Carin Schoppmeyer: Wu Tang Clan crashes fundraiser for NWA Women’s Shelter; fashion moves Children’s Safety Center forward

Wu Tang Clan crashes fundraiser

Dennis and Glenda DeBusk (from left); Johnelle Hunt; Elizabeth Schackelford, Children's Safety Center ofWashington County  executive director; and Emily Rappe-Fisher stand for a photo at the Locale fashion show to benefit the center Oct. 27 at First National Bank in Fayetteville. The nonprofit organization opened the doors of its new home, the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Children's Safety Center, Nov. 6 in Springdale. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Dennis and Glenda DeBusk (from left); Johnelle Hunt; Elizabeth Schackelford, Children's Safety Center ofWashington County executive director; and Emily Rappe-Fisher stand for a photo at the Locale fashion show to benefit the center Oct. 27 at First National Bank in Fayetteville. The nonprofit organization opened the doors of its new home, the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Children's Safety Center, Nov. 6 in Springdale. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)


Fashion helped move the Children's Safety Center of Washington County forward at the group's second annual Locale boutique fashion show Oct. 27 hosted by First National Bank in Fayetteville.

Locale runway looks came from Masons, Riffraff, Skye On The Town, Lola, Clothe Boutique, and Maude Boutique, Bella's Gifts and Link x Lou, and guests were able to shop their popups before and after the show.

The Children's Safety Center coordinates the investigation, prosecution and treatment services in child abuse cases while providing child advocates, forensic interviews, sexual assault examinations, mental health therapy and child abuse prevention training.

The nonprofit organization marks its 26th anniversary this year and has helped more than 14,000 children since opening in 1997. On Oct. 30 the nonprofit organization opened the doors of its new home, the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Children's Safety Center, on Gene George Boulevard in Springdale. The center has helped 605 children this year, with 30 of those just since this month's move.

Those helping the center move forward at the fashionable afternoon fundraiser included Johnelle Hunt, Dennis and Glenda DeBusk, Tanya Mims, Cassie and Ben Booth, Mandy Macke, Macy Farris, Leigh Laney, Jodie Goss, Michelle Hanby, Anne Jackson, Tareneh Manning, Candace Dixon-Horne, Lauren and T.J. Lee, Brittany Brosh-Adair, Christine Cook, Janet Parsons, Jeanna and Craig Edwards, Izzy Gibbany, Kelsey Nolte, AnnieBeth Mabry and Jaclyn House and Garrett Lewis, the fashionable fete's masters of ceremony.

A night at Casino Royale at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville proved profitable with a side of drop-in guests Wu Tang Clan on Oct. 28 for the Fresh Start! presented by Mars Wrigley fundraiser for the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter. The crowd of more than 300 benefit guests spilled over from the event space into the museum hotel's The Hive restaurant and bar and the musicians joined in the festivities after their performance that evening at the Walmart AMP.

The evening of "glitz, glamour and gaming" featured slot machines and poker, blackjack, roulette and craps tables. It helped the nonprofit raise more than $150,000 that will support the group's pillars of service, Amanda Apple, NWAWS development director tells me. The nonprofit's pillars include community education, emergency shelter, a rehousing program and outreach services, such as court advocacy, case management, individual and group therapy and a 24-hour crisis hotline.

In 2022, the organization provided more than 6,500 nights of safe shelter, some 650 hours counseling, nearly $100,000 of housing assistance and preventative education for more than 6,500.

Federal funding cuts have reduced the shelter's budget by more than 60 percent in the past three years, Apple said, so they are looking to increase corporate and foundation grant support and private funding in the form of recurrent monthly donations.

Honorary chairpersons for the fundraiser were Jessica Wright, Walmart sales -- Mars Wrigley; Yoshie Fujii, Walmart merchandising director; Whitney Cooper, head of Omni Transformation at Walmart Connect; and Heather Clark, Walmart senior merchandising director -- beer.

Fresh Start! sponsors included the Kellogg Company; The Clorox Company; Gratsy; Kinneberg Management Group; Beam Suntory; SheSpeaks Inc.; STAT Recovery Services; NextHome, Inc.; Samsung Electronics America; 3W Magazine; CitiScapes Magazine; KNWA-TV and Fox 24 News (NBC and Fox affiliate); Social Project Brewing Company; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Mast-Jägermeister US, Inc.; and The HEINEKEN Company.

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

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected].

  photo  Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter Fresh Start! honorary chairpersons Jessica Wright (from left), Whitney Cooper and Yoshi Fujii welcome guests to the annual fundraiser Oct. 28 at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville. Heather Clark not pictured. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter Fresh Start! honorary chairpersons Jessica Wright (from left), Whitney Cooper and Yoshi Fujii welcome guests to the annual fundraiser Oct. 28 at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville. Heather Clark not pictured. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Sandra and Darrin Robbins (from left), Jennifer and Dan Skoff, Cindy Ray and Bryan Pugh and Angela and Jimmy Alpe gather at Fresh Start! to benefit the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Steve and Heather Findlay (from left); Tia Wright; Nicole Foote, NWAWS board vice president; and Stephanie Downey gather for a photo at Fresh Start! (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Kathy and Joe Farnan help support the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter at Fresh Start! on Oct. 28 in Bentonville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Olivia Walker (from left), Tyler Offutt, Anna Welch and Edgar Barrales attend Fresh Start! to benefit the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter on Oct. 28 in Bentonville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Jaclyn House (from left), Tanya Mims and Garrett Lewis stand for a photo at Locale on Oct. 27. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 

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At a Glance

Locale

Who: Childrens Safety Center of Washington County

What: The fundraiser featured fashions from local boutiques.

When: Oct. 27

Where: First National Bank of NWA in Fayetteville

Next: Johnelle Hunt Family Childrens Safety Center grand opening, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12

Information: (479) 872-6183 or childrenssafetycenter.org

Fresh Start! Casino Royale

Who: Northwest Arkansas Womens Shelter

What: The evening of "glitz, glamour and gaming" helped the nonprofit organization raise more than $150,000.

When: Oct. 28

Where: 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville

Information: (479) 246-9999, (800) 775-9011 or nwaws.org

 


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