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story.lead_photo.caption Becky Ungerer (from left), Terry Joe Robinson, Casandra Purtle, Brooke Crosby and Aziza-Naajee Gunn volunteer at Golf 4 a Cause to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities on Aug. 28 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. - Photo by Carin Schoppmeyer

Some 200 golfers teed up for the 13th Golf 4 a Cause on Aug. 28 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. The benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma is the group's largest fundraiser and yielded nearly $134,000.

Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms in hospitals allow parents with hospitalized children to stay steps away, rather than miles.

At a Glance

Golf 4 a Cause

Who: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma

What: The 13th annual fundraiser yielded nearly $134,000 for the nonprofit organization.

When: Aug. 28

Where: Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers

Information: (479) 756-5600 or

Putts & Pints pre-party

Who: Open Avenue

What: The pre-party at Ozark Beer Company in Rogers gave golfers a chance to size up the competition for the miniature golf tournment Thursday.

When: Aug. 30

Where: Ozark Beer Company in Rogers

Next: Ghouls Night Out, Oct. 26

Information: (479) 636-5082 or

The tournament featured a luncheon between flights where Tai Rutledge shared with guests her experience with the Ronald McDonald House at Washington Regional in Fayetteville when her daughter was born prematurely in March. Rutledge said being able to stay at the hospital "provided some sanity, some peace."

The group, which serves western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, has Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith and Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides school-based dental treatment at no cost to children's families.

Those teeing off in support of RMHC of Arkoma included Bill Mathews, Walter Mathews, Gena Bumgarner, Greg Lancelot, Wayne Callahan, Lee Kidd, Ed Choate, Weldon Johnson, Jim Crouch, Candace Dixon-Horne, Renita Wilkerson, Joe Herriman, Jack Mitchell and Mark Bazyk.

Open Avenues backers pre-gamed Aug. 30 for the second annual Putts & Pints miniature golf tournament and beer tasting set for Thursday at Golf Mountain in Rogers. The pre-party at Ozark Beer Company in Rogers gave golfers a chance to size up the competition for the event which, in addition to mini golf, will include local brews, snacks and a live DJ.

The organization serves adults with disabilities and helps its clients live as independently as possible while being active participants in the community at large. The nonprofit organization provides employment and job skills training along with job placement services.

Next up for Open Avenues is Ghouls Night Out on Oct. 26 at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale.

Among those pre-partying were Cheri and Larry Thompson, Mashia Walker, Sam Hendren, Chasnie and Jason Vinson, and Kelly and John Sampson.

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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at

NAN Profiles on 09/10/2017

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