Check out the article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette featuring Al Hodge, UCP Once Upon A Time chairman, talking about the event!
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!
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.