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Women & Children First: The Center Against Family Violence is honored to announce the team of Michele Towne and Kim Meyer-Webb as the 2022 Women of the Year.  Notice the slight event name change?  This duo is so dynamic that we had to honor them both. The organization will celebrate on Saturday, February 5th, 2022.  After adapting 2021’s event to be completely virtual, we are so excited to be back at the Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom in 2022!

The Woman of the Year Gala is in its 16th year and continues to be vital revenue for the yearly operation of Women & Children First.  This event allows our community to come together while bringing awareness to domestic violence.  It has given a voice to victims in our community.  Michele and Kim have played a tremendous role in spreading the mission of Women & Children First throughout Arkansas.  Whether it be dancing with event attendees, or explaining the heart of WCF perfectly on paper, – we couldn’t continue to provide safety, strength, and hope without their support.

“When I think of Michele and Kim words like miracles and magic come to mind.  For that is what they make and that is why there is no one more deserving than these two amazing women as Women of the Year.  Congratulations on making the best picks that could possibly be made,” says Rick Fleetwood, a dear friend of both honorees.

Michele Towne reflects the character of her magazine Inviting Arkansas. She’s gracious, generous, and independent with undeniable Southern hospitality that creates instant friends.

She established Inviting Arkansas with a vision to bring social, fashion and entertaining topics to interested Arkansans.  For more than 20 years, Inviting Arkansas remains the premier social magazine dedicated to showcasing the nonprofit community in Central Arkansas and the civic leadership that helps make it successful.

Throughout her tenure, Michele has enjoyed the privilege of meeting incredibly interesting and generous individuals. Inviting Arkansas continues its steadfast commitment of showcasing and celebrating the personal stories of our philanthropic community.

As a small business owner, she shares her live + love LOCAL philosophy with clients and friends and believes we’re stronger together rather than divided by differences. A generous heart is certainly something we can all share.

WHY PHILANTHROPHY?

“When we started the magazine 20 years ago, we knew about the large nonprofit organizations – but as time went on, we realized there are so many more organizations that need so much. They all tug at my heartstrings… We don’t have a ton of money to give to help, but we do have the pages to tell stories that encourage and educate Arkansans to get involved. We are trying to make a difference.”

Anyone who knows her will agree – Kim Meyer-Webb has a flair for performance and considers the world a stage. She experienced the power of volunteerism through her commitment to Arkansas Festival Ballet and Junior League of Little Rock. As editor of Inviting Arkansas, Kim places the performance spotlight on organizations mission fulfillment work and the countless volunteers that make it all possible. When she’s not behind the camera at events around town, you’ll most likely find her out & about in Hillcrest with her dog Ray.

“We could not be more excited to honor Michele and Kim.  Over the years they have promoted awareness around domestic violence and our efforts to break the cycle of violence,” says Barrett Belew who is chairing WCF’s 2022 Women of the Year with his wife, Kristen.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT INVITING ARKANSAS?

“I have the great honor of not only meeting wildly talented and enthusiastic volunteers, but also sharing their stories of hope and devotion for the organizations they hold dear to their hearts. It’s a privilege to support our philanthropic community as we continue to feature the tenacious spirits of civic leaders who improve the heart and soul of Little Rock. The best part…  it happens every month. I feel like such a lucky gal!”

For more information, to become a sponsor, or to purchase tickets, contact Megan McBroome, Community Outreach & Marketing Associate at 501-349-8547 or [email protected]

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