May 23, 2006 | It was off to the races when more than 200 supporters of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) gathered May 6 for the Third Annual Julep Cup Jaunt.
Sponsored by the UAMS Consortium, a group of young business and professional leaders, the fund-raiser featured a live and silent auction as well as a big-screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby. It was held in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute on the UAMS campus.
The event raised about $34,000 to benefit the UAMS hospital expansion and the James L. Dennis Developmental Center. “It was our goal that by the third year of the event we would raise $30,000, and continue to go up from there,” said Jeff Voyles, chairman of the UAMS Consortium. ”This is the event to be at on Derby Day. It’s a lot of fun and raises money for very worthwhile causes.”
The live auction included a Viking outdoor grill; a one-week stay at The Timber’s Club in Aspen, Colo.; a golf trip to Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and an exclusive duck hunt donated by Witt and Carol Stephens.
The silent auction featured about 50 items including dinners at Brave New Restaurant, Sonny Williams Steakroom, Capriccio and Vermillion Water Grille; golf trips to Red Apple Inn and Diamante Country Club; original artwork by Seth D. Bailey, Tarrence Corbin, Scooter Orsburne and Richard DeSpain; and a ladies jacket by Normandy and Monroe.
Event sponsors included Stephens Inc., Dillard’s, Alltel, Vratsinas Construction, Aon, Bank of America, Arvest and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.