Bingo boosts pro­gram

Sup­port­ers plant seeds of hope

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES - CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

Heal­ing Gar­dens of North­west Arkansas sup­port­ers planted Seeds of Hope at the sec­ond an­nual ben­e­fit July 26 at the Barn at the Springs in Spring­dale.

Gary Oliver, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Healthy Re­la­tion­ships at John Brown Uni­ver­sity in Siloam Springs and can­cer sur­vivor, pro­vided the evening’s key­note ad­dress, Grat­i­tude and Joy: Be­com­ing More than a Sur­vivor. Oliver also is a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy and prac­ti­cal the­ol­ogy.

Co-chair­men Vicki Pe­tree and her son, Lance Pe­tree, spoke of the loss of their hus­band and fa­ther, Rick, and his de­sire for High­lands On­col­ogy pa­tients to have a place “where [they] could find peace … a place on the grounds to be able to pray, re­flect.”

Pro­ceeds from the event will go to­ward con­struc­tion of the gar­den, planned to be open in 2020 be­hind the High­lands On­col­ogy Group fa­cil­ity on Horse­barn Road in Rogers, just off the Ra­zor­back Green­way. The gar­den will in­clude a labyrinth, wa­ter­fall, 2.2 acres of gar­dens, sculp­tures, a re­flect­ing pool and a stone-stack­ing area.

Those plant­ing seeds of hope in­cluded Pam Ci­cioni and Teddy Woods, Meritt Hutchi­son, Sharon and Charles Kil­lian, Carolyn Baltz, Alisha Gour­ley, Kath­leen and Arnold Smith, Terri and Alan Lane, Eileen and Walt Jen­nings, Au­dra Flam­mang, Ann and Paul Dubbell and Joyce Men­den­hall.

Bobby Odom and the Odom Law Firm wel­comed guests for the 45th an­nual Seafood Ju­bilee on July 28 at the Fayetteville-Spring­dale Elks Lodge in Fayetteville.

Along with Bobby, firm mem­bers play­ing host were Con­rad Odom, Matt Lind­say, Alan Lane, Bryant Crooks and Thomas Odom.

Eliz­a­beth Richard­son Cen­ter backers joined the non­profit

or­ga­ni­za­tion for its an­nual Beach Bingo Bash on July 29 at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Fayetteville.

In ad­di­tion to bingo games with prizes, the evening in­cluded Mansur Choudry, a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ex­pert on autism, as the fea­tured speaker.

The group serves chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­i­ties in Wash­ing­ton, Ben­ton and Madi­son coun­ties. For high school stu­dents and adults, the group pro­vides vo­ca­tional train­ing, job place­ment, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing op­tions.

Of­fer­ings for preschool chil­dren, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, at the Child De­vel­op­ment Cen­ters in­clude speech, phys­i­cal and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pies.

Bingo bounty will help sup­port the cen­ter’s ex­pand­ing autism pro­gram. The pro­gram is the first of its kind to be of­fered by a non­profit dis­abil­ity ser­vice provider in Arkansas.

The cen­ters are in Farm­ing­ton, Fayetteville, Huntsville, Spring­dale and Siloam Springs. The cen­ter in Spring­dale pro­vides ser­vices for His­panic and Mar­shallese fam­i­lies.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also op­er­ates Richard­son In­dus­tries, which employs adults with dis­abil­i­ties who pro­vide con­tract ser­vices such pack­ag­ing, as­sem­bly, light re­pair, sort­ing and la­bel­ing for busi­nesses.

Those bingo-ing to ben­e­fit the cen­ter in­cluded Jenna John­ston, Amy and David Bates, Bill Bowen, Pat Pick­ett, Jeremy Minchew, Kristin and Steve Litzinger, Eliz­a­beth Rosen­cut­ter and Cindy Acree, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

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Alan Lane (from left), Con­rad Odom, Bobby Odom, Mark Lind­say, Thomas Odom and Bryant Crooks wel­come guests to the an­nual Odom Seafood Ju­bilee on July 28 at the Elks Lodge in Fayetteville.


Jeremy Minchew and Eliz­a­beth Rosen­cut­ter en­joy the Beach Bingo Bash.


Meritt Hutchi­son, Heal­ing Gar­dens co-founder (from left), Carolyn Baltz and Alisha Gour­ley en­joy Seeds of Hope.


Bill Bowen (from left), Jenna John­ston and Pat Pick­ett, Eliz­a­beth Richard­son Cen­ter board mem­bers, wel­come guests to the Beach Bingo Bash.


Dustin Shep­pard (from left), Gary Oliver and Ann and Paul Dubbell en­joy Seeds of Hope on July 27 at the Barn at the Springs in Spring­dale.


Vicki Pe­tree and her son, Lance Pe­tree, help sup­port Heal­ing Gar­dens of North­west Arkansas.


Teddy Woods and the Rev. Pam Ci­cioni, Heal­ing Gar­dens co-founder, at­tend Seeds of Hope.


Lynne Keller (from left), Cindy Acree, ERC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, and Am­ber Can­dur gather at the Beach Bingo Bash.


Rose­mary Con­rad (from left), Kay and Sid Davis and Jim Bex­ley en­joy the Odom Seafood Ju­bilee.

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