Seated left to right:, Neely Riordan, Macy Tingle, Emily Leding, Bailey Elliott, Shelby Worsham, Maddalynn Davis, Lilly Jackson, Mary Claire Ryan. Standing left to right: Abby Chandler, Amelia James, Rachel Eberle, Hailey Grillo, Alexa Kaemmerling, Laura Jo Randall, Mary Elizabeth Hartsfield, Josie Calderara, Phoebe Bruffett, Kameron Klugh, Jamie Zakovec, Julie Young, Ashton Jones, Stella Caldwell, Sydney Eagan, Morgan McNeely, Katie Srickland, Grace Tedder, Porter John, Lee Sutton, Hailey Nosler
Angels of Hope devote their time and energy to the 20th Century Club Lodge, supporting its mission while cultivating a spirit of volunteerism that lasts a lifetime. In addition, these high school juniors offer youthful hope and inspiration to residents of the lodge – which provides no-cost housing to cancer patients from outside Central Arkansas receiving treatment in Little Rock.
The Angels of Hope dedicate nine months to the 20th Century Club, working alongside members serving meals, playing games and visiting with patients. Angels who complete 100 service hours receive the Service Above Self Award at the Hope Ball during the formal Angels of Hope presentation. The award was established by 20th Century Club member Deena Burnett Bailey in memory of her late husband, Tom Burnett, who died a hero on Sept. 11, 2001, on United Flight 93.
Angels of Hope Chairman Gina Rafferty, says, “It’s been gratifying to watch these young ladies as they see for themselves the impact they make on the patients at the lodge. I don’t think they realize how much even the smallest gesture is appreciated when it comes from the heart.”
Photography by Melisa