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Bobby Ampezzan

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UP AND COMING: Recipients flip the script, help host Night of Hope

posted: 10/04/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Here's something heartwarming. On Tuesday, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County has its annual A Night of Hope, this time at Pulaski Technical College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. (Tickets are $100.) For the first time, scholarship alumnae have pitched in to "sponsor" the event at the $1,000 level.

PROVISIONAL PROCEDURES: Southern hospitality on tap at NLR Junior League tea

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The North Little Rock Junior League invited its six new provisional members over to Debbie Horton's house in the Indian Hills neighborhood Sept. 27 for a proper tea, Southern-style (a full lunch spread).

PRISM AWARDS: 'Bear Your Stripes' drive wins big for Eric Rob & Isaac

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The city's advertising agencies put down their swords long enough to celebrate the 30th Prism Awards at Heifer International on Sept. 24, given by the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Gareth John Morgan

posted: 09/27/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

The Gala for Life on Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center will be the brightest night of stars in the constellation social calendar. The bad news is tickets are $500, but the good news is they've sold out anyway. That's 850 ticketholders hoping to raise more than a million dollars, after sponsorships and other giving. The governor will be there, as will the highest order of businessmen, politicians and philanthropists, but if you see the man pictured above, mark him. You may hear him before you see him. He'll be animated, even a little manic, and you might mistake him for someone's bon vivant plus-one.

PATRONS PARTY: Inspired inner circle

posted: 09/27/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

A month out from the main event, patrons and members of first lady Susan Hutchinson's inner circle converged on the Governor's Mansion to raise a glass to this Woman of Inspiration and, yes, some money for her chief charity project, the state's Children's Advocacy Centers.

UP AND COMING: Pacers, swabbers see Red, fight against blood cancer

posted: 09/20/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Blood cancer, blech! I feel about blood cancer the way I do sharks -- so much menace right there beneath the surface, anywhere beneath the surface.

KINDRED SPIRIT AWARD: Henderson State shines as music talent supplier

posted: 09/20/2015 2:40 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The third -- or fifth -- Kindred Spirit Award from the Muses Creative Artistry Project was given Tuesday night to Glen Jones, president of Henderson State University. Jones' school is a veritable pipeline for young talent the Hot Springs arts collective shepherds.

Margaret Anna Ellibee

posted: 09/13/2015 2:52 a.m. Comment 1

The president of Pulaski Technical College was once the starting center for the Iowa State University Cyclones.

WORK THAT MATTERS: Nonprofit network

posted: 09/13/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

The area's big fundraisers met over lunch, handed out some awards and considered the future. The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance billed the day Work That Matters, and after the success of such combined initiatives as the Arkansas Community Foundation's Arkansas Gives Day, the mood in the room was optimistic.

PIPPEN POP-IN: Basketball All-Star takes a few swings for ailing kids

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Scottie Pippen popped into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. It was his first time inside the space, whose exhibits include a prominent painting of him stretching a hook shot over a defender. Sure, he was at his own induction a decade ago, but this space? Nah, he's never seen it.


posted: 09/06/2015 2:29 a.m. Gallery Discuss

'Twas a couple of prominent businessmen -- Terry Hartwick, the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce president, and Mitch Bettis, president of Arkansas Business Publishing Group -- who welcomed the hundreds who gathered in the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center on Aug. 27 for the first class of inductees to the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.

ANNUAL MEETING: Report paints pretty picture of Arts Center's bottom line

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"Keep calm," read the first slide of the Arkansas Arts Center's presentation, and "Happy fifth year in the black!"

TOUCHDOWN CLUB: Former Hogs draw passel of fans to sports luncheon

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Shall we read Razorbacks fever into the over-capacity crowd at the second Touchdown Club luncheon on Monday? Embassy Suites' staff hurried a couple of extra tables into the way-way back to accommodate lunching visitors, and master of ceremonies and club director David Bazzel quipped that spectators were huddled so tight "this is like locker room stuff here -- we're going to find out who's wearing deodorant and who isn't."

Campus food pantries once-hungry grad's goal

posted: 08/30/2015 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Brandon Mathews has an offering for student services director Michelle Anderson, who runs the food pantry at Pulaski Technical College: hamburger and hot dog buns from his wife's work picnic.

ROCKIN' BLUE RIBBON BASH: Women talk, men live

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The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation threw another big bro-hug hoedown Aug. 20 at Temple B'Nai Israel, this one honoring University of Central Arkansas president Tom Courtway.



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