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Mayor Announces 2nd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: July 15 2015

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966

Date:  July 14, 2015

2nd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – July 14, 2015…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2nd quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 2nd quarter winners are: Cooper Mackey, Shannon Russow and Faith Bentonville Church.  Mayor McCaslin commented when making this announcement, “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. 

Bentonville Public School Superintendent, Michael Poore, nominated Cooper Mackey.  Cooper is a student at Fulbright Junior High, who suffers from Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD), a group of diseases causing muscle weakness.  Mr. Poore states, that in spite of Cooper’s challenges, he is outgoing and compassionate.  He always thinks of others first and truly feels blessed that he is able to help others.  Cooper’s leadership, along with his family’s support in raising awareness of CMD is an example of the big picture view he maintains.  When asked how he copes with his disease, Cooper responds, “I know that somewhere there is someone who has it worse than me.  So, I just think about that.”  Cooper loves basketball, and his father coaches the Bentonville High School Freshman team.  Cooper can be found on the bench at every game.  His passion for the sport, and commitment to support others with CMD led to the development of the Cure CMD Classic basketball tournament.  This pre-season tournament hosts teams from across Northwest Arkansas to raise money and awareness of CMD.  This year, the tournament raised over $7,000 to support research in finding a cure.  Mr. Poore comments, “Cooper and the Mackey family represent the best of Bentonville in their compassion, commitment, and courage.  In spite of his challenges, Cooper maintains and champions the positive attitude and can-do spirit found in Bentonville’s citizens.” 

Kari Fletcher nominated Shannon Russow.  Kari is an employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County HLM Teen Center.  Shannon has been volunteering at the club for many years, and currently serves as the President of the Parent committee.  Ms. Russow takes time away from work and her family to put on a monthly event for the teens at the Club. The teens look forward to these events that she organizes.  Additionally, Ms. Russow puts together events that allow families and parents to spend time with their teen inside a place that the teens like to hang out. 

Josh Stacey, nominated Faith Bentonville Church.  Josh writes that over the last 4 years, Faith Bentonville has played a pivotal part in Bentonville Parks and Recreation’s programs.  They volunteer at several race events each year and are the primary partner for the Easter at Orchards event.  They donate time, money, and energy to help bring these events to the public.  In addition to volunteering at Bentonville Parks and Recreation events, Faith also donates time, money and energy to several other community groups in Bentonville.  Helping Hands, Samaritan Community Center, and the Pack Shack are just a few.  In 2015, Faith has donated over 750 hours to their community.  Josh nominated this group for the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award for their selfless giving to their community and their desire to make Bentonville a better place for all residents. 

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.  Third quarter 2015 nominations will be accepted until September 18.  Winners will be announced October 2. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.