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Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala Commit $5 Million for Arkansas Children's Northwest

06.07.2016

Gift will provide care close to home for 200,000 children in the region

(Springdale) June 1, 2016 – Volunteer leaders for Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala benefitting Arkansas Children's Hospital are committing $5 million to the construction of Arkansas Children's Northwest. The gift will be distributed over the next five years.

"Thanks to Walmart's vision two decades ago and annual support from the supplier community, Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala have been integral fundraisers for Arkansas Children's Hospital for more than 20 years," says Mike Sewell, Sr. VP and Walmart Team Leader for MPG and co-chair for Will Golf 4 Kids. "It is my honor to announce this $5 million commitment for the construction of Arkansas Children's Northwest. The project has been endorsed by Walmart, Walmart Foundation and J.B. Hunt. With this gift, we now turn to the engagement of the supplier community, as well.

"With the booming population growth in the region, providing care close to home is a vital necessity," says Kirk Dupps, retired Walmart Associate and co-chair for 2016 Color of Hope Gala. "Arkansas Children's Northwest is an essential part of making this region one of the best places to live in the country. I'm proud to make this gift on behalf of the Color of Hope committee members."

"I'm also pleased to announce that Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, Inc., will join us again as the keynote speaker for Color of Hope Gala," Dupps continued. "We are grateful for his support of the event and of Arkansas Children's Northwest."

In May, Arkansas Children's Hospital announced an $8 million gift from Walmart and Walmart Foundation and a $5 million gift from J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. for the construction of Arkansas Children's Northwest. Last August, ACH announced a gift of $7.5 million from the George and Evans families.

"The generous support from the business community has been so encouraging," said Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital. "This gift commitment from the Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala committees brings the announced total raised for construction, technology and equipment to $26 million. We are grateful for these partnerships as we work together to deliver care close to home for the more than 200,000 children in Northwest Arkansas."

Current plans for Arkansas Children's Northwest in Springdale include a 233,613-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with 24 inpatient beds, 30 emergency department and urgent care exam rooms, 30 clinic exam rooms, five operating rooms, and diagnostic services. The 37-acre campus will also include patient and family friendly walking trails, gardens, as well as a helipad and refueling station. The Hospital and Campus is slated to open January 2018.

Arkansas Children's Northwest is being designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Fayetteville and Little Rock, Ark., and FKP Architects of Houston, Texas. The campus is an integral part of the Arkansas Children's Hospital plan to transform the health of children in Arkansas by expanding access to pediatric services across the state.

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About Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope

Will Golf 4 Kids is an annual two-day golf tournament founded in 1993 by Walmart to benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital. In 1998, the tournament was handed over to the vendor and supplier community. Now in its 24th year, Will Golf 4 Kids is the largest fundraising event for ACH and is also one of the largest golf tournaments in the state. The Color of Hope Gala was founded in 2005 in conjunction with Will Golf 4 Kids. The gala features a live and silent auction, dancing and gourmet dinner. Together, the golf tournament and gala have raised more than $13 million for the patients and families at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The 23rd Annual Will Golf for Kids will take place on Thursday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 5 at the Kingsdale Golf Complex in Bella Vista. The 9th annual Color of Hope Gala will be held Friday, Aug. 5 in the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. For more information, visit www.willgolf4kids.org.

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown from a small orphanage in Little Rock to a statewide network of care that includes an expansive pediatric teaching hospital and research institute, as well as regional clinics in several counties. The hospital's campus in Little Rock spans 36 city blocks and houses 359 beds, a staff of 505 physicians, over 200 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. A campus under development in northwest Arkansas will bring 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that region of the state. A private nonprofit, ACH boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research — all dedicated to fulfilling its mission of championing children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. For more info, visit archildrens.org/northwest.



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