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First lady Susan and Gov. Asa Hutchinson welcomed guests to "A Story of Experience, Strength and Hope," a luncheon held March 26 at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion to benefit the Cosmopolitan Foundation.

The Foundation's sole mission, said board member Craig Douglass, is to own and maintain the Little Rock building where an average 300 people visit every day attending various Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Gallery: “A Story of Experience, Strength and Hope” luncheon

The first lady told the sold-out crowd that it was great to have them at the mansion and "it always warms our heart to host groups that have a heart for others."

Guest speaker was Madonna Badger, founder and chief creative officer of Badger & Winters advertising agency in New York. Douglass introduced Badger, saying, "She has left all who have heard her story better for the experience."

Badger spoke, tearfully at times, about the loss of her children and parents in a house fire and what led her to Arkansas and the community at Cosmopolitan. She noted that the fellowship from the community was one of the things that helped save her life. "Whatever it is you need," she said, "that community will be there for you."

High Profile on 04/07/2019

Print Headline: Cosmopolitan honored at Governor's Mansion

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