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story.lead_photo.caption Bernadette Holt and her son Stephen Holt attend Spark of Hope. - Photo by Carin Schoppmeyer

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas played host to the 15th annual Spark of Hope dinner June 22 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The 440 guests helped the group raise $183,400, surpassing the goal of $175,000 for the evening.

The event celebrates the group's scholarship campaign and recognizes community partners. Spark of Hope honorees were:

At a Glance

Spark of Hope

Who: Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

What: The nonprofit organization played host to the 15th annual Spark of Hope dinner.

When: June 22

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Next: Golftoberfest, Oct. 7

Information: (479) 935-4888 or

An Evening with Stacy Lewis and Enactus

Who: Susan and Mike Moore

What: The couple opened their Pinnacle Country Club home for the evening, which included a Q&A session with Lewis and silent auction.

When: June 24

Where: The Moores’


  • Diane and Brent McCready -- Individual Award;

  • Garrison Financial -- Corporate Support; and

  • Northwest Arkansas Community College -- Community Partner.

Scholarship recipient-nominated awards went to:

  • Jason Carter and Kelly Tribell -- Supportive Employer;

  • Simply Home Lending -- Supportive Employer; and

  • Carly Franklin, University of Arkansas School of Social Work -- Supportive Professor. Honorees were selected "for their commitment to helping drive the success of hard-working single parents."

LeDeana Fleshman received the inaugural Distinguished Alumni award for exemplifying "the success of the Single Parent Scholarship program -- someone who has completed their degree, established a successful career, has set an example for their children to follow, and now actively works to give back to the community that supported them while they were in college."

Barrett Baber, finalist on NBC's The Voice, provided the keynote address and performed two original songs.

The evening also included a surprise presentation to Jody Dilday, executive director, who left the nonprofit organization after serving 10 years.

Among those helping spark hope for single parents and their families were Bernadette Holt, Diego Rodriguez and Sarah Pursley, program speakers, Carrie Bradley, Evelyn Jorgenson, James Bell, Diane and Bob Shaw, Elaine and David Longer, Hannah and Greg Lee, Andrea and Todd Kitchen, Mary and Alan Jordan, Treva Kennedy,

Susan and Mike Moore opened their Pinnacle Country Club home after second-round play June 24 for An Evening with Stacy Lewis and Enactus reception, sponsored by KPMG.

The evening included a Q&A session with Lewis and silent auction. Renee Huhman, Mathias Elementary School literacy coach, thanked Enactus and KPMG for their support in launching a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative and book donations for Mathias students.

The nonprofit organization, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is named in a combination of the words entrepreneurial, action and us.

Those spending an evening at the Moores' included Dayle and Daniel Shewmaker, Holly and Jim Breach, Alex Perwich, Ted Fox, Karen Stuckey, Valorie and Randy Lawson, Cindy Hudlow, Chad Turben, Marjorie and Todd Hanus and Mark Lieberman.

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NAN Profiles on 07/09/2017

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