The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will celebrate its 30th annual Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts with a sold out crowd, according to a press release.


With FBT Bank and Mortgage, and Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel as its presenting sponsors, the black tie gala will begin with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Festivities continue at 7 p.m. with a dinner and program.


Honorees will include Carolyn Blakely, chancellor emeritus and retired education; Kevin Cole, artist and educator; Dr. Martha Flowers, family practitioner; Dr. Joe Hargrove, cardiologist; and Scott McGeorge, president and chief executive officer of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel.


“Since its inception, the benefit has created a revenue flow of more than $650,000 to help support UAPB’s arts programs and the educational goals of students enrolled at the university,” according to a news release. “Since its creation, proceeds from the annual benefit have been used to support art exhibits, theatrical productions, concerts and recitals, scholarships, museum tours for art students and performance tours for the choir, bands and theater groups.”


According to Margaret Martin-Hall, director of University Relations and Development, early sponsorships and ticket sales are the best she has seen in the last decade.


Along with the presenting sponsors, other sponsors by level include: (Iconoclast) Simmons Bank, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Chancellor Laurence and Mrs. Veronica Alexander; (Master) Relyance Bank, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Dr. Martha Flowers, Henri and Hazel Linton; (Ingénue) Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Delta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Evergreen Packaging, Thomas Groceries and Gifts Store; (Apprentice) CDI Contractors, Calvin and Janetta Booker, Thomas and Janet Broiles, Everlyn Bryant, Danny and Staphea Campbell, Curtis and Bonita Corbin, Curtis V. Flowers Family, Nate and Alyse Kilbert.