ACH Auxiliary

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association, is a separate 501(c)(3) organization serving patients and families through fundraising and service projects. Founded in 1967, the Auxiliary has grown to over 500 members who support the hospital through many fundraising efforts including Arkansas a la Carte, Miracle Ball, the Playaway Gift Shop, Star ACHievers and holiday cards featuring artwork by Arkansas Children's patients.

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ACH Auxiliary events:

Holiday Cards
Arkansas a la Carte
Miracle Ball
Star ACHievers
Race for a Healthier Tomorrow
Playaway Gift Shop

Holiday Cards

Since the hospital first opened its doors in 1912, patients have been using markers, pencils, crayons and glue to create beautiful artwork. In 1968, the ACH Auxiliary decided to share patient art with others by selling holiday cards, each featuring original artwork created by an Arkansas Children's patient. The Holiday Card Project has grown over the years, and now includes gift tags, ornaments and t-shirts. Through the Holiday Card Project, ACH Auxiliary members are raising community awareness of the hospital and sharing the ACH story.

The annual patient art contest runs from September - March. Winning artwork will decorate the holiday cards. Read the contest guidlines and learn how to enter

Chair: Aimee Shelby
To order cards (available October 1st):

Arkansas a la Carte

Guests of Arkansas a la Carte are encouraged to bring a big appetite! The ACH Auxiliary spring fundraiser features tasty treats from more than 20 central Arkansas restaurants and caterers, and an extensive silent auction. Arkansas a la Carte raises approximately $60,000 each year and usually draws more than 400 guests. The event is a great opportunity to get a "taste of Arkansas" while also having fun and raising money for the hospital.

Chair: Kristen Saffa
Date: March 8, 2018, 6:30 - 9:30 pm in Children's Hall on the ACH Campus
Cost of Tickets: $100 per person
Purchase tickets or for more information: Call 501-364-4235 or email the Auxiliary

Miracle Ball

In 2006, the ACH Auxiliary teamed up with the Arkansas Children's Foundation to host Miracle Ball, its first black-tie fundraiser for the hospital. At this yearly event, guests celebrate the joys of the holiday season and the miracles that happen every day at ACH. Miracle Ball has become the signature event of the social season in central Arkansas. Auxiliary members share ideas on decorations, food and music and many volunteer their time to transform a plain conference space into a haven of class and elegance. The event raises $500,000 annually.

Chairs: Marisa and Jake Nabholz
Date: December 9, 2017
Purchase tickets: Email the Auxiliary or call 501-364-4235

Race for a Healthier Tomorrow

Join the ACH Auxiliary for the inaugural year of Race for a Healthier Tomorrow, a statewide celebration of healthy living.  The day will include a 5k run for running enthusiasts and a 1-Mile Family Walk for the more relaxed strollers.  We encourage participants of all age groups and fitness levels to participate.  You won’t want to miss this fun opportunity to get involved and celebrate the work of Arkansas Children’s.

Chair: Elizabeth Clark
Date: Spring 2019
Questions? Email the Auxiliary or call 501-364-4235

Star Achievers

The Star ACHievers program was started in 2002 to share with young girls the importance of volunteering and giving back to one's community. Each year, approximately 40 ninth-grade girls participate in the program. Throughout the year, the girls tour different areas of the hospital, volunteer for various ACH Auxiliary projects and learn about the value of philanthropy.

Chair: Ann Denis
Apply for Star ACHievers

Playaway Gift Shop

The Playaway Gift Shop is one of the oldest fundraising projects of the ACH Auxiliary. Playaway has grown from a rolling book cart to a 3,000 square-foot store prominently located in the ACH lobby. The gift shop is staffed by full-time employees, but Auxiliary members volunteer their time selling candy, wrapping gifts and sharing hugs with weary patients and family members. But most importantly, they raise funds to support the hospital.

Chair: Jennifer Schueck
Click here for Playaway Gift Shop hours, contact information or to shop online.

Auxiliary Report to the Community

To learn more about the Auxiliary, including the areas of the hospital that the Auxiliary supports, read the latest report to the community. 

Download the latest Auxiliary Report to the Community

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