19 October, 2021
11:30 AM
DoubleTree Hotel
Downtown Little Rock

2021 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 annual Friends of Children Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, October 19. This special event celebrates the power of advocacy in improving the lives of children and families across our state.

We are planning for an in-person event that will be presented in a Covid-19 mindful way. We will follow CDC related guidelines in effect at the time. If community health concerns necessitate, we will shift to limited seating for the luncheon or recognizing this year’s honorees virtually.

Tickets are $50 each, and sponsorships start at $650.

Masks are required during the event. Please join us in person only if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Virtual tickets are also available for this year’s event, for $35 each.

This year, we are privileged to honor JoAnn Nalley, Dr. José R. Romero and Rhonda Sanders 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.

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.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Fran Carter at 501-454-5014 or by email: fcarter@aradvocates.org.  We appreciate your consideration and look forward to having you with us on October 19!

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

Arkansas Hospital Association

Arkansas Minority Health Commission

Delta Dental of Arkansas

Entergy Arkansas

The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas

Drs. Gary and Becky Wheeler

Friend of Children Sponsors

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Arkansas Community Foundation

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

Arvest Bank

Barbara Miles and Hank Bates

The Centers

Louis and Mary C. Cabe Foundation


Nabholz Construction Company

Simmons Bank

Table Sponsors

AllCare Pharmacy

Chuck Cliett and Jay Barth

Clinton School

Nikki Edge

Eric McDaniel and Dr. Chad Rodgers

Munro Foundation

Marianne and Mike Poore