CCAC Honors Hoggard and Malin

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Both the CCAC honorees, Sue Hoggard (left) and Jessie Malin, were presented with a citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives by State Rep. Joe Jett, of Success.
photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography

Patrons of the Arts from across the county gathered at the Rector Community Center on Saturday, June 2, as Sue Hoggard and Jessie Malin were honored with recognition for service to the Clay County Arts Council. With their family and friends in attendance, the evening had been arranged with these two ladies as the center of attention.

Yellow glads decorated the tables set for 12, which were covered with white tablecloths and appointed with blue napkins.

Patrons enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Traveling Wisk-complete with a variety of tasty desserts. Entertainment was presented by Sherry Jennings and Chrissy Pazanowski featuring delightful tunes including a song with skit involving several famous gentlemen including Mickey Mouse. The duo also performed the Beatles tune, “Come Together.”

Sophie Simmons, Sweetheart of Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen, also performed. She will be competing this weekend against 35 other contestants for the title of Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen. Sophie performed her talent number for the first time Saturday evening--an Acro jazz number to the song “Throwback Love.”

During the festivities the ladies were each presented with a proclamation from the Arkansas State House of Representatives, presented by State Rep. Joe Jett, of Success. In addition, local artists Jared Vaughn and Joel Boyd created works of art for each. Sue Hoggard received a large wooden owl created from wood and old license plates, crafted by Vaughn, while Boyd presented a pastel portrait of puppy Addi to Jessie Malin.

Both ladies voiced their pleasure with the gifts, which serve to commemorate the recognition by the CCAC.

Two CCAC scholarship winners from Piggott High School accepted their scholarship awards during the gather, and made very thoughtful and articulate responses. During their acceptance speeches both Georgina Bautista and Stefan Gramling offered gracious words of appreciation.

Toward the conclusion of the evening, CCAC president Tracy Cole announced the beginning of an arts council intern-grant for Quinton Mauldin who will be managing the Facebook, Twitter,and Instagram accounts for Clay County Arts Council. He will also be managing and directing the fall play “Alice in Wonderland” for the CCAC and will host open auditions after the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. In making the announcement, Cole noted the audience's reception was very positive.

The annual fundraiser concluded with the traditional silent auction, which included various forms of art expression. This year's auction generated hundreds of dollars for ongoing scholarship opportunities for teachers and students in Clay County, and to provide grants for art programming in the community.

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