Vicky Williams, mother of former Razorback and pro football player, DJ Williams, will be speaking at Open Arms Shelter’s Second Annual Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Banquet on Thursday, April 3, at the cafeteria at Cabot Junior High North. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a silent auction.
Gifted singer, songwriter and speaker, Sondra Burnett will emcee the event and will be singing the National Anthem as Cabot High School’s ROTC presents the Colors.
A special video message and announcement will be delivered to all attendees from Arkansas’ own American Idol, Kris Allen. Cabot community leader, Fred Campbell along with his friends will be preparing his infamous boneless pork loin. Lapel pins will be given to all attendees to be worn during the month of April in recognition of National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
A limited number of tables and tickets are still available. Sponsors may obtain a table of 8 for $200 or be a dinner sponsor of the event for $500. Individual tickets are $25; call (501) 676-6166 or 843-9460 for details.
Beginning in 1986, Open Arms Shelter began providing emergency safe housing for Arkansas’ children who have been abused and/or neglected.
These children range in age from birth up to 18 years of age.
Open Arms is one of the few emergency shelters in the state that will
accept children under the age of eight, teenage mothers with their children and large sibling groups. Through the years, while thousands of children have come from all areas of the state, but the majority of the children are from central Arkansas.
Nancy Hamlin, executive director, reminds the public, “Open Arms Shelter is licensed by the State of Arkansas and is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization. Hamlin continued, “Your tax-deductible donations ensure that children in need have hope for a better tomorrow.”
Donations may be mailed to Open Arms Shelter, P.O. Box 161, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086.