April 8, 2009 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland
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As reported in last week's TD, The Children's Shelter must acquire enough funds to operate for one year, with an annual budget estimated at $239,000. While the shelter has two-thirds of the first year's budget at this time, the other third must be raised before state licensing requirements are met.

We applaud the efforts of The Children's Shelter Board, and all those who have made donations and have worked so hard to raise funds. This has been a major undertaking and not one for the easily discouraged.

We encourage the continued support of area residents. Once this hurdle is met, the shelter should qualify for grants to help meet that annual budget.

Local resident Sandy Barrington, an executive and consultant for Arbonne, will be selling Arbonne natural face, body and hair care treatments as a fund-raiser for The Children's Shelter on April 18 and 23. The fund-raiser will take place at The Children's Shelter at 107 Benson Drive. For reservations, call Sandy at 886-2296.

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Speaking of fund-raising, The Lawrence County Circle of Friends for Arkansas Children's Hospital knows how to raise money. That group consistently, year after year, raises a lot of money to support the hospital, which serves many area children. This year's Tips for Tops event, held recently at the Walnut Ridge Country Club, raised $30,942. A similar amount was raised last year, and this is not the organization's only fund-raiser. The group also has a phone-a-thon and has had other projects in the past.

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Another group doing good things is Walk of Hope. The sixth annual Lawrence County Walk of Hope is set for Saturday, April 18, at Stewart Park beginning at 9 a.m. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Volunteers with this organization raise awareness and money for cancer patients. The majority of the funds raised go to Lawrence County cancer patients, with a percentage donated to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research.

Claudia Wheeless and Carolyn Fowler are co-founders of the organization. Everyone is invited to walk in this event. For more information, call Carolyn at 886-7602 or Claudia at 886-7464. The group will also be making final plans for the event on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence County Community Room at 115 Walnut Street in Walnut Ridge. Anyone interested in helping is invited.

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Matt Cavenaugh, who grew up in Jonesboro, is now starring on Broadway in the revival of "West Side Story." Cavenaugh, whose father is Donald Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, continues to build on an already impressive career.

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Lawrence County's Alison Turbyeville, 12-year-old daughter of Scott and Rhonda Turbyeville of Portia, has one of 27 speaking roles in "The River Within," a film directed by Paragould native and Christian filmmaker Zac Heath. The film premiered in Paragould on Thursday night at the Cinema 8 and will continue to be shown at least through April 16.

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