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SPARKing HOPE since 1984!
Gwendy Lefforge, Jennifer Forrest, Glenda Justin DeLille , SPSF NWA Board Chair, and X, Doris Cordes, Ralph Nesson, Marcia McCain
Jennifer Cain Graves, Kim Sharpe, Tressa Horton and Wendy Erik Rivadeneyra from Johnson & Johnson
Ruth Collier Teal from CitiScapes Magazine
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of ious Spark of Hope awards. After- Thomas Alan Jacoway Memorial
Dr. Karen Hodges
Northwest Arkansas (SPSF NWA) held ward, DeLille and Dilday announced a Scholarship; Scot Ripple, Lois M. Fry
its annual Spark of Hope celebration program to pilot this fall, pairing Memorial Scholarship; Paula
Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Fa- scholarship recipients with members Thomsen-Perez, Lois J. Imhoff Single
yetteville Town Center. Approxi- from the business community for Parent Scholarship; Sjah Short,
mately 350 guests gathered for a career advising. Elaine M. Longer Endowed Scholar-
cocktail reception before the 7 p.m. ship; Caren Carrothers, Forsythe
Sarah McCarter Scholarship recipient Brittney Peace
program hosted by Jake McBride from Family Endowed Scholarship; Katy
Kyle Mooty presented the second annual Suppor-
Kix 104 and Laine Baker from KNWA Stonesifer, Willard and Pat Walker
Carolyn Rehbock tive Employer Award to her employer
Today. The Spark of Hope celebrates Endowed Scholarship; Jazmin
Donna Samples HP Engineering, Inc. Accepting on
the success of the year’s scholarship Harmon, Alford Sherman Endowed
Deniece Smiley behalf of HP Engineering was Presi-
campaign from corporate and individ- Scholarship; Kelly Story, Richard F.
Chris Smith dent Bill Hodge.
ual giving. The 2011 Spark of Hope Cooper Endowed Scholarship; Char-
raised more than $360,000 for schol- McBride and Baker introduced guest lene Dodd, Community Hope En-
arships. speakers Jeff Parmer, SPSF NWA dowed Scholarship
Brandy Tuft scholarship recipient; Kayla Main,
SPSF NWA Board Chair Justin DeLille Guests dined on a delectable meal of
Sofia Vawter daughter of graduate Beth Main; and
and Executive Director Jody Dilday Filet Mignon and Crab Cake with
Pam Yarberry Pamela Center, SPSF NWA graduate.
honored the organization’s founder Fume Blanc sauce, prepared by
Ralph Nesson, founding board mem- Board Members Dr. Karen Hodges Southern Hospitality Management.
bers (Marcia McCain, Doris Cordes, and John Threet announced the 2011
Ruth Collier, Jan Judy, the late Elaine Liquor World sponsored the cocktail
Endowed Scholarship Awards:
McNeil, the late Lois Fry, the late Meghan McConnell, Charlotte Lang- hour and evening with an in-kind
INSIDE THIS Charlotte Forsythe and the late Lois worthy Forsythe Endowed Scholar- donation of wine, and the musical
ISSUE: Imhoff), CitiScapes Magazine and ship; Nancy Grizzle, Diane Blair Me- stylings of Don’t Stop Please enter-
Johnson & Johnson with the prestig- morial Scholarship; Kristie Hamilton, tained guests during the reception.
Student Spotlight 4 Thanks to our 2011 Scholarship Campaign Sponsors!
Program News Presenting Summa Cum Laude
Board Spotlight 5 Magna Cum Laude
Calendar 6 Cum Laude
Dean’s List Tyson Family Foundation
Graduate Acosta, AAUW, Berryville Professional Women, Baum Foundation, Domino Sugar, General Mills,
Kiwanis of Springdale, Ozarks Electric, NWA Newspapers
Events ROCK THE RUNWAY
The 3rd An-
nual Rock the
proved why This third-party event is a crowd
this event has favorite, and we look forward to
become one Rock the Runway for Education
of the most 2012, which will be part of the new
awaited in Northwest Arkansas! NWA Fashion Week next Spring.
Coordinator Tammy York with Thank you
Gatsby Events produces nothing to Tammy
short of a New York style runway Y o r k ,
with fashion that even Gossip Girl Ryan Gill,
would be proud of! all the
Guests included supporter Elaine and the
Longer, shown above with friends, countless
making a girls’ night at Rock the volunteer
year’s Rock the Runway for
Runway, and our friends at DR De- models,
Education earned nearly $17,000,
sign Firm (photo at right) who coor- designers, boutiques, restaurants,
and from that, a donation was made
dinated event promotions. This supporters and guests who made
to SPSF NWA.
this event a SUCCESS for SPSF NWA!
the filling Serving Up Scholarships!
Local restaurants offer a great venue for spreading aware- favorite Hugo’s donated
of a pail, ness about a cause. For several years, SPSF NWA has held 15% of meals after 5
Eat Out for Scholarships one month each year with several p.m.
but local restaurants. In order to grow this program, “Serving
Up Scholarships” was born, and SPSF NWA will be holding
Next up, Hjem Restau- SPSF NWA Graduate LaDeana Duncan
rant on the Fayetteville with kids Sir and Justice at U.S. Pizza
restaurant nights at all your local favorites throughout the
the lighting year!
square will support SPSF
NWA with 15% of sales each Tuesday in September
On April 20, U.S. Pizza on Dickson Street donated 10% of going to SPSF NWA!
of a fire.‛ all sales to support SPSF NWA! Every Tuesday night in
May, Café Delta Soul on Mission and Crossover also con-
W.B. Yeats tributed 10% of sales to scholarships. And on May 4, local
Throughout July and August, SPSF NWA promoted raffle
ticket sales for the Cox Suite at Arvest Ballpark. Cox do-
nated their ballpark digs for the August 20 Naturals game
to SPSF NWA for this event. The prize package included
Wendy Stouffer (left) with her mother Barbara Dinning and sister 15 tickets to the game, 4 VIP parking passes, and a ball-
park style dinner for the whole crew!
SPSF NWA’s first Mother’s Day Campaign, not only raised The winner was drawn at the August 14 SPSF NWA board
several hundred dollars for scholarships, but recognized meeting. Thanks to Cox, George Knight, along with his
amazing women in a special and unique way. Through- family and friends had a great time at the game and en-
out the months of April and May, supporters made a $10 joyed the opportunity to mingle with the fine folks at
donation to SPSF NWA and sent in a photo of the “Mom” Cox. The raffle earned $1,200 for scholarships! THANK
in their life. We posted these photos and sentiments in a YOU COX for partnering with SPSF NWA in such a crea-
special “THANKS MOM” section on the SPSF NWA web- tive way to raise scholarship dollars!
SAVE THE DATE!
October 15, 2011
Gator Golf, Fayetteville
Flights at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Team Sponsorship—$50 (sponsor an SPSF Family to play!)
Teams of Four—$60
Forms and Online link available at www.spsfnwa.org/events
Anne Jackson at email@example.com with any questions.
the Social Scene...
SPSF NWA is offering a “trilogy” of socials to introduce new friends and supporters to
the organization. In January, we held the very first Scholarship Social at West End. In
April, we hosted a gathering at Savor, and in August, we held the final Scholarship
Social of 2011 at Powerhouse Seafood and Grill. From 5 to 7 p.m., guests socialized
with SPSF NWA supporters, including board members, community leadership council, is the
SPSF NWA recipients, graduates and staff.
These “after-hours” affairs are a
great way to engage co-workers and friends with SPSF NWA in a cas-
ual setting. A $10 donation at the door provided complimentary beer beautiful
and wine to all attendees. Sponsorships for the 2012 Scholarship
Social series are available. Sponsors will have exclusivity for these verb
events, with the opportunity to welcome guests and provide informa-
tion about your business. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if inter-
ested. in the
Annetta Young, Lori Slane, Teresa Williamson, Paige Zaloudek & Jeromie Hale world.‛
Thanks to our friends at Campus Bookstore, SPSF NWA scholarship recipient Justina
Arriaza was awarded $300 towards textbooks for the Spring 2011 semester. Justina
studies nursing at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. Congrats, Justina! And
a big THANK YOU to Campus Bookstore for offering SPSF NWA recipients an addi-
tional discount on their textbook purchases at their Fayetteville and Rogers locations.
Your contribution and sup-
port and creates better,
brighter futures for single
Campus Bookstore Locations:
Fayetteville—624 West Dickson Street
Rogers—2600 West Hudson Rd., Ste. C Events
than I did while I was pregnant with excited to see me and comes running
Spotlight him, which I never thought was possi-
up to me with a heartfelt kiss and hug
to follow. Melts my heart every time!
My ultimate dream day... I value education because…
Have a ME day! I would love to be No one in my family has any educa-
able to wake up, sit outside while tion past high school. My mother
drinking a cup of coffee, go work out, only made it through middle school.
and then go and get a mani/pedi/ While she may be doing well for her-
massage!! That would be heavenly :) self now, raising me was financially a
huge struggle. She, too, was a single
I heard about SPSF NWA through…
mom, which often led to working 2 or
Child’s Name and Age… My aunt received the scholarship
even 3 jobs at any given time. She did
Jackson Priesmeyer - age 2 through SPSF Benton County. She said
‚While we try School Attending and career path…
it was a huge blessing and encouraged
what she had to do so we could sur-
vive, but our time together suffered
me to apply for it!
John Brown University - Organizational tremendously. I want to make sure I
to teach Management
I find my inspiration in...
don't struggle like she had to. I value
every second I get to spend with my
Current place of employment… My past and how far I've come, re-
munchkin, and an education is a
our children McDonald's gardless of the circumstances thrown
at me. I'm able to look back and say,
proven way to help make sure I get to
Something that has surprised me spend as much time with him as pos-
"Wow! I've come a really long way! If I
about motherhood… sible!
all about life, How strong your love for your child is.
did all that, what I'm facing now
should be a piece of cake!" One word to sum me up…
You always hear people talk about how BLESSED!
much they love their children, but you My favorite part of the day…
our children never truly understand until you have Is when I get off of work and pick Jack-
your own. I love Jackson more now son up from school. He is ALWAYS so
what life SUMMER OF FUN!
is all about.‛
SPSF NWA Graduate Andrea Mutzhaus Makenzie Price and Dalton Hamilton at the Scholarship Strike Out Sophia and Isabel Pacheco with Sierra
with son Jaden, Carolyn Rehbock & Jody Montgomery at Family Movie Day
Dilday at the Graduation Open House
SPSF NWA is SO MUCH MORE than scholarships! We not their kids joined staff and volunteers to watch Disney’s Tan-
only offer quality personal and career development train- gled and snack on theater-style popcorn! What a treat!
ings, but we also provide opportunities for FUN every For some back-to-school FUN, SPSF NWA hosted the Schol-
chance we get! arship Strike Out at Arvest Ballpark August 8. Approximately
Parenting is a master juggling act, and we know that fun 100 scholarship recipients, kids, and SPSF NWA staff and
activities often take a backseat to running kids to school, volunteers cheered on the Naturals and participated in on-
work, and providing all the essentials for daily life. That’s field activities. Dalton Hamilton, son of recipient Kristi Ham-
where we come in! Staff at SPSF NWA are thrilled to util- ilton even threw out the first pitch!
ize connections through our organization to benefit our During the pre-game festivities, all school-aged children of
scholarship families. current recipients received a “mini scholarship” or stipend
In May, we held our first Graduation Open House. SPSF for school supplies sponsored by the Walmart/SAM’s Club
NWA board members and leadership council congratu- Foundation.
lated spring grads with a cake and punch reception at the Other activities offered to recipients each year include tick-
SPSF NWA office. ets to Walton Arts Center productions, riding in the U of A
This summer, SPSF NWA hosted Family Movie Day at the Homecoming parade and participating at SPSF NWA’s Golf-
Fayetteville Public Library. Scholarship recipients and toberfest.
J O H N S TA R E CHRIS SMITH Board
Johnson and Johnson
2005 – Present. Director of Sales
Senior Sourcing Manager – 9
Hometown and/or when you Years
moved to NWA: 2010 Merchandising Excel-
Originally from Cleveland, OH lence Award (Buyer of the
and with my career Jeannie and I Year)
have bounced around the Mid- Hometown and/or when you
west, most recently living in Indi- moved to NWA:
anapolis prior to moving to Rogers in July 2008. Newport, Arkansas.
Married to: Jeannie Stare (SPSF NWA CLC) Moved to NWA 1999 to attend the University of Arkansas
Kids: Mac (12) and Colin (10) Married to: Tiffany Smith
Hobbies: Pets: 1 dog (Darth)
The family and I are very active in sports and fitness. We Hobbies:
are a big baseball and football family and exercise as a fam- Riding my motorcycle and spending time with family and
ily several times per week both outdoors, swimming and in friends.
our home gym.
Why did you get involved with SPSF NWA?
Why did you get involved with SPSF NWA? My mother was a single parent who had me at the age of
The original connection was a past business relationship 16. My grandmother encouraged her to finish high school
between J&J and SPSF, but after meeting with Jody and and go to college. My mother followed in her footsteps
Anne felt an immediate connection and felt our partnership
could go/grow to a much higher level.
and became a teacher. My grandmother raised me (from ‚The
birth until I moved to college) so that my mother could
What inspires you the most about the families we serve? focus on her education and start a career.
For me it’s all about the positive domino effect our work What inspires you the most about the families we serve?
produces. We help one single parent and it immediately To see so many single parents who are committed to
helps their children and I believe will impact generations breaking all obstacles in order to provide a better life for
that follow. I believe it not only serves a financial need but their children. They have chosen to take the path less
also helps reinforce the work ethic and value system that traveled and in doing so motivate their children and fami- about
will be engrained in that family and everyone they touch. lies to be even stronger.
State of the PROGRAM... is that
As we begin the beneficiaries in your life insur- field. Both will attend a one-hour
ance policy. training session, which will include
an overview of the program, goals
can take it
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of and guidelines. Following the train-
Northwest Arkansas is poised and
SPSF NWA will be piloting a new
program this fall, designed to add
ing, PROs will be introduced to their away
ready to offer single parents encour- assigned students, and together they
support beyond the scholarship for
agement and access to higher educa-
tion thanks to a generous gift from a
our recipients, as well as a meaning-
will agree upon a date to meet for a
one-hour advising session.
ful way to engage new volunteers in
loyal donor, and a new program on
the mission of our organization. Students will utilize their time with B.B. King
Members of our Student Support the PRO to learn about working con-
Gift In late June, SPSF NWA received Committee, which include Board ditions, day-to-day work duties, skills
a donation of appreciated stock from Members, Community Leadership required for success, pathways to
a long-time supporter (who wishes to Council members and Alumni, met promotion, and other opportunities
remain anonymous). This incredible throughout the summer to design available in the field. The intention is
gift, valued at more than $50,000, what will be known as the PRO to give students nearing graduation a
will endow a full scholarship and (Professional Resource Opportu- glimpse into the real-life workday of
strengthens our financial position in nity) Program. professionals who hold the degree
these difficult economic times. The they are working towards.
The PRO Program will utilize experi-
donor who made this gift has created More details on the PRO Program,
enced professionals in the commu-
a lasting legacy. You can too, and it including how to get involved, are
nity as advisors for current SPSF
is simple to do. Consider leaving a
portion of your estate to Single Par-
ent Scholarship Fund through your
NWA scholarship recipients. These
volunteer advisors (PROs) and stu-
dents will be matched according to
listed on our website at: http://
will or naming SPSF NWA as one of
degree program or career
September October December
SPSF NWA Office Closed
Jingle Mingle, 6-9 p.m.
Labor Day Holiday Deadline Scarpino’s, Fayetteville
6, 13, 20, 27:
Golftoberfest SPSF NWA Office Closed
Serving Up Scholarships
Gator Golf, Fayetteville Christmas Holiday
Flights at 10 & 12:30 Dec. 30-Jan. 2:
S T A F F
Jody Dilday 25: SPSF NWA Office Closed
Executive Director PRO Program, 2 p.m. November New Year Holiday
The Jones Center 24-25:
Carrie Montgomery SPSF NWA Office Closed
Program Director Thanksgiving Holiday
Courtney Pacheco Spring 2011 Graduates
Administrative Assistant Paula Alvarez Kaplan University Accounting
Pamela Center University of Arkansas Elementary Education
Kristie Hamilton NWACC Respiratory Therapy
A D D R E S S
601 W. Dickson St., Ste. 2 Carole Haws University of Arkansas Social Work
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Natasha Johnson NTI Practical Nursing
P H O N E
Andrea Mutzhaus University of Arkansas Elementary Education
Amanda Prince NWACC Assoc. of Science Business
F A X
(479) 439.1179 Dacia Robberson NWACC Associate of Science
W E B S I T E Stephanie Seuyaphanh NWACC Associate of Science
www.spsfnwa.org Kelly Story University of Arkansas Master of Arts in Teaching
Paula Thomsen-Perez NWACC Associate of Science
Stay Up-to-Date Melissa Veach NWACC Business Management
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Mandi Beesler Carole Haws Juliana Mendoza Scot Ripple
Pamela Center Angie Johnson Andrea Mutzhaus Alaina Ryan-Hunt
Tina Culley Jennifer Jones Sharon O’Grady Crystal Shoffit
Charlene Dodd Shannon Kiger Tracy Pack Kathryn Stonesifer
Christine Eckert David Klotzbuecher Brittney Peace Kelly Story
SCHOLARSHIPS. SUPPORT. SUCCESS.