Group beats heat

Aux­il­iary aug­ments hospice

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES - CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

Cir­cle of Life Ladies Aux­il­iary mem­bers and friends gath­ered for the group’s an­nual lun­cheon July 25 at Pin­na­cle Coun­try Club in Rogers. Su­san Goss, co-founder of the Joshua Cen­ter and founder/direc­tor of Tan­gi­ble Truth Min­istries, pro­vided the key­note ad­dress, saluted mem­bers for their vol­un­teer work and ex­tolled the ben­e­fits of vol­un­teer­ing for one’s “health, life sat­is­fac­tion and en­hanced well-be­ing.”

Aux­il­iary mem­bers’ dues help sup­port the hospice’s An­gel Fund, which pays for pa­tient needs not cov­ered by in­sur­ance, such as fam­ily por­traits, horse­back rides, birth­day cakes or strollers.

The char­i­ta­ble group also do­nated $10,000 to pur­chase pe­di­atric equip­ment in­clud­ing two cribs, one each for Cir­cle of Life’s hospice homes in Spring­dale and Ben­tonville.

Ladies lunch­ing in sup­port of the aux­il­iary in­cluded Sharon Young, Jeretta Hard­wick, Jackie Sped­ding, Sarah Ken­dall, Kathy Wheat­ley, Carol Adams, Sharon West­brook, Kitty Swank, Jane Vaughn, Mary Fre­vert, Kim Mertes, Mar­sha Nolan, Alice Phillips, Linda Hank­ins, Boot­sie Ackerman, Bar­bara Phillips, Karen Parker, Diane Cal­la­han and Mary Sham­barger.

The Ken­drick Fincher Hy­dra­tion for Life Foun­da­tion played host to the Beat the Heat lun­cheon as part of the Mercy Sports Medicine Coach­ing Sum­mit on July 27 at the John Q. Ham­mons Cen­ter in Rogers. The sum­mit drew hun­dreds of area coaches for a day of learn­ing about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in sports medicine.

The Fincher mis­sion is to “pro­mote proper hy­dra­tion and pre­vent heat ill­ness through ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Bren­don McDer­mott, Univer­sity of Arkansas ki­ne­si­ol­ogy as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in health, hu­man

per­for­mance and re­cre­ation, up­dated guests on the lat­est in heat and hy­dra­tion re­search.

The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­og­nized seven area coaches as “Hy­dra­tion He­roes”:

■ Chip Durham, Ben­tonville West High School;

■ Jody Grant, Ben­tonville High School;

■ Kristin Kill­ham, Ra­may Ju­nior High;

■ Wayne Lev­er­ing, Rogers Her­itage High School;

■ Stephen Neal, Pea Ridge High School;

■ Stephen Peck, Rogers High School; and

■ Ash­ley Rig­gles, De­catur Mid­dle School.

Those help­ing Fincher pro­mote hy­dra­tion in­cluded Tameka McBride, Bill Old­ham, Clark El­li­son, Keith Mor­ri­son, Patrick Skin­ner, Joey Wal­ters, Mar­tine Pol­lard, Dean We­ber and Dr. Steve Goss, Mercy Clinic North­west Arkansas pres­i­dent.

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

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Coaches Kristin Kill­ham, Ra­may Ju­nior High (from left); Chip Durham, Ben­tonville West; Jody Grant, Ben­tonville; Steve Peck, Rogers; Wayne Lev­er­ing, Rogers Her­itage; Ash­ley Rig­gles, De­catur; and Stephen Neal, Pea Ridge, are named Ken­drick Fincher Hy­dra­tion for Life Hy­dra­tion He­roes at the Mercy Coach­ing Sum­mit on July 27 at the John Q. Ham­mons Cen­ter in Rogers.

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Clark El­li­son, Mercy Health Foun­da­tion re­gional vice pres­i­dent (from left); Dr. Steve Goss, Mercy Clinic North­west Arkansas pres­i­dent; and Patrick Skin­ner, Mercy direc­tor of hos­pi­tal ther­apy and sports medicine, at­tend the Beat the Heat lun­cheon July 27.

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Su­san Goss, key­note speaker (left), and her mother Mary Sham­barger at­tend the Cir­cle of Life Ladies Aux­il­iary lun­cheon July 25 at Pin­na­cle Coun­try Club.

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Kim Mertes (from left), Jeretta Hard­wick, Mar­sha Nolan and Alice Phillips en­joy the Cir­cle of Life lun­cheon on July 25.

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Joey Wal­ters, Arkansas Ac­tiv­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion deputy direc­tor, and Rhonda Fincher visit at the Beat the Heat lun­cheon July 27.

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Tameka McBride (from left), Dean We­ber and Mar­tine Pol­lard en­joy the Beat the Heat lun­cheon.

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Jackie Sped­ding (from left), Carol Adams, Bev­erly Horner and Sharon West­brook gather at the Cir­cle of Life lun­cheon.

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Kitty Swank and Jane Vaughn visit at the ladies aux­il­iary lun­cheon.

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Bren­don McDer­mott (from left), Bill Old­ham and Keith Mor­ri­son, Fincher Foun­da­tion board mem­bers, wel­come guests to the Beat the Heat lun­cheon.

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