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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Tracy Green (left) and Elaine Smith visit at the Dress for Success reception.

Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas lauded volunteers and partners with a reception in their honor June 18 at Crossland Construction in Rogers.

The nonprofit organization outfits unemployed or underemployed women when they attain job interviews. The women work with an image consultant at the Dress for Success boutique, then are outfitted with a suit and accessories from the boutique's stock of donated, gently used women's business and business-casual attire, shoes, belts, purses and jewelry. Women also are able to select a few outfits to get them through the first couple of weeks once they secure the job. Clients are referred to the nonprofit by groups such as Good Will Career Services, area women's shelters and Northwest Arkansas Community College Career Services -- or may apply on their own.

Next up for the group is the Little Black Dress party Oct. 3.

Among those gathering for the reception were Shawnda Schnurbusch, Linda Lauschke, Monique Swindle, Angela Robinson, Beth Pittman, Sherry Stephens, Tracy Green, Elaine Smith, Kelly Chronister, Leola Johnson, Jackie Myers and Carol Bishop.

The 17th annual Summer Salsa June 15 at the Fayetteville Town Center brought in more than $92,000 for EOA Children's House. Proceeds will go the the Amanda Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The People's Choice Award in the salsa competition went to Abuelo's. Other supreme salsa contenders included Yeyo's El Alma de Mexico, Serrano's Mexican Grill & Cantina, IDK? Cafe, Sharky's Modern Mex, Mucho Flava Food Truck, Mango's Gourmet Taco Shop, Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grille, Local Lime and Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante.

Those championing Children's House included Karen Parker, Stacy Zimmerman and Sean Pitman, Gracie and Mike Ziegler, Ron Johnson, Faye Jones, Meredith Lowry, Joan and John Threet, Lance Johnson and Susan Johnson.

Children's House is a "therapeutic, child-development and crisis-intervention center" for children 6 weeks old through 5 years old who are victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and life-threatening neglect. Children receive occupational, physical and speech therapies, counseling and family therapy. Megan Cuddy, development director, said the facility "is one of the largest child abuse prevention and treatment centers in the United States and the only one of its kind in Arkansas."

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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at

At a Glance

Summer Salsa

Who: EOA Children’s House

What: The 17th annual event helped raise more than $92,000 for the therapeutic preschool.

When: June 15

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Information: (479) 927-1232 or

Appreciation reception

Who: Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas

What: The nonprofit organization lauded lauded volunteers and partners with a reception in their honor.

When: June 18

Where: Crossland Construction in Rogers

Next: Little Black Dress party, Oct. 3

Information: (479) 877-6910 or

NAN Profiles on 06/23/2019

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