Each September the Hot Springs Village Community Foundation hosts its annual meeting and reception as a way to thank faithful members for their assistance, recount the year’s success and make plans for the future. The assembly and subsequent pork loin dinner (cooked annually by Rob Bowers) featured brief remarks from HSVCF chair Carolyn Bowers and special guest Heather Larkin, Arkansas Community Foundation president.
Bowers assured the packed Ouachita Room crowd the HSVCF is in great shape. “Our membership drive was successful; our membership roster now stands at 447 people. 2017 witnessed much growth.” Bowers continued, “The annual concert proved to be our most popular in 12 years. We created the 30th endowment within the HSVFC and our endowments value over $1 million. In May we disbursed $15,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations, bringing our lifetime total to $550,000 for organizations throughout the surrounding community.”
Bowers included an additional thought. “We decided our growth demand would change up our organization by becoming an affiliate of the state organization. We needed an office and an executive director and June 28 we made it official.”
Larkin’s remarks addressed the new connection between the ARCF and HSVCF. “We’re hoping for a long-term relationship and helping to grow assets by gathering and sharing information.”
Special recognition awards were presented to Anne and Don Dierks, Dana Pike and Pat Shaha for dedication, devotion and countless hours of volunteerism on behalf of the HSVCF.
Bowers concluded saying, “Our HSVCF would not be possible without the efforts of many Villagers and their support of our efforts. The foundation especially appreciates the help of the state board, its president Heather Larkin and member Robert Zunick. A big, big thank you.
“Mark your calendars now to save the date of Feb. 27, 2018, for the HSVCF annual benefit concert. The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band, is providing our concert.”