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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Nancy Rankin, Britton Lott, Danna Grear, Tim Grear, Katherine Rankin, Kevin Pope, Kelly Pierce and Steven Harms of The Breast Center help support Susan G. Komen Ozark at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon Oct. 24 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.

Gardens On Tap on Oct. 20,benefiting The Peel Compton Foundation, added bikes to the fundraiser's traditional offerings of bites, brews and other beverages. Tom and Steuart Walton led a City Bike Ride before the tasting event at Compton Gardens and Conference Center in Bentonville. Before the afternoon ride started, the brothers spoke about the economic impact cycling has had on Northwest Arkansas. Tom said the sport's contribution to the region last year was $37 million.

Next up for The Peel Compton Foundation will be A Modern Christmas Carol at The Peel Mansion on Nov. 30.

At a Glance

Gardens on Tap and City Bike Ride

Who: The Peel Compton Foundation

What: Bikes joined the festivities that included brews, bites and other beverages at the benefit.

When: Oct. 20

Where: Compton Gardens and Conference Center in Bentonville

Next: A Modern Christmas Carol at The Peel Mansion

Information: (479) 253-3870 or

Pink Ribbon Luncheon

Who: Susan G. Komen Ozark

What: The annual luncheon and fashion show brought in approximately $200,000.

When: Oct. 24

Where: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale

Next: Komen Ozark More Than Pink Walk, April 27

Information: (479) 750-7465 or

Those helping lead the ride included Lindsay Custer, FAST; Woody Woodruff and Chris Crone, PTD; Erin Rushing, NWA Trailblazers; Gary Vernon, Walton Family Foundation; Brendan Quirk, Runway Group; Paxton Roberts, BikeNWA; and Graham Cobb, Bentonville Chamber of Commerce.

The annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon on Oct. 24 drew some 760 pink-clad Susan G. Komen Ozark supporters to the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale and brought in approximately $200,000.

Proceeds from the luncheon, Race for the Cure and other Komen Ozark fundraisers stay in Northwest Arkansas and help support local breast cancer charities. Komen Ozark awarded $550,000 to eight such groups for the 2018-19 grant year.

Since its founding in 1998, the 20-year-old affiliate has awarded $11 million to local breast health service programs and invested $3.75 million into research to find a cure.

A dozen area "Big Wigs" have donned outrageous pink wigs in the past several weeks to compete against each other to raise more than $93,000 for Komen Ozark. Of the 12, Amy Corso raised the most, earning her the title Top Big Wig. Others vying for the title were Tami Allensworth, Dustin Doty, Nicky Dou, Rebecca Elkins, Todd Hanus, Cindy Johnson, Mike Neighbors, Jody Pinson, Lindsey Seale, Mindy Sherwood and Phil Shellhammer.

The ladies' luncheon featured a fall fashion show highlighting breast cancer survivors as the models. Models were Tammy Forman, Sonja Barton, Michelle George, Beth Wright, Debbie Matthew, Rose Hendrix, Peggy Hancock, Marie LeGrand and Natasha Martin.

The affiliate's annual awards went to Sarah Faitak, Dr. Merlin Leach Advocate of the Year; Jennifer and Zac McCool, Jackie New Outstanding Volunteer of the Year; General Mills, Outstanding Corporate Partner; Mercy Fort Smith, Grantee of the Year; and Parkhill The Clinic for Women, Gaye Cypert Power of the Promise Award.

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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at

NAN Profiles on 11/04/2018

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