Beads, Bags, and Bangles “Block Party” Kids’ College Fundraiser a Success


The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation hosted the 11th Annual Beads, Bags and Bangles Kids’ College Fundraiser on Thursday, February 23, at the Hope Municipal Airport.  This year’s event had a “Block Party” theme featuring various authentic and unusual food trucks.  The food trucks included Wunderbus of Conway, AR, which served German cuisine; Amigo Juan of Hope, AR, which served crawfish and pork street tacos;  Loblolly Creamery of Little Rock, AR, which served signature ice creams, and Southern Salt of Little Rock, AR, which served Asian sliders, Jamaican pork nachos, and kabobs.


Over 300 people attended this year’s event and enjoyed entertainment by the Arkansas Circus Arts of Little Rock, AR, and Ramoth-Gilead of Tyler, Texas.  Also, a beautiful “Today, Tomorrow and Forever Bracelet” by Charles Krypell donated by Alexander’s Jewelers, was raffled off with proceeds benefiting Kids’ College.


Jill Bobo, Executive Director of the UAHT Foundation, said, “I’d like to thank all the sponsors and everyone who attended the event for making it a success.  Without your support, it would be nearly impossible to provide kids in our local communities with these educational programs.”


Sponsors for the 11th Annual Beads, Bags and Bangles Kids’ College Fundraiser included:


Alexander’s Jewelers

Debbie Malek — Caney Creek Estates


Hope Floral

Joan McLean

Kathy Struckman — Fulton Grass

Pafford EMS

Penny and Chris Thomason

Robee Carter, DDS — Smiles of Arkansas

Tyson Foods



Honeycutt Printing, Inc.

Four States Furniture





Coffee Family Dental

Hope Water & Light

Jamie Pafford-Gresham

Laurie Pinner — Mustard Seed Wealth Management

Southwest AR Education Co-op

Tonja and John Hays

Celia and Steve Montgomery



AllCare Pharmacy

Anderson Frazier Insurance

Bank of the Ozarks

Belinda and Ricky Aaron

Betty Jo Hays

Bobo and Bain

Catherine and Jeff Cook

Christi and Whit Whitlock — B&R Building Supply

Debbie and Pat Henry

Diamond Bank

Edward Jones — Joshua Jones and Steven Mullins

Farmers Bank & Trust

Heather Manor

Ivan Smith Furniture

Jill Bobo

Judy Beth Davis

Kathleen McLarty

Kim Hollis

Lance & Associates Real Estate

Laura and Wayne Clark

Linda Ramsey

Lindy Franks


Phoebe Bailey

Powell’s Grocery

Providence Missionary Baptist Church — Full Gospel

  1. LaDell Douglas, M.D. – Quality Care Pediatrics

Rainbow of Challenges

Red River Federal Credit Union

Proceeds raised at the event will be used for scholarships and supplies to benefit the 2017 Kids’ College Program, Preparatory Academy, and Camp Save-A-Life programs.  Kids’ College is designed for students in first through eighth grade. The 2016 program served over 250 children from Hope and the surrounding communities.  UAHT’s Preparatory Academy and Camp Save-A-Life serves students in ninth through twelfth grades.  The UAHT Preparatory Academy helps prepare students for the ACT college entrance exam.  Camp Save-A-Life introduces students to healthcare professions.  These two programs serve approximately 100 area students each year.


For more information about kids’ programs at UAHT call 870-722-8102.

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