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2014 Dream Big Charity Gala Exceeds Goal

Thank you so much to our 2014 Dream Big Charity Gala sponsors, committee members, donors, and guests for helping us raise over $85,000 at the event this year. Each dollar raised at the Dream Big Charity Gala directly helps a child have a safe and bright future right here in Washington County. THANK YOU!!


Save the Date - Dream Big Charity Gala - Saturday, July 19

The Dream Big Charity Gala presented by Johnson & Johnson, Sam's Club, Whitlock Orthodontics, Whyte Spyder, and Citiscapes Magazine is an opportunity for the communities of Northwest Arkansas to come together to support victims of alleged child abuse, increase awareness, and raise funds for the Children’s Safety Center.

Entertainment: Boom Kinetic, featuring Grammy Gig of a Lifetime winner Barrett Baber

Food Fare: Farrell's Grill, Simply Divine Catering, Fresco Cafe, Grub's Bar & Grill, Mojo's Pints & Pies, and Kruton's Catering

Adult Beverages: Core Brewery, Premium Brands, Wedington Liquor, and a signature cocktail created by The Hive at 21C Hotel

Event Features: Silent Auction, Cigar & Wine Pull, 50/50 Raffle Drawing, Themed Basked Raffle, and a Live Auction featuring a Labradoodle Puppy

Dress: Guests are encouraged but not required to wear black and white summer cocktail attire

Hotel: The Chancellor Hotel on the Fayetteville Square is the sponsor hotel for this event. Please contact them and mention Dream Big Charity Gala for a special rate for the night of July 19th.



We Love Our Giving Community

The Children's Safety Center received $1,500 from the 2014 Hogeye Kids Marathon held March 29th at Kohl's in Fayetteville. Pictured left to right is the Hogeye Race Director, Tabby Holmes, CSC Development Director, Emily Rappe', and Hogeye Kids Marathon Chair, Shawn Jungmeyer. For more information on the Hogeye Marathon and Kids Marathon, visit their website at


The Northwest Arkansas Young Professionals raised over $1,300 for the Children's Safety Center from their Saucy Wing Event held April 12th at Foghorn's in Fayetteville. Pictured left to right are Russ Kidwell, Lauren Cardwell, CSC Development Director Emily Rappe', and Duncan Clayton. For more information on joining the NWAYP and their events, visit


The ladies of Kappa Delta presented the Children's Safety Center with the proceeds from their 2014 Shamrock Event, which included a color dodge ball tournament, totalling over $19,000!!! This is the eighth year that Kappa Delta has partnered with the CSC and Prevent Child Abuse America.



A Note From CSC Executive Director Elizabeth Shackelford

As Executive Director, I have the daily privilege to work closely with the Children’s Safety Center’s Board of Directors, who are each my boss. The men and women who volunteer for the CSC’s board are extremely passionate about our mission of helping and providing services to alleged child victims of sexual and physical abuse. I would like to take a moment to thank Sara Boelkins, Chris Thornton, Dan Prier, Brittney Duke, Danny Snow, John Sampson and Jordan Greer for their tireless efforts and dedication through the many opportunities and challenges they have faced as CSC board members. I would also like to express a very special thank you to Sara, who recently stepped down as president. The past three years I had the honor of working one-on-one with Sara while she was president and she taught me not only how to be a better leader or how to remain calm in a crisis, but also the importance of balancing life with work. Sara has been my guardian angel and I will forever be grateful. I’m pleased to announce Chris as the new board president and Jordan as vice president. I know I will learn even more in my role and as a leader by working with Chris. Chris and his family have supported the CSC for many years and I thank his family for supporting his leadership role with the CSC. I’m also excited to announce the addition of two new board members – Matt Hicks with Centennial Bank in Rogers and Dale Brown, partner with Bassett Law Firm in Fayetteville. Both Matt and Dale have been involved with the CSC’s yearly fundraiser, Dream Big and will bring new ideas and talents to the board. Happy 2014! - Elizabeth

New CSC Board Member Dale BrownNew CSC Board Member Matt Hicks



Great Day at the Farm Second Place Winner


The Children's Safety Center is thrilled to announce, in partnership with Champions for Kids, that we have been selected as the second place winner of a grant from a Great Day at the Farm!

Each fall, Champions for Kids gathers with Northwest Arkansas high school students, corporate teams, nonprofit leaders, and volunteers for a day of service learning. Students meet with representatives from local nonprofit organizations to learn about the issues affecting children in their communities. Next, they create videos that seek to raise awareness of those issues and design service projects to help local children thrive. This event mobilizes young people to take action to improve the lives of children.  It's a GREAT Day at the Farm!

Please view the video made by the Children's Safety Center Team