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Event continues to raise thousands for ACH

Staci Spargo (from left), Janet Lady and Tara Gentry were among Lawrence County Circle of Friends members serving as waitresses at the annual Tips for Tots event Saturday night at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George

Gretchen Hunt

For 12 years the Lawrence County chapter of Circle of Friends, a group of individuals working to raise funds and awareness for Arkansas Children's Hospital, has hosted the Tips for Tots event.

With totals from $20,000 to $50,000, the event has been a very successful fundraiser for the group through the years.

The 2013 event, held Saturday evening at the Walnut Ridge Country Club, was no different with initial projections being in the $36,000 range, though a final total will not be verified until some time next week.

Event Chair Bethany Clark said the chapter made some changes to this year's event, but everything went more smoothly and better than anyone could have expected.

"We really appreciate the community for continuing to support us," she said. "Special thanks to the Walnut Ridge Country Club. Year after year they accommodate us and go out of their way to make sure we raise the most money possible for ACH."

The theme for this year's event was television shows. Greg and Kim Gill and Chris Henson hosted the "Duck Dynasty" table, which was recognized for raising the most money; and Tosh and Veronica Manning's "Sons of Anarchy" table was named most creative.

Richie and Leslie Burgin and Mark and Jennifer Biggers hosted the "Monday Night Football" table, Jerry "Bull" Winters and Pam Kopp hosted the

"Beverly Hillbillies" table and the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation hosted the "Grey's Anatomy" table.

Clark was assisted by Renee Tucker and Jennifer Ditto, auction chairs; Angee Jones, dining/waitress chair; and Michelle Segraves and Lauren Garner, treasurer's table. Many other Circle of Friends members helped in other capacities, including serving as waitresses.

Entertainment was provide by Party Time Productions, and Ronnie "Frog" Light served as auctioneer.

The live auction included a variety of items including a golf package, George Strait tickets, a Memphis Grizzlies package for eight, multiple bags of soybeans and corn and much more.

Corporate sponsors for the event were: Angel One ($1,000), Square Post Building/Hoxie Lumber; Red Wagons ($500), Kerry Callahan Farms, First National Bank, Pratt's Auto Salvage; Teddy Bears ($250), Gateway Animal Clinic, Billie Joseph, Barton's, Karla Baltz DDS, Greenway Equipment of Weiner, Families, Inc., and Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

Also, Building Blocks ($100-$249), Clark General Contractors, DeClerk-Throesch Engineering, Special Things and The Flower Basket, Tedder Equipment, The Times Dispatch, Sonic, Lawrence County Family Clinic, Hometown Behavioral Health, W-Farms (Harold Willmuth, Minturn Grain and Randy Doyle Farms.

Clark said Tips for Tots is the chapter's largest fund-raiser and the support received continues to surprise members year after year.

"It is amazing that in three month's planning and six hours we can raise $36,000, give or take," she said.

Last year there were more than 337,000 patient visits at ACH including 518 from Lawrence County and 888 from Randolph County. For more information on Circle of Friends, contact Clark at 870-692-2602.

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