The event is a chance for scholarship recipients and supporters to ring in the holidays and serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

When: Dec. 7

Where: The Barn at the Springs in Springdale

Information: (479) 935-4888 or spsfnwa.org

Gala at Peel Mansion

Who: The Peel Compton Foundation

What: The Peel Compton Foundation welcomed supporters to the group’s annual event that helps support programs at the Peel Mansion and Heritage Gardens and Compton Gardens and Conference Center.

When: Dec. 9

Where: Peel Mansion and Heritage Gardens in Bentonville

Information: (479) 254-3870 or peelcompton.org

Winter Garden Ball

Who: Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas

What: The inaugural event

When: Dec. 9

Where: Center for Collaboration in Bentonville

Next: Sprouting Hope luncheon, Jan. 19

Information: (479) 366-6944 or healinggardensofnwa.org

The fund helps single parents in Carroll, Madison and Washington counties and awards approximately $371,000 in scholarships to 132 recipients. Along with money for school, the group helps recipients with living expenses and provides a mentoring program and other supports for recipients and their families through graduation.

Jordan Bollinger, four-time scholarship recipient, shared her experiences with SPSF NWA with those gathered. She graduated in June of 2016 as a Licensed Practical Nurse and will graduate in December 2018 as a Registered Nurse. "The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas has been the sole financial supporter of my education."

Among the minglers were Natalie Charlston and David Erstine, Natalie and Colt Bartholomew, Rob Husong, Matt Hicks, John Threet, Justin DeLille, Elaine and David Longer, Denise and Hershey Garner and Courtney and Levon Ogden.

The Peel Compton Foundation welcomed supporters to the group's annual Gala at the Peel Mansion on Dec. 9 in Bentonville.

The evening helps support programs at the Peel Mansion and Heritage Gardens and Compton Gardens and Conference Center. Offerings include public tours of the historic mansion and grounds, a children's butterfly garden, School Days for elementary students and workshops.

The Italianate villa style mansion dates back to 1875, when it was built by Col. Samuel West Peel, and serves as a window into the lives of the region's early settlers.

Those gathered at the gala included Lynne and Jim Walton, Corrina and Alan Dranow, Nancy Martin and Alan Lewis, Rhonda and Harrison French, Colleen Hendren, Valorie and Randy Lawson, Cynthia Coughlin, Stacy and Rod Bigelow, Francis and Fritz Steiger and Corrin and Bill Troutman.

Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas backers joined the nonprofit organization that same evening, Dec. 9, for the Winter Garden Ball at the Center for Collaboration in Bentonville.

Proceeds from the evening will go toward construction of the garden, planned to be open in 2020 behind the Highlands Oncology Group facility on Horsebarn Road in Rogers, just off the Razorback Greenway. The garden will include a labyrinth, waterfall, 2.2 acres of gardens, sculptures, a reflecting pool and a stone-stacking area.

Next up for the nonprofit organization will be the Sprouting Hope luncheon Jan. 19 at the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers.

Those gathering for the garden ball included Pam Cicione, Becky Paneitz, Melanie and Thad Beck, Gayle and Jerry Staten and Chris and Ron Thurston.

May the new year bring many blessings to you and those you love .

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com.

NAN Profiles on 12/31/2017

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