The 2021 Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 27 at 7pm at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel. Your gift will help the ASYR continue to provide loving homes for Arkansas children.

26th Anniversary Arkansas Children’s Award

For 26 years, the Arkansas Children’s Award has been presented to outstanding Arkansans who have made a significant difference in the lives of our state’s children. The Heflin family has a legacy of making Arkansas a better place for children to call home. 

The Heflins are long-time supporters of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Sharon currently serves on the Ranch’s board of trustees and has served on the organizing committee for the Arkansas Children’s Award for many years. Sharon has volunteered her time serving on countless boards working on behalf of children, including Thea Foundation, Centers for Youth and Family, Women & Children First, and many others. Sharon’s late husband Johnny, also a member of the Ranch board, was instrumental in steering the organization’s strategic development in its formative years and worked on behalf of many other youth causes throughout his life. Like their parents, sons Jay and Marc are carrying on the Heflin family legacy, volunteering their time, serving on boards, and raising funds for children’s missions like Easterseals Arkansas, the Heflin Youth Foundation, and P.A.R.K. 

In appreciation of their service to Arkansas children and their support of our mission to provide homes for Arkansas children, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is honored to recognize the Heflin Family as the recipient of the 2021 Arkansas Children’s Award. 

The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches are grateful to its corporate partners and individuals like Legacy Termite & Pest Control for their efforts to make Arkansas a better place for all children to call home. With their support and yours, the Ranch has provided safe, healthy and loving homes to more than 2,200 boys and girls since 1976. The Ranch is 100% privately funded, and with the support of individuals, businesses, and foundations, it pays for all needs associated with raising a child, including loving houseparents, shelter, medical care, food, clothing, and educational expenses.

Thank you for believing in our mission. Because of your support, our children receive what we believe is the birthright of every child—the right to proper health care, educational opportunities, and a safe, loving home environment with people who care—not only for them—but about them, as well. Thank you for compassionately joining us as we provide the best home possible for these deserving boys and girls. 

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Founding Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Table Sponsors

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Arkansas Business
Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Arkansas Farm Bureau
Bad Boy Mowers
Boyette Strategic Advisors
C. Louis & Mary C. Cabe Foundation
Centennial Bank
Citizens Bank
Clark Contractors
Correct Solutions/LaSalle Corrections
Delta Dental of Arkansas
Dennis Farmer and Brent Stevenson
Entergy Arkansas
First Community Bank
Friday, Eldredge, and Clark
Garver LLC
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Hickingbotham Investment
Jim Lindsey Family
Methodist Family Health
McGriff Insurance Services
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore
Ms. Dorothy Morris
Simmons Bank
Source One Output
Turn Key Health
Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP

Past Honorees

  • 2020 25th Anniversary Arkansas Children’s Award
  • 2019 Governor Asa Hutchinson
  • 2018 Dorothy Morris
  • 2017 Greg Hatcher
  • 2016 Ray Dillon & Deltic Timber
  • 2015 Larry Stone
  • 2014 Governor Mike Beebe
  • 2013 Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association
  • 2012 Gus Malzahn
  • 2011 Steve Landers
  • 2010 Charles Nabholz
  • 2009 Wallace Fowler
  • 2008 Stanley Reed
  • 2007 Tommy May
  • 2006 John White
  • 2005 Pat Walker
  • 2004 Jerry Davis
  • 2003 Blanche Lincoln
  • 2002 Doyle Rogers
  • 2001 Tyson Family
  • 2000 Bill Clark
  • 1999 Buddy Sutton
  • 1998 Jerry Maulden
  • 1997 Red Hudson
  • 1996 Mike Beebe