Every year Champions for Kids hosts Razorfest at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Over 65,000 people from all over Arkansas come to Fayetteville for this free family event that ends with the Razorbacks’ Red & White game. This year’s event was held on Saturday, April 25th. Vendors and non-profits from all over northwest Arkansas set up booths with games and giveaways for kids. This year Champions for Kids also held a grant contest to give away $50,000. The contest started with 20 non-profits and over the month of March voting was held on Facebook to narrow it down to the top 10. Beginning April 1st the second round of voting began and continued through April 24th. The top 8 non-profits all received a grant. UCP finished in 7th place and was awarded a $5,000 grant for the Family Support Program. Thank you to all who voted, liked, and shared daily on Facebook to help us win a grant. Daphne England, Community Development Specialist for UCP of NW Arkansas and her daughter, Morgan, accepted the check from Champions for Kids.
The Painting with a Purpose event at Painting with a Twist in Bentonville held on Sunday, April 19th was a success! The classroom was full as 37 people came out to paint in support of UCP. Thanks to all of those who participated, we raised $647.50 for UCP’s Family Support program in NW Arkansas.
On March 14th UCP held the Race for Independence at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. The race included a 5k run and a ½ fun walk and roll. Overall male and female winners in the 5K adult categories received medals as well as gift cards to Rush Running, Starbucks, and a Darden restaurant of their choice. Overall male and female winners in the children’s 5K categories received a movie night gift bag complete with candy, popcorn, and 10 free Redbox rentals as well as a gift card for 2 hours of jump time at High Rise Extreme Air Sports and Trampoline Park in Rogers. The highlight of the Race for Independence was the 1/2K fun walk and roll. There were several participants with different disabilities who took part in the 1/2K and demonstrated how they are living life without limits. Proceeds from the Race for Independence benefit UCP’s Family Support Program. Thanks to all of the participants, volunteers, and sponsors who made the 2015 Race for Independence possible!
Check out the beautiful jewelry being made at the Little Rock Adult Center! UCP adult centers education our clients on how to become their most independent selves. Clients that attend our centers learn the skills they need to enable them to have an active role in their community.
All jewelry available for purchase.
Price list is:
Earrings – $2
Bracelets – $3
Bracelet/Earring Set – $4
Necklace – $6
Bracelet/Earring/Necklace – $10
For more information, contact CP Buttons at 501-228-3823!
Mason Renigar is a 12 year old boy who lives with his grandmother, Freda Marshall. Freda is Mason’s sole guardian because both of his parents were killed in a car accident. At birth he had water on his brain (hydrocephalus) and had to have a shunt placed for draining the fluid off. In January 2012, when Mason had just turned 9 years old, his shunt malfunctioned and caused extensive injury to his brain. Mason is now unable to speak or perform activities of daily living and is completely dependent on his grandmother for his care. As Mason has grown, his grandmother is unable to lift him by herself to get him into the bathtub. Their bathroom was not big enough to roll his wheelchair or hoyer lift in to make it easier to transfer him to the tub. Ms. Marshall applied for a grant from Home Depot for a bathroom remodel but it wasn’t enough to cover all of the renovations needed. She then contacted UCP and applied for assistance from the Family Support Fund. Together, UCP and Home Depot were able to complete the bathroom renovations needed to make it easier to bathe Mason. All new flooring, smaller pedestal sink, and roll in shower were installed. Also a 4 foot doorway leading directly from Mason’s room into the bathroom was also installed to allow easier access. Ms. Marshall is thrilled with the outcome and it has made things much better for her and Mason.
UCP’s Butterfly Learning Center is featured in the 2014 United Way campaign video! Check out the video below to hear about Tayler’s journey at Butterfly Learning Center in Little Rock.
United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas is a United Way agency! This means that you can designate a portion of your paycheck to UCP of Arkansas through payroll deduction during the United Way campaign. Even a little bit a week adds up to make real change in your community.
Here’s How You Can Help:
- Come to the United Way Kick-Off today (September 10th) at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock (11:30AM-1PM). Come enjoy a free lunch, music, and door prizes. Join us at the UCP booth to learn about exciting ways you can help those with disabilities live life without limits!
- Invite a UCP representative to speak at your company’s United Way Campaign. We have a number of heartwarming stories that speak to the abilities rather than the disabilities that we would love to share with the community. Call Kristin at 501.228.3838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Designate your United Way Gift to UCP! When you designate your United Way contributions to UCP, you are helping those with disabilities live life without limits!
$3 a week would buy an adaptive swing for disabled children at Butterfly Learning Center
$5 a week would provide a child (birth – 3 years old) with 1 month of Early Intervention services (including therapy)
$10 a week would provide 2 therapeutic picnic tables for an Adult Center
If your company doesn’t have a United Way campaign, you can call 501.376.4567 to set one up or you can go to www.ucpark.org and donate online to UCP!
KATV Channel 7 had Kristin Stuart on their Midday Arkansas program to talk about the upcoming Once Upon A Time event that will be on Thursday, September 18th at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Watch the clip below to learn more!