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Carin Schoppmeyer: NWA girls keep on running

Virtual luncheonbenefits program by Carin Schoppmeyer | March 7, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kelly Sikorski (from left), Suzanne Clinard, Karli Skaggs, Sara Bickenstaff, Anna Skaggs-Silen and Amy McCall gather at the Out of the Box Luncheon to benefit Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas on April 7 at Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville.

The 10th annual Out of the Box luncheon to benefit Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas will not be in-person but will be online this year.

Organizers are planning the event to "celebrate our successes, learn more about our program and discuss empowerment during a fireside chat with Walmart's Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer Donna Morris."

Jessica Wurst, GOTR-NWA event planner, tells me: "Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas is so much more than a physical activity program. Our program focuses on the social-emotional as well as the physical well-being of our participants. We use a research-based curriculum to strengthen third- through eighth-grade girls social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. These critical life skills include managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions. "

The group has had to alter its program in many ways in the past year, but Wurst says the need for it has never been stronger. Adaptations have included changing to virtual and small groups adhering strictly to covid-19 guidelines. "The altered programming provided the girls with a much-needed safe space where they are encouraged to speak freely and express themselves. These types of spaces will be vital for children as we navigate the pandemic."

GOTR-NWA provides scholarships for more than 80% of participants, helping serve vulnerable populations in our community -- "the same communities that are being disproportionately hurt by the pandemic," says Wurst. Proceeds from the virtual event will help bolster the group's scholarships and programs.

The virtual gathering is set to include an online auction with experiences from local donors and Inspiration Boxes. Inspiration Boxes are available for purchase and are filled with goodies while select ones contain additional prizes.

Wurst adds that the girls' group is looking for volunteers to serve as coaches and mentors. The group provides coaches with training and support using their curriculum. "We want to ensure that GOTR-NWA remains accessible for all girls in our community so we can help them navigate the challenging emotions that arise and provide a safe space with trained and caring coaches."

A reminder for my nonprofit friends: The deadline for nonprofit organizations who wish to be included in NWA Gives is Monday, March 8. The fourth annual day of online giving is April 8.

According to a news release: "The Northwest Arkansas community is encouraged to support local nonprofits by donating during the 12-hour event, and participating 501(c)3 organizations will be supplied with free fundraising training by the presenting sponsor, the Walton Family Foundation."

Registered nonprofits will also be eligible for prizes. Prize money sponsor First Security Bank is providing $12,000 worth of prizes for this year's event, including $10,000 that will be distributed on April 8 -- every hour on the hour -- through random drawings and contests such as "most inspiring video" and "best social media post."

Find out more at NWAgives.org.

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

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

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kalie Hollis, Girls on the Run scholarship recipient (second from left), is joined by her parents Kimbra Dearing and Travis Hollis (from left) and Tracey Montgomery at the Out of the Boc Luncheon on April 10 at Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kalie Hollis, Girls on the Run scholarship recipient (second from left), is joined by her parents Kimbra Dearing and Travis Hollis (from left) and Tracey Montgomery at the Out of the Boc Luncheon on April 10 at Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Katie Duncan (from left), Melissa Berryhill, Jennifer Wills and Martha Bell help support Girls on the Run Northwest Arkansas.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Katie Duncan (from left), Melissa Berryhill, Jennifer Wills and Martha Bell help support Girls on the Run Northwest Arkansas.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Sara Briggs (from left) Brooke Charlson, Karen Buchanon and Sondra Corcoran, Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas board members, welcome backers to the Out of the Box Luncheon.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Sara Briggs (from left) Brooke Charlson, Karen Buchanon and Sondra Corcoran, Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas board members, welcome backers to the Out of the Box Luncheon.
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READY TO RUN
Girls take off at the start Saturday Nov. 12 2016 of the Girls on the Run 5-kilometer run in downtown Bentonville. Hundreds of girls on school teams in Northwest Arkanas took part in pre-run festivities and the 3.1-mile run. Girls on the Run is a national program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through class work and physical activity. The program's finale is a celebratory run.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF READY TO RUN Girls take off at the start Saturday Nov. 12 2016 of the Girls on the Run 5-kilometer run in downtown Bentonville. Hundreds of girls on school teams in Northwest Arkanas took part in pre-run festivities and the 3.1-mile run. Girls on the Run is a national program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through class work and physical activity. The program's finale is a celebratory run.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Claire Babineaux-Fontinot (from left), Suzanne Clinard, Girls on the Run NWA executive director and Cindy Morehring welcome guests to the Out of the Box Luncheon, on April 8 at Avondale Garden and Chapel in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Claire Babineaux-Fontinot (from left), Suzanne Clinard, Girls on the Run NWA executive director and Cindy Morehring welcome guests to the Out of the Box Luncheon, on April 8 at Avondale Garden and Chapel in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Beth Brown (from left), Sara Leonard and Stacy Bigelow, Girls on the Run board members, welcome guests to the April 8 benefit luncheon.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Beth Brown (from left), Sara Leonard and Stacy Bigelow, Girls on the Run board members, welcome guests to the April 8 benefit luncheon.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Amenda Lacy (from left), Nicole Urban and Brenda Held attend the Out of the Box Luncheon.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Amenda Lacy (from left), Nicole Urban and Brenda Held attend the Out of the Box Luncheon.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF 
READY TO RUN
Kimberly Torres, 8, gets a squirt of colored hair spray coutesy of Jessica Mounce, a teacher at Elmdale Elementary in Springdale, before Kimberly took part Saturday Nov. 12 2016 in the Girls on the Run 5-kilometer run in downtown Bentonville. Hundreds of girls on school teams in Northwest Arkanas took part in pre-run festivities and the 3.1-mile run. Girls on the Run is a national program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through class work and physical activity. The program's finale is a celebratory run.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF READY TO RUN Kimberly Torres, 8, gets a squirt of colored hair spray coutesy of Jessica Mounce, a teacher at Elmdale Elementary in Springdale, before Kimberly took part Saturday Nov. 12 2016 in the Girls on the Run 5-kilometer run in downtown Bentonville. Hundreds of girls on school teams in Northwest Arkanas took part in pre-run festivities and the 3.1-mile run. Girls on the Run is a national program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through class work and physical activity. The program's finale is a celebratory run.
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At a Glance

Out of the Box Virtual Luncheon

Who: Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas

What: The virtual fundraiser will feature a “fireside chat” with Donna Morris, Walmart executive vice president and chief people officer.

When: 11:30 a.m. April 9

Where: Online

Tickets: $35, includes delivered packet and gift card or $300, includes packets and gift cards for 10

Information: (479) 531-4519 or gotrnwa.org

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