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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kathleen Trotter, Arts Live Theatre honoree (center) visits with Nancy Reid (left) and Ana Aguayo at the theater's Laugh Out Loud benefit June 23 at the Fayetteville Town Center.

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas played host to the 16th annual Spark of Hope dinner June 21 at the Fayetteville Town Center. More than 440 guests and sponsors helped the group raise $178,591.

Jessica Frasher, current scholarship recipient, and Jacqueline Anderson, scholarship alumna, shared their perspectives of the benefits provided by the scholarships.

At a Glance

Spark of Hope

Who: Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

What: The event celebrated the group’s scholarship campaign and recognizes community partners

When: June 21

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Next: Golftoberfest, Oct. 13

Information: (479) 935-4888 or spsfnwa.org

Laugh Out Loud: All Aboard

Who: Arts Live Theatre

What: Proceeds from the evening will help support the nonprofit organization’s scholarship fund and programming.

When: June 23

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Next: The Tempest by William Shakespear, July 12-15

Information: (479) 521-4932 or artslivetheatre.com

The event celebrates the group's scholarship campaign and recognizes community partners. Spark of Hope honorees were:

Susan and Gene Anderson -- Individual Award;

United Bank -- Corporate Support;

The Event Group -- Community Partner;

Susan O'Brien, McNair Middle School -- Supportive Employer; and

Catherine Heath, English Composition, Northwest Arkansas Community College -- Supportive Professor.

Beth Tiller -- Distinguished Alumni

Arts Live Theatre patrons gathered for the third annual Laugh Out Loud Gala: All Aboard on June 23 at the Fayetteville Town Center. Proceeds from the evening will help support the nonprofit organization's scholarship fund and programming.

That evening the group honored Kathleen Trotter, executive director of the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, for her work in the arts.

Outstanding Teaching Awards were presented to:

Emily Johnston -- elementary, level, Fayetteville Montessori School;

Brent Parks -- middle level, West Fork Schools;

Tony Terrell -- high school level, Springdale Har-Ber High School; and

Jennifer Brown -- private voice coach.

The nonprofit organization's mission is "to empower children and enrich lives through excellence in children's theater and education." The group, founded in 1983, offers arts education and performance opportunities for children ages 5 through 18. Arts Live offers more than 50 classes and works with more than 400 children annually.

Proceeds will help support the theater's scholarship fund and programming. Partial and full scholarships cover class, camp and participation fees. According to the scholarship application, "The Bumpin Scholarship Fund of Arts Live Theatre was established in 2003 to offer need-based scholarships to students interested in participating in Arts Live Theatre classes or productions."

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

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

NAN Profiles on 07/08/2018

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