Garden becomes gallery
Nate Solder, New York Giants offensive tackle and cancer survivor, headlined the Tackle Cancer Tailgate on June 15 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. Solder shared with guests at the Cancer Challenge benefit the story of his cancer recovery in 2014 and the discovery of tumors in his son Hudson's kidneys in 2015. At nearly 3 years old, Hudson is still receiving treatment and doing well.
Craft beer connoisseurs and brew beginners alike will have the opportunity to sample some 400 craft beers at the third annual Ales for Trails Craft Beer Festival to benefit Park Partners of Fort Smith and the Fort Smith trail system.
Arts center lauds Starr
Friends of The Jones Center Giving Circle members gathered for the third annual Wine Walk on May 31 at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale.
The inaugural "Stand Up for Survivors of Domestic Violence" on June 29 will benefit the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter. Stand-up comedian Erin Jackson will headline the evening at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, with Raj Suresh as the opening act.
Luau opens avenues
Open Avenues welcomed more than 400 backers to the annual Spring Fling Luau benefit May 19 at the Embassy Suites in Rogers. The luau-themed evening helped the nonprofit organization raise some $120,000.
The "Laugh Out Loud Gala" for Arts Live Theatre will set sail June 23 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The cruise-theme fundraiser will feature dinner, beer and wine, silent and live auctions and entertainment by Phunbags Comedy Improv. The group will honor Kathleen Trotter, executive director of the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, for her work in the arts.
Helpers open their hearts
Some 700 American Heart Association supporters helped the nonprofit organization raise $644,500 at "A Night Under the Stars" Heart Ball on May 12 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.
Circle keeps care close to home
The Northwest Arkansas Circle of Friends welcomed guests to the ninth annual A Nite at the Races to benefit Arkansas Children's Foundation on May 5 at the UARK Bowl in Fayetteville. Proceeds will go to help support Arkansas Children's Northwest in Springdale to bring "care close to home" for Northwest Arkansas children.
A dozen local mixologists will convene to create unique cocktails as they compete in the second annual "Sharing Spirits Mixologist Competition" from 5 to p.m. today at The Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens in Bentonville. The event benefits the museum.
Horses help kids learn, do
Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas supporters sowed Seeds of Hope at a Garden Party on May 4 at the Barn at the Springs in Springdale.