The eighth annual Out of the Box Luncheon on April 5 at Kindred North in Centerton will benefit Girls on the Run Northwest Arkansas.
The 10-week after-school development program for girls has been in Northwest Arkansas since 2004. Girls on the Run for girls third through fifth grades “encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others.” Heart and Sole for sixth- to eighth-grade girls “considers the whole girl — body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection.”
The group served 1,650 girls last fall at 37 sites with 54 teams and 29 sites with 44 teams this season. Teams consist of eight to 20 girls.
Suzanne Clinard, executive director, said the nationwide nonprofit focuses on those age groups because “we want to set them up to be successful and have the tools when faced with peer pressure.”
Clinard said proceeds from the luncheon, along with donations, sponsorships and grants, allow the group to “provide the program to more girls who otherwise would not be able to participate.”
Brett Biggs, Walmart’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, will provide keynote remarks for the luncheon.
Out of the Box Luncheon
Who: Girls on the Run Northwest Arkansas
What: Lunch, “Inspiration Boxes,” networking
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5
Where: Kindred North in Centerton
Information: (479) 214-240-8927 or firstname.lastname@example.org
— CARIN SCHOPPMEYER
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