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story.lead_photo.caption Scott and Jessica Bolle (from left) and Holly and Matt Hicks Paint the Town Red with the American Heart Association on Jan. 19 at the Fayetteville Town Center. - Photo by Carin Schoppmeyer

Some 1,000 supporters helped the American Heart Association Paint the Town Red and raise more than $300,000. The annual event at the Fayetteville Town Center is designed for philanthropic young professionals and kicks off a series of spring fundraisers for the nonprofit organization whose mission is "building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the United States.

More than a dozen area restaurants provided tastes for Paint partiers and competed in the Reynolds Consumer Products "Taste of the Town" contest. Winners were:

Paint the Town Red

Who: American Heart Association

What: Supporters helped the group raise more than $300,000.

When: Jan. 19

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Next: Go Red for Women, Feb. 27; 2018 Northwest Arkansas Heart Ball on May 12

Information: (479) 439-6800 or

Welcome reception

Who: Ozark Guidance

What: The nonprofit organization two new administrators.

When: Thursday Jan. 25

Where: Signature Bank of Arkansas in Fayetteville

Next: Walk a Mile in My Shoes VIP pre-sale, April 13; sale, April 14

Information: (800) 234-7052 or

Big Whisky -- Best Presentation;

Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill -- Most Creative Bite;

Wright's Barbecue -- Overall Taste; and

Wright's Barbecue -- Taste of the Town.

Next up for the group is Go Red for Women on Feb. 27 and the 2018 Northwest Arkansas Heart Ball on May 12.

Those helping the Heart Association included John Roberts, Alyson Wick, Todd Moses, Ashley Peoples, Brad Kinney, Rod Vandenbos, Melissa Rumple, Jeff Brown, David Lattanzio, Lauren Deleon, Craig Baranyk, Michaela Roberts and Jill Weinreber.

Ozark Guidance backers gathered at a reception Thursday afternoon to welcome Justin B. Hunt, M.D., chief medical officer, and Chris E. Bockelman, chief financial officer, to the nonprofit mental health organization. Both administrators came on board at Ozark Guidance in October.

Hunt joined the organization after serving as assistant chief and psychiatrist supervisor in the Mental Health Service within the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks and is an assistant professor in the psychiatry department for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Bockelman, a certified public accountant, comes to the area from Edmond, Okla., where he served Summit Medical Center as CFO and outpatient surgery administrator.

Those gathering to welcome new Ozark Guidance administrators included Kevin Hatfield, Diane and Bob Shaw, Ann Rosso, Denise Garner, Don Gibson, Jane and Dave Gearhart, Brock Gearhart, Sharon and David Hunt, Beth and Larry Wilkins, Woodie Acord and Laura Tyler.

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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at

NAN Profiles on 01/28/2018

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