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Group wraps Christmas for needy senior citizens

posted: 12/04/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Simon Lee had to step over Christmas gifts when he interviewed for a job as community service representative at Home Instead Senior Care last December. The company had been collecting gifts for its Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts and helps facilitate human contact and social interaction with senior citizens during the Christmas season.

GREAT SCOTT!: Highway commissioner gets dinner, salutes at his sendoff

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Bank executive Frank Scott Jr. was just 29 when he was appointed to the Arkansas Highway Commission in October 2013. In the three-plus years since, he has put his communications skills and financial intellect to work for the good of the commission.

JUST TO SAY ‘THANKS’: Couple help Philander Smith celebrate past, look to future

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Kaki Hockersmith and Max Mehlburger know how to throw a party, and officials at Philander Smith College were on the receiving end of the couple's hospitality the night of Nov. 18. An appreciation reception was held to allow Philander Smith President Roderick Smothers and others to thank the people who continue to push the school's mission forward.

WHO'S WHO IN PHILANTHROPY: Raising a festive salute

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The 2016 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, held Nov. 17 at the Embassy Suites Little Rock, was a literal "Who's Who" in fundraising in Arkansas, specifically central Arkansas. Besides the eight award recipients, attendees included a slew of past and potential honorees. The event was put on by the Arkansas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

THE LAST DANCE: Saying farewell to Manees House

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If it was indeed the last social function by the Junior League of North Little Rock at the E.O. Manees House, the group's home of 54 years, there were no signs of sadness or remorse. The night of Nov. 18, they threw a "Party Like It's 1999" -- or well, you get the idea.

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED: LR leaders applaud retiree on 33 years of chamber work

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Judy Love is like a surrogate mother -- or a school principal -- ushering some 1,500 business leaders through Leadership Greater Little Rock, a program of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Some 300 former Leadership class members and chamber administration and staff gathered on the third-story veranda at the Robinson Center on Nov. 18 to raise a glass and celebrate her years of service upon her retirement as director of administration.

70 AND COUNTING: Baldwin & Shell bash marks construction firm milestone

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Little Rock-based Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. celebrated its 70th year in the business with a reception for about 500 of its top brass, vendors and dignitaries the night of Nov. 7 at the Clinton Presidential Center. The affair was hosted by President and Chief Executive Scott Copas and the company's board of directors.

LOVING IN ARKANSAS: Alma mater given fiscal hug by noted filmmaker graduate

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Little Rock native and writer/director Jeff Nichols was in town Monday to share his latest film, Loving, a love story with strife. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

WHOA-PUS!: In renovated Robinson, epic Opus raises $640,000 for ASO

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Just days before, you could have heard a nail drop.

HIGH PROFILE: Junior League of North Little Rock President Kelly Phillips

updated: 11/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

It’s all got to go. The silver punch bowls, crystal vases, antique furniture and a massive closet filled with Christmas decorations — everything will be reclaimed by its original owners or sold at auction.

QUALITY TESTED: Hot, helpful helpings

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They're the top chefs of central Arkansas, and they feed more strangers than they do their kin, sometimes for the benefit of area nonprofits.

KA-BOOM!: Adults have a blast at benefit for Museum of Discovery

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The biggest-yet Spark! fundraiser for the Arkansas Museum of Discovery drew raves about the activities, demonstrations and the food, a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, by chef Shane Henderson of Ben E. Keith. Held on Nov. 1 at the museum, the fourth annual event reeled in about 400 people (average attendance, said museum Chief Executive Officer Kelley Bass) and netted a record $150,000. Silent and live auctions also contributed to the museum's till.

JUDGES AND LAWYERS: Barristers party in interest of community service effort

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Some 200 lawyers and their friends or better halves gathered at the Governor's Mansion the evening of Nov. 3 for a fundraising dinner for the Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program, also known as JLAP.

50 SHADES OF BILL: Arkansas talk show host celebrates 50th with costumed friends

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Bill Vickery, the radio talk show host and political strategist, celebrated his 50th birthday Jim Morrison-style the night of Oct. 28 with a costume bash at Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill. Owner Kevin Case closed the restaurant early for the occasion. At the door, guests were given green wristbands with the slogan "50 Shades of Bill."

CHILDREN'S LIVES MATTER: Event honoring 2 nets $58,000 for Advocates

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The Rev. C.J. Duvall Jr. and Dr. Chad Rodgers had similar takes on the Friends of Children awards they received Monday during Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families' annual Friends of Children luncheon. Nearly 500 helped fete the two at the Doubletree Little Rock.

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