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Tai Rittichai STUD EARRINGS I am a big fan of all things girly and these studs fron Tai are so feminine and dainty. They’re also functional and easy to wear when I’m playing with the kids, but can still dress up a casual outfit. Tai Rittichai studs, $25 -$80

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Molton Brown SPRING SIGNATURES GIFT TRIO My mom and I share a love of all things Molton Brown and this gift set is the perfect way for her to try out some new lavish scents for Spring. I love that it comes in a gorgeous box ready to be gifted.

Kate Spade NOTEBOOK & PEN/PENCIL SET My mom is really fun and has a great sense of humor so I love to give her bright, fun gifts that make her laugh. These new candles from Illume look (and smell) great sitting out on the counter.

Spring Signatures Bathing Gift Trio, $75

Concealed Spiral Notebook, $14; Pen/Pencil Set, $42; Hot Mama Card, $5; Cameo Jar Candle, $32

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Sunday Riley JUNO HYDROACTIVE FACE OIL My mom is all about a luminous, dewy glow and Patchology’s Day & Night Eye Duo and Juno Face Oil and have the vitamins and antioxidents needed to create a radiant complexion.

Belle & Blush CUSTOM CURATED GIFT BOX A custom gift box filled with goodies chosen by my family would probably mean the most to me. They would pick little luxuries to pamper me that I might not normally buy for myself.

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Belle & Blush HYDRAFACIAL GIFT CARD I love to supplement my skincare routine with regular facial treatments to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate my skin so a B&B gift card for a Hydrafacial sometime soon would be my ideal Mother’s Day gift.

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Natura Bisse INHIBIT HIGH DEFINITION TREATMENT I love Natura Bisse’s Inhibit Collection and this serum and patches combo is a holy grail for improving the delicate undereye area. This limited edition set is the perfect way to dress up a skincare routine. Inhibit High Definition Treatment Set, $260


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Lavande LAVENDER STRESS PILLOW I like to give my mom gifts that encourage her to relax and pamper herself and Lavande makes the most soothing lavender luxuries so she can have a mini at-home spa night any time the mood strikes. Stress Pillow, $48; Deep Therapy Cream, $28; Linen Spray, $14; Bath Salts, $16

While we love a beautiful bouquet of flowers, we think the most important woman in your life deserves something a little more personal and heartfelt this Mother’s Day, so we asked our team at Belle & Blush what they planned to give, or hoped to receive, Sunday, May 13th

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10/ THE MAY EDIT This reimagining of the typical editor’s letter outlines the highlights on our editor’s social calendar.

16/ DESTINATION: CHARLESTON Stylish and comfortable must-haves for exploring South Carolina’s most enchanting city

20/ EMPTY BOWLS, FULL HEARTS Aiming to eradicate hunger in Arkansas, Mica Strother and Greg Hale take on Arkansas Foodbank’s annual event.

22/ OF ALL THE NERVE(S) Soirée goes inside the mind of neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Krisht.

24/ A VOICE IN THE CROWD The Children’s Tumor Foundation of Arkansas battles the most common disorder you’ve never heard of.

30/ A NEW HOPE Meet Hope Rises and Party with a Heart, two nonprofits joining forces to revamp the re-entry process for incarcerated women in central Arkansas.

66/ LAST LOOK: INTERNATIONAL GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL As the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church prepares for its 34th festival, it’s clear that family ties are still the secret ingredient. SPECIAL PROMOTIONS: 18 Mother’s Day Gift 38 Mental Health Resource 45 Downtown & Argenta Local 53 Caregiving

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ON THE COVER: Sarah Wengel’s hair and makeup by FACE YOUR DAY SALON, dress by KAUFMANFRANCO, jewelry from BARBARA/JEAN, styled by STYLISTS TO A T.

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With cooler weather at our backs and summertime fun ahead, here are the local happenings I won’t be missing. — Jess Ardrey, Editor

Fresh Effects It’s not called The Natural State for nothing. Farmers markets are popping up all over town with plenty of locally grown goods to go around. May is perfect for strawberries, asparagus, cucumbers and tomatoes, so I’m making room in the fridge to stock up.


In the West Longer days and warm temperatures mean more time spent on the Big Dam Bridge. It’s my favorite view in the city and I plan on soaking in all the sunsets I can.


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In between gyros at the International Greek Food Festival, I always take a few minutes to join a guided tour of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church that hosts the fest. Rev. Dr. Nicholas Verdaris walks guests through the history and traditions of the Orthodox Christian faith as you take in the stunning “windows to heaven” that surround you.


“Why did it have to be snakes?” We’re not in Kansas anymore, Indiana fans. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will wrap up its season with a screening of the classic flick “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — one of my all-time favorites — at the Robinson Center, accompanied by a live performance of the film score.


The Return of RiverFest With new organizers and a promising lineup, this Memorial Day Weekend music festival is on track to be the Arkansas tradition we love with a whole new life.


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NORTH LITTLE ROCK HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018 Heidi is one of those bright-shining stars who has never met a stranger. A kind soul, she relates easily to people from age 2 to 92, and Heidi can make just about all of them laugh! Heidi is a member of the Student Council and a natural-born leader who loves to help others. Her Christian faith grounds her; her love for her family strengthens her; and her passion for art motivates her. We are thrilled to count Heidi among the young leaders of the Jodie Kelly Photography Senior League Class of 2018.

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Learn to navigate the changing world of coverage



n the health care field 30 years ago, a new phenomenon happened as people realized the largest individual segment of the population, the Baby Boomers, would someday be elderly. This fact put a strain on the population considering health care and home care for a large group of people like this had never been seen in the U.S. before. And with this came a creation of long-term care (LTC) protection for those in need. Statistics today say that 70 percent of the aging population will need some form of long-term care. This can be contributed to longevity through

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better health care, which does not guarantee a healthy life, but all too often helps sustain a less-than-perfect life. Recently, there has been an epidemic of companies exiting the long-term care arena, mainly due to mispricing their coverage in the 1970s. There was no reference or experience when long-term care policies were first sold in order to have the statistical data to properly price the risk. For those companies who still participate in providing standalone long-term care coverage, it tends to be very expensive, with little guarantees that the price will not escalate according to the policy provisions. Gone are those older policies which guaranteed premiums could never increase. These are “use it or lose it” policies in that if you never access the benefits, the policy just goes away when you die. I recently had a client bring me her LTC policy. It had almost doubled in price after her long-term care company decided to exit the long-term care arena. It was a sobering moment when my she, her husband and I looked at each other, wondering how many times the premiums might double again in price until they couldn’t afford the premiums.

SO WHAT CAN BE DONE? What’s the answer? There are many strategies to help make LTC affordable. Understanding that long-term care coverage is as important as your car insurance or home insurance is the first step in the process. Reviewing your options, costs and expectations with an experienced financial advisor can help you decide which alternative is best for you, including self-funding for the probability of needing coverage in the future. Here are several alternatives to cover yourselves with long-term care protection: • SELF-FUNDING means taking the risk that, if you are married, you and your spouse beat the odds of one of you needing long-term care at some point in your life. You plan for any long-term care costs with savings and investments. This method assures that you are using 100 percent actual dollars to fund for the probable need. • BUNDLING BENEFITS is when an insurance company bundles death benefits and cash values with a rider allowing access to a predetermined amount of money to be used as longterm care benefits utilizing a life insurance policy. One downside to this is that there is no cost-of-living expense built into this rider, and health care costs are currently one of the highest costs of money increases

There are many strategies to help make LTC affordable. Understanding that this coverage is as important as your car insurance or home insurance is the first step in the process. in our economy. The advantage of this alternative is that each dollar you spend on this insurance, you will either receive long-term care protection, be able to utilize the cash in the policy for some other need or your heirs receive a tax-free death benefit at your death. There are three possible benefits for each dollar you spend. • Another strategy is to utilize a LUMP SUM amount of money, perhaps part of a 401k, to fund a life insurance policy which identifies an ever-increasing long-term care benefit as you age. However, if it is not needed, then it is converted to either a tax-free death benefit or cash to use as needed. The largest benefit in this strategy is that the lump sum premium can be a tax deduction as a long-term care premium because it follows the guidelines set up by the IRS as a long-term care policy. Therefore, you are using discounted dollars to fund this need. • Preplanning for this possible cost could also be accomplished through a DEFERRED ANNUITY. There are many annuities, all with different rules regarding the usage of

moneys for long-term care. Some annuities allow you to have any surrender fee or penalty waived in order to access moneys in the annuity if long-term care costs are needed. Some annuities guarantee a payout of benefit depending on the age when the funds are needed so you know what you are getting for those long-term care costs. • With CRITICAL ILLNESS, CRITICAL CARE OR SHORT-TERM CARE COVERAGE, these coverage possibilities are short-term in nature, mostly from six months to two years depending on the company. However, they do provide some coverage, which is always better than no coverage, at a reasonable price. As you can see, there are solutions to this complicated issue. Utilizing an experienced financial advisor will help you find the solution for your unique financial plan. If you already have a long-term care policy and want it reviewed, or to explore this valuable protection and how it relates to your overall financial plan, feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 501.868.3434. Rebecca Rice is the managing partner and founder of RebeccaRice & Associates, LLC.




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SOUTHERN CHARM, COASTAL BREEZES, pastel-painted row houses and cobblestone roads abound in this centuries-old city with a vibrant nightlife. For your next East Coast getaway, B.BARNETT curated these stylish yet comfortable must-haves for exploring South Carolina’s most enchanting city.

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B OX T U RT L E These handcrafted pottery trees have a cult following and can be set out year-round. The artist, who is from Little Rock, makes new versions each season and they have become quite the coveted collectible. 2616 KAVANAUGH BLVD. | 501.661.1167 | SHOPBOXTURTLE.COM

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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER She’s your only mother, so doesn’t she deserve a one-of-a-kind gift? Visit the Arkansas Arts Center Museum Shop to shop gifts handmade by Arkansas craftsmen including jewelry, ceramics and more. Whatever her interests and whatever your budget, the Museum Shop has the perfect gift. 501 E. 9TH ST. | 501.396.0356 | ARKANSASARTSCENTER.ORG

B E L L A V I TA From hand-stamped cuff bracelets to handstamped charms on a charm bracelet, Bella Vita has you covered for all your gifting needs. They always taking custom orders and can usually turn them around in 24 hours. Get those orders in — Mother’s Day and graduations are fast approaching. 523 S. LOUISIANA ST. | 501.396.9146 BELLAVITAJEWELRY.NET

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empty bowls, full hearts The Arkansas Foodbank’s annual Empty Bowls event aims to provide funding for the dozens of programs that combat hunger in the state.


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he Arkansas Foodbank is fighting the good fight against hunger with its annual fundraising event, Empty Bowls. For 16 years, this event has helped the nonprofit support its 450 partner agencies in 33 counties statewide. The money raised at the event will go directly towards combating hunger in Arkansas. Power couple Mica Strother and Greg Hale take the charge as this year's event chairs. Strother is the director of development for the Arkansas Razorback Foundation and Hale is a partner in the Markham Group. Strother says the couple was inspired to become part of the event after attending last year and being impressed by all that the organization does to help alleviate hunger in Arkansas. "The name speaks to the unique focus of the event,” Strother says. "The Empty Bowls event is actually widespread throughout the Foodbank communities nationwide. Each Foodbank puts their own individual spin on the event, but the commonality is the idea of drawing attention to ‘empty bowls’ across the nation. It’s pretty special to have a collection of events across the country benefitting the same mission, but unique in each community.” This year, Empty Bowls will honor Mike and Ginger Beebe. Coincidentally, Strother worked for the former governor for 13 years and experienced firsthand how much he and the former first lady of Arkansas fought to curb hunger within the state. "Ginger brought a lot of attention and education around [childhood hunger coupled with childhood obesity in Arkansas]," Strother says. "In 2010, they joined forces with other community partners in launching the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign. Since its launch, the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign has become a successful public-private partnership working to end childhood hunger in Arkansas." Empty Bowls is incredibly important to the Arkansas Foodbank’s ability to provide food to hungry Arkansans. The major fundraising event provides funding for programs such as Food for Families, Food for Seniors and Food for Kids. The Food for Kids program provides for children who are not sure where their next meal is coming from on weeknights, weekends, during holidays and on summer vacation.

James Hayes bowls available at The Full Moon and Gallery 26.

After researching possible solutions to this problem, the Arkansas Foodbank came up with a variety of programs to fight hunger. The Backpack Program sends hungry kids home with backpacks full of food on the weekends, while school pantries are located on campus or nearby for kids to stop by and pick up food. The After School Snack and Meals Program teams up with local churches and nonprofits to offer tutoring opportunities along with a healthy snack or meal. To fuel these programs and many more, Empty Bowls is giving guests the opportunity to Feed the Need. During the evening, guests can contribute a donation that will then be matched by special donors who have pre-committed to match what is raised during the night-of "ask." "Our hope is to raise an additional $20,000 that night to help families, children and seniors throughout central and south Arkansas,” Strother says. "Believe it or not, that amount would provide 100,000 meals to hungry Arkansans."


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EMPTY BOWLS will take place on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Robinson Center. / TICKETS + INFO:


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by William Shakespeare


At Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA

“MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” by William Shakespeare

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Soirée goes inside the mind of neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Krisht. DR. ALI KRISHT IS THE DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE ARKANSAS Neuroscience Institute at CHI St. Vincent. A neurosurgery innovator, Krisht is director of the cerebrovascular and neuroendocrine clinics, whose areas of expertise are cerebrovascular, pituitary tumors and skull base tumors. Soirée sat down with Dr. Krisht to go inside the mind of a neurosurgeon to discover what he wishes his patients knew and the most interesting case he’s ever seen. BY TODD TRAUB / PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHANIE MOORE

Are there preventive lifestyle tips for people to enhance the health of the brain and prevent some of the problems that you end up treating? You have to think about the brain as a muscle. If you practice it, it will grow. To provide good health to the brain you need good blood flow, good oxygen levels, and those can be provided with exercise. If you are exercising, you are providing that. If you are eating healthy, you don’t have clogged arteries and don’t have strokes, meaning the environment of the brain is good. The next thing is using your brain. The more you challenge yourself with cognitive activities and thoughts, the more your brain will be healthy. What do you find most exciting about your field of work? There is a universe of cells in somebody’s head and your universe of cells is working on the other universe to fix it. And we know very little, really, how these universes work. We do our best to come up with the best result when they interact — the patient’s head and my head. The evolution of what we do to reach this level to where you are working on somebody else’s head is a fascinating thing if you think about it. What is the most interesting case you've seen or surgical procedure you've performed? We have treated certain types of aneurysms that nobody else is treating like the Basilar Aneurysms, which are the deep-seated aneurysms. They used to be very risky to operate on, and when treated with other means, they tend to fail. Now the treatment is safe. More than 95 percent of our patients come out with an excellent result and it is more durable. In addition, we do surgeries on the different types of brain tumors such as the cavernous sinus, which is an area behind the eye and below the brain. This has been considered a no man’s land and it was seen as an area that was inconceivable to operate on. … One case in particular about a year ago was a cavernous sinus tumor. We were able to extract the tumor and the patient woke up with no deficits whatsoever. It was amazing because it was the first time a patient woke up without deficits. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW AT LITTLEROCKSOIREE.COM.


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The Children’s Tumor Foundation of Arkansas battles the most common disorder you’ve never heard of: neurofibromatosis. BY DWAIN HEBDA / PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON MASTERS

ot every 11-year-old can say he’s danced in front of a crowd of 500, but Will Sexton of Bauxite can. At an age when most boys are avoiding the dance floor, Will stole the show with the help of Arkansas personality Steve “Wild Man” Wilson last year when the duo knocked out a boot-scootin’ boogie at the Dancing With Our Stars gala benefiting the Children’s Tumor Foundation of Arkansas. Will’s mother Ashley remembers it as a show-stopper in more ways than one. A few years ago, Will was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF), a neurological disorder that’s the target of CTF’s efforts, and the family had been working to come to grips with the diagnosis ever since.

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CTF board member Sarah Wengel wears a VERSACE dress and jewelry from BARBARA/JEAN, shot on location at RIVERCLIFF APARTMENTS.

“NF1 affects one in 3,000 births. That’s more common than cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” Clothing by KAUFMANFRANCO, styled by STYLISTS TO A T, jewelry from BARBARA/JEAN.

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“Will is still trying to wrap his head around it. He can feel real anxious about it and so we haven’t given him more information than he’s needed,” she says. “Being an 11-year-old boy, he’s getting to that age where he’s a little bit self-conscious about everything. “For him to see he’s not the only one [with NF] and to see that there are many kids out there with many different levels of it, dealing with different aspects, and to see that he’s not alone has been an encouragement to him.” NF is the most widespread disorder you’ve never heard of. A genetic condition that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, NF has the potential for serious complications including brain tumors, cataracts and other vision problems, scoliosis, learning difficulties and chronic pain. NF is broken into three types. Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) is by far the most common and usually diagnosed in childhood while NF2 and schwannomatosis are more rare and generally diagnosed in older teens and adults.


ike a lot of people, Sarah Wengel didn’t know anything about NF prior to performing at Dancing With Our Stars three years ago, but learning more about the disorder and meeting affected families has made her a passionate advocate. She now sits on the CTF advisory board. “There’s such a low awareness of the disease; it’s actually more common than most people realize,” she says. “NF1 affects one in 3,000 births. That’s more common than cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” As the daughter of Gov. Asa Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson, Wengel has had a ringside seat to the challenges of addressing health issues in a poor, rural state like Arkansas. On the CTF board, she’s seen how much more difficult the matter becomes when the problem isn’t a household name. “I think a lot of parents don’t even know that’s something to be concerned about,” she says. “And the more spread out a state is, like Arkansas, the harder it is for families to have the resources to get to a city like Little Rock for a proper diagnosis.”

This is why much of CTF’s work goes toward educating Arkansas’ medical community on recognizing the disorder across all specialties statewide. It’s easier said than done; NF’s subtle early symptoms — dark skin patches called café au lait — are all too often dismissed as mere birthmarks, as in Will Sexton’s case. “We noticed that Will had these skin discolorations from the time that he was born, but it never caught the eye of any doctors,” Ashley says. “When he was seven, we took him in for an ear infection and that doctor happened to notice a cluster of the café au lait spots. She got the ball rolling from there.” Lesley Oslica, CTF chapter president, relates to what the Sextons and every other NF-affected family are going through and then some. It’s wasn’t that long ago she was in their shoes; a concerned mother who’d read about NF and, noticing her young daughter displayed the telltale dark spots on her skin, brought the matter up with her pediatrician. “He dismissed my concerns and actually chastised me, saying, ‘You shouldn’t be concerned about that; don’t believe everything you read,’” she recalls, her voice still simmering. “I left feeling very stupid for overreacting. “Four and half years later I take our daughter to the dermatologist for dry skin and he noticed the café au lait spots, the same ones I had asked about. He said have you had these checked on and I said, yeah, our pediatrician said it was nothing to worry about. And he said, ‘Well actually she has neurofibromatosis, you need to get her to Children’s Hospital and get her diagnosed.’” Once the diagnosis was confirmed, Oslica remembers the additional difficulty of sorting through all the required medical specialists and moreover, getting them to work in partnership on her daughter’s treatment. “When we were going through NF, I had to make all the appointments separately,” she says. “We went to cardiology, we went to neurosurgery, we went to neurology and endocrinology and nephrology and all these specialists. But none of those doctors knew we were going to all those places and nobody was talking to each other.” Going through that, Oslica envisioned a better way for NFaffected families. She started working with the national CTF organization in 2001 and officially launched the Arkansas chapter in 2004. She also set her sights on a dedicated NF clinic, an idea for which she found a willing ally in Dr. Greg Sharp, pediatric neurologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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“At that time, people thought they had to go to St. Louis or Dallas for the closest NF clinic,” she says. “I said listen, the Children’s Tumor Foundation has a national NF clinic network where we could get networked nationwide so that when people click on the map in Arkansas looking for a doctor, they find our clinic.” Today the clinic, part of the neurology department at ACH, dedicates time every month exclusively to NF patients and manages a waiting list to get others in as needed. “It’s working great now and we’re getting everybody through the system and there’s not a big waiting list to get through the NF clinic,” Oslica says. “But at the same time, the clinic is full every single time they hold it.” The clinic also fulfills another of Oslica’s goals, to bring all needed specialties under one roof to improve communication among departments and reduce the amount of legwork for families. “I think one of the things we’re doing right is that we’re very dedicated to having a multi-disciplinary clinic where we have neuropsychology, neuro-oncology, neurology and genetics in addition to having our CTF representative present every single time,” says Dr. Kevin Bielamowicz, pediatric oncologist and a member of the NF team. “That doesn’t mean the family has to see everybody every time, but just that everybody is available and everybody meets new patients. We have a clinic coordinator that reaches out to families and kind of funnels all the contacts through that one person. We’re very dedicated to doing that and doing that well.” Bielamowicz, who came to Little Rock from Houston two years ago, says Arkansas faces challenges in providing services, but that progress is being made. “Medicine is just so specialized these days and [physicians] have to be aware of so many things,” he says. “With regard to patients with neurofibromatosis, I do feel like primary care physicians are good at recognizing some of the early features of the disease. “I think, in general, we are getting better at working to educate pediatricians in the community and establishing our program and our multidisciplinary clinic as the go-to place for patients with this condition.” Along the way, CTF Arkansas formed an advisory board of community movers and shakers like Wengel and organized

several events to help fund research and pay for programs, including one that sends NF-affected teens to summer camp. Wengel says working alongside affected families is a moving experience. “A few people on the board have children with the condition,” she says. “It’s been so touching and emotional to sit at some board meetings where they had just recently gotten the diagnosis. Just to see that and hear the raw emotion in their voice; they could barely even speak about it.” Wengel has made full use of her access to the state’s top executive on behalf of these families, such as gaining a proclamation of May as NF Awareness Month in Arkansas. Gov. Hutchinson has participated in other ways, too, like throwing out the first pitch at an Arkansas Travelers game last season on NF Awareness Night. “The kids all thought that was super cool,” Wengel says. “We had a big family night and that was a lot of fun. They all got to hang out together; it was just a great night.” Everyone in the state organization — from the advisory board to the events committee to Oslica herself — are volunteers, which means every dime raised goes to serve families, pay for programs and fund research. And that investment is beginning to yield dividends with several promising drugs in trials, the first such medications to be developed. ll in all, it’s been a successful ride for CTF Arkansas. While a NF diagnosis is no less traumatic — and as-yet incurable — the mechanism for dealing with it is much easier for Arkansas families to navigate, thanks to the organization’s efforts. Still, to the surprise of no one who knows her, Oslica sees her mission as unfinished business. “I want NF to become a household name, that’s one of the goals,” Oslica says. “The other thing is getting physicians and our medical field and our NF community connected nationally so that correct practices and standards of care are known to every physician in Arkansas. “Our tagline is ‘Ending NF Through Research,’ but that’s a pretty big goal, so it’s also about what we do in the interim and what the action steps are to get there. We have made such great strides. We still have a long way to go.”


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With the state in the midst of an incarceration crisis, Hope Rises and Party with a Heart join forces to revamp the re-entry process for incarcerated women in central Arkansas.



t the corner of Ninth and College streets stands a two-story, Victorian style house surrounded by trees in bloom with the new spring. An inviting front porch wraps around the structure and the backyard is occupied by a chicken coop and raised garden beds, while a blonde gray cat named Sarafina watches from the window with steely eyes, her tail flicking in the scattered sunlight. The house stands with the historic Hanger Hill neighborhood at its back and rows of warehouses ahead, right on the perimeter of the shiny new East Village district just down the road. There’s a busy bus stop at the edge of the yard, but for now, the house is quiet. Later tonight, the house will come to life as its inhabitants — the eight women currently enrolled in the Hope Rises incarceration re-entry program — return to the place they’ll call home for six months.

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OPE RISES is a nonprofit developed to aid incarcerated and recently released women in central Arkansas by providing opportunities to gain personal empowerment. The organization was born out of an assessment of community needs performed by Kim Roxburgh and Christine Schilp-Mills, future co-founders of Hope Rises. The two first joined forces in South Africa while Roxburgh was working on her master’s in public health and bachelor’s in social work. They worked with women in a small community ravaged by HIV, and Roxburgh expected to spend the rest of her career in this field — that is, until she couldn’t stop thinking about the women in her home state of Arkansas. “Women’s issues, whether it’s HIV or incarceration, they’re all stemming from the same thing,” executive director Roxburgh says. “It’s all from multiple traumas, violence and low self-esteem.” They returned to Little Rock to set up shop, assuming, Roxburgh admits, they would implement some sort of women’s empowerment project in a low-income area as they had half a world away. But then the needs assessment did what it was supposed to do. After evaluating all the negative health and social outcomes, one group rose to the top: Women coming out of prison were the most marginalized with the least amount of resources in the area.

So the small nonprofit dove headfirst into a world they knew little about, doing research and teaching empowerment courses in jails for a year and a half to learn about the system and the women in it. “We send people to prison and we don’t give them anything new to help prevent what put them there. They’re coming out with more barriers than they went in with,” Roxburgh says. “It wasn’t enough to be an addict who is separated from your kids, dealing with mental health issues that have never been addressed. Now you’re a felon, so it’s harder to get a job or housing, and we’ve made things more complicated for you. There’s no rehabilitation for that.” Dedicated to taking a different approach than similar organizations, Hope Rises developed a re-entry approach called the Justice Involved Women’s Empowerment Model. The evidence-driven program is based off of research conducted by the National Institute of Corrections, part of the U.S. Department of Justice. The research — which is readily available, but seldom implemented because of certification fees and requirements — found that in order to decrease re-incarceration in female inmates, they require gender-responsive programs designed around specific needs. “The reasons women go back to prison are different than men,” Roxburgh says, noting that while men often find steady pay and careers in fields like construction, securing more than a fast-food job is difficult for previously incarcerated women, which can add to depression. “Women are also more likely than their male counterparts in prison to have experienced multiple traumas in their past,” she says, making recidivism (defined in Arkansas as rearrest) more of a danger. “For example, a lot of women will relapse over not getting to see their kids, increasing their risk for going back to prison, but that doesn’t increase a man’s risk.”

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When hope steps in / “GROWING UP, I was your ideal child. I had straight-A’s, I was a dancer, I cheered, I had a lot of friends and I grew up in an average household with a good family. It was smooth sailing for me.” But when Kendal Covington fell into the party crowd in high school, regularly drinking and smoking weed, it lead to a lifestyle she didn’t expect. “I didn’t really know really know that was happening; I thought it was all just for fun, that it was just a season I was in. I didn’t realize it would completely affect the entire trajectory of my life.”She soon developed a dependency on opiates, and not having the money as a teenager to feed her addiction — sometimes $25-30 for just one pill, which her body required multiple times a day — she resorted to criminal activity to sustain it. Because of overpopulation issues, Covington didn’t spend much time in her juvenile detention facility, which emboldened her when she got out. But depression hit hard when her parents took custody of her newborn son and the drugs became more scarce.“You go through all these symptoms in withdrawal — vomiting, nausea, hot flashes, chills, muscle cramps, spasms. So when I couldn’t get the drugs, I didn’t want to go into withdrawl and seize for three days, so I contacted a friend who did methamphetamine.” Covington became an intravenous meth user and began shooting all the time, adding to the misplaced sense that she could get away with anything. But with warrants for her arrest after absconding from probation, she was arrested in April of 2015. That’s when Covington says her new life began. MEAGAN MCVAY had been addicted to meth since the age of 21, going in and out of prison twice in Texas and four times in Arkansas. “I never made it very far when I got out. I had no belief in myself. I didn’t believe I was capable of doing better, and I didn’t believe I deserved to because of all the things I’d done. There was a tremendous amount of guilt, and I would just use drugs to try to cover that up so I didn’t have to feel it.” Although she wasn’t raised around drug


abuse, McVay did have childhood traumas that, unbeknownst to her, fueled her addiction. During that timespan, she had six children and lost custody of all of them. After committing her first felony at 21 — forgery — she lost hope for a fulfilling future and gave up trying for one. Battling shame and stigma, McVay focused her anger issues mostly on herself. “The last time I was in prison, I went through treatment even though I’d been through multiple treatment facilities, but this last time I really hit a dark place where I was depressed and didn’t want to live. I decided that if I didn’t want to feel that way anymore, I was going to have to make some changes.” COVINGTON AND MCVAY both met Hope Rises co-founder and executive director Kim Roxburgh while incarcerated. They both took the courses she taught and they both decided that something was different about this organization. Then, when faced with the option to go back home after their release, they both enrolled in Hope Rises. Trauma and empowerment courses, 12-step classes, recovery specialists — these women and their classmates signed up for six months of close monitoring, but didn’t regret that choice. “When you’re incarcerated, the state decides where you go, what you do, what you eat, how you fix your hair, when you can go to the bathroom and how much tissue you can have,” Covington says. “But your brain adapts to those circumstances. Going from making no decisions to making all of them in the blink of an eye, it’s a lot to process.” The holistic Hope Rises model is designed to give residents the amount of responsibility they need, then structured to give them more the longer they’re there. But McVay and Covington agree that the real power of the program is the human connection. Partnerships with organizations like Goodwill, New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services and Immanuel Baptist Church work to provide residents with everything from counseling to interview coaching to chiropractors in order to fix the damage of months on a prison cot. “They’ve built a network of people that you feel like really care about you,” McVay says. “A lot of the other places, you’re just a number, a way of income, but these people really go out of their way to help you set up your life.”


Both McVay and Covington credit that community with laying the groundwork for spiritual growth and the processing of shame, guilt and trauma that come with incarceration — a growth that gave them a sense of togetherness and stability. AFTER HER RELEASE FROM PRISON, Covington started working in Goodwill’s Transitional Employment Opportunity program sorting through donations. While this work built up her resume, she also benefited from the program’s classes to help members become comfortable with their pasts and learn how best to present themselves in the workforce. After 12 weeks, Goodwill noticed a unique set of skills in Covington and hired her into the communications and marketing department, where she currently serves as multimedia designer. In her off hours — the rare time not occupied by Goodwill or her son — she works toward a degree in mass communication. “My life is so different today, and for that I am very grateful,” Covington says. “A lot of it came from God, from Hope Rises, from Goodwill, from a lot of things. For me, it was a matter of taking every opportunity available and braiding them together to get where I needed to be.” MCVAY’S TRANSFORMATION BEGAN IN PRISON when she discovered a passion for helping people and became a counselor in training. Since graduating from Hope Rises, she is now a recovery coach, teaching classes at the house for new residents and working with recovery center Harbor House and reentry program The Exodus Project. She teaches relapse prevention courses in prison and at Hope Rises every week, and recently earned certification to teach parenting classes, all while working at Starbucks. One of her proudest achievements, however, is establishing contact with her oldest daughter, who she now talks to almost every day, and developing a good relationship with the 17-year-old college student. “It’s not been easy for me or any of the other girls in that house, but it’s paying off every day,” McVay says. “I have a pretty busy life, but everything is so fulfilling. I’ve never felt like I had a purpose or something to do to help other people or give back until now, and that feels indescribably great.” L i tt l e R ock S oi re e . co m | M AY 2 018 | 33

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The Hope Rises model works through seven branches: recovery, community engagement, personal and economic empowerment, case management and physical and mental wellness. This model applies across the nonprofit’s pre-release, re-entry and step-down programs. For the six months they’re in the house, residents follow strict guidelines on chores, clean eating, therapy, attending recovery meetings and regular exercise, with Hope Rises advocates often donating their time to teach yoga classes or financial literacy courses. “This holistic approach of not just looking at someone as an addict is at the core of everything we do,” Roxburgh says. “For most systems, the rules coming out of prison are to get a job, to go to meetings and that’s kind of it. That and a roof over your head is supposed to cure everything. For us, just saying to these women ‘You’re a whole woman, you’re a whole person and you’re a mother and a daughter and a survivor of all this trauma’ is how we built our foundation.” 3 4 | MAY 2 018 | LittleRoc kS o i re e . c o m


nd the program works. It was because of Hope Rises’ spotless track record of recidivism that someone suggested Roxburgh apply to be the 2018 partner of Party with a Heart. Each year, this local nonprofit teams up with another nonprofit, organizing unique fundraising events to benefit the chosen organization. Tifany Hamlin co-founded Party with a Heart three years ago after she and some friends had attended one too many ho-hum fundraisers. With a saturated nonprofit arena like Little Rock’s, it’s all too easy for less prominent charities to slip through the cracks, especially when they don’t have the means or manpower to host glitzy events.

“Hope Rises allows the women in our prison system who are ready to heal and grow and rejoin our community do so in a life-changing way.” -Tifany Hamlin

“I began to realize that the playing field for nonprofit organizations didn’t seem exactly fair,” Hamlin says. “So many small organizations that also do amazing work cannot pull off a formal gala or state convention-sized event.” As a female-focused nonprofit, Party with a Heart believes bringing women together for a common cause can ignite that cause, giving it momentum, as was evident with past partners Literacy Action of Central Arkansas and Partners Against Trafficking Humans. The group finds the “magic mix” for a chosen partner is that it must support an issue women are unaware of, one they will become passionate about and one with the stability to handle the spotlight for an entire year. Hamlin says Hope Rises xfits the bill perfectly with an active and engaged board and a success record that speaks for itself. Over the course of the year, Party with a Heart will host three events whose net proceeds will go to Hope Rises: an Italian wine

dinner that took place in February, a ladies-only dance party and a singalong viewing of “Grease.” But while these events are designed to attracts crowds, they always serve their intended purpose of educating women on local injustices, biases and the struggles of their neighbors — something to which Hamlin is not immune. “Every year I am brought face-to-face with an important social issue that reveals another level of personal bias I didn’t know I was harboring,” Hamlin says. “The incredible people our nonprofit partners serve don’t usually fit my early definitions of a victim of sex trafficking or an adult who cannot read or a woman who is transitioning out of the prison system. I am so grateful for the knowledge, expansion and compassion that each year brings me. “I know this sounds cliché, but Party with a Heart gives me more than I ever could give back,” she adds. “Isn’t that the lesson in giving?”

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ith one Party with a Heart event under its belt, Roxburgh says Hope Rises is already seeing a boost in website traffic, social media interactions and general public interest. The goal is to convert these curious new fans into contributors, because the organization has a full to-do list. A major goal for the nonprofit is to add more residents and more office space for the team. Perhaps more importantly, the group is currently working on grants to expand its in-prison presence and services to prepare women before release. With more than 650 women released from incarceration in Arkansas each year and only 18 licensed transitional houses in the state, it’s daunting to consider the waitlist of women to even get into Hope Rises. “People seem to think this is normal or this is how it’s always been, but between 2006 and 2016, the rate of women in incarceration increased 70 percent,” Roxburgh says. “We’re not in a normal cycle here. We have an epidemic and we are incarcerating people like crazy. We can’t sustain this. We have to do something different.” Recidivism numbers in Arkansas are some of the worst in the country, with approximately one-third of women being re-incarcerated within three years of release, according to the nonprofit’s website. Of the eight women currently in the Hope Rises house, all of them have done multiple stints in prison, some serving as many as six terms. For Roxburgh, this work harkens back to her time in South Africa, but with a startling dissonance.

“When you look at how we do things overseas, it’s so weird domestically,” she says. “In America, we address things as single issues, but we aren’t concerned with your family dynamics or your poverty. Overseas, we know in order to reach people in those situations that we have to provide transportation and housing. Why would we ever expect someone to show up to our class on empowerment when they don’t have the means to get there, or to get their medication, for that matter, or they’re hungry? “Yet here, with our own neighbors, we have this pullyourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mentality where we can help you on this one thing, but you have to figure out the rest on your own.” HAMLIN, LIKE MOST, was shocked when she learned about this largely unknown issue in Arkansas. But she, like most, was quickly on board to discuss the issue and promote this organization that’s trying to dismantle it. “What I’m learning through Hope Rises is that our prison system was created mostly for men and by men. Women have entirely different needs both while in prison and when transitioning out of the system,” Hamlin says. “It’s almost impossible to successfully leave the cycle of prison without some type of healthy intervention and support. Hope Rises is that healthy intervention, allowing the women in our prison system who are ready to heal and grow and rejoin our community do so in a life-changing way.” And while the end goal may be to transform an entire societal system, Roxburgh and her team know those lifechanging moments only happen when a human being invests in another human being with intentionality. It’s delicate work, the empowerment process. It’s one where reliance shifts slowly, piece by piece, from rulemaker to caregiver to, finally, self. “At first, they’re very dependent on us,” Roxburgh says. “And sure, that feels good because we feel needed, but we always have to step back, to make sure we’ve taught them how to feel wholly confident in themselves. “When they walk out of here, I don’t want them to say, ‘This is what Hope Rises did for me.’ I want them to say, ‘Look at what I did.’”

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1in5 adults h ave a mental health condition


11.1% 53.5 % 80% o f yo u t h h ave depression and

of those will get no or insufficient treatment

triking and almost unimaginable, these statistics — though they capture only a fragment of the issue’s true scope — hint at just how encompassing the clutches of mental illness can be. When dealing with something that affects nearly everyone in their lifetime, it’s crucial to remove the stigmas that come with mental illness so that when signs are recognized, people receive immediate help. Society is making big strides in the realm of mental wellness, particularly in recent years. Peggy Kelly, the chief clinical officer of Youth Home, Inc. and its outpatient clinic Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas, points to positive indicators like private insurers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services beginning to acknowledge and pay for more mental health interventions and treatment. “We have every reason to be optimistic that access to care and better, more effective treatment is on the horizon for a number of reasons,” Kelly says. Here, Kelly, a licensed professional counselor, breaks down current progress of mental health in the U.S.: • “To address the mental health needs of their patients, many primary care providers are

of adults in Arkansas with a mental illness will receive no mental health treatment

integrating behavioral health care services into their setting. Models have emerged that include the use of care managers, behavioral health consultants, behaviorists or consultation models. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended doctors screen all of their patients age 12 and older for depression.” • “Pharmacogenomics, the study of how our genes metabolize and breakdown medications, has led doctors to tests — some as simple as a cheek swab — determining which psychiatric medication is best for patients who experience side effects or don’t respond well to some medications. This has become a standard of care among physicians in some settings and among some insurance providers in an effort to reduce the trial and error that delays appropriate treatment.” • “The digital world of tele-psychiatry allows patients in rural areas to access the services of advanced practice nurses or psychiatrists to help diagnose and treat mental health conditions.” • “In 2008, the FDA approved transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven’t been effective.”

Stats from the Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Mental Health and Mental Health America

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Individual outpatient therapy for: • Children • Adolescents • Adults • Spanish-Speaking Clients • Families • Seniors

The Seven Challenges This comprehensive counseling program was designed specifically for individuals ages 13-24 who struggle with drug and alcohol related problems. The evidence-based approach uses an empowerment model that places personal problems in the context of broader social and environmental issues.

Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas

School-based mental health services When your child shows behavioral, emotional and social problems that affect academic performance, Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas is here to help with on-site therapy in multiple central Arkansas schools.

Other services:

• Assessments and referrals • Medication management for active clients • Mental health paraprofessional services • Emergency after-hours help for current clients

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you or someone you love is struggling with emotional or behavioral issues. The Behavioral Health Services mission is to equip and empower youth, adults and families to become healthier, contributing members of the community by providing compassionate emotional and behavioral health care.

A division of Youth Home, Inc. 10 Corporate Hill, Ste. 330 Little Rock 501.954.7470 @BHSArkansas /BHSArkansas

Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas provides therapy for children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors in a comfortable environment. Treatment focuses on a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues and contemporary work, school or family problems. Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas, formerly Youth Home’s Family Therapy Services, has provided emotional and behavioral therapy for more than 20 years. The highly trained clinical therapists have nearly 100 years of collective practice, so you can feel confident you’re getting quality care for your individual or family needs.

Services: For children and adolescents: • Acute inpatient care for children ages 4-12 • Acute inpatient care for adolescents ages 13-17

The BridgeWay

• Residential treatment for adolescents ages 13-17 • On-site special education by special education-certified teachers • Outpatient treatment

For adults and seniors: • Inpatient care for chronic and acute mental illness • Inpatient care for seniors • Inpatient care for addiction or dual diagnosis • Inpatient or outpatient electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) • Partial hospitalization • Intensive outpatient for mental health treatment and chemical dependency treatment • Individual outpatient treatment

The BridgeWay hospital, located in central Arkansas, offers an innovative recovery experience at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Here, specialists offer a continuum of services designed to help children, adolescents, adults and seniors who are experiencing behavioral, emotional or addictive problems that can lead to fractured lives. The BridgeWay offers psychiatric evaluation and treatment by board-certified physicians, medical history and physicals by board-certified physicians and medication management by board-certified physicians, as well as programs for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Continuous medical care is offered by licensed nurses, along with group therapy. Nutritional resources are overseen by registered dietitians and recreational therapy is available by certified therapeutic specialists. Aftercare planning is also available through experienced clinicians.

21 BridgeWay Road North Little Rock 501.771.1500 /TheBridgeWayArkansas

The assessment and referral staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. Mobile assessments are available upon request. Assessments are provided at no charge and are always confidential. The BridgeWay is an in-network provider for Medicaid, up to 21 years of age, and all other insurance companies in Arkansas including Medicare.

Conway Behavioral Health Hospital

Services: • Adult inpatient treatment program • Adolescent inpatient treatment program • Adult substance use treatment program • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

2255 Sturgis Road Conway 501.404.4201  / Conway Behavioral Health Hospital

Conway Behavioral Health Hospital, located near Little Rock, treats adults and adolescents who are suffering from a variety of mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety and co-occurring addiction. Its mission is to provide an individualized treatment experience based on each person’s unique goals for recovery. At Conway, it’s your journey, their story. No matter the day or the hour, you can call on Conway to assist you or a loved one in accessing support. The straightforward admissions process begins with a free assessment offered 24/7 by members of the expert treatment team. With years of experience in the mental health setting, these professionals will identify your most pressing concerns and guide you toward the next steps. At Conway, the team understands you might have questions about the financial obligations associated with treatment. Rest assured they’ll help you make the most of your insurance coverage so you can focus on recovery rather than worry about finances. Programming is covered by all Arkansas insurance plans (including Medicare), and it is an in-network provider for Medicaid (for patients up to age 21) and adult-managed Medicaid. Conway Behavioral Health Hospital offers cutting-edge care in an environment of dignity and respect. Reach out today to learn more about its comprehensive treatment services.

New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services, L.L.C.

Services: • Individual, group and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults • Complex trauma • Anger management • Anxiety • Depression • Grief • PTSD • Borderline personality disorders

New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services, L.L.C. is dedicated to strengthening the families and communities of Arkansas by providing a continuum of quality mental and behavioral health services. Licensed professional therapists specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults who struggle with trauma, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship problems and other mental and emotional challenges. New Beginnings utilizes a broad range of established therapeutic and psycho-educational techniques to help clients identify their goals and develop the skills needed to help them flourish, such as trauma-informed care, EMDR, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy and sand tray therapy. New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services offers outpatient care from its main office in Little Rock, as well as in schools, clients’ homes and other appropriate community locations in Pulaski and Cleveland counties. It also offers bilingual services to reflect the diversity of its community and client base.

1 Lile Court, Ste. 200 Little Rock 501.663.1837 [email protected]

The dedicated and passionate team includes a board-certified child psychiatrist, advanced practice registered nurse, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed master social workers, licensed psychological examiner-independents, licensed associate counselors and paraprofessionals. Together, seasoned professionals create the therapeutic plans and provide the tools necessary to improve clients’ quality of life.

Since 2000, Families, Inc. Counseling Services has provided outpatient mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in the home, school and office. One of 11 clinics, the Jacksonville location serves Pulaski, Lonoke and Faulkner counties.

Methodist Family Health is the only comprehensive behavioral and psychiatric healthcare system for children and families in Arkansas. MFH’s nonprofit organizations provide comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral healthcare to more than 2,400 clients daily via a whole continuum of services. Methodist Family Health offers care ranging from the most intensive and restrictive (acute hospital care) to the least restrictive (outpatient counseling), while also providing all intermediate residential levels of care.

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Since1988, 1988,the the Rice Rice Clinic a Christian-based mental health health clinic Since Clinichas hasbeen been a Christian-based mental that helps and families cope with diffi culties anddifficulties challengesand that clinic thatindividuals helps individuals and families cope with are encountered within a lifetime. Dr. Lawlis is pleased to still welcome new challenges that are encountered within a lifetime. The Rice Clinic is patients in his completion of the first anniversary with the Rice Clinic. also proud to welcome C. Brent Lawlis, M.D. to our staff.

Since 1985, Rivendell has been committed to providing the best psychiatric and behavioral health care, with the goal of supporting the whole family. This hospital offers award-winning inpatient psychiatric and behavioral health treatment services for adults, adolescents and children. Rivendell is accredited by the Joint Commission as a licensed 80-bed psychiatric hospital. Inpatient care is provided on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week, and the new intensive outpatient recovery program efor adults is truly changing lives. Call or visit today.

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AMERICAN/CONTINENTAL 109 & Co. 109 Main St. / 501.374.3710 42 Bar and Table at the Clinton Presidential Center 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501.537.0042 4Square Cafe & Gifts 405 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.2622 / @ The Corner — A Modern Diner 201 E. Markham St. 501.400.8458 / Bark Bar 1201 S. Spring St. 501.295.3989 / Big Whiskey’s 225 E. Markham St. 501.324.2449 The Bistro 521 President Clinton Ave. 501.975.9800 Bookends Cafe at Cox Creative Center 120 River Market Ave. 501.918.3091 Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar 3201 Bankhead Drive 501.235.2000 / Boulevard Bread Co. 1417 Main St. 501.375.5100 Bray Gourmet Deli & Catering 323 Center St., Ste. 150 501.353.1045 /

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Brewski’s Pub & Grub 315 Main St., Suite 100 501.372.2739 Cache Restaurant 425 President Clinton Ave. 501.850.0265 / [email protected] 1 World Ave. / 501.907.8801 Canvas at the Arkansas Arts Center 501 E. Ninth St. / 501.907.5946 Capital Bar & Grill 111 W. Markham St. 501.374.7474 / Capitol Bistro 1401 W. Capitol Ave., Ste. D 501.371.9575 Capitol Smokehouse & Grill 915 W. Capitol Ave. 501.372.4227 Copper Grill 300 E. Third St. 501.375.3333 / Cotham’s in the City 1401 W. Third St. 501.370.9177 Dave’s Place 210 Center St. 501.372.3283 David’s Burgers 400 President Clinton Ave. 501.400.8371 Diamond Bear Brewing Co. 600 N. Broadway / 501.708.2739

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro 200 S. River Market Ave. 501.375.3500

Prost 322 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.9550

Doubletree Plaza Grille & Bar 424 W. Markham St. 501.372.4371

Reno’s Argenta Cafe 312 Main St. (Argenta) 501.376.2900

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge 315 E. Capitol Ave. 501.353.0775 EJ’s Eats & Drinks 523 Center St. 501.666.3700 Flying Saucer 323 President Clinton Ave. 501.372.8032 / Franke’s Cafeteria 400 Broadway St., Regions Bank Building 501.372.1919 Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken 300 President Clinton Ave., Ste. D 501.372.2211 Ira’s Restaurant 311 Main St. / 501.406.5857 *coming soon Mason’s Deli & Grill 400 President Clinton Ave. 501.376.3354

Rivershore Eatery 400 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.2326 The Root Cafe 1500 S. Main St. / 501.414.0423 Sack It by Franke’s 400 Broadway St., Regions Bank Building 501.372.4177 Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill 322 Main St. / 501.379.8019 Skinny J’s 314 N. Main St. / 501.916.2645 South on Main 1304 S. Main St. / 501.244.9660 Southern Table 323 S. Cross St. / 501.379.9111 Sports Page 414 S. Louisiana St. 501.372.1642

Mugs Cafe 515 Main St. (Argenta) 501.379.9101 /

Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. 501.372.7707 /

One Eleven at the Capital 111 W. Markham St. 501.374.7474

Willy D’s 322 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.9550

ARGENTINIAN Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe 614 President Clinton Ave. 501.904.2133

ASIAN/SUSHI Benihana 2 Riverfront Place 501.374.8081 /

Wasabi Sushi, Bar and Grill 101 Main St. / 501.374.0777

BARBECUE Cross-Eyed Pig 1701 Rebsamen Park Road 501.265.0000


Chi’s Dimsum & Bistro 3421 Old Cantrell Road 501.916.9973

Blue Canoe Brewing Co. 425 E. Third St. / 501.492.9378

Hanaroo Sushi Bar 215 Center St. 501.301.7900

Fassler Hall 311 E. Capital Ave. 501.246.4757 /

Poke Hula 425 E. Third St. / 501.246.3369

Flyway Brewery 314 Maple St. 501.350.8868

Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling Co. 611 S. Main St. / 501.372.1811

ARGENTA FLATS Located in the Historic Argenta District, Argenta Flats offers upscale apartment homes with 1 and 2 bedroom options. Visit our clubhouse – the old Rapillard House transformed into a modern, sophisticated clubhouse with fitness center, wine room, dog park, pool, and more. 123 W 7th St 501.712.1214


Lost Forty Brewing 501 Byrd St. / 501.319.7275

Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. 822 E. Sixth St. 501.374.2791 / Rock Town Distillery 1216 E. 6th Street 501.907.5244 *moving soon to SoMa Stone’s Throw Brewing 402 E. Ninth St. / 501.244.9154 Vino’s Brew Pub 923 W. Seventh St. / 501.375.8466

DESSERT/COFFEE/TEA Andina Cafe & Coffee Roastery 433 E. Third St. / 501.376.2326 Blue Sail Coffee 417 Main St. / 501.753.6622 BlueSail.Coffee

Boulevard Bread Co. 1417 Main St. 501.375.5100 Community Bakery 1200 S. Main St. 501.375.6418 Dempsey Bakery 323 S. Cross St., Ste. B 501.375.2257 The Green Corner Store 1423 Main St., Suite D 501.374.1111 The Joint 301 Main St. (Argenta) Cafe: 501.372.0210 Reservations: 501.372.0205 Kilwins of Little Rock 415 President Clinton Ave. 501.379.9865

Loblolly Creamery 1423 S. Main St. / 501.396.9609 Mugs Cafe 515 Main St. (Argenta) 501.379.9101 / Zetêo Coffee 610 President Clinton Ave. 501.733.2324 / FARM TO TABLE The Root Cafe 1500 S. Main St. / 501.414.0423

ITALIAN/PIZZA Bruno’s Little Italy 310 Main St., Ste. 101 501.372.7866 Ciao 405 W. Seventh St. 501.372.0238 Damgoode Pies and Taproom 500 President Clinton Ave. 501.664.2239

Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom 1318 S. Main St., Ste. 100 501.374.7476 / Ristorante Capeo 425 Main St. (Argenta) 501.376.3463 / Vino’s Brew Pub 923 W. Seventh St. / 501.375.8466 MEXICAN Cotija’s Mexican Grill 406 S. Louisiana St. 501.244.0733 /


Gusano’s Pizzeria 313 President Clinton Ave. 501.374.1441 /

Cregeen’s Irish Pub 301 Main St. (Argenta) 501.376.7468 /

Iriana’s Pizza 201 E. Markham St., Ste. 100 501.374.3656 /

Copper Grill 300 E. Third St. / 501.375.3333

Dugan’s Pub 401 E. Third St. / 501.244.0542

Larry’s Pizza Downtown 1122 Center St. / 501.372.6004

Doe’s Eat Place 1023 W. Markham St. 501.376.1195 /


The Faded Rose 1619 Rebsamen Park Road 501.663.9734 Flying Fish 511 President Clinton Ave. 501.375.3474 Heritage Grille Steak & Fin 3 Statehouse Plaza 501.399.8000 Lassis Inn 518 E. 27th St. / 501.372.8714 Riverfront Steakhouse 2 Riverfront Place 501.375.7825 Skinny J’s 314 N. Main St. 501.916.2645



Your escape adventure awaits in one of our three exciting game rooms. Great for date night, families, friends and team building.

Home to more than 90 hands-on and interactive exhibits and an explore store with out-of-this-world gift ideas!

713 A Main Street | 501.712.5222 |

500 President Clinton Ave., Ste 150 | 501.396.7050 |



Being good neighbors to make Little Rock a place where children thrive | Worship with us in downtown Little Rock — 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning

Our mission is to educate children in a challenging, loving environment that empowers them to become efficient, independent, excited learners. We are a private, PreK3 through 8th grade, independent school.

723 Center St. | 501.372.2256 |

7700 Ohio Street | 501.225.6629 |


Sonny Williams’ Steak Room 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 100 501.324.2999

Dugan’s Pub 401 E. Third St. / 501.244.0542 Brewski’s Pub & Grub 315 Main St., Suite 100 501.372.2739

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge 315 E. Capitol Ave. 501.353.0775

Capital Bar & Grill 111 W. Markham St. 501.374.7474 /

Ernie Biggs 307 President Clinton Ave. 501.372.4782 / Fassler Hall 311 E. Capitol Ave. 501.246.4757 /


Club 27 614 President Clinton Ave. 501.414.0400

109 & Co. 109 Main St. / 501.374.3710

Cregeen’s Irish Pub 301 Main St. (Argenta) 501.376.7468 /

610 Center 610 Center St. / 501.374.4678 Facebook: The New 610 Center

Crush Wine Bar 318 N. Main St. 501.374.9463

Big Whiskey’s 225 E. Markham St. 501.324.2449

Deep 322 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.9550

Soul Fish Cafe 306 Main St. / 501.396.9175 VARIETY Ottenheimer Market Hall 400 President Clinton Ave. 501.375.2552 /

Flying Saucer 323 President Clinton Ave. 501.372.8032 Prost 322 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.9550 Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave. 501.823.0090 /

South on Main 1304 S. Main St. 501.244.9660 / Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. 501.372.7707 / Sway 412 Louisiana St. / 501.777.5428 White Water Tavern 2500 W. Seventh St. 501.375.8400 Willy D’s 322 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.9550 Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar 300 River Market Ave., Ste. 1 501.246.4876 L i tt le R ock S oi re e . com | M AY 2 018 | 49

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4Square Cafe & Gifts 405 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.2622 / Argenta Bead Company 1608 S. Main St. / 501.537.0928 Arkansas Arts Center Museum Shop 501 E. Ninth St. / 501.396.0356 Arkansas Flag & Banner 800 W. Ninth St. / 501.375.7633 ART Outfitters 917 W. Seventh St. / 501.374.4323 Barakat Bespoke 417 President Clinton Ave. 501.244.9670 The Barn Mercantile 301 President Clinton Ave. 501.615.5287 Baumans at The Capital Hotel 111 W. Markham St. 501.370.7080 / Bella Vita Jewelry 523 S. Louisiana, Ste. 175 501.396.9146 Blake’s Furniture 321 Main St. (Argenta) 501.375.2417

Clinton Museum Store 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501.748.0400 Coin & Stamp Shop 107 Main St. 501.375.2113 Custom Trophies, Inc. 1210 Main St. 501.372.3332 The Edge Gallery 301B President Clinton Ave. 501.992.1099 Electric Ghost 1218 Main St. 501.246.3500 ESSE Purse Museum & Store 1510 Main St. 501.916.9022 Frances Flower Shop 1222 W. Capitol Ave. 501.372.2203 The Freckled Frog 419 President Clinton Ave. 501.514.2060 Fringe Clothing 112 River Market Ave. 501.376.7000 Fuller and Son Hardware, Inc. 900 S. Main St. / 501.604.7575

Butler Center Galleries 401 President Clinton Ave. 501.320.5700 /

Galaxy Office Furniture & Design 304 Main St. (Argenta) 501.375.3375

Clement/Sweet Home Antiques 1324 S. Main St. 501.296.9198

Gallery 221 Original Fine Art 221 W. Second St., Ste. 102 501.801.0211

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Museum of Discovery The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain 1423 Main St., Ste. D 501.374.1111 Hearne Fine Art 1001 Wright Ave., Ste. C 501.372.6822 Historic Arkansas Museum Store 200 E. Third St. 501.324.9351 Inretrospec 1201 Center St. / 501.414.8262

Kyle-Rochelle Jewelers 523 S. Louisiana St., Ste. M100 501.375.3335 Little Rock Farmers’ Market 400 President Clinton Ave. 501.375.2552 / Little Rock Violin Shop 316 E. 11th St. / 501.712.3217 Louie’s Unique Framing and Gallery 1509 Mart Drive, Ste. A 501.907.6240

Jones Brothers Pool Tables 309 W. Broadway (Argenta) 501.372.0168

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Gift Shop & Bookstore 501 W. Ninth St. / 501.683.8593

Kilwins of Little Rock 415 President Clinton Ave. 501.379.9865

Moxy Modern Mercantile 1419 S. Main St. 501.374.2474 / MoxyModernMercantile

Museum of Discovery Explore Store 500 President Clinton Ave. 501.537.3078 Stop by the Museum of Discovery’s Explore Store to shop for fun and inventive educational gifts for youth and old. The gifts are a great way to continue your museum experience at home and to encourage learning and creative play by all. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. Old State House Museum Store 300 W. Markham St. 501.324.9685 Paul Morrell Formalwear 120 S. Victory St. 501.374.8899 /

Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing 1001 Wright Ave. 501.372.5824 /

Stratton’s Market 405 E. Third St. / 501.791.6700

River Market Books & Gifts Cox Creative Center 120 River Market Ave. 501.918.3093 /

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center Gift Shop 602 President Clinton Ave. 501.907.0636

Romás by Linda Rowe Thomas 310 Center St. / 501.301.4913 Shop the Rock 400 President Clinton Ave. 501.320.3515 [email protected] 1 World Ave. / 501.907.8805 South Main Creative 1600 Main St. 501.414.8713

ENTERTAINMENT Ozark Escape Room 713A Main St., North Little Rock 501.712.5222 Your escape adventure awaits in one of three exciting game rooms. Find clues, solve puzzles and get the key — all in one hour. Great for date night, families, friends and team building. Open 5-9 p.m. Wednesday -Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday.

Museum of Discovery 500 President Clinton Ave. 501.537.3078 Located in the River Market District, the museum offers hands-on exhibits for the entire family. Visitors can explore the wonders of nature, science, technology, engineering, arts and math in an interactive, educational environment. Group rates are available for camp-ins, birthday parties and rentals. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for ages 12 and under. Free for children under 1 and museum members. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Open on Monday holidays and summer.



Haus Werk is an upscale and eclectic boutique showcasing local artist and artisans. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.

Arkansas’ Most Contagious Real Estate Brand

2923 Kavanaugh Boulevard | 501.663.5251 |

Little Rock | Benton | Sherwood | 501.246.5704 | #TodaysRealtors



Raymon Harvey’s family settled in Arkansas over 150 years ago. He grew up in El Dorado and studied in Jonesboro and Memphis. Raymon has a B.A. and M.A. from Arkansas State University and J.D. from Memphis State University. Since 1997 his law practice has been located in Little Rock where it is limited to Elder Law, Special Needs Planning and Estate Planning. Raymon is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association as well as a Charter Member of the Special Needs Alliance. As member of the Arkansas Bar Association he served as Chairman of the Elder Law Section and served as Chairman and author for the Arkansas Elder Law Desk Manual published in 2013. Raymon has been AV® rated (highest category) by Martindale-Hubble® Attorney Peer Rating System for legal ability and ethical standards since 2008. The Arkansas Times named him the Best Lawyer in Arkansas for Elder Law from 2014 through 2018. Best Lawyers in America named Raymon as one of the Best Elder Law Attorneys in America from 2014 through 2018. A frequent lecturer, Raymon has been a presenter for many national and state organizations and numerous local groups.


Arkansas State University, B.A., M.A. University of Memphis, J.D.

RAYMON B. HARVEY, P. A. 650 S Shackleford Road, Suite 400 501.221.3416

Caregiver’s Guide

As our average life expectancy creeps ever upward, the need for family members to step in and take care of aging loved ones will only increase. In the past year, approximately 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an older adult, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. Reasons for intervention vary — Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, surgery, injuries sustained in a fall — and caregivers are equally diverse — sons, daughters, spouses, even friends and neighbors. Regardless of the circumstances, the goal is often the same: to provide a loved one with a comfortable, caring environment. Whether researching options for your own next step in life or searching for a living arrangement for your parents, caregiving is a complicated endeavor and holds a series of difficult decisions. Following are profiles of local resources to help you navigate the waters of providing for your loved ones at any stage. A SOIRÉE SPECIAL PROMOTION

Colonel Glenn Healthcare and Rehab Colonel Glenn Healthcare and Rehab is central Arkansas’ newest, 120-bed, state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility. It provides a range of services from long-term care to short-term rehabilitation, including respite care. Conveniently located on the I-430 South Colonel Glenn exit, the facility provides 24-hour care for all skill levels. All employees are offered continuing education in addition to ongoing on-site training. The facility now accepts private pay, Medicaid and Medicare, as well as other insurances.

Excellence Always, In All Ways. • Outdoor pavilion • On-site beauty shop • Activity program for all skill levels, including trips within the community • 82 private rooms • Luxurious interior design • Physical, occupational and speech therapy


CARELINK Alzheimer’s Arkansas provides needed information and support so that all Arkansans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are able to live with dignity and comfort.

CareLink is a nonprofit that has served older people and their family caregivers for more than 38 years by connecting them with resources to meet the opportunities and challenges of aging.

201 Markham Center Drive | Little Rock | 501.224.0021 |

P.O. Box 5988 | North Little Rock | 501.372.5300 |



Evergreen Living Center at Stagecoach provides respite care services, long-term care services featuring an engaging activity calendar and social programs and short-term rehabilitation services including physical, speech and occupational therapy.

Presbyterian Village is a faith-based, nonprofit continuing care retirement community with amenities for perfect retirement living: transportation, wonderful Southern-cooked meals, an invigorating activity program and varied levels of care.

6907 Hwy. 5 North | Bryant | 501.213.0547

510 N. Brookside Drive | Little Rock | 501.225.1615 |

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Senior Placement Services of Arkansas is a locally owned and operated senior care consulting agency providing free, personalized, unbiased resources to families considering senior living options such as assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, long term and in-home care.

Our program offers free Alzheimer’s/dementia and physical skills workshops that provide caregiving tips for family and friends caring for older adults in the home. These workshops, as well as other healthy aging programs, are offered at eight sites around the state.

Serving central Arkansas | 501.650.3013 |

501.526.6500 |

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” — CARS ON MCCULLERS

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Monday & Tuesday


POP! Beaux Arts Ball benefiting Arkansas Arts Center education and outreach programs, 6 p.m., Arkansas Art Center. Info: 501.396.0345, Spellebration Celebrity Spelling Bee benefiting AR Kids Read, 6 p.m., Albert Pike Memorial Temple. Info: 501.244.2661, Tres de Mayo Party benefiting Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild, 6 p.m., 8 Valley Creek View. Info: 501.804.0106,



Julep Cup Jaunt benefiting the NICU and the UAMS College of Medicine, 4 p.m., UAMS Fred W. Smith Conference Center. Info: 501.686.8638, Southern Silks benefiting Methodist Family Health, 6 p.m., Metroplex Event Center. Info: 501.906.4201, Cinco de Heights benefitting the Arkansas Foodbank, 11 a.m., Heights Taco & Tamale Co. Info: 501.313.4848,



Ballet Arkansas in Concert presented by Stella Boyle Smith Trust, 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Info: 501.223.5150,



Humanitarian Awards presented by Just Communities of Arkansas, 6 p.m., UA Little Rock Jack Stephens Center. Info: 501.372.5129,

Bolo Bash Golf Tournament benefiting Baptist Health College, 7:30 a.m., Chenal Country Club. Info: 501.202.1930,



Paws on the Runway: Vanity Fur presented by Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals, 6 p.m., Next Level Events. Info: 501.603.2273,



Empty Bowls benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank, 7 p.m., Robinson Center. Info: 501.565.8121, Hat Club Crawfish Salute benefiting UAMS NICU, 6 p.m., Fisher’s Armory. Info:



NAMI Walks Arkansas benefitting National Alliance on Mental Illness, 9 a.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. Info: 501.661.1548,

12 & 13/ Saturday & Sunday

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Concert presented by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Robinson Center. Info: 501.666.1761,



Go Red for Women Luncheon benefiting the American Heart Association, 10 a.m., Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom. Info: 501.707.6600,

Aldersgate After Dark benefiting Camp Aldersgate, 7 p.m., Camp Aldersgate. Info: 501.225.1444,



Party with a Heart: Girls’ Night Out benefiting Hope Rises, 8 p.m., Argenta Community Theatre. Info: Caribbean Cabaret benefiting Women and Children First, 6 p.m., Pavilion in the Park. Info: 501.607.2887, Great Strides presented by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8 a.m, Little Rock Zoo. Info: 501.371.0233,

18-20/ Friday-Sunday

34th Annual International Greek Food Festival presented by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 11 a.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Info:



Legacy Award Luncheon presented by Junior Achievement, 11:30 a.m., Wyndham Riverfront Hotel Ballroom. Info: 501.830.6026,



Jazz & Juleps benefiting the UA Little Rock Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, 6 p.m., Clinton Presidential Center. Info: 501.683.7355.



Curtain Call benefiting Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled, 6 p.m., Argenta Community Theater. Info: 501.681.6644,

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The American Heart Association hosted the 2018 Heart Ball in the Wally Allen Ballroom on March 10. The black-tie event was dedicated to the late Oscar Washington in an emotional and heartfelt evening chaired by his wife Doris and daughter Stephanie. The AHA Sweethearts were presented at the Heart Ball after successfully completing the program.

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Alicia and Rick Riley Craig and Holly Davis Eileen and Dr. Ricardo Sotomora Dr. Jim and Susan Marsh Beth Roberson, Laura Seagraves, Michelle DuVall, Marilyn Zornik Anna Chrisman, Rachel Chrisman Emily Meroney, Adam Marsh Lott and Terry Rolfe John Holtam, Jean McSweeney, Patti and Herb Holtam Nicole Schafer, Kim Wine, Erica Suskie, Carson Chappell Chloe Johnson, Robin Reid, Chace Johnson Avery Shuburte, Caroline Bass, Maggie Jackson, Kennedy Caldwell Wes and Jennifer Zwiegers Scott Hamilton and Martie NorthHamilton Lisa and Bob Beach Heather Harpole, Lauren Lawgley







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Benefiting the Healthy and Active Youth program, the Baptist Health Foundation hosted its 2018 Bolo Bash Luncheon on campus the afternoon following the reception. Guests enjoyed a lavish silent auction prior to the luncheon, where actor and activist Susan Lucci was interviewed on stage by Lisa Fischer. Soirée served as the media sponsor of the 2018 Bolo Bash series.



1 Donna and Russ Harrington, DruAnn Baskin

2 Ann Boudreaux, Renata Byler 3 Carole Daley, Denver Landers 4 Connie Staley, Marsha Kitterman, Pam O'Neal, Merry Kline

5 Renie Rule, Kim Pruitt, Karen Scott 6 Millie Ward and Larry Stone 7 Mary Fair, Jamie Moss, Gracie Lively












Sandy and Steve Landers opened the doors of their downtown condo to host the 2018 Baptist Health Foundation Bolo Bash Reception featuring Susan Lucci. Sponsors and guests mingled throughout the home, enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while waiting for the opportunity to meet the soap opera star.

1 Sandy Landers, Susan Lucci, Steve Landers

2 Jenny Turner, Peggy Jones 3 Lisa Fischer, Danielle Collie, Sara Daugherty

4 Ginny and Bob Shell, Bill and Shirley Miller

5 Donna Baker, Charlesa Black 6 Michael and Merry Kline 7 Susan Menefee, Lynn Lucy, Theresa




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k GADBERRY AWARDS Acansa held its first annual Gadberry Awards at the UA Pulaski Technical College honoring Acansa founder Charlotte Gadberry. The program honoring Gadberry kicked off with a wine and cheese reception and concluded with a champagne and dessert celebration. Gadberry was celebrated for being named the Governor’s Art Award winner as 2017 Patron of the Year.  Funds raised that evening will support the newly created Acansa Spring Break Art Camps.

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Charlotte and Jim Gadberry Carol and John Grieco Catherine and Michael Fothergill Destiny and Rex Bair Heather Larkin, Mildred Franco Christopher and Esperanza Crane David Mayes, Donna Helms Nicole Harris, Stephanie Reeves, Jennifer Lowery








Alzheimer’s Arkansas held its annual Champions Gala in March at the Little Rock Marriott where guests gathered to honor the champions of the year. Priscilla Pittman was recognized as the support group facilitator champion, Jennifer Bastel received an award as the volunteer champion and Rick Fleetwood was bestowed the honor of outstanding champion of the year.




1 Lynda Dixon, Rick Fleetwood, Sandy Bradley

2 Kasey and Lloyd Coen 3 Chris Harris, Benson Cashion, Caroline Beauchamp

4 Beth and Dr. Mark Pippenger, Caroline and 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Jared Azzone Eilize Siegler, Vivian Trickey Smith David McCullough, Crata Castleberry Veeta Biggers, Holly Sellers Martha and U.S. Congressman French Hill, John Pugh Stephanie and Greg Herr Shirley Montgomery, Melissa Logning, Allie Longing Shaw, Jayme Steinbeck Bob and Ginny Shell Jennifer and Nathan Ragsdill Elizabeth Andreoli, Joseph Goellner




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k EGGSHIBITION Youth Home hosted its 27th annual eggs-travaganza of an evening. The event featured live and silent auctions, original hand-blown glass from James Hayes, gift baskets from local businesses, live music, delicious food and libations. Guests found unique works of art made from plaster or ostrich eggs alongside paintings, ceramics, sculptures and more, all created by nationally celebrated artists as well as new and emerging talent. Proceeds support services for the children and families in Youth Home Inc.’s mental health programs.

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Del Boyette, Renie Rule Donnette and David Napier Beth and Mike Coulson Kathy DeLone, Suzanne Kunkel Christine Ganzon, Cyrene Quiamco, Chris Joy Quiamco Tanya and Terrance James David Hadidi, Debi Barnes, Elizabeth Andreoli, Joseph Goellner Raymond and Kimberly Molden Valerie Pruitt, Donald and Cynthia Johnson Chris and Chelsea Kane, Elicia Dover, Jeremy Flynn





, May 19 y a d r u t a S k c o r e l t t i l Family-friendly festivities featuring crawfish & catfish, live entertainment and games provided by Dave & Buster’s.



Ticket includes all-day Zoo Admission Adult Admission (Age 13 and Up) $40 in Advance/$45 at the Gate Child Admission (Age 2-12) $20 in Advance/$25 at the Gate Children Under 2 Admitted Free

All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation to help grow and develop the Little Rock Zoo.

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k MARDI GRAS PARTY The Presbyterian Village Foundation hosted a Mardi Gras-themed party to celebrate completion of the Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant. The fundraising challenge helped the Village to receive more than $1 million to complete critical campus renovations. Donors and their guests enjoyed a festive evening catered by Trio’s and surrounded by the recently completed Village Chapel.

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The Top Five The Top Five

Rabbi Gene and Bobbye Levy Beth Foti, Cathy Murphy Gordon and Shirley Garlington Janet and Don Robb Mike Craig and Stuart McLendon

2017 Top Producers 2017 Top Producers

Rebecca Smith • Debbie Teague • Casey Jones • Susan Reynolds • Katherine Melhorn Rebecca Smith • Debbie Teague • Casey Jones • Susan Reynolds • Katherine Melhorn



Giving never tasted so sweet. Order a honey-drizzled Pollinator pizza and we’ll donate 10% of proceeds to build gardens for honey bees and monarch butterflies!




North Little Rock | Conway

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The Arkansas Arts Center held its first 2018 Art of Fashion event on March 29. Little Rock Soirée sponsored the educational event featuring "Project Runway" alum Merline Labissière. During the lecture titled “Becoming a Fashion Designer: How Merging Architecture and Fashion Impact the work of Merline Labissière,” Labissière discussed her journey to becoming a fashion designer.



1 Rana Edgar, Merline Labissière 2 Antzee Magruder, LaRand Thomas

3 Bonnie Clinton, Ann West 4 Courtney Collins, Constance




5 Deanna Ahern, Melanie Emery 6 Erica Owens, Sammi Shadid 7 Nita McBee, Darral Pogue





Social and emotional intelligence may be the most important determinant of a child’s future success.

Go Red For Women Luncheon Friday May 18, 2018 Little Rock Marriott Expo & Auction: 10:00 a.m. Luncheon: 12:00 p.m.


Being is just the beginning. BALANCED school-ready LEARNING WAY: ®


Being school-ready isisjust the beginning. ENROLL NOW!school-ready BeingBeing school-ready just thethe beginning. is just beginning. Infants – Private Pre-K and After School ENROLL NOW! ENROLL NOW!

Primrose School of West Little Rock ENROLL NOW! 1601 Kirk Road | Little Rock, AR 72223 Infants – Private and After Infants –Pre-K Private Pre-K andSchool After School 501.821.2200 | Infants – Private Pre-K and After School

PrimrosePrimrose School of WestofLittle School West Rock Little Rock Primrose School of West Little Rock Kirk Road | Little Rock, AR 72223 1601 Kirk1601 Road | Little Rock, AR 72223 1601 Kirk Road | Little Rock, AR 72223 501.821.2200 | 501.821.2200 | 501.821.2200 Each Primrose school is a privately owned| and operated franchise. Primrose Schools and Balanced Learning are registered trademarks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2017 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail. 707.6584 Locally Sponsored by:

Each Primrose school is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools® and Balanced Learning® are registered trademarks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2017 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail.

Each Primrose school is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools® and Balanced Learning® are registered trademarks of Primrose School ® ® Franchising Company. ©2017 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail.

Each Primrose school is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools® and Balanced Learning® are registered trademarks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2017 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail.

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The Heart of Our House, a membership group dedicated to supporting Our House, dug into its Southern roots by throwing a crawfish boil at War Memorial Stadium. In lieu of a entrance fee, attendees were asked to bring sheets, towels and pillows for Our House residents.


1 Larry Graham, Cindy Steele 2 Lee Clark, Maureen Halligan, Patrick


Clark Angeline Huey, Julie Pruss Jay and Caroline Robbins Kathe and Randy Sumbles Daphne and Ken Ruck, Jim and Katie Battreal 7 Lisa and Darwin Buehler

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WHER E: A n n u n c ia t io n G r e e k Or t h o d o x C hur c h / / W H E N : M a y 1 8 - 2 0 / / I N F O : G r e e kF o o dF e st . co m BENEF ITI NG : Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Easterseals Arkansas, Youth Home, Community Connections, Arkansas Foodbank, Wolfe Street Foundation, Ronald McDonald House

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Thank You to Our Sponsors! GOLD SPONSOR

The Stella Boyle Smith Trust RED CARPET SPONSORS Stuart Cobb Mr. and Mrs. Merritt P. Dyke Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Bill and Kay Patton Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller LEGACY SPONSORS Bank of America / U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Bank of the Ozarks Jack and Nan Ellen East Barbara Rogers Hoover

Cindy and Chip Murphy Belinda Shults VCC, LLC

HOSTS AAC Contemporaries Carolynn Conway Coleman Dillon Homes & Real Estate

Maribeth and John Frazer June Freeman HoganTaylor LLP

Brenda Mize Nabholz Tabatha and Brodes Perry

Jane McGehee Wilson and Brooks Wolfe Pat Wilson

With special thanks to Shelia Vaught MEDIA SPONSOR


BEVERAGE SPONSOR Moon Distributors, Inc.

FURNITURE SPONSOR Hank’s Event Rentals • 501-396-0383


mom’s favorite

When Judy Adams’ daughter Ashley was expecting her first child, a routine doctor’s visit suddenly became out-of-the-norm when the doctor realized the baby was barely moving and not growing. On the advice of her mother, she came to UAMS to be evaluated by Dr. Paul Wendel, a high-risk pregnancy specialist. Judy and her family saw first-hand the UAMS obstetrics program and the neonatal intensive care unit she had heard so much about as a UAMS advisory board member. After this experience, Ashley returned to UAMS for the birth of her second child, as did her sister-in-law, Riley, for the birth of her two children. “Two of my grandchildren had unexpected complications that were handled beautifully at UAMS. My family and I are so grateful for their expertise. Thanks to UAMS, we have four happy, healthy grandchildren with us here in Little Rock.” – Judy Adams, Little Rock

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