By Kim Meyer-Webb | Photography by Jamison Mosley | Hair & Makeup by Suzy Balkman with Bristle + Balm | Wardrobe from Dillard’s | Hat from Barbara jean | Pearls from Sissy’s Log Cabin | Shot on Location at Tanarah Luxe Floral
From fashionistas to sports enthusiasts, Jenny boasts, there’s something for everyone at Southern Silks Stakes. “The faux horse races are so exciting! The beautiful hats keep the event from being stuffy and help keep the focus on FUN!” As chairmen, Jenny and Jeremy Teeter will welcome guests for an evening of festivities that generates critical funding for Methodist Family Health.
Jenny was initially introduced to Methodist Family Health through her work at Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. The mission fulfillment work of the organization resonated with her. “There were many times during my childhood when our family went through difficult times and relied on the assistance of others,” she reveals. “I did not fully appreciate the gravity of the assistance then, but knew that I hoped to be able to help others one day.” With this in mind, Jenny’s civic leadership also includes Anthony School Board of Trustees, UAMS College of Health Professionals Advisory Board of Directors and Fuse Co-Working Board of Directors.
For more than a century, Methodist Family Health has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children in Arkansas. Established as an orphanage in 1899 by the state’s Methodist community, Methodist Family Health continues to evolve to meet the needs of families. The organization offers programs and services for families and children struggling with behavioral, emotional and psychiatric health issues. These resources are provided at residential treatment centers and counseling clinics throughout the state as well as the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas Cares). Additionally, Kaleidoscope Grief Center – the only grief center for children and families in Arkansas – promotes healing + recovery through innovative educational, therapeutic and recreational services.
Inspired by the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horseracing, proceeds from Southern Silks Stakes support these resources for the state’s most vulnerable residents. In addition to fabulous faux races and festive fare, this year’s special appeal will provide Christmas gifts for children in the care of Methodist Family Health. These contributions will help make the holidays a little brighter for the many children that are clients. “My kids are my motivation. I want to be someone they admire – but also someone who makes them feel loved, supported and respected. This is the kind of invaluable emotional stability that Methodist Family Health offers.”
As Methodist Family Health continues an unwavering commitment to improving the welfare of Arkansas families, Jenny reflects on the lessons she learned from her grandmothers. “They are my guideposts for strength and perseverance. Both of my grandmothers were nurses who worked very hard to support their families and serve their communities.” By example, Jenny realized that working hard is a key to success and “work hard, but love harder” is a steadfast philosophy. Being surrounded by a community filled with wonderful people provides grace during adversity. “I think of them often when I am juggling all of life’s complexity. They were the epitome of wonder women and making it work.”