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Carin Schoppmeyer: NWACC benefit goes online

Plant a Seed Soireeoffers silent auction by Carin Schoppmeyer | April 4, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kevin Anzana-Montoya (from left), Ariadna Valencia, Alondra Lopez, Senayda Flores, Angel Castro, Juanita Franklin and Israel Garcia Campos gather at the Northwest Arkansas Community College scholarship luncheon Feb. 20.

NWACC Foundation's Plant a Seed Soiree, presented by Walmart and Sam's Club, will be a virtual event April 23. The annual scholarship benefit will feature an online silent auction and a livestream of the program, beginning at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Liz Anderson, executive director, tells me that last year the Foundation's general scholarship fund provided nearly $50,000 in scholarships. During the 2019-20 academic year, the Foundation offered more than $288,000 in endowed and annual scholarships, and more than 3,200 NWACC students received some form of financial aid during this past year, which is nearly 40 percent of eligible students this past fall semester alone.

Speakers for the benefit will include Mike Luttrell, Foundation board president; Evelyn Jorgenson, NWACC president; Tommie Flowers Davis, NWACC student; Jonathan Janacek, NWACC alumnus; and Larry Shackelford, NWACC scholarship donor and president and CEO of Washington Regional.

The silent auction will kick off at 9 a.m. April 19 and end at 9 p.m. April 23. Items include an original watercolor painting by Jorgenson; a one-night stay at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, with tasting dinner and wine for two; Globetrotter Bar party for 25 (includes three hours of service from a vintage Airstream bar); and four prime tickets for a Naturals Baseball game plus merchandise.

Individual tickets to the event are $100, and sponsorships are available.

According to the group's website: "Northwest Arkansas Community College is the largest community college in the state, and has, since its inception in 1990, successfully grown to steward over 8,000 students and 55 degrees and certificates.

NWACC's mission is to empower lives, inspire learning and strengthen community through accessible, affordable, quality education, guided by its vision to positively change the lives of those it serves.

The NWACC Foundation exists to encourage support for and aid in the continued development of NorthWest Arkansas Community College and "to solicit, accept, hold, invest and administer any gifts, bequests, or property of any sort for this educational purpose."

NWACC-Washington County opened in early 2020 in Springdale and offers courses in general education, nursing, health information management and emergency medical response and houses NWACC's High School Relations, which oversees the Early College Experience program.

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Dick and Nancy Trammel (from left) and Carol and Ed Caldwell enjoy Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Dick and Nancy Trammel (from left) and Carol and Ed Caldwell enjoy Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Mat and Nicole Mozzoni (from left) and Tina and Shannon Gabbard visit at the NWACC benefit April 27.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Mat and Nicole Mozzoni (from left) and Tina and Shannon Gabbard visit at the NWACC benefit April 27.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Zach and Sarah Brothers (from left) and Mike Luttrell gather at the Plant a Seed Soiree on April 26 at The Ballroom on I Street in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Zach and Sarah Brothers (from left) and Mike Luttrell gather at the Plant a Seed Soiree on April 26 at The Ballroom on I Street in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Llanet Sanchez (from left), Katherine Leis, Benjamin Schaap, Katelin Johnson and Megan Butler, Northwest Arkansas Community College students, help welcome guests to the college's holiday reception Dec. 12 at Brightwater in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Llanet Sanchez (from left), Katherine Leis, Benjamin Schaap, Katelin Johnson and Megan Butler, Northwest Arkansas Community College students, help welcome guests to the college's holiday reception Dec. 12 at Brightwater in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Charles and Evelyn Jorgenson attend Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Charles and Evelyn Jorgenson attend Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Charles and Evelyn Jorgenson attend Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Charles and Evelyn Jorgenson attend Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Alex Vasquez (left) and Joe Spivey attend Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Alex Vasquez (left) and Joe Spivey attend Plant a Seed.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Luis Gallardo (from left), Angel De La Calleros ans Emanuel Garcia Peralta, Northwest Arkansas Community College hospitality students, welcome guests to the Plant a Seed benefit April 27 at Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food in Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Luis Gallardo (from left), Angel De La Calleros ans Emanuel Garcia Peralta, Northwest Arkansas Community College hospitality students, welcome guests to the Plant a Seed benefit April 27 at Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food in Bentonville.
STAFF PHOTO CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Lamar and Shari Steiger, from left, Melba Shewmaker, Dayle and Dan Shewmaker and Amy Benincosa gather at the gand opening of the National Child Protection Training Center on Feb. 6 on the NorthWest Arkansas Community College campus in Bentonville.
STAFF PHOTO CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Lamar and Shari Steiger, from left, Melba Shewmaker, Dayle and Dan Shewmaker and Amy Benincosa gather at the gand opening of the National Child Protection Training Center on Feb. 6 on the NorthWest Arkansas Community College campus in Bentonville.
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At a Glance

Plant a Seed

Who: Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation

What: Online event and auction to benefit scholarship fund.

Online auction — 9 a.m. April 19 to 9 p.m. April 23

Online event — 7 p.m. April 23

Where: nwaccfoundation.org/plantaseed

Information: (479) 619-4184 or nwaccfoundation.org

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