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Cyd King

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OLDIES AND GOODIES: Barbecue, fish, tamales land prestigious honor

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The inaugural Arkansas Food Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Feb. 28 at Ron Robinson Theater, had all the drama and anticipation of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, but without any goofs.

PLEASURE BEFORE BUSINESS: Gala kicks off Fashion Week, Northwest Arkansas style

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In between the fittings and accessorizing and before the final layers of mascara hit the models' eyelashes, organizers of Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week took time March 2 to clink some glasses and celebrate the weekend of fashion shows to come.

HAIL THE (NEW) CHIEF: New president, CEO Pharr has long United Way history

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Heart of Arkansas United Way member agencies, board members and others gathered at Trapnall Hall the evening of Feb. 28 for a chance to get to know the organization's new president and chief executive officer, Lynn Pharr. She brought some 25 years of United Way experience with her when she took the job in January.


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Guests attending the 19th annual Starry Starry Night fundraiser for Access schools dined beneath towering arrangements of greenery including boxwood and rosemary grown by students in the school's horticulture program. All the fresh foliage played well into the "secret garden" theme for the fundraiser, held Feb. 23 in the Robinson Center ballroom.

HOPE-FILLED EVENING: Record $450K raised for 20th Century Club

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The 20th Century Club has a special place in the hearts of those who support it, and those attending the club's only annual fundraiser, the black-tie Hope Ball, broke records across the board at this year's ball, held Feb. 25 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

HOUSE VS. SENATE: Disorder on the court

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It was a disgrace to the sport of basketball.

BREAK FOR THE BARRISTERS: Bar Association's meetings adjourn for levity, libations

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After sitting and listening intently in seminars and continuing education classes all day, lawyers attending the Arkansas Bar Association's midyear meeting shared some camaraderie at a Feb. 16 reception at the Riverview Room, on the ground level of the Little Rock Marriott.

Volunteers roll out Red Carpet

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Wolfe Street Foundation volunteers Charlotte Linch and Karen Holderfield are struggling to get a giant wood cutout of an Oscar statuette out of the back of a friend's luxury SUV. The statuette's size and base make it clunky and awkward to handle, but the pair are determined.

INCREDIBLE, NONEDIBLE EGGSHIBITION: '17 Eggshibition cracks open some new twists at pre-party

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Still riding high from a successful 2016 Eggshibition fundraiser and fueled by some new aspects added for the 2017 affair, officials and friends of Youth Home Inc. gathered at Drawl Southern Contemporary Art the night of Feb. 9 to help the excitement spread.

Personal Space

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Dent Gitchel Jr.

SURROUNDED BY HER BEST: Not new to the zoo

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Susan Altrui was surrounded by her besties during a Jan. 30 reception to celebrate her new post as director of the Little Rock Zoo. In December, she was named to replace longtime Director Mike Blakely, who retired in October. Altrui was assistant zoo director under Blakely.

RELUCTANT HONOREE: Woman of the Year

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Melanie Jackson knew in advance she'd been named Woman of the Year by Women and Children First, but when it came time for her to stand up and be recognized, she slumped in her chair and cried tears of humility.

A GOLDEN AFFAIR: Heck of a haul

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Everything that glittered was gold at Saints and Sinners 2017, the largest annual fundraiser for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Tables and chairs draped in gold cloths and a wall of iridescent balloons provided a shimmery atmosphere for the Jan. 28 affair held in the Grand Ballroom of the Little Rock Marriott. Co-chairmen Jay Barth and Chuck Cliett welcomed guests with hugs and handshakes, then presided over the program.

SOUP DAY FUNDAY: Slurps and robust burps signal another win-win

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It was controlled chaos at the Statehouse Convention Center the afternoon and evening of Jan. 29 as seasoned patrons of the annual Soup Sunday fundraiser lapped up soup from tiny cups and bid on silent and live auction items. Some 2,000 people attended the 36th event, raising about $160,000 for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Melanie Bynum Jackson

posted: 01/29/2017 2:33 a.m. Discuss

When Keith and Melanie Jackson were invited to lunch by friends and philanthropists Chip and Cindy Murphy, the Jacksons readily accepted. Sitting around a restaurant table in Little Rock last summer, Cindy broke the news that Melanie was selected Woman of the Year for the annual fundraising gala for Women and Children First, an organization that provides crisis intervention and shelter for domestic violence survivors and their children.






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