March 03, 2010 Edition

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Alyson Williams (from left) and Jennifer Ditto of Walnut Ridge and Michelle Evans of Smithville won the most creative award for their table, which had a "white trash" theme.

Tips for Tots raises
$37,000 for ACH

Walnut Ridge resident Heath Teel's table, which had an Egyptian theme, was honored for raising the most money.
Submitted Photos ~ Stephanie Anderson
The Lawrence County Circle of Friends raised $37,000 for Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock during the annual Tips for Tots fund-raiser Saturday night at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

Awards went to Heath Teel of Walnut Ridge, whose table had an Egyptian theme, for most money raised and Alyson Williams and Jennifer Ditto of Walnut Ridge and Michelle Evans of Smithville for most creative for their "white trash" theme.

Others hosting tables were: Shane and Beth Davis with an Oktoberfest theme, Lawrence Health Foundation with a medical theme, Kevin and Nicole Weitkamp with a Razorback theme and Beta Sigma Phi of Pocahontas with a "just ducky" theme.

Ronnie "Frog" Light of Minturn served as auctioneer during the live auction.

Glenn Murphy of Walnut Ridge was the winner of a cruise that was given away through a "pick a card" giveaway. Participants purchased a card for $50 with the winning card, in this case the eight of diamonds, winning the cruise.

Brittany Schmidt, chair of the event, expressed her gratitude to those who chaired specific aspects of the event. Renee Tucker and Lauren Garner served as event treasurers and food chairs; Rhonda Forrester was the auction chair; and Bethany Clark and Deana Householder served as table chairs.

"We want to thank all those who donated auction items or hosted tables," Schmidt said. "We also thank "Frog" Light and the Walnut Ridge Country Club."

She also expressed thanks to the event's sponsors who include the following:

  • Red Wagons - First National Bank, Hoxie Lumber Company, Karla Baltz, DDS, Pratt's Auto Salvage, Sloan Law Firm, Square Post Buildings.

  • Teddy Bears - Bryan Funeral Home, Gateway Animal Clinic, George Kell Motors, Harris Ford, Hays, Windmill Rice Mill.

  • Building Blocks - Anglin's Garage, Forrester Sales, AgHeritage Farm Credit, Agri Marketing, Clark General Contractors, Family Clinic Pharmacy, Lawrence County Farm Bureau, iBERIABANK, SPEK Aviation, Spencer and Julie Ponder, Southern Farms Crop Insurance, State Farm, The Times Dispatch.

  • Friends - Craighead Electric.

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