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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Retired Army Lt. Gen Leroy Sisco, Military Warriors Support Foundation (from left); former Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch; Willie Robertson; retired Marine Col. Oliver North, National Rifle Association president; John Griffin; Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin; Coffey Anderson; and Larra and Joe Donaldson help support charities serving veterans at the Honoring of Heroes Veterans Gala on Nov. 10 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Rogers. - Photo by Carin Schoppmeyer

Military Warriors Support Foundation, Reboot Combat Recovery and Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, nonprofit organizations serving veterans, benefited from the inaugural Honoring of Heroes Veterans Gala on Nov. 10 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. Retired Marine Col. Oliver North, who is also National Rifle Association president, provided the keynote remarks for the evening. Speakers also included Army Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Leroy Sisco, Military Warriors Support Foundation; former Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch; Willie Robertson; John Griffin; and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.

Military Warriors Support Foundation “provides support and programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star families.” The group focuses on housing and home ownership through Homes4WoundedHeroes, employment, recreational activities through Skills4Life, and help with transportation.

REBOOT “exists to help veterans, first responders and their families heal from the moral and spiritual wounds associated with service-related trauma.”

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance helps provide “a civilian framework through which trained emergency and military personnel extend their service to society, to assist our neighbors in times of disaster and our own in times of hardship, and to respond independently, efficiently and strategically, achieving the greatest impact possible.”

The Northwest Arkansas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals gave thanks to area philanthropists at the group’s National Philanthropy Day luncheon Nov. 14 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The annual event is an opportunity to honor those whose generosity and efforts have contributed to our community by giving and inspiring others to give.

The 2018 honorees are:

Gina and Neal Pendergraft — Outstanding Philanthropist;

Cynthia and Kirk Dupps — Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser;

Gay Prescott — Outstanding Funraising Executive;

The Chase Family Foundation — Outstanding Foundation;

Cargill Inc. — Outstanding Corporation;

Dick Trammel — Lifetime Achievement;

Gable Sloan — Youth in Philanthropy, Individual;

Alpha Chi Omega —Youth in Philanthropy, Group; and

Betsy McNabb Phillips — Judges Special Award.

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

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

At a Glance

Honoring of Heroes Veterans Gala

Who: Military Warriors Support Foundation, Reboot Combat Recovery and Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

What: Proceeds from the evening will benefit nonprofit organizations serving veterans.

When: Nov. 10

Where: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale

Next: Honoring of Heroes Veterans Gala, Nov. 9, 2019

Information: (479) 435-0564 or honoringofheroes.com

National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Who: Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Arkansas chapter

What: The association gave thanks to area philanthropists at the group’s annual luncheon.

When: Nov. 14

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Information: afpnwark.afpnet.org

Print Headline: Evening honors veterans

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