Leaders and supporters of the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County gathered on October 12 at the location of their future home on Gene George Boulevard in Springdale to announce that the JB and Johnelle Hunt family have made a major donation of $ 3 million to support the Healing the Future campaign. The $ 12.5 million fundraising campaign âincludes the construction of a new building to house essential CSC programs, including advocacy for child victims of child abuse, forensic interviews, forensic examinations, therapies and prevention and education programs â. To date, the group has raised over $ 9.1 million to reach their goal.
Jane Hunt announced her family’s support at the celebration, saying that a visit to the center last year “took my breath away … The work of this team creates hope and healing for a problem. which extends far deeper and deeper than any of them. We realize. And I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of it. “
According to a press release: âThe new 15,000 square foot facility will be three times the size of the current leased space. It will include the region’s first specialized therapeutic playground; soundproof interview rooms with one-way mirrors and television power supply for the police; a large confidential space for services; two medical suites; better security for staff and customers; a space dedicated to training and technology for community training; and more. The board of directors plans to pave the way in April 2022. “
Those who joined the center to celebrate were Bryan Hunt, Mandy Macke, Jody Dilday, Patrick Tenney, Elizabeth Shackelford, Andy Murray, Emily Rappe Fisher, Sarah White and Casey Atwood.
The Arkansas Alumni Association celebrated 76 years of the Alumni Awards by commending alumni, faculty and friends for recognizing “individuals who continue to give national and local significance to the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Alumni Association through their research, exemplary public and community service, and appreciated leadership. “
The 2020 and 2021 winners are:
â¢ Jeannie Whayne – Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award;
â¢ Greg Thomas, BSChe.’80, MSChe.’86 – Faculty Excellence Award;
â¢ Ro Di Brezzo – Faculty Excellence Award;
â¢ Benjamin Runkle – Faculty Excellence Award;
â¢ Leslie F. Belden B.Arch.’79, Ph.D.’05 and Ted Belden B.Arch.’81 – Andrew J. Lucas Alumni Service Award;
â¢ The Honorable Tijuana C. Byrd BA’91 – Community Service Award;
â¢ Olivera Jankovska BSA’09 – Young Alumni Award;
â¢ Rear Admiral Mike Johnson – Alumni Honorary Award;
â¢ Pam McGinnis BSIE’90 – Quote from Distinguished Alumni;
â¢ Barry Switzer BSBA’61 – Quote from Distinguished Alumni; and
â¢ Mike Utley BA’69 – Quote from Distinguished Alumni.
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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [emailÂ protected]
Courtney Batts (left to right); Becky Flynn; Michael Manning; Tijuana Byrd, winner of the Arkansas Alumni Association Community Service Award; Cedric Williams; and Elizabeth Gomez at the association’s 76th annual awards ceremony on October 14 in downtown Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
Patrick Tenney (left to right), Bryan Hunt and Mandy Macke attend the Children’s Safety Center announcement celebration. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
Children’s Safety Center board members Andy Murray (left to right), Sarah White and Casey Atwood take a photo during the October 12 announcement. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
Lisa and Howard Higgins (left to right), Carren and Scott Audrain, Mary and Coleman Ward, Leslie and Ted Beldon, Randy and Melissa Werner, Greg House and Beverly Block and Debbie and Dwight Power enjoy the awards ceremony of the Arkansas Alumni Association. The Beldens received the association’s Andrew J. Lucas Alumni Service Award. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
AU Vice-Chancellor for Advancement Mark Power and his wife Corrine (left to right) visit former Alumni Honorary Award recipient Terry and Mike Johnson on October 14. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jody Dilday and Chad Oglesby visit the Children’s Safety Center Announcement Celebration on October 12. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
Sisters Daniela Jankovska (left) and Young Alumni Award winner Olivera Jankovska are accompanied by Big Red for a photo at the UA Alumni Association awards ceremony. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
Faculty Teaching Award winners John Cook and Jeannie Whayne, Charles and Nadine Baum attend the alumni awards ceremony. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)
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Who: Washington County Child Safety Center
What: Center leaders announced and celebrated the Hunt family’s $ 3 million donation to their Healing the Future fundraising campaign.
When: October 12
Where: The land on which the centre’s new facility will be built on Gene George Boulevard in Springdale.
Information: (479) 872-6183 or childrenssafetycenter.org
Who: University of Arkansas Alumni Association
What: The association hosted its 76th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration to recognize outstanding alumni, friends of the university and faculty members.
When: October 14
Where: Downtown Fayetteville
Information: (479) 575-2801 or arkansasalumni.org