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Carin Schoppmeyer: June social completes Challenge

Events champion cancer charities by Carin Schoppmeyer | July 11, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
Madison Solis (from left); Vernon Solis, Cancer Challenge Volunteer of the Year honoree; Teresa Burke, Cancer Challenge exexutive director; Kennedy Solis; and Janna Solis gather at The Cancer Challenge Summer Soiree Social on June 26 at Heroncrest in Springdale. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)

The Summer Soiree Social on June 26 at Heroncrest in Springdale concluded this year's annual Cancer Challenge. The evening was the final event in the multi-day fundraiser that this year included golf, tennis, pickleball and trap shoot tournaments and a 10K/5K/1M Run Walk.

The indoor/outdoor social event included ax throwing, a silent auction, roaming photo booth and was an opportunity for the nonprofit organization to laud Vernon Solis with the Michael Shassere Volunteer of the Year Award and Ken Lassiter with the Hidden Hero Award.

The mission of the Cancer Challenge is to "advocate and support world-class cancer care in Northwest Arkansas."

Organizers say proceeds from the Cancer Challenge stay in Northwest Arkansas, and the group has granted some $13.2 million to local cancer services and programs since its founding in 1993. Grant recipients have included Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest, Circle of Life Hospice, Community Clinic, Hope Cancer Resources, Mercy Health Foundation of Northwest Arkansas, oncology supportive services and Washington Regional Cancer Support Home. Organizers say the group has served more than 475,000 Northwest Arkansans since the challenge was established.

Girish Gupta, board chairman, says: "The programs supported by Cancer Challenge funding are providing important services for people here in our community. From cancer prevention services and education to treatment navigation and survivorship skills, these programs are making a significant difference in the lives of thousands of Northwest Arkansas residents."

Next up for the group is Golf to Give Back on Sept. 16 at Topgolf in Rogers. Admission is $200 per golfer, and sponsorships are available.

Those championing the challenge at the soiree included Janna and Vernon Solis, Ken Lassiter, Ellen and Malcolm Hayward, Gay Prescott, Nancy and Drew Collom, Cam Smith, Danyelle and Eric Musselman, Gay Prescott, Arden and Bill Baxter, Jeannine Brazzeal, Beth Bengs, Holli Patrick, Dianna and Mike Whittington, Gail and Craig Powers, Sophia Roehl and Luke Vera, Monica and Gabe Sconzert, Monica and Stephen Sanders, Gran Callahan, Hannah and Sergio Hernandez, Cherie and Jeff Seyfarth, Christi and Jim Gallagher, Melody Martens and Debbie and Brian Holt.

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

Drew Collom (from left), Danyelle and Eric Musselman, Mike and Dianna Whittington and Cam Smith attend the Cancer Challenge social.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Drew Collom (from left), Danyelle and Eric Musselman, Mike and Dianna Whittington and Cam Smith attend the Cancer Challenge social. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Ken Lassiter, Cancer Challenge Hidden Hero honoree, and Teresa Burke stand for a photo at the Summer Soiree.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Ken Lassiter, Cancer Challenge Hidden Hero honoree, and Teresa Burke stand for a photo at the Summer Soiree. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Nancy Collom (from left), Jeannine Brazzeal and Arden and Bill Baxter help support the Cancer Challenge on June 26.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Nancy Collom (from left), Jeannine Brazzeal and Arden and Bill Baxter help support the Cancer Challenge on June 26. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Beth Bengs (left) and Holli Patrick welcome Cancer Challenge supporters to the Summer Soiree Social on June 26.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Beth Bengs (left) and Holli Patrick welcome Cancer Challenge supporters to the Summer Soiree Social on June 26. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Malcolm and Ellen Hayward enjoy the Summer Soiree.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Malcolm and Ellen Hayward enjoy the Summer Soiree. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Hannah and Sergio Hernandez (from left), Jim and Christi Gallagher and Cherie and Jeff Seyfarth enjoy the Cancer Challenge social.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Hannah and Sergio Hernandez (from left), Jim and Christi Gallagher and Cherie and Jeff Seyfarth enjoy the Cancer Challenge social. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Gran Callahan (from left), Craig and Gail Powers and Luke Vera and Sophia Roehl gather at the Summer Soiree.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Gran Callahan (from left), Craig and Gail Powers and Luke Vera and Sophia Roehl gather at the Summer Soiree. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Chere and Brandon Skinner (from left) and Debbie and Brian Holt visit at the Summer Soiree.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Chere and Brandon Skinner (from left) and Debbie and Brian Holt visit at the Summer Soiree. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
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At a Glance

Summer Soiree Social

Who: The Cancer Challenge

What: The social event concluded the multi-day, multi-event annual benefit that has helped the group grant some $13.2 million to local cancer services and programs since its founding in 1993.

When: June 26

Where: Heroncrest in Springdale

Next: Golf to Give Back, Sept. 16

Information: (479) 273-3172 or cancerchallenge.com

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