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20 October, 2020
11:00 AM
Special Virtual Event Register

2020 Friends of Children Annual Luncheon

In 1977, a group of 10 concerned Arkansans founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), believing that children needed an independent voice to speak up for their interests.

In that spirit, AACF invites you to join us for our first-ever virtual Friends of Children Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. This special event celebrates the power of advocacy in improving the lives of children and families across our state. Tickets are $50 each, and sponsorships start at $650.

To purchase tickets this morning, please call 501-371-9678.

This year, we are privileged to honor Betty Guhman, Morril H. Harriman and Judge Joyce Williams Warren for their important work on behalf of our state’s children, and for all they’ve done to ensure that kids in Arkansas have the resources and opportunities they need to be healthy and successful. We are also pleased to recognize the late John W. Walker with a special posthumous tribute.

You’ll find more information about this special group of honorees here.

Since 1977, AACF’s legislative advocacy and policy recommendations have helped create enduring social change in our communities. Our work has helped reduce the number of uninsured children in this state from 21 to 4 percent, increase access to quality pre-K education for 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income families, overhaul the juvenile justice system in our state, and advance smart economic policies that help families and communities thrive. All proceeds from the event – sponsorships, ticket sales and donations – benefit the work we do at AACF. Your support helps to make Arkansas an even better place to be a child.

“In many ways, the current crisis highlights the importance of our commitment to racial equity and our belief that all Arkansans deserve to lead healthy and successful lives,” said AACF Executive Director Rich Huddleston. “All children and families in Arkansas should have access to health care, quality education, paid sick leave and economic security, before, during and after the current pandemic. The health and economic crises we face mean we must work even harder to ensure that is possible.”

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Fran Carter at 501-476-3477 or by email: fcarter@aradvocates.org.  We appreciate your consideration and look forward to having you with us on October 20!


We Thank Our Sponsors

All of us at AACF would like to thank the following “friends of children” for their support of our luncheon! Thank you all so much for helping us to recognize our honorees for their decades of work on behalf of Arkansas’s children. You’ll find more information about sponsorship benefits here.

To join this list of generous sponsors and friends, please contact Fran Carter at at 501-476-3477 or email fcarter@aradvocates.org.

Corporate Sponsors

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Drs. Gary and Becky Wheeler

Delta Dental of Arkansas

Entergy Arkansas

The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas

Friends of Children Sponsors

AllCare Pharmacy

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Arkansas Community Foundation

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

Arkansas Hospital Association

Barbara Miles and Hank Bates

Legacy Termite and Pest Control, Inc.

Munro Foundation

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates &  Woodyard, PLLC

Simmons Bank

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Table Sponsors

Arkansas Education Association

Dr. Jay Barth and Mr. Charles Cliett, Jr.

Dr. Shannon and David Collier-Tenison

Dr. Nikki Edge

Mike and Marianne Poore

Dr. Chad Rodgers and Eric McDaniel

Will Bond, Andrew Collins, Ashley Hudson, Tippi McCullough and Clarke Tucker

Law Office of Danyelle Walker

John W. Walker Law Firm

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church