We are very excited to announce that Jessica Jones has been selected as United Way’s Volunteer of the Week for the week of April 11, 2016. Jessica is being recognized for all of the hard work she puts in when volunteering for UCP events. She inspires others to follow her lead in going above and beyond the call of duty. UCP benefits greatly from volunteers like Jessica. She is a shining example of what we all work towards in being a fun, positive person and role model.
Be sure to listen to The Wolf 105.1 FM on Tuesday, April 12th, as they announce Jessica as the weekly winner between 8:00 am-9:00 am and shine some light on her volunteer achievements.
Congratulations Jessica! Thanks for all that you do!
The 2016 Northeast Arkansas United Cerebral Palsy Telethon was on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at the Arkansas State University on campus at the TV studio. Over 60 volunteers (VIP’s) gave up their time and committed to work as panel members to help people with cerebral palsy in Northeast Arkansas. In addition to the VIP’s from Northeast Arkansas we also had three VIP’s from Central Arkansas office Larry Stang, Linda White, and Paula Rader whose time and commitment to our telethon was immensely appreciated.
The telethon wouldn’t be possible without the help of the KAIT 8 news anchors and staff along with the
ASU-Studio students and staff who do an outstanding job!
Thanks to the volunteers in the computer room who process all of the pledges as received from the VIP panels. All of the processing is done on the day of the telethon and the pledges are mailed the next day. Thanks to the Civitan Club for manning the refreshment area, bringing lots of home baked goods, and conducting a silent auction. Food for the Telethon VIP’s and workers was provided by Sonic, KFC, and Pizza World. In addition, the Kiwanis Club from Pocahontas donated donuts.
The 2016 Super Star this year was 7 year old Grayden Dalton from Piggott, AR. He and his mother Christina, dad Brian, and sister Nicky did outstanding job of representing the UCP Telethon.
At the end of the day on Sunday UCP received over 1700 pledges for a total of $107,000.00 which was $1,000.00 higher than 2015. We can’t thank the people of Northeast Arkansas enough for their wonderful support helping children and adults with cerebral palsy! It is just outstanding!
On March 5th, UCP hosted its inaugural Putt Putt Pub Crawl event sponsored by Dos Equis in the downtown River Market area. Nine local bars participated by creating a putt putt hole at their establishment and offered Dos Equis drink specials.
Teams of four signed up for $100 and received an event t-shirt along with a UCP goodie bag and their scorecard that detailed the order their team was to visit each bar.
The UCP Development team hoped the new event would attract around 30-40 teams in the first year. It was a complete surprise when total number of teams climbed to 78!
Teams voted for their favorite hole and The Rev Room won with their fun skee-ball hole.
The development team was thrilled to pull in $7,248 for the first year hosting the Putt Putt Pub Crawl along with the extensive media attention that UCP gathered for the event. We look forward to improving and growing the pub crawl for next year!
Check out the article in Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette highlighting Debbie Strobel and her volunteer work at United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas! Thank you Debbie for your commitment to the men and women of UCP!
The men and women at the UCP North Little Rock Adult Center put on an amazing talent show on Friday, July 17th. It was a full house as friends, family, and the UCP Little Rock Adult Center came by to show their support. The performers did a fantastic job of singing and dancing and showed no signs of nerves as they rocked the house!
Magician, Ralph Felder, dropped by UCP Little Rock and North Little Rock Adult Centers to put on a magic show. The adults at each center enjoyed participating in the acts and everyone was wowed when Ralph was able to pull coins out of thin air! It was definitely a fun time enjoyed by all. Thanks again to Ralph for coming out!
The UCP Little Rock and North Little Rock Adult Centers held their 1st Annual UCP Cookout at Burns Park on June 26th. The day was packed with games and prizes, a live DJ, balloon artist, cotton candy, and delicious grilled burgers and hot dogs prepared by UCP nurse, Jeff Roberson and CEO, Larry Stang. The even started at 10 and friends and family enjoyed the entertainment before winding down around 1 o’clock. Everyone had a great time and we are all looking forward to next years cookout!
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!