The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation hosted the 11th Annual Beads, Bags and Bangles Kids’ College Fundraiser on Thursday, February 23, at the Hope Municipal Airport.  This year’s event had a “Block Party” theme featuring various authentic and unusual food trucks.  The food trucks included Wunderbus of Conway, AR, which served German cuisine; Amigo Juan of Hope, AR, which served crawfish and pork street tacos;  Loblolly Creamery of Little Rock, AR, which served signature ice creams, and Southern Salt of Little Rock, AR, which served Asian sliders, Jamaican pork nachos, and kabobs.

Over 300 people attended this year’s event and enjoyed entertainment by the Arkansas Circus Arts of Little Rock, AR, and Ramoth-Gilead of Tyler, Texas.  Also, a beautiful “Today, Tomorrow and Forever Bracelet” by Charles Krypell donated by Alexander’s Jewelers, was raffled off with proceeds benefiting Kids’ College.

Jill Bobo, Executive Director of the UAHT Foundation, said, “I’d like to thank all the sponsors and everyone who attended the event for making it a success.  Without your support, it would be nearly impossible to provide kids in our local communities with these educational programs.”

Sponsors for the 11th Annual Beads, Bags and Bangles Kids’ College Fundraiser included:


  • Alexander’s Jewelers
  • Debbie Malek — Caney Creek Estates
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Hope Floral
  • Joan McLean
  • Kathy Struckman — Fulton Grass
  • Pafford EMS
  • Penny and Chris Thomason
  • Robee Carter, DDS — Smiles of Arkansas
  • Tyson Foods


  • Honeycutt Printing, Inc.
  • Four States Furniture


  • BancorpSouth
  • Coffee Family Dental
  • Hope Water & Light
  • Jamie Pafford-Gresham
  • Laurie Pinner — Mustard Seed Wealth Management
  • Southwest AR Education Co-op
  • Tonja and John Hays
  • Celia and Steve Montgomery


  • AllCare Pharmacy
  • Anderson Frazier Insurance
  • Bank of the Ozarks
  • Belinda and Ricky Aaron
  • Betty Jo Hays
  • Bobo and Bain
  • Catherine and Jeff Cook
  • Christi and Whit Whitlock — B&R Building Supply
  • Debbie and Pat Henry
  • Diamond Bank
  • Edward Jones — Joshua Jones and Steven Mullins
  • Farmers Bank & Trust
  • Heather Manor
  • Ivan Smith Furniture
  • Jill Bobo
  • Judy Beth Davis
  • Kathleen McLarty
  • Kim Hollis
  • Lance & Associates Real Estate
  • Laura and Wayne Clark
  • Linda Ramsey
  • Lindy Franks
  • Martin’s
  • Phoebe Bailey
  • Powell’s Grocery
  • Providence Missionary Baptist Church — Full Gospel
  • LaDell Douglas, M.D. – Quality Care Pediatrics
  • Rainbow of Challenges
  • Red River Federal Credit Union

Proceeds raised at the event will be used for scholarships and supplies to benefit the 2017 Kids’ College Program, Preparatory Academy, and Camp Save-A-Life programs.  Kids’ College is designed for students in first through eighth grade. The 2016 program served over 250 children from Hope and the surrounding communities.  UAHT’s Preparatory Academy and Camp Save-A-Life serves students in ninth through twelfth grades.  The UAHT Preparatory Academy helps prepare students for the ACT college entrance exam.  Camp Save-A-Life introduces students to healthcare professions.  These two programs serve approximately 100 area students each year.

For more information about kids’ programs at UAHT, call 870-722-8102.  For more information about the UAHT Foundation, call 870-722-8516.