Spon­sors spark hope

Lewis lifts stu­dents

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES - CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

The Sin­gle Par­ent Schol­ar­ship Fund of North­west Arkansas played host to the 15th an­nual Spark of Hope din­ner June 22 at the Fayet­teville Town Cen­ter. The 440 guests helped the group raise $183,400, sur­pass­ing the goal of $175,000 for the evening.

The event cel­e­brates the group’s schol­ar­ship cam­paign and rec­og­nizes com­mu­nity part­ners. Spark of Hope honorees were:

Diane and Brent McCready — In­di­vid­ual Award;

Gar­ri­son Fi­nan­cial — Cor­po­rate Sup­port; and

North­west Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege — Com­mu­nity Part­ner.

Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent-nom­i­nated awards went to:

Ja­son Carter and Kelly Tri­bell — Sup­port­ive Em­ployer;

Sim­ply Home Lend­ing — Sup­port­ive Em­ployer; and

Carly Franklin, Univer­sity of Arkansas School of So­cial Work — Sup­port­ive Pro­fes­sor. Honorees were se­lected “for their com­mit­ment to help­ing drive the suc­cess of hard-work­ing sin­gle par­ents.”

LeDeana Flesh­man re­ceived the in­au­gu­ral Dis­tin­guished Alumni award for ex­em­pli­fy­ing “the suc­cess of the Sin­gle Par­ent Schol­ar­ship pro­gram — some­one who has com­pleted their de­gree, es­tab­lished a suc­cess­ful ca­reer, has set an ex­am­ple for their chil­dren to fol­low, and now ac­tively works to give back to the com­mu­nity that sup­ported them while they were in col­lege.”

Bar­rett Baber, fi­nal­ist on NBC’s The Voice, provided the key­note ad­dress and per­formed two orig­i­nal songs.

The evening in­cluded a sur­prise pre­sen­ta­tion to Jody Dil­day, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, who is mov­ing on af­ter 10 years at the schol­ar­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion to join the de­vel­op­ment team at the Arkansas Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.Among those help­ing spark

hope for sin­gle par­ents and their fam­i­lies were Ber­nadette Holt, Diego Ro­driguez and Sarah Purs­ley, pro­gram speak­ers, Car­rie Bradley, Eve­lyn Jor­gen­son, James Bell, Diane and Bob Shaw, Elaine and David Longer, Han­nah and Greg Lee, An­drea and Todd Kitchen, Mary and Alan Jor­dan and Treva Kennedy.

Su­san and Mike Moore opened their Pin­na­cle Coun­try Club home af­ter sec­on­dround play June 24 for An Evening with Stacy Lewis and En­ac­tus re­cep­tion, spon­sored by KPMG.

The evening in­cluded a Q&A ses­sion with Lewis and silent auc­tion. Re­nee Huh­man, Mathias El­e­men­tary School lit­er­acy coach, thanked En­ac­tus and KPMG for their sup­port in launch­ing a sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) ini­tia­tive and book do­na­tions for Mathias stu­dents.

The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, for­merly known as Stu­dents in Free En­ter­prise (SIFE), is named in a com­bi­na­tion of the words en­tre­pre­neur­ial, ac­tion and us.

Those spend­ing an evening at the Moores’ in­cluded Dayle and Daniel Shew­maker, Holly and Jim Breach, Alex Per­wich, Ted Fox, Karen Stuckey, Valo­rie and Randy Law­son, Cindy Hud­low, Chad Turben, Mar­jorie and Todd Hanus and Mark Lieber­man.

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


(from left), Stacy Lewis, Su­san Moore and Alex Per­wich gather for An Evening with Stacy Lewis on June 24 at the Moores’ home in Rogers. Mike Moore


Treva Kennedy (from left), Eve­lyn Jor­gen­son, North­west Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege pres­i­dent, Mary and Alan Jor­dan and An­drea and Todd Kitchen rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity col­lege at Spark of Hope on June 22.


Brent and Diane McCready, ben­e­fit. Spark of Hope honorees, stand for a photo at the June 22


Sheila Gam­mill (left) and Laura Fenn visit at the Moores’ home.


Car­roll and Madi­son Bent­ley (from left), Kerry Bradley, James Bell, Pat Watkins and Glenn Atkins sup­port the Sin­gle Par­ent Schol­ar­ship Fund of North­west Arkansas.


Marc Lieber­man Lewis. (from left) and Mar­jorie and Todd Hanus en­joy An Evening with Stacy


Chad Turben (from left), Joel Con­ner and Ted Fox visit at the Moores’ home on June 24.


Re­nee and Ja­son Huh­man at­tend An Evening with Stacy Lewis.


Ber­nadette Holt and her son Stephen Holt at­tend Spark of Hope.

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