UALR's Finale Honors Karen & John Flake

UALR will honor philanthropists Karen and John Flake at Finale, the University’s premier fundraising event, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Jack Stephens Center.

Reservations to the gala are $150 per person. To make a reservation or to inquire about purchasing a table, call (501) 569-3296.

Karen is vice chair of Market Strategies International. She received a master’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from UALR. John is the chairman and partner of the firm Flake and Kelley Commercial in Little Rock.

“Karen and John have made incredible investments on our community,” said Rosemary Arnold, who will co-chair the 2009 event with Dr. Jay Raphael, chair of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department. “Their involvement in Finale will assist us in bringing community support to these programs.”

The Flakes are well-known throughout Arkansas for their volunteerism and dedication to community improvement. In 2006, the Flakes donated $1 million each to Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock and to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for its expansion in Northwest Arkansas.

Karen served as the chair of the Centers for Youth and Families, a $14 million, non-profit, mental health agency and is a founding member of the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum. The Arkansas Business Publishing Group has lauded her as one of the Top 100 Women in Arkansas.

John has served as president on the boards of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, St. Vincent Infirmary Development Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pulaski County, and the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

KTHV’s Craig O’Neill will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the second year in a row.

Finale, also known as the performing arts dinner, is the premier fundraising event for UALR’s fine arts programs. The evening’s event will feature UALR students performing selections from Carmen by George Bizet.

In the Stephens rotunda, a gallery especially built for Finale will exhibit original student artwork, with many pieces for sale. Proceeds from Finale go toward student scholarships and resources in those programs.

Sponsors of the event include Glazer’s Distributors of Arkansas, Simmons First National Bank and Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. UALR will be joined by other arts organizations in this gala to support the arts. Arts partners for the 2009 event include Accademia Dell’Arte, Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Chamber Singers, Arkansas Festival Ballet, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Wildwood Park for the Arts.

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