Springdale Benevolent Foundation
The Springdale Benevolent Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2003 with a goal of providing quality family entertainment to Northwest Arkansas and creating programs to maintain the community’s link to our agricultural and rural heritage.
We are here for Springdale and Northwest Arkansas. It’s youth, it’s business, and the surrounding communities.
The Board of Directors has positioned the Foundation for continued growth in the years to come. We have been very fortunate throughout the years to have the support of the entire community. We have important plans for improving the arena and ground in the coming years and continue to need your help.
We invite you to consider a financial gift, to the Springdale Benevolent Foundation to help us continue to improve the facilities and to further our work to provide quality family entertainment and to help maintain our agricultural and western heritage.
Easter Egg Hunt
Each year the Springdale Benevolent Foundation hosts an “East Egg Roundup” for the children in the community. This event is offered free of charge and gives the community a place to celebrate the holiday with their children.
Stick Horse Rodeo
The Springdale Benevolent Foundation works with the Springdale Public Schools and the youth of Springdale. Each year over 2,000 first graders from throughout the district study the economic impact of the Rodeo on Springdale. This unit in economics finalizes with a “Stick Horse” rodeo each spring. The first graders come to the rodeo grounds and experience hands-on activities in connection with livestock, horses, and rodeo events. Various activities are scheduled throughout the day that encourage western heritage and the love of the cowboy way.
Click here for more information about the 1st Grader Stick Horse Rodeo.
The Springdale Benevolent Foundation has a scholarship program for local seniors in Washington, Benton, and Madison county who plan to continue their education in agriculture. These four-year scholarships offer recipients the opportunity for students to realize their dreams.
The Foundation Board also works with several youth riding groups providing arena use at no charge. These groups include the Springdale Riding Club, The Ozark Junior Rodeo Association, the Springdale High School Rodeo, and the Benton County 4-H.
One of the highlights of the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks is the “Special Rodeo” for special needs children. In cooperation with the Springdale Public Schools, physically and mentally challenged children are given the opportunity to have a hands-on rodeo experience. What a wonderful event with the children being assisted by the Rodeo Clown, Queens, and Cowboys!
Christmas Parade of the Ozarks
In 2000 the Rodeo of the Ozarks took over the reins of the Christmas Parade of the Ozarks, which is held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year. This has proven to be an important event for Springdale and the surrounding area in connection with the Christmas Season.
Board of Directors:
Brian Adams, Fadil Bayyari, Jerry Biazo, Jimmy Bowen, David Dodd, John Gladden (Treasurer), Tex Holt (Vice President), Pat Hutter (Secretary), Sach Oliver, Dusty Richards (President), Joe Rollins, Steve Smith
Tom Reed (Chairman), Brian Adams, Fadil Bayyari, Charles George, Tex Holt, Sach Oliver, Steve Smith, Patsy Christie,Dusty Graham, John George, Bill McFetridge, Kathy McFetridge, Phil Phillips, Jr., Neal Pendergraft, Don Pitts, Niki Traibman, Sam Mathias, Rick Culver
Denim & Diamonds Gala
Proceeds from the Denim and Diamonds Gala are the main source of funding for the scholarship program, as well as proceeds from annual event’s sponsored by the Rodeo of the Ozarks. The Springdale Benevolent Foundation awards scholarships annually to high school seniors seeking a career in an agriculture related field. The scholarship is awarded to a student from Benton, Madison, or Washington counties.
Proceeds from the gala support scholarships for Northwest Arkansas students seeking college degrees in agriculturally related majors. By purchasing tickets, donating auction items and serving as sponsors for the Gala, businesses and individuals show their support of our scholarships. In turn, this encourages the scholarship recipients to participate and help to preserve our Northwest Arkansas agricultural and rural heritage.
Businesses interested in being a sponsor of this event are encouraged to visit the website www.rodeooftheozarks.org or contact Parson’s Stadium at 479-756-0464. Tickets to the event can be purchased by contacting Parsons Stadium
Volunteers are a necessary and important part of our organization. For more information on how you can help, contact the Rodeo office at 479-756-0464
Donations can be made payable to the Springdale Benevolent Foundation. An online donation option should be available soon.
The Springdale Benevolent Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.