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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Cameron and Monica Smith, Nox Stelatta honorary chairmen (from left), and Brandy and John Furner, honorary hosts, welcome guests to the Youth Bridge fundraiser Oct. 19 in Rogers.

Youth Bridge backers gathered for a unique, art-filled evening Oct. 19 at Nox Stellata: A Starry, Starry Night Fundraiser at 2 La Coste Court at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. The 300 guests helped the nonprofit organization raise some $75,000 to support its Legacy Program and residential treatment at the group's Children's Campus.

The Journey Program at the Children's Campus treated 241 boys ages 14 to 18 for substance abuse and other behavioral disorders in 2016, and the Bell Program, a group foster care program on the campus, served 76 girls. The Legacy Program helps cover the cost of care for families without insurance or who otherwise cannot afford to pay for care.

At a Glance

Nox Stellata: A Starry, Starry Night

Who: Youth Bridge

What: Backers gathered for a unique, art-filled evening.

When: Oct. 19

Where: 2 Le Coste in Rogers

Information: (479) 575-9471

Courage Award Luncheon

Who: Peace at Home Family Shelter

What: Peace at Home presented awards to Melissa Rogers of Fayetteville Public Schools and Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Rho Chapter.

When: Oct. 20

Where: Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville

Information: (479) 444-8310 or

Voting event

Who: University of Arkansas Women’s Giving Circle

What: The giving group voted on and presented grants worth more than $100,000 to seven university programs.

When: Oct. 20

Where: University House in Fayetteville

Information: (479) 575-2381 of

Those enjoying the starry night to back Youth Bridge included Brandy and John Furner, Monica and Cameron Smith, Susan Chase and Johnny Bakker, Denise Garner, Cindy Hudlow, Amy and Michael Bates, Tina and Nate Hodne, Kassie Misiewicz and Daniel Hintz, Sharon Killian, Mario Ramirez and Lori and Steve Collins.

Peace at Home Family Shelter leaders presented awards to Melissa Rogers and Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Rho Chapter, at the Courage Award luncheon Oct. 20 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville.

Rogers works as a social worker for Fayetteville Public Schools, referring families of students to resources such as Peace at Home. The University of Arkansas sorority has served the family shelter for the past five years through "volunteerism, philanthropy and community advocacy."

Among those congratulating courage were Lena and Jeromy Smith, Teddy Cardwell and Candy Clark, Eva Madison and David Pieper, KC and Joseph Tucker, C.C. Dupps, Ilana Berman, Elaine and David Longer, Leah Spears-Blackmon and Barb Putman.

The University of Arkansas Women's Giving Circle voted on and presented grants worth more than $100,000 to seven university programs Oct. 20 at University House on the Fayetteville campus.

Groups receiving grants included: Are U OK? Training in Early Intervention for Students in Distress, $20,000; Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) technology and assisted training and supervision, $20,000; Leaders and Learners -- Empowering Marshallese Mothers and Daughters, $18,395; [Music75 Initiative, $13,455; Soaring High in Engineering (SHE) Camp -- Blytheville, $12,650; WGC Design Camp 2019, $10,500; and Inter-professional student-led fall prevention intervention using motivational interviewing strategies, $5,000.]

Those at the giving gathering included Melissa McIlroy Hawkins, Caroline Rochelle, Martha Haguewood, Meredith Dowse, Charles Robinson, Jim Coleman, Don Pederson, Mark Power, Susan Patton, Jean Henry, Danette Horne, Michelle Cooper and Josette Cline.

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NAN Profiles on 10/29/2017

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