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The Burlsworth Trophy Luncheon will be Dec. 9 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to college football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. For tickets and more details, visit www.burlsworthtrophy.com.

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The Legends Dinner honoring John Brown III will be Oct. 11 at the Fayetteville Town Center. For more details, visit www.brandonburlsworth.org.

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A gold ribbon signifies the brave battle of kids who are fighting cancer. In the month of August, you can GO GOLD this year in support of Arkansas Children’s Northwest and pediatric cancer awareness, treatment and research at the Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament and the Color of Hope Gala. The Champion Sponsor is the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation and the Founding Sponsor is Walmart.

Your support helps kids, just like Tori Johnson. At only 9 months old, Tori was diagnosed with AT/RT brain cancer. Tori is the 2019 Champion Child for the Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament and Color of Hope Gala. Click here to learn more about Tori’s incredible Arkansas Children’s journey.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, check out the 26th annual Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament at the Bella Vista Country Club and the Kingswood Golf Course. Registration includes the famous goody bags, breakfast and lunch. Mike Sewell, Kyden Reeh and Tony Murphy serve as the 2019 tournament chairs.

Reserve your table for the 13th annual Color of Hope Gala, which takes place on Friday, Aug. 2, at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. Mandy Macke, executive director of the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, is the event chair. The evening includes a gourmet dinner, premier silent and live auction, and live entertainment. Be sure to dress in your favorite gold-hued cocktail attire.

Visit golfandgala.com to purchase your golf teams and reserve your gala tables.

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Planning an event at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Rogers? You’ll get to work with Tatum Murray!

Tatum is the sales and events manager at Ruth’s Chris, and she schedules and helps plan private parties or special events that people would like to have at the restaurant. She works with all kinds of groups that would like Ruth’s Chris to host their parties or events, including pharmaceutical dinners, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners and anniversaries.

“I love being able to help people bring their party/event visions to life!”

She’s originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Little Rock when she was 12 years old. Tatum then attended college at the University of Arkansas, and while in school, she started working at Ruth’s Chris as a hostess. After graduating in 2017, she was promoted to sales and events manager.

“I love working at Ruth’s Chris because the staff is supportive and feels like family,” Tatum says. “With my family being far away, the restaurant became my home away from home! I love that it feels like every day is different, and there is always something to do for one party or another!”

Looking for a great place to unwind after a long work day or to grab a bite to eat before a concert at the Walmart AMP? Tatum suggests checking out the patio at Ruth’s Chris. There is an excellent happy hour menu of discounted drinks and appetizers, and the bartenders will be happy to recommend a delicious cocktail or a glass of wine!

We asked Tatum 13 questions to find out a little more about this creative planner.

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  1. Rare or well-done? Rare
  2. Favorite cocktail? Ruby Red Greyhound from Ruth’s, definitely!
  3. Sweet or savory? Definitely both! I am obsessed with chips and spicy food, but also a chocolate lover. I could never pick between the two.
  4. Beer or wine? Love me some wine!
  5. Best advice you’ve ever received? “Sit in the front of class” – my mother. Wouldn’t have made it through college algebra without that!
  6. Gold or silver? Gold!
  7. Favorite trip you’ve ever taken? My Mimi took me to Italy for my 16th birthday. Best trip ever by far. We ate gelato every day and saw so many amazing places. I’ll never forget those experiences.
  8. Biggest pet peeve? Negativity
  9. What makes you smile the most? My friends and how loving they are!
  10. Internet or TV? TV aka Netflix and binge watching
  11. Book you’ve read again and again? “Heart Talk” by Cleo Wade
  12. Adventurous or cautious? In between. Adventurous until my nerves get to me!
  13. Who is your biggest inspiration? My Grandpa aka “PopPop.” I’ve grown up hearing all of his stories about the wonderful life he has lived and the crazy places he has worked! He has taught me so many things and makes me laugh constantly. I hope to live a life like his!

For more details on Ruth’s Chris in Rogers, follow the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RuthsChrisRogers/ or visit www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/rogers/.

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Beth Stephens has a constantly evolving job, and she loves it.

As president of Soapbox Influence, she’s not sure what her role doesn’t entail! Soapbox is an influencer marketing, social media and shopper insights agency.

“At its simplest, it’s my responsibility to be our primary storyteller and promoter as well as chief enthusiast and encourager,” Beth says. “This year, that has involved a lot of travel as we develop business and serve clients, along with a lot of saying yes to speaking engagements to share our story as well as best practices for our industry.”

She says the common thread to the work at Soapbox is that “we are crowdsourcing everything from user-generated content to product and packaging feedback from our national network of smart, savvy and social shoppers.” Soapbox’s community represents a cross-section of everyday people from all 50 states and beyond.

“Many of them happen to be bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers or Instagrammers, but at their very core, they are also real people who support their families and shop for their households. We tap into their skills and opinions to give the brands and retailers we serve better access to real content and real customers,” Beth says.

Soapbox has been serving clients since 2014, but wasn’t known by that name until the following year.

“I found a passion for the power of social media more than 10 years ago, and that passion has followed me through other roles and companies through the years. Our parent company really embraced and empowered my ideas and enabled Soapbox to come to life as an independent agency.”

Beth loves that Soapbox Influence embraces change and the idea that there’s nothing that can be broken.

“I often say that I’m trying to build the kind of company I would have loved to work for when I was in my 20s and 30s, first having kids and beginning to navigate the work world.”

Next month, Soapbox is hosting the Megaphone Summit, a regional event for bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and social media rockstars. Megaphone Summit is Aug. 9-11 in Bentonville. The conference is in its ninth year, and this is the first time it will be held in Bentonville. Beth says there’s a jam-packed agenda with exceptionally compelling speakers, and she can barely contain her excitement for this event. For more information on Megaphone Summit, visit www.megaphonesummit.com.

When she’s not working, Beth likes to keep her life simple. Beth’s happiest place is sitting on her deck in Bentonville with her husband and a glass of wine, hanging out with her sister, or spending time cooking or gardening with her girls. She has lived in Northwest Arkansas since 1998, noting that she moved around a lot while she was growing up. Beth only lived three weeks in her birthplace of Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the time, her family was living in a country called Suriname (Dutch Guiana) in South America, so her mom came to the U.S. to be with family when Beth was born. She spent most of her childhood in Jamaica and graduated from high school in Wenatchee, Washington.

You can follow Beth on Instagram at @bethanystephens1. For more details on Soapbox Influence, visit www.soapboxinfluence.com and follow the company’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

We asked Beth 13 questions to find out a little more about this passionate storyteller.

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  1. Who is your biggest inspiration? Outside my immediate family, I would say Arianna Huffington is my recent inspiration. Her work to shift the corporate culture away from an addiction to busyness – and toward the concepts of wellbeing and thriving – is riveting to me.
  2. Heels or flats? Wedges!
  3. Favorite trip you’ve ever taken? Backpacking through Europe solo at 20.
  4. Sun or shade? Definitely sun.
  5. Beer or wine? Red wine for days.
  6. Brownies or cookies? Brownies!
  7. Best advice you’ve ever received? To keep a clean, organized desk. It’s simple but helps eliminate distraction and overwhelm better than anything else.
  8. Red or pink? Red
  9. Favorite movie? “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
  10. Eat in or dine out? Eat in! Preferably seared ahi prepped by my husband.
  11. Call or text? Text. And please give me grace, I’ll eventually respond.
  12. What makes you smile the most? A great pun or play on words gets me every time.
  13. Comedy or drama? Comedy. Always make me laugh.
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AAO will host the Fore the Kids Golf Tournament on Oct. 18 at Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club. Lunch and registration begin at noon, and the shot gun start is at 1 p.m. For more details, contact Tammy Thurow at 479.633.4781 or tammy@aaoteam.org.

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Support Horses for Healing at the fundraising event Poker & Ponies at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery. This casino night includes auctions, libations, heavy appetizers, live music and entertainment. Cocktail attire is requested. For more information, visit www.horsesforhealingnwa.org.

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Las Faygas features a Texas Hold’em Tournament, along with blackjack, roulette and craps for the non-poker players. Led by the employees of Saatchi & Saatchi X, The C.A.R.E. Initiative supports local organizations including Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, EOA Children’s House, the Children’s Safety Center, CASA and Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County through yearly grants. For more information, visit www.saatchix.net.

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