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Arkansas Community Foundation, Inc.
July 29, 2009

Harmon Field was host to a multitude of events over its 8 decade run. So during the last football game ever to be played on it they had all Paragould High School alumni march past according to their decade. I crossed the field with the "90s" crowd and thought "This should be an endowment!" I wasn't sure how in the world to turn that into one, but in the end we established a fund for the Paragould Band Boosters, an entity that had used the field for decades. We had anyone contribute who had an affiliation with the field-band members, football players, homecoming royalty, track stars, etc. We even had an 80 for 80 for 80--80 people to contribute $80 for the 80 years of Harmon Fields' existence. Today, the endowment is fully funded. It was all possible through ARCF. There is no other outlet like it for bringing people together and for creative giving.

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2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I established the fund and did subsequent fund raising for it.