As much as heart and passion and good intentions matter in the world of nonprofits, at the end of the day, you can’t get very far without funds. It’s not the easiest pill to swallow, but when you have a community that invests in nonprofits like Arkansas does, it changes everything.

In May, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary made its largest gift in its 52-year history, a donation of $1.54 million to support ACH programs. These funds will directly support the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, the Center for Good Mourning, patient experience and the comfort foods and palliative care programs.

Arkansas Children's

“With more than 500 members strong, the ACH Auxiliary accepted the challenge of adding a new event to our annual calendar and reaching a historic level of philanthropy in support of Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” said Lindsey Gray, president of the Auxiliary.

Also in May, 34 teams showed up in force at the Chenal Country Club for the 16th annual CHI St. Vincent Golf Classic, raising more than $120,000 to support the hospital’s mission of providing compassionate care.

“Their support of our healing ministry will lead to advancements in patient care right here in central Arkansas,” said Laura Cook, senior vice president of the CHI St. Vincent Foundation.

CHI Golf Classic

This year’s tournament proceeds will help as CHI St. Vincent debuts its new Arkansas Neuroscience Institute Research and Education Center, where the team will develop innovative best practices and provide training for neurosurgeons from around the world.


Ron Standridge, Tracy Matson, Phyllis Rogers

The Arkansas Community Foundation named Ron Standridge as its new communications director. • Tracy Matson has been named executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. • Phyllis Rogers joined Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Inc. (AFMC) of Little Rock as its new chief financial officer.


Beginning July 1, Ballet Arkansas will offer patrons an exciting new membership option, a program called Allegro geared toward young professionals.

“With a series of unique special events for members and discounts on BA tickets, Allegro is perfect for those focused on networking, making friends and exploring all that BA offers outside the theater,” says Michael Fothergill, the ballet’s executive and artistic director.

A product of the Ballet Arkansas Junior Board, Allegro membership varies from the popular standard subscriptions, which are currently on sale. Allegro places emphasis on extracurricular events and socializing while still offering discounts, whereas subscriptions provide an array of specialized benefits related to seated performances.

“We hope to attract young professionals and couples to the ballet by breaking down the stereotypes about ballet and showing them that BA knows how to have some serious fun,” Fothergill says.

Visit to learn more about Allegro and season subscriptions.


Harvest Night
Sept. 7

Live music, a Southern feast and SEC football await at this family-friendly fundraiser for the Arkansas Foodbank.

“Dirty Dancing” Singalong
Sept. 7

This Party With a Heart bash is raising funds for Arkansas Paws in Prison, and yes, you can expect to have the time of your life.

Candlelight Gala
Oct. 5

The Historic Arkansas Museum’s biennial gala returns to celebrate 200 years since Arkansas first became a U.S. territory.

“Sleepy Hollow”
Oct. 18-20

Ballet Arkansas kicks off its new season by getting all kinds of creepy.

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