The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host the Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
Sponsored by FBT Bank and Mortgage, the event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m.
Now in its 30th year, the black-tie gala benefits visual and performing arts programs and the museums at UAPB. This year, the event will honor five people who were selected for their extensive history of community involvement, philanthropic endeavors, and their exemplary record of service to the community, according to a new release.
The honorees are:
Chancellor Emeritus Carolyn F. Blakely, retired educator
A Magnolia native, Blakely graduated from Columbia High School as its valedictorian. She attended and graduated from Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB). She eventually returned as a member of the English Department at UAPB and was later brought into administration by then-chancellor Charles Walker, who asked her to serve as his assistant. She progressed to the position of interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and later, interim chancellor. Through the rest of her tenure at UAPB, Blakely served as interim chair of the Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communications on four occasions, during three of which she also served as dean of the Honors College. At the request of the students, the Honors College was named in her honor.
Kevin Cole, artist and educator
Cole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizing the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel, according to the news release. Cole received his degree in art education from UAPB in 1982, his Master of Arts degree in art education a year later, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1984. In 1994, Cole was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Co. to create a 15 story mural celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games at Atlanta, Georgia. The mural took two years to create and was a little over 800 square feet in size. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Education and received the Award of Excellence for Public Art by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.
Dr. Martha Flowers, family practitioner
Flowers was born the third of six children to Dr. Cleon and Martha L. Flowers at Pine Bluff. She graduated from Southeast Junior and Senior High School in 1963. After graduating from Howard University at Washington, D.C., she taught laboratory science at Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB) for two years. In 1974, she received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College. Flowers joined her father in private practice in 1978 in Pine Bluff, where she continues to practice medicine today. For nearly 20 years, Flowers has dedicated her practice to preventive medicine and patient education. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, Pine Bluff chapter, and member of the UAPB Foundation Fund Board. “As an avid reader, she is constantly in search of knowledge and information and aggressively seeks to give that knowledge back to youth, her family and community,” a spokesman said.
Dr. Joe Hargrove, cardiologist
Hargrove is a cardiologist at Little Rock and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including CHI St. Vincent, Arkansas Heart Hospital and Ashley County Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years. He is one of 24 doctors at Arkansas Heart Hospital and one of 42 at Ashley County Medical Center who specialize in cardiovascular disease.
Scott McGeorge, president and CEO of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel
McGeorge works for a group of family owned companies that include Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co., McGeorge Contracting Co. Inc. and Cornerstone Farm and Gin Co., where he serves as senior family member. The companies perform marine construction in a multistate regional area, build highways and similar projects, mine various minerals and produce and sell stone products, asphalt pavement and sand. Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas in 1965. He graduated from U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard three years. He is president of the Trinity Foundation, a charitable foundation that seeks to benefit residents of Pine Bluff, Little Rock and the surrounding areas through grants for scholarships, support of educational institutions and other civic activities. He serves on the board of directors for Simmons First National Corp.
Tickets for the benefit are $125 each and may be purchased in the UAPB Development Office in Childress Hall or by calling 575-8701 or 575-8703.
Corporate/group/individual sponsorships are available at the following levels:
Renaissance/Presenting Sponsor ($5,000) – Reserved seating for 16 (2 tables); Full page, full color ad and listing as Renaissance Sponsor in the souvenir program and all promotional materials; Stage presence during the event for presenting awards to honorees; and Recognition as sponsor for master classes in the arts at UAPB;
Iconoclast ($3,000) – Reserved seating for eight (1 table); Full page, grayscale (black and white) ad and listing as an Iconoclast Sponsor in the souvenir program; and Listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials;
Master ($1,500) – Reserved seating for six; Half page, full color ad and listing as a Master Sponsor in the souvenir program and Listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials;
Ingénue ($1,000) – Reserved seating for two; Half page grayscale (black and white) ad and listing as an Ingénue Sponsor in the souvenir program and Listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials;
Apprentice ($500) – Reserved seating for two; Listing as an Apprentice Sponsor in the souvenir program and listing as a contributing sponsor in promotional materials.