Group beats heat
Auxiliary augments hospice
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.
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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.
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.
Susan Goss, keynote speaker (left), and her mother Mary Shambarger attend the Circle of Life Ladies Auxiliary luncheon July 25 at Pinnacle Country Club.
Kim Mertes (from left), Jeretta Hardwick, Marsha Nolan and Alice Phillips enjoy the Circle of Life luncheon on July 25.
Joey Walters, Arkansas Activities Association deputy director, and Rhonda Fincher visit at the Beat the Heat luncheon July 27.
Tameka McBride (from left), Dean Weber and Martine Pollard enjoy the Beat the Heat luncheon.
Jackie Spedding (from left), Carol Adams, Beverly Horner and Sharon Westbrook gather at the Circle of Life luncheon.
Kitty Swank and Jane Vaughn visit at the ladies auxiliary luncheon.
Brendon McDermott (from left), Bill Oldham and Keith Morrison, Fincher Foundation board members, welcome guests to the Beat the Heat luncheon.