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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy photo The Knights of Columbus-Saint Stephen Catholic Church of Bentonville donated $3,000 to Oxford Group of Northwest Arkansas, which provides affordable housing for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in Northwest Arkansas. This international organization is also part of Oxford House that started in 1975 and currently has over 2,000 houses throughout the United States. To make a donation, send a check payable to Oxford Group of NWA, P.O. Box 371, Bentonville, AR 72712; or visit their website at Pictured are John Dyas (from left), Mother Sara Milford, Gary Parnell, Troy Ward, Randy Gomez, John Reese, Mayor Stephanie Orman, Joe Delacruz, Dick Kelsey and David Myers.

Altrusa celebrates Make a Difference Day

Oct. 26 was National Make a Difference Day. Altrusa International of Bentonville/Bella Vista celebrated the day by placing 114 clear plastic bags in areas where children could find them with a book and this this note enclosed. "Congratulations! You found a book! Please take me home and read me and when you are done, please re-hide me for others to find. If you want to keep me that's fine, but please hide one of your books so that others can join the fun!" This concept was originated in England and Altrusa is excited to bring it to Northwest Arkansas.

Arkansas Crisis Center drags in donations

The third annual Bentonville Follies Charity Drag Show took place at Bentonville's Record. The function raised more than $103,000 for the Arkansas Crisis Center, whose mission is to restore hope and empower and save lives through suicide prevention.

Pairing drag novices with professionals, Bentonville Follies provided the platform for healthy competition amongst five Northwest Arkansas community members and their drag mother counterparts raising enough funds to sustain the ACC Suicide Prevention Helpline 24/7.

"The proceeds from this event will allow us to increase our staff and expand our services throughout the state of Arkansas, including expanding our Crisis Helpline hours to 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Emily Gilbertson, Crisis services program manager for the ACC.

Founded in 2017 by Jason and Jennifer Miller to celebrate the art of drag and raise money for worthy charities in Northwest Arkansas, the event has raised over $165,000 in just three years. This year, newbie contestant Kurt Berman took the audience's breath away with his crowning performance raising just over $39,000. His fellow contestants included Rex Warr, Will Ruth, Tucker Holmes and Ty Volz, who not only provided event-goers stellar performances inspired by 80's cinema but worked hard behind the scenes raising money within their community by way of auction items and sponsorships.

To further support the Arkansas Crisis Center and learn more about the work they do for Northwest Arkansas and their goal of ending Arkansas suicide by 2025, visit

NAN Our Town on 11/07/2019

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