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story.lead_photo.caption Maury Peterson (from left), John Furner, David and Pam Lightfoot and Menna Demessie, Ph.D., help support the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center at Recess at the Hive on Feb. 25 in Bentonville. - Photo by Carin Schoppmeyer

Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center champions helped the nonprofit organization raise more than $125,000 at the inaugural Recess at the Hive on Feb. 25 at 21c in Bentonville.

The evening's program featured keynote speaker Menna Demessie, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation vice president of research and policy analysis.

At a Glance

Recess at the Hive

Who: Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center

What: Center champions helped the nonprofit organization raise more than $125,000 at the inaugural Recess at the Hive on Feb. 25 at 21c in Bentonville.

When: Feb. 25

Where: 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville.

Information: (479) 273-3552

Launch Party pre-party

Who: Arts Center of the Ozarks

What: Lynn and Joel Carver opened their Springdale home for Arts Center of the Ozarks a VIP pre-party for arts center founders, board members, sponsors and patrons before the center’s Launch Party.

When: Feb. 25

Where: Carver home in Springdale

Next: “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” Thursday-Saturday; Main Street Music Night, Saturday.

Information: (479) 751-5441 or acozarks.org

Proceeds from the evening will go to the organization's It Takes a Village capital campaign for the Early Childhood Initiatives Center. The goal of the initiatives center is to "provide outreach to help facilities achieve high quality accreditation."

The group currently serves 240 children on site and annually works with some 200 development centers, about half of those in the region, six days a week in one training room. The capital campaign will provide for the construction of a new facility dedicated to training early childhood professionals with the goal of serving all centers in the region.

"We want to elevate the quality of services for the young children we all care for," said Sunny Lane, development manager.

Among those out for recess were Brandy and John Furner, Sue and Charles Redfield, Pam and David Lightfoot, Becky and Dave Schoewe, Maury Peterson, Marcy and Juan Camacho, Kim and Myron Burke, Rick Hammond, Kerry Katouc, Jeff Shipley, Jodi Durkin, Jennifer and Louis Martin, Angie McGrew, Kyle Peterson, Shannon and Fred Bedore, Kara and Brett Biggs, Shannon and Charles Brewer, Laura and Greg Fogle and Corrina and Alan Dranow.

Lynn and Joel Carver opened their Springdale home for a VIP pre-party for Arts Center of the Ozarks founders, board members, sponsors and patrons before the center's Launch Party that same evening.

The Launch Party included folkloric dance by the Latin Art Organization of Arkansas, live painting by Octavio Lago, a video art installation by Sara Segerlin, a wine studio and arts center volunteers costumed and performing as characters from center productions staged in its first 50 years.

Jenni Taylor Swain, center executive director, said multiple performance and installation venues throughout the building gave guests an opportunity to "enjoy places and spaces they'd never seen before" such as the dressing rooms, "and think of the building in new ways."

Next up for the arts center is "Three Billy Goats Gruff," Thursday through Sunday as part of the Tiny Trike Series, and Main Street Music Night on Saturday.

Those along for the Launch Party pre-party included Diane and Bob Shaw, Brenda Crouch, Tareneh Manning, Candace Dixon, Debby and Chris Weiser, Jerry Vanhoose, Elizabeth Weathers, Earlene Henry and Ginger Henry Geyer.

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

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

NAN Profiles on 03/12/2017

Print Headline: Recess enriches center

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