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Fellow Arkansans – neighbors, colleagues and friends – are sharing a light of peace, kindness and generosity that makes The Natural State a little brighter. Inviting Arkansas and Methodist Family Health celebrate individuals who illuminate our community with goodness. Nominate someone today for a future feature that SHINES.

Drew and Brian Benham exemplify the spirit of philanthropy, dedicating their time and resources to improving the lives of children facing adversity. Through a commitment to Methodist Family Health and community service, the Benhams provide Arkansas families with invaluable resources for a happier, healthier future. 

Both Conway natives, Drew and Brian Benham reconnected years later in Little Rock. Drew pursued an education at Hendrix College and the William H. Bowen School of Law, becoming a compassionate attorney at Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. Brian attended the Art Institute of Dallas and currently serves as an Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Director. The couple married in 2012 and appreciate the joys of parenthood with their two children, Fox and Elliot.

Growing up in the Methodist Church, Drew’s devotion to Methodist organizations remains steadfast. When she joined Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. and learned of the firm’s support for Methodist Family Health, the couple eagerly joined this effort. Methodist Family Health Foundation Executive Director Amanda Smith confirms, “Drew and Brian have been involved and dedicated committee members for the past three years, contributing to the growth of our event. With Drew and Brian’s leadership and commitment, Southern Silks Stakes 2024 is positioned for continued success.”

Proceeds from the event support the mission of Methodist Family Health: providing a complete continuum of care for Arkansas children who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Drew acknowledges, “Methodist Family Health’s focus and approach on mental and behavioral issues through a variety of programs, meets kids and families where they are to impact their lives for the better.” For this couple, philanthropy is an integral part of nurturing and supporting their local community. Brian adds, “As parents in a state with high mental health issues for children and teenagers, we are passionate about supporting and helping kids to become stable, healthy adults in the community.” 

Among the various attractions of Southern Silk Stakes, the “horse races” are a highlight of the evening. In a playful spirit, the duo even competed against each other last year. Brian jokes, “Drew won, but we are looking forward to a rematch in September!” Volunteering with Methodist Family Health has provided Drew and Brian with the opportunity to celebrate an organization they deeply admire and form connections with wonderful individuals and local businesses, all while garnering support for the most vulnerable individuals. Brian expresses, “We enjoy knowing that the proceeds for the event go to positively affect the mental and behavioral health of those in need in Arkansas.” Under their thoughtful leadership, Southern Silks Stakes promises to be an unforgettable gathering of compassionate hearts, united in a mission to create a brighter future for the children of Arkansas.


Sponsored by Methodist Family Health | Nominations accepted at Foundation@MethodistFamily.org
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