Greg Hatcher to be Honored at 22nd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner
09/19/2017

Please join us on Thursday, October 26 as we honor Greg Hatcher for his outrageous service to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches.

Greg Hatcher and his team at The Hatcher Agency have been Arkansas’s number one producer in health insurance sales every year since the company opened its doors in 1990. Greg literally wrote the book on “Outrageous Service,” and The Hatcher Agency has been recognized as one of the top health insurance producers in the nation.

But for Greg, outrageous service doesn’t end with his business. Greg is constantly giving back to the community through his own outrageous service, and much of his philanthropic and volunteer work focuses on serving Arkansas children. Whether it is coaching football at Pulaski Academy, supporting mental health for children at Centers for Youth & Families, or by chairing the Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner for the last three years to benefit the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Greg is always willing to step up for children.

Some of Greg’s most compelling work for children is his involvement with student athletics, especially his pioneering wrestling programs across the state. He founded The Arkansas Wrestling Association and has purchased wrestling mats for 60 high schools and 12 colleges to begin new programs. But more than any of the honors and accolades, Greg is proud to have over 4,000 Arkansas children strengthening their lives through wrestling.

In appreciation of his outrageous service to Arkansas children and his support of the mission of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches to provide homes for some of Arkansas’s most deserving children, we are proud to honor Greg Hatcher as the recipient of the 2017 Arkansas Children’s Award.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will make his 22nd appearance as master of ceremonies for the Award Dinner. The 22nd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Little Rock Marriott. A silent auction and reception will begin at 6:00 pm, and the dinner program and live auction will begin at 7:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom.

The Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner is an annual event benefiting the programs at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches and recognizing an individual or organization who personifies in word and deed the ideals of the Ranch and has made outstanding contributions to create better opportunities for Arkansas’s youth.

The 22nd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner 
Little Rock Marriott Hotel 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 pm
Dinner and Program at 7:00 pm
Business Attire

Tickets are $200 per person, or you can sponsor a table of 10 for $2,000. Click here to purchase tickets online. Additional sponsor opportunities with special recognition are also available. For more information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities contact Matt Cleveland at matt@youthranches.com or (501) 940-3440. You may also pay by check, made payable to ASYR at PO Box 3964, Batesville, AR 72503.

Click here for a list of all past recipients of the Arkansas Children’s Award.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

The Hatcher Agency
Stone Ward

Gold Sponsors

Aramark Food Service
Linda & Rush Harding
Morris Foundation

 

He was 12 and couldn’t tie his shoes…
09/01/2017

Life Before the Ranch

He was just 12 years old and living in a run-down camper. There was no electricity, no water. It was heartbreaking. This was one of the worst living conditions we’d ever seen.

Dylan was living with his father. Unfortunately, his father was not mentally capable of caring for Dylan.

Dylan didn’t know how to brush his teeth, bathe properly, make a bed – or even tie his shoes.

Life on the Ranch

That was more than 4 years ago. But today – because of friends like you, Dylan’s life at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches looks very different. A couple of weeks ago, Dylan started his senior year in high school! He loves life on the Ranch and helping with the animals on our farm. Thank you for giving Dylan a second chance.

It warms my heart when I see his self-confidence. Because of friends like you, Dylan has a bright future. He’s considering becoming an HVAC Technician. He often tells me, “Mrs. Nancy, if it weren’t for the people at the Ranch, I don’t know where I’d be.”

While each success story brings a huge smile to my face – to the same degree, I grieve that there are so many children out there who still live like Dylan did. These are innocent children who live in squalor because their parents are addicted to drugs, in jail, or are disabled.

They’ve been neglected and abused. They’re not going to school. Some even survive by digging for expired food from dumpsters behind grocery stores. These are the kind of stories we often hear from our children, who if it were not for the Ranch, would slip through the cracks of society.

But You Can Help

Right now, you can help a children like Dylan with a gift to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. A monthly donation of just $25 can help pay the electric bill for one of our five cottages. A monthly gift of $50 can help us buy groceries for one cottage. Anything you can do – when we put it together with other contributions from other donors – allows us help children who need us. Click here to give today.

Dylan is just one example of the more than 2,050 children from every corner of Arkansas who have called our Ranches “home.” With all of us working together, we can make a tremendous impact and change the lives of many more children. Even a small monthly or one-time contribution would be so helpful at this time.

Sincerely,
Nancy Weaver Fulton, CEO

Some of our greatest needs:

•  $25 per month can help pay one cottage’s utility bills.
•  $100 can help purchase clothes for a new child who comes to the Ranch with only the clothes on their back.
•  $150 can help purchase groceries for one cottage.
•  $285 can outfit 1 child for the 17/18 school year!

Becoming a Hope Builder by committing to a monthly tax-deductible donation is a safe and simple way to offer consistent support throughout the year. However you make your gift, please know that we are grateful for your investment in these young lives. Click here to donate today!