The Northwest Arkansas community is what makes Magdalene Serenity House work. From the Friends of Magdalene who launched our volunteer base, to our residents and staff and our community partners we do business with, on down to our board of directors and donors – every single one of them make the healing we do here possible. It’s no surprise, then, that one of our community business partners had a hand in making some summer fun happen for us.
ARCOM Plus Printing in Fayetteville sponsored two very cool Magdalene Serenity House bowling teams as they participated in the Summer No Tap Bowling League at Ozark Lanes in Fayetteville. These teams, comprised of Magdalene volunteers, residents and staff, were part of approximately 25 teams competing for the prestigious honor of being really good at bowling. While neither team finished first, one of them did quite well for their first time by placing eleventh, and actually won cash to boot!
I recently spoke to ARCOM co-owner Wendi Jones to find out why they chose to sponsor the teams and I found out some pretty cool stuff. She and her husband, Mike, bought the business four-and-a-half years ago and since that time, they’ve worked with nonprofits across the region. This year, they’ve chosen to focus on those that deal with women and abused children and have even donated to 10 nonprofits that fit that bill.
That is a significant number, and with good reason. Wendi and Mike came to ARCOM with a wealth of business experience to back them up, as well as time spent with nonprofits. Wendi was the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County for three and a half years so she understands the value nonprofits provide to the community.
We are so thankful she puts that knowledge to good use as a business owner herself. Without it, the amazing group of women pictured below might not have banded together for summer fun in ugly shoes. But who cares about the shoes? They had a great time being present in the community whilst bringing home a little “bacon”. And who doesn’t like earning bacon while bowling, right?