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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Jason and Kellie Trent (from left), Caleb Trent, Olivia Roark, Zach Trent, J.B. Hays Community Needs Award honoree Denise Roark, Ryan Roark, Rod Roark, Rick and Donna Roark and Roman Roark and Casey Roark gather at WelcomeHealth's Evening to Shine on Sept. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fayetteville.

Sipping for Sanctuary drew Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge supporters for the inaugural wine tasting benefit on Sept. 6 at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale.

Guests were invited to register for membership to help the nonprofit organization "provide consistent support to our current animal residents -- food, enrichment items, habitat maintenance and medical care."

At a Glance

Sipping for Sanctuary

Who: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

What: Supporters had the opportunity to taste wines and learn about the nonprofit organization.

When: Sept. 6

Where: Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale

Next: Howl-O-Ween, Oct. 27

Information: (479) 253-5841 or

An Evening to Shine

Who: WelcomeHeath

What: The nonprofit organization lauded long-time volunteer Denise Roark.

When: Sept. 7

Where: Hilton Garden Inn in Fayetteville

Information: (479) 444-7548 or

Next for the group is Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular on Oct. 27.The refuge in Eureka Springs will become an "open-air haunted house brooding with lions, tigers ... and the occasional princess." The family friendly event will feature costume contests, games, hayrides and a chance to see the sanctuary's nocturnal residents.

Those tasting to support tigers (and lions, bears, cougars and other animals) included Tanya and Scott Smith, Nancy and Bill Plummer, Chaddie and Charlie Platt, Shana Kasparek, Miranda Smith, Amanda Smith, Haleigh Smith, Maria Banks, Mary Ruth Watt, Chris Harris and Ike Wever.

WelcomeHealth backers gathered Sept. 7 for An Evening to Shine at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fayetteville.

The clinic is staffed by volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses, and provides a wide range of services that include primary care, dental and dental hygiene clinics, prescription services, smoking cessation and diabetes education.

The nonprofit organization presented the inaugural J.B. Hays Community Needs Award to Denise Roark, a pharmacist who has volunteered at the clinic for the past 23 years. Hays, an oral surgeon and 30-year volunteer, helped the clinic add free dental services to its offerings in 1988.

Brittney Gulley, director of development, said Roark will spearhead the group's new Women's Care Circle to support women's health services.

Those helping the clinic shine included June and Dr. J.B. Hays, Charlotte and Dr. Brad Jones, Carl Collier, Brenda and Hugh Kinkaid, Amy and Mel Collier, Ceri and Rolf Wilkin, Sheri and Woody Bassett, Dr. Kenton Ross, Warren McDonald and Monika Fischer-Massey.

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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at

NAN Profiles on 09/16/2018

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