One of central Arkansas’ most rewarding events of the year is coming back to Cabot this month, Fine Arts for Exceptional Hearts.
Organized by the nonprofit Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Fine Arts for Exceptional Hearts is an annual fundraiser for the organization, and one of its most important of the entire year.
Building Bridges is a staple of its communities and is the heart and soul of Lonoke County, where its three locations are. Originally founded in 1972 under the name Lonoke County Exceptional School, Building Bridges was founded to fill a void, a necessity for such a program that could serve children with developmental and intellectual disabilities who could not be adequately accommodated by the public school system. From those first days over 40 years ago when they served about 25 clients, to a reach that now includes four counties and almost 300 clients, the mission has remained the same. Building Bridges’ programs encompass all ages, from children to adults, and each is tailored to set-up and empower individuals with these disabilities to have a useful, purposeful and self-sufficient life.
Whether it is supportive living services, occupational therapy, speech therapy, autism support services, early intervention in-home services, or many other program offerings, their goal is to provide the highest quality and most current services to each of their clients, tailored specifically to the individual’s disability and needs.
But as their executive director, Janie Sexton, will often tout, they are a bit of a “best-kept secret” of the county and the many others within their reach. You may not know about them until you do, but once you do, you are so grateful for their existence.
And that is one part of the mission behind their annual Fine Arts event. It is not only raising money for a nonprofit that lives off of Medicaid, donations and fundraisers like this to ensure their ability to continue serving, but to also bring in people from all over the community to educate them about what they do and who they serve.
In addition to the inspirational aspects of the night that include performances from both their adult and preschool age clients and touching first-hand accounts from family members, there is also both a silent and live auction, of which the proceeds go directly to the mission of Building Bridges, and all attendees are treated to a seated dinner, as well. In past years’ auctions, items such as a Walt Disney World vacation, a Keurig coffee bar, paintings from the Building Bridges kids, Razorbacks apparel and much, much more have been available for bidding. There is literally something for everyone’s interests, within everyone’s price range.
Kendra Scott Raffle at the 2018 event.
Part of the 2018 silent auction.
This year, 103.7 the Buzz’s Eric Sullivan will be the emcee and Gaylen McGee will be the auctioneer.
Tickets and table sponsorships are still available. To purchase either, visit their website or contact Cindy Jones at (501) 628-5580.
If you are not able to attend, there are many different ways to give and help support Building Bridges, outside of the Fine Arts event, here.
Fine Arts for Exceptional Hearts
Thursday, September 26 at 6 p.m.
Veterans Park Event Center
508 North Lincoln St.
Cabot, AR 72023