Hos­pi­tal lauds leader

Cen­ter dreams big

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES - CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

The cir­cus was in town for two re­cent char­ity fundrais­ers, be­gin­ning with the 23rd Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Gala. Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Foun­da­tion back­ers were en­ter­tained by Quixotic Cirque Nou­veau on July 15 at the Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter in Fayet­teville. The act in­cluded aeri­al­ists, dancers, vis­ual artists and mu­si­cians.

More than 500 guests helped the foun­da­tion raise what is ex­pected to ex­ceed $100,000 to help sup­port its Pa­tient Benev­o­lence Fund, which of­fers as­sis­tance to pa­tients who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. Hos­pi­tal case man­agers and so­cial work­ers can help pa­tients with needs such as med­i­cal equip­ment, sup­plies, liv­ing ex­penses and trans­porta­tion re­quired to com­plete their re­cov­ery.

Greg Lee, Wash­ing­ton Re­gional board chair­man, pre­sented the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Vi­sion Award to Wil­liam L. Bradley, Wash­ing­ton Re­gional chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, who will re­tire in Novem­ber.

The Vi­sion Award was cre­ated to “rec­og­nize the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of those who have made a pro­found and last­ing pos­i­tive im­pact on the health of North­west Arkansas in gen­eral and Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Sys­tem in par­tic­u­lar.”

The recog­ni­tion is the re­sult of a unan­i­mous vote by the board of di­rec­tors to award the hos­pi­tal’s high­est honor, mak­ing this only the third pre­sen­ta­tion.

Next up is Sa­vor the Fla­vor Sept. 5 in Fayet­teville and Sept. 28 in Ben­tonville; and Friends of Hos­pice Au­tumn Brunch on Nov. 7.

Those help­ing health care in­cluded Han­nah and Greg Lee, Sheri and Woody Bas­sett, Butch and Roy Clin­ton, Dorothy and Al Hanby, Lewis Ep­ley, Vickie and Bill Mathews, Elaine and David Longer, Stacey and Kris Hanby, Holly and Tim Helder,

Su­san Chase-Bakker and Johnny Bakker, LeAnn and Bill Un­der­wood, Joanie and Jon Dyer, Su­san and Tony Hui, Lynn and Joel Carver and Carol and David Rat­cliff.

Nim­bus Cir­cus was on hand for the Chil­dren’s Safety Cen­ter’s 10th an­nual Dream Big Char­ity Gala on July 22 at the Fayet­teville Town Cen­ter. The troupe fea­tures fire dancers, jug­glers, ma­gi­cians and aeri­al­ists.

The Chil­dren’s Safety Cen­ter co­or­di­nates in­ves­ti­ga­tion, pros­e­cu­tion and treat­ment ser­vices in child abuse cases with law en­force­ment, child pro­tec­tive ser­vices, vic­tim ser­vice providers, pros­e­cu­tors, med­i­cal per­son­nel, men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als and vol­un­teers. The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion is mark­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this year and has worked with more than 8,000 since open­ing its doors.

Those dream­ing big for the Chil­dren’s Safety Cen­ter in­cluded Kara Dearien, Dream Big co-chair­woman, and Will Loan, Sarah, co-chair­woman, and Ja­cob White, Laura and Ja­son Landers, Jamie Davis, John New­man, Jen­nifer Ir­win, Kirby Jett Har­ris, Karis Chas­tain, Amy and Louis Mor­gan, Larra and Joe Don­ald­son, Mor­gan and Dustin Roberts, Amy and J.S. Bull and Megan and Joe Neal.

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


Larry and Julie Shack­elford (from left) and Stephanie and Bill Bradley, Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Sys­tem chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and Vi­sion Award re­cip­i­ent, gather at the 23rd Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Gala on July 15 at the Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter in Fayet­teville. Larry Shack­elford will be­come CEO when Bill Bradley re­tires in Novem­ber.


Ann and Mor­riss Henry (from left) visit with Craig and April Shy at the Wash­ing­ton Re­gional ben­e­fit.


Kara Dearien, Dream Big co-chair­woman, and Will Loan en­joy the fundraiser.


Ja­cob and Sarah White, Dream Big co-chair­woman, en­joy the Chil­dren’s Safety Cen­ter ben­e­fit.


Roy and Butch Clin­ton en­joy the Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Gala on July 15.


Ja­son and Laura Landers help sup­port the Chil­dren’s Safety Cen­ter at the 10th an­nual Dream Big Char­ity Gala on July 22 at the Fayet­teville Town Cen­ter.


Dorothy and Al Hanby and Kris Hanby at­tend the Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Gala.


(from left) and Amy and Louis Mor­gan at­tend Dream Big.


David and Elaine Longer (from left) and Denise and Her­shey Gar­ner help sup­port Wash­ing­ton Re­gional on July 15.

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