The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is poised to celebrate its 30th annual Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts to a sold out crowd. With FBT Bank and Mortgage, and Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel as its presenting sponsors, the black tie gala will be held Saturday, February 18 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, and continue at 7:00 p.m. with a dinner and program.
Honorees for this year’s event will include five outstanding individuals that have been selected for their extensive history of community involvement, philanthropic endeavors, and their exemplary record of service to the community: Dr. Carolyn Blakely, chancellor emeritus and retired education; Kevin Cole, artist and educator; Dr. Martha Flowers, family practitioner; Dr. Joe Hargrove, cardiologist; and Scott McGeorge, president and CEO of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel.
Since its inception, the benefit has created a revenue flow of more than $650,000 to help support UAPB’s arts programs and the educational goals of students enrolled at the University. Since its creation, proceeds from the annual benefit have been used to support art exhibits, theatrical productions, concerts and recitals, scholarships, museum tours for art students and performance tours for the choir, bands and theater groups.
With a legacy of support in attendance to the gala, ticket sales moved at an exponential pace. According to Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall, director of University Relations and Development, early sponsorships and ticket sales are the best she has seen in the last decade.
Along with the presenting sponsors, other sponsors by level include: (Iconoclast) Simmons Bank, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Dr. Laurence and Mrs. Veronica Alexander; (Master) Relyance Bank, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Dr. Martha Flowers, Henri and Dr. Hazel Linton; (Ingénue) Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Delta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Evergreen Packaging, Thomas Groceries and Gifts Store; (Apprentice) CDI Contractors, Calvin and Janetta Booker, Thomas and Janet Broiles, Everlyn Bryant, Danny and Staphea Campbell, Curtis and Bonita Corbin, Curtis V. Flowers Family, Nate and Alyse Kilbert.