Dress for Success Donors from northwest Arkansas gathered Oct. 6 at Record in Bentonville for the Little Black Dress benefit dinner. Kath McLay, president and CEO of Sam’s Club, served as honorary fundraising chair. Arie Harrelson, Success Ambassador of the Year, shared her Dress for Success experiences and successes with those in attendance.
Harrelson was recently promoted to the position that the band helped land her. “Without Dress for Success and the acceptance they showed me, I’m not sure I would be where I am today,” she says.
The nonprofit organization equips unemployed or underemployed women when they get job interviews. The women work with an image consultant at Dress for Success boutiques, then are outfitted in a suit and accessories from the stock of women’s business and casual wear, shoes, belts, handbags and jewelry.
In addition to professional clothing, the group offers career services such as resume writing assistance, mock interviews and career coaching.
Since the formation of the local chapter in 2013, Dress for Success NWA has served 2,249 women with more than 3,000 programs and services, touching approximately 13,500 lives including their children and families, according to dfsnwa.org.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northwest Arkansas has combined its signature events – Northwest Arkansas Finest and Wine Opener – into one celebration. Golfing Oct. 6 with the NWA Finest and Wine Opener on Oct. 7 helped the nonprofit raise more than $750,000 — a state record.
Proceeds will be used to support research into drugs to treat the genetic disease, improve the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis, and find a cure.
“Walk This Way With the Finest honorees are individuals between the ages of 25 and 40, who exemplify leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles, and/or have excelled in the Northwest Arkansas business community. ” This year’s class of 14 young professionals have spent the past few weeks competing to raise the most money for the foundation and have raised a total of more than $125,000, North West Development Director Christy Jobe tells me. from Arkansas.
The 2022 top honorees are Cameron Alexander, Denton Botsford, Dallas Counts, Ray Easley, Dallas Hardison, Kelly Hellbusch, Jo Johnson, Hillary LaMarche, Courtney Lindsay, Patrick Madden, Tiffany Metts, Lauren Smart, Ian Starnes and Reagan Wray.
As the winner of Best Fundraising, Dallas Counts received the Cyr Lawson Award. Dallas Hardison and Reagan Wray complete the top three.
The first Melissa Fallin Legacy Award was announced by Donna and Barry Fallin. “This award is to be presented annually beginning in 2023 as an expression of gratitude for those whose contributions exemplify excellence, perseverance and compassion in helping people with cystic fibrosis thrive,” organizers say.
For more event photos — nwadg.com/photos/society.
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