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Christoph Keller III

posted: 11/29/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

"I think that we have an opportunity to do something distinctive at Trinity," the Rev. Chris Keller told the congregants gathered for coffee and doughnuts after a service earlier this month.

PHILANTHROPY DAY: Fund-loving folks

posted: 11/29/2015 2:09 a.m. Gallery Discuss

It's the busy season, the perfect time of year for the fund-loving folks at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Arkansas chapter to hold the busiest luncheon on the calendar -- Philanthropy Day.

COMMUNICATOR AWARDS: O'Neill given his due, minus the big TV stage hullabaloo

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KTHV, Channel 11 news anchor Craig O'Neill had wanted to be on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson since he was a boy eating tuna on white bread sandwiches. Though he has become a kind of Johnny Carson figure locally, he never got to that Tonight Show stage.

UP AND COMING: Grand news: Murphys chairing Opus Ball again

posted: 11/22/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

"It was a night to remember" is how High Progenitor Phyllis Brandon began her wrap of Opus XX, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 2004 fundraiser.

VISION AWARD: Spotlight shines on Morgan as blind services lauds CEO

posted: 11/22/2015 2:55 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Belinda Shults opened her Canal Pointe doors Nov. 12 to more than two dozen friends of Charles Morgan and supporters of the World Services for the Blind. The small reception preceded Thursday's Vision Awards luncheon for the nonprofit; Morgan was the honoree.

MAKE-A-WISH: Temple venue 'transformed' for Make-A-Wish fundraiser

posted: 11/22/2015 2:45 a.m. Gallery Discuss

It was unofficially the first Christmas-themed evening fundraiser of the fall social calendar. The Mid-South Make-A-Wish chapter rolled out its second Evening of Wishes ... Holiday of Hope, and the goal was to "grant" 20 Christmas wishes.

SPARK!: Puffing up a budget

posted: 11/15/2015 2:34 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A nitrogen "bomb," surveillance drones -- is this the third annual Spark! or the fourth season of Homeland?

John Timothy Griffin

posted: 11/08/2015 2:46 a.m. Comment 1

Tim Griffin appears in the doorway of the two-story Greek Revival house he had built in 2008 from a vision in his head. It's the middle of the week, the middle of the afternoon, the middle of the Heights. About the fourth thing he says is "I tend to start talking and keep talking until someone ..." and it's pretty much like that for two hours.

UP AND COMING: Trivial matters a biggie in helping UCP budget

posted: 11/08/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

A few weeks ago I found myself hunched over a napkin at Damgoode Pies in the River Market, straining to spell the name of National Public Radio's West Africa correspondent. I got the last name, Quist-Arcton. Turns out "Ofavia" is in fact Ofeibea. Wow. Would not have gotten that.

TINY HANDS: Scaring up awareness

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Maybe the best Halloween costume party in Little Rock, certainly the best one for a cause, is the Tiny Hands Monster Bash. The frivolity benefits The Family Home, low-cost housing for people receiving outpatient treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and parents of premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

MIRACLE BALL PREVIEW: Poolside party offers peek at December affair's theme

posted: 11/08/2015 2:20 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Under a faint crescent of moon on an unusually balmy fall night, a group of about 100 gathered on Cassie and Jason LaFrance's poolside patio for hors d'oeuvres, drinks and music. What unites them Oct. 15 is the abiding certainty that they will all convene again in a few weeks, Dec. 12, this time in Children's Hall at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

NEXT COURSE: 4 chefs regale dinner guests, whip up support for youths

posted: 11/08/2015 2:18 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Have you heard that NASA is experimenting with 3-D printers that "print" food? If there is an earthly future to these experiments, maybe one day we'll be able to watch Rachael Ray whip up a delicious souffle, and then hit "print."

The kindest cut?

posted: 11/02/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Not long after landing my first "adult" job (read: health benefits) at the deferred age of 28, I felt a sharp discomfort on the right side of my gut. At McBurney's Point, it turns out.

WOMAN OF INSPIRATION: Front and center for kids

posted: 11/01/2015 1:28 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The first Woman of Inspiration affair didn't start off as a big Wally Allen Ballroom fundraiser. The Oct. 23 event was a luncheon, after all, and supposed to be next door at the Little Rock Marriott. At some point, though, people got so inspired they outdid themselves.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI: Good for business: UALR acknowledges shining lights

posted: 10/25/2015 2:52 a.m. Gallery Discuss

It's always a who's-who of the city's business leaders at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business' Distinguished Alumni Luncheon.



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