Employees, guests, and volunteers for the Gregory Kistler Center assembled together for a “Night in the Caribbean” fundraising event on May 2, 2015. More than 200 people attended the fundraiser at Golden Living in Fort Smith, Arkansas, including emcee Daren Bobb, Channel 5 News Anchor. Crowds gathered on the dance floor as Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes performed cover songs such as Mustang Sally, My Girl, and Word of God Speak.
In addition to listening to live music, guests bid on silent and live auction items donated by various businesses and individuals in the community. A riding lawn mower, airline tickets, a 22 caliber pistol, two silver bars, a diamond bracelet, and several other big ticket items were among the list of live auction items.
Not only did the event host silent and live auctions, but many guests enjoyed getting their faces drawn by a cartoon artist, an open bar, a mouth-watering dinner, and a photo booth for people to capture special memories.
“Tonight is multi-purpose. Our main goal is to raise money for the center to help provide therapy and other things we need the money for, and to show our appreciation for the community and those who do help us,” stated Jennifer Kistler, Executive Director.
Although the final numbers for the fundraiser have not been announced, event organizers said it was a success. Kistler expressed her gratitude to everyone who was involved in the fundraiser, as well as those who make it possible to serve the community.
The Gregory Kistler Center was born from a direct need in the Kistler family in 1978, when there were no local treatment centers to assist children who need physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Today, the community refers to the Gregory Kistler Center as a premier pediatric facility serving children and adults with developmental disabilities with a variety of therapies and services.