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In the event that they play their playing cards proper, Callie Gutierrez and Chandler Bailey will elevate a great deal of cash for the group they assist.

Gutierrez and Bailey are sisters and co-chairs (with their husbands, David Gutierrez and Morgan Bailey, respectively) for Bingo Bash, considered one of three main annual fundraisers for Entry, a Little Rock-based nonprofit that serves people with particular wants, age 6 weeks by way of maturity, by way of analysis, remedy, full-time schooling, vocational coaching and actions.

The 13th annual fundraiser will happen, 6-9 p.m. July 18 on the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock. It will characteristic 12 video games of bingo, a catfish buffet from Adam’s Catfish, drinks, raffles and leisure.

Tickets are $50, $100 for patrons (which features a tax credit score and their title in this system). That will get you meals and drinks and 10 bingo playing cards; further playing cards are a buck apiece and there isn’t any restrict, so long as you recycle the playing cards after every sport.

Prize packages shall be price $200-$300, largely within the type of donations from companies together with bottles of wine, visits to nail salons, jewellery and restaurant reward playing cards. A raffle ($20 per ticket) will characteristic bigger prizes, together with journeys, a field at Oaklawn, PK grills and restaurant occasions/packages. The objective is to boost greater than $40,000.

Gutierrez, older by three years, began working in Entry’ growth division after graduating in 2011 from the College of South Carolina. For 5 years, from 2009-14, she helped to plan particular occasions, together with the Bingo Bash, till she determined to begin a household and keep house together with her youngsters.

However she has continued to volunteer for the group by way of the Entry in Motion Younger Professionals assist group, composed of individuals of their 20s to mid-30s, largely school grads.

“I am truly dyslexic,” explains Gutierrez, “so Entry spoke to me and my coronary heart. Significantly the tutorial remedy for dyslexic kiddos” and the nonprofit’s packages for growth, language and studying disabilities.

When sister Chandler Clean, now Bailey, moved again to Little Rock after graduating from the College of Georgia at Athens, Gutierrez recruited her to affix Entry in Motion.

“It is such a very good place to begin volunteering,” she says, with alternatives together with the nonprofit’s Growth Council and its different two large fundraisers, a golf match and the annual Starry, Starry Evening.

Gutierrez additionally volunteers for Our Home (her husband is on its board), the Junior League and with the American Most cancers Society on its Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Bailey labored on Gutierrez’s Our Home committee for 2 years and likewise volunteers with the Junior League. Her “day job” is working inside design enterprise, B Interiors; Gutierrez, who’s in any other case a full-time mother, handles her sister’s books.

Entry is marking its 25th anniversary this fall, so it is a large yr, says Krysten Levin, the nonprofit’s advertising and particular occasions supervisor.

“It has grown a lot,” Gutierrez provides. “It began out with one therapist, in a single preschool classroom” — nonetheless in use, now as a sport remedy room. “The opposite facet of my workplace was an indoor play space.”

The group this yr serves greater than 780 households from 35 counties in Arkansas and surrounding states from outpatient purchasers throughout the state. A minimum of 18 households have moved to Little Rock to permit their baby to obtain providers, Levin says. Entry has greater than 200 staff and 125 neighborhood volunteers, starting from younger adults to retirees.

Funding for the $12 million annual price range comes from a wide range of sources, together with insurance coverage, scholarships and personal tuition, with the annual fundraisers filling within the gaps.

This occasion began out as “Beer, Brats & Bingo,” within the sanctuary of the church that’s now Entry’ Stella Boyle Smith Early Childhood Campus, on Breckenridge Drive in west Little Rock. When the attendance topped 265 final yr with a ready record for tickets, the house was maxed out. They’re trying to attract 300 in its first yr on the bigger Greek Orthodox church.

Gutierrez has been concerned in 11 of 13 Bingo Bashes, and says she will get extra of a chance to play now than she did when she labored for Entry. However, says Bailey, “Final yr there wasn’t an opportunity to play — issues moved so quick.”

“It is a informal occasion,” she provides, “Bingo, raffles, beer and wine, good meals — and chill.”

For tickets, name (501) 217-8600 or e mail [email protected]

Photograph by

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR.
Sisters Callie Gutierrez (left) and Chandler Bailey swing into planning for Entry’ Bingo Bash fundraiser.

Excessive Profile on 06/23/2019