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4th Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: February 13 2014

4th Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners


Bentonville, AR – January 21, 2014…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 4th quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 4th quarter winners are: Caroline Fox, Drew Collom and Friends of the Bentonville Library.  Mayor McCaslin when making this announcement commented, “We received numerous excellent nominations…all very deserving.  Nominees not chosen will remain on file for future consideration.”  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Amanda Musick, Bentonville Public Schools, nominated Caroline Fox.  Ms. Musick wrote, “Caroline’s involvement in school and the community is a top priority.  Ms. Fox was an American Heart Association Sweetheart in her sophomore and junior years.  She is a senior and honor roll student with a GPA of 4.0 at Bentonville High School. Her leadership goals and activities include memberships in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), National Honor Society, Tiger Jungle, and Cobblestone Club.  Mrs. Jodie Fields, her guidance counselor, described her as “a wonderful, well-rounded student who exhibits character while at school, as well as, outside of school.” 

Mr. Collom was nominated by Sabrina Rampy, Director of Community Relations at the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.  The nomination read, “Drew Collom is an essential part of the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.  He has served as a board member for eight years and served as Board President.  He goes above and beyond just serving on the board.”  Mr. Collom is also a member and former Chairman of the Cancer Challenge.  He volunteers every Saturday morning at the Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville where he is a session member.  Look for him at Amazeum’s upcoming “Dancing with the Stars” event; he will be a celebrity waiter.  Jacob Hutson, Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County, said, “Drew Collom is an incredible asset to the Bentonville community.  He commits countless hours of service to local non-profits, including the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County and Cancer Challenge, and is active in a variety of community events.  Drew’s work is truly improving the quality of life in Bentonville.”

Hadi Dudley nominated Friends of Bentonville Library.  She said, “They are advocates, supporters and true “friends” of the Library.” In 2012, Friends of the Bentonville Library celebrated its 10th year anniversary.  In recent years, the group’s sponsorship programs have helped fund the following: $30,000 for the Library’s special collections and materials, $19,000 for teen services, $18,000 for the summer reading program, $10,000 toward the new facility campaign, and $5,500 for laptops.  The group has co-sponsored travel and training expenditures for BPL librarians and instituted a new scholarship program for BPL staff working toward a graduate degree in library science.  Upon hearing of this award, Brenda Compton said, “On behalf of the Friends of the Bentonville Library we gratefully accept this wonderful award.  We are very proud of our nonprofit organization since re-establishing in 2002. We have contributed $90,000 to help support the library’s efforts in best serving this outstanding community.”

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  First quarter 2014 nominations will be accepted until March 21st.  Winners will be announced during National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, 2014. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please click here.