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Peel House celebrates Christmas

Foundation offers outdoor recreation by Carin Schoppmeyer | December 25, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.
Joseph and Angelique Obiri (from left), Sheila and Jon Morgan and Melissa and Gregg Holdtke attend Christmas at Peel Museum on Dec. 2 to support of Peel Compton Foundation. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)

Peel Compton Foundation backers celebrated the holiday early at the annual Christmas at Peel Museum on Dec. 2 in Bentonville.

Javier Zavala, Foundation Board member, shared with those gathered a snapshot of the past year at the 32-year-old nonprofit organization.

"As many of you know, the Peel Compton Foundation provides four community spaces in Bentonville: Peel Museum & Botanical Garden, Compton Gardens & Arboretum, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, and Osage Park. These amazing spaces encompass nearly 400 acres right here in our hometown, one in which we are enjoying this evening."

Zavala said that in the past year:

• Peel Museum welcomed 8,300 guests, plus more than 1,100 4th graders explored Arkansas history at the annual School Days program.

• Compton Garden's annual Native Tree and Plant Sales got over 7,000 native plants back into our community to support our Arkansas ecosystem.

• Coler Mountain Bike Preserve's trail counters have tracked more than 895,000 trail uses this year.

• At Osage Park, 550 hours have been spent on invasive plant removal and 450,000 native plant seeds have been spread.

• We welcomed more than 5,600 educational program participants across all four spaces, which is more than double that number last year.

Also in the past year:

• We welcomed more than 400 members for archery at The Quiver Archery Range at Osage Park, many trying the sport for the first time!

• We doubled the size of our pickleball courts at Osage Park to be the first park with eight dedicated courts.

• We opened The Rise, the first exercise stairs in the region, at Coler.

Proceeds from the event support Peel Compton Foundation's mission to "connect the community through nature, education, recreation, and preservation at Peel Museum & Botanical Garden, Compton Gardens & Arboretum, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, and Osage Park."

Save the date for the 2023 Christmas at Peel Museum on Dec. 1.

Members of Peel Compton Foundation Board of Directors are Lynne Walton, president; Melanie Belford, treasurer, Walmart; Angie Garrett, Arvest; Ken Leonard, Master Naturalist; Jacob McElroy, Mitchell Williams Law Firm; Angelique O'Bryan, The Payroll Company; Mallory Taylor, The Momentary; Javier Zavala, Natural Bay; Mary Zettle, General Mills; Tom Alderson, Flywheel Advisory LLC; Cie Cochran, SMT Grant and Nonprofit Services LLC; Sarah Dewitt, Bentonville Public Schools; Bruce Gillispie, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; and Jamie Sohosky, Bath & Body Works.

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

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

  photo  Chad and Jennifer Kierce (from left), Mary Zettle and Colleen Jordal help support Peel Compton Foundation at Christmas at Peel Museum. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Peel Compton Foundation Board member Javier and Meagan Zavala stand for a photo at Christmas at Peel Museum on Dec. 2 in Bentonville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Peel Compton Foundation Board member Javier and Meagan Zavala stand for a photo at Christmas at Peel Museum on Dec. 2 in Bentonville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Alan Dranow and Debra Layton, Peel Compton Foundation executive director, visit at Christmas at Peel Museum. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Sarah Wiley and Andy Ronan (from left) and Ana Arguello and Helmut Solares gather at Christmas at Peel Museum. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Ben Fox and Kate Todd (from left) and Tracey and Jason Hendren attend Christmas at Peel Museum. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Keith and April Burleson (from left) and Ashley and Austin Lasater enjoy Christmas at Peel Museum. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Alan and Dana Schlagenhaft enjoy Christmas at Peel Museum on Dec. 2. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Alan and Dana Schlagenhaft enjoy Christmas at Peel Museum on Dec. 2. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
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