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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo MEMBERSHIP MILESTONE: State President Kay Tatum and Honorary State President Sharon Wyatt look on as President National Mary Raye Casper presents a 25-year member certificate to Linda White.

Local woman reaches membership milestone

Linda Kay Vandenberg White recently received a 25-year membership certificate from the Arkansas Society United States Daughters of 1812.

The certificate was presented by the national society's President National Mary Raye Casper, of New York.

White joined U.S.D. 1812 in 1993 and soon after began organizing the Baseline-Meridian Chapter U.S.D. 1812, which was chartered in 1995, a news release said. She served as chapter president from 1995 to 2000. An avid genealogist, she is a member of many lineage organizations and is active in other clubs and organizations. She currently holds office in several, including Colonial Dames 17th Century, Dames of the Court of Honor, New England Women and Founders & Patriots of America.

Call chapter President Mary Ellen Laursen at 501-922-4802 for more information.

Make-A-Wish drop-off event gathers $3,700 in donations

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- Nearly $3,700 was collected in freezing temperatures on Feb. 8 as volunteers gathered donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Submitted photo CHILLY VOLUNTEERS: Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteers held blue buckets in 30-degree weather at the West, East and Balboa gates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 8.
Submitted photo CHILLY VOLUNTEERS: Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteers held blue buckets in 30-degree weather at the West, East and Balboa gates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Volunteers held blue buckets in the 30-degree weather at the West, East and Balboa gates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 8, the day Make-A-Wish Mid-South conducted a Radiothon with multiple area drop-off sites, radio participation and call-in-to-donate opportunities.

KVRE 92.9fm joined forces in the Village effort with Melanie Pederson, MAW wish granter, who spearheaded the local effort.

"Volunteers braved the cold temperatures and area residents were very generous," Pederson said in a news release. "Area businesses -- Melinda's, Sweet Cheeks and Clampitt's -- provided sustenance to keep us going."

KVRE 92.9 FM associates volunteered, as well and helped to raise awareness while interviewing area MAW wish recipient, Colton Miller. "I've known Colton since he was very young and he is the embodiment of what a difference a Make-A-Wish experience can make in the life a critically ill child," said Tracy Simpson, KVRE disc jockey. "Colton is now giving back by raising money for the foundation himself."

"We are very thankful that Hot Springs Village joined us for this fundraiser," said Leslie Humphrey, development officer for MAW Mid-South. "There are currently 95 kids in central and south Arkansas in our wish pipeline. Overall, with multiple communities, sponsoring businesses and ways of donating, we raised $163,000 and we are thankful. The average wish costs nearly $8400 and those dollars will be a great gift to children and family that simply need a break and joyous occasion to assist them through difficult times."

Visit http://www.mid-south.wish.org or call 501-376-9474 to make a donation.

Society on 03/06/2019

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