Homes, health heroes and more are all in this month's snapshot of the news worth noting in Little Rock's nonprofits.

HOME SWEET HOME

Over the holidays, Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas received an amazing gift to help kick off 2019. Bank OZK presented a grant for $7,500 to the nonprofit to further its work of building and improving places to call home for people in the area.

Bank OZK received the 2018 Community Area Revitalization Efforts (CARE) Award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, recognizing Bank OZK’s commitment to affordable housing, disaster recovery and community revitalization. The award included $7,500 for Bank OZK to donate to a community-based organization of its choice.

HEROES IN HEALTH

Dr. James Hunt recently received the Special Olympics Arkansas Golisano Health Leadership Award, a top honor given to “an individual or organization that is dedicated to improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities and advancing the health work of Special Olympics.”

Dr. Hunt is an associate professor of anesthesiology at UAMS, where he has served as Coordinator of Perioperative Special Needs Services since 2010. He works intensively in perioperative care for patients with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities at both UAMS and ACH.

Dr. Hunt currently serves on state boards of directors for Easterseals Arkansas and Special Olympics Arkansas, as well as local boards of directors for the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association and Camp 21.

BIG MOVES

The Wolfe Street Foundation recently named Joy Reynolds as its new executive director.

CareLink of North Little Rock added two new members to its board of directors: Rep. Fredrick J. Love and Jason Lee.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT WITH “FIRE & RAIN”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ballet Arkansas presents a dynamic mixed-repertory program titled “Fire and Rain.” Set to take the stage at UA-Pulaski Tech’s CHARTS Theater Feb. 14-17, this program features notable namesakes that celebrate the best ballet has to offer: “Don Quixote” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

“’Don Quixote’s’ fiery Act 3 brings a little heat to the bill, which balances the tenderness of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’” says Michael Fothergill, the troupe’s executive and artistic director. “And who wouldn’t want a dose of Romeo and Juliet on Valentine’s Day?”

Both ballets require a great deal of technical proficiency, but still leave a lot of room for artistic interpretation. As a climax to the program, the company will present a world-premiere contemporary tribute to the music of James Taylor.

“His music has been such an inspiration to so many,” Fothergill says. “Hopefully we will get people moving and signing in their seats.”

In addition to “Fire and Rain,” Ballet Arkansas will present only one performance of its highly interactive production of “Mary Poppins” the same weekend. Young audiences can partake in craft time before the performance and children will be invited on stage to sing and dance with the cast.

With something for everyone, Ballet Arkansas plans to celebrate big this Valentine’s Day weekend. Visit BalletArkansas.org to learn more about what’s in store.

AND COUNTING

Arkansas Children’s raised a whopping $382,855 during its annual Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive and Radiothon in December. All monetary donations benefit Arkansas Children’s Child Life and Social Work funds.

SAVE THE DATE

Go Red for Women Luncheon
May 17

The campaign-turned-national-movement encouraging women to learn more about heart health is at the center of this annual event.


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