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Northwest Arkansas Young Professionals present the 1st Annual Saucy Wing Competition benefiting the Children's Safety Center


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



4th Annual Hogeye Kids Marathon & Hogeye JR Run

An affiliate of the Hogeye Marathon & Relays, a non-profit organization benefitting local charities.

The Hogeye Kids Marathon is a program developed to encourage physical fitness among kids (K-5th grade). Kids will complete 25 miles of running, walking, or other physical activity over time.

On race day, Saturday, March 29, 2014, all registered participants who have completed 25 miles will run their final mile on the official Hogeye race course in Fayetteville. The starting & finish lines will be at Kohl's.

The Hogeye JR Run is for kids in grades 6-8 & encourages more activity. The JR Run kids will log 37 miles & complete the final 2.3 miles on race day at Kohl's.

For more information and registration, visit


Holiday Donations

These are just a few of the generous donations that the Children's Safety Center has received for Christmas for our families. We are so thankful and blessed to have great community partners and individuals that are so giving. Many of our families could not afford Christmas gifts for their children and the joy in their voices when we call them to tell them they have gifts is heartwarming. They are so thankful to each and everyone of you for your generosity. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!