By Kim Meyer-Webb | Photography by Sarah Oden | Hair & Makeup by Suzy Balkman with Bristle + Balm | Wardrobe from Vesta’s | Jewelry from Sissy’s Log Cabin | Shot on location at Debi Davis Interiors
The 20th Century Club provides hope away from home for families. With a legacy that’s more than 25 years strong, the lodge provides no-cost accommodations for cancer patients receiving treatment at area medical centers. In addition to necessary amenities, 20th Century Club members and Angels of Hope offer camaraderie + fellowship – it’s at the heart of the organization’s vision. President Cindy McNeely believes the iconic bridge of the 20th Century Club signage represents much more than the facility. “It’s part of our patient’s journey; a gateway to the future filled with friends and family.” Cindy will welcome guests to the Hope Ball later this month with a reverence for the 425+ members that continue this important mission fulfillment work.
Throughout her time in the Capital City, Cindy’s community service has been a personal priority. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since our family relocated here,” she reflects. “I began volunteering at my children’s school which led to lasting friendships and my love of Little Rock.” Cindy was introduced to the 20th Century Club through a friend and the mission resonated with her. “I do not think anyone can say that cancer has not touched their lives. To be in a position to help patients is some of the most worthwhile work I can imagine.”
Each year, the Hope Ball generates critical support for the operating costs of the lodge and the organization’s sustainability. Congruent with the gracious attitude of its members, the evening of ease + elegance reflects the hope of the 20th Century Club. A highlight of the gala is the formal presentation of the Angels of Hope. Celebrating more than a decade of community service, the program fosters civic leadership and a spirit of volunteerism among high school juniors. Traditional activities at the lodge include sharing meals, playing games and visiting with cancer patients. With special consideration to pandemic safety + health precautions, the Angels of Hope programming has been adapted. The purpose remains steadfast as 20th Century Club Executive Director Elizabeth Clogston elaborates. “We are proud to introduce the next generation of women to the 20th Century Club and the circle of support we join in the fight to cure cancer.” She continues, “When a cancer patient is required to travel to receive treatment – leaving home, family and friends – there is a gap in the support team. We help bridge that gap by providing a place to stay, healthy meals and lots of love.”
Cindy has always believed, “If you show me your friends, I will show you your future.” It’s this kind of solidarity that she recognizes within the 20th Century Club. “There is truly a passing of the torch of hope,” Cindy adds. “From past members to current members to our Angels of Hope, we all share a commitment to service and our patients that unites us.” It’s what makes Little Rock a special place. “Wonderful friends have become family and I am so grateful to be a part of the 20th Century Club.”