Sister and brother Anna Kay and David Frueauff have professional and personal ties to Arkansas Hospice.
Professionally, they work for the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, created in 1950 thanks to a bequest from their great-great-uncle. David Frueauff was elected the foundation’s fifth president in 1996. Anna Kay Frueauff has been a trustee since 1993 and vice president of communications and programs.
Over the past two decades, Arkansas Hospice has been among 1,200 agencies and institutions to which the foundation has awarded more than $175 million since 1950.
Personally, says David Frueauff, “the hospice played an extremely important role, especially in helping our grandparents to die peacefully and in our mother’s illness.” Sue Frueauff, currently in the care of Arkansas Hospice, was honored by the nonprofit for her generosity in 2010.
“In March 2020, our mother turned 80 at Memory Care in Little Rock,” says Anna Kay Frueauff. “The following week, we had to call palliative care. And the week after, everything stopped.”
Unable to visit their mother due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the Frueauffs say, “The hospice has been amazing.”
“It’s a godsend to have eyes on someone when you can’t see your loved one,” says David Frueauff. “It comforted us that the chaplain called us every two weeks and asked us, ‘Can I pray with you? How are you? Do you need anything?’
Anna Kay Frueauff notes that contrary to popular understanding of palliative care, “it’s not just end-of-life home care. It’s also palliative care,” offering services to patients who are not necessarily in the process of to die, but who have conditions from which they are unlikely to ever recover.
Arkansas Hospice also provides support to caregivers on the verge of burnout, as well as patients and parents at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
“When people think of hospice, they think of death and the elderly,” says Anna Kay Frueauff.
“But,” his brother adds, “so are children and young adults. It’s heartbreaking to have parents lose children,” but Arkansas Hospice offers bereavement and bereavement programs, “holding hands with families who have been through this.”
“These angels provide the next level of support and care,” says Anna Kay Frueauff.
The Frueauffs will co-host the Arkansas Hospice Party at the Plaza, from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on April 23 in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District, centered on Argenta Plaza, 510 Main St. The organization aims nonprofit describes it as “a community celebration of food, art, music and family fun.”
Mainstage concerts include back-to-back headlining performances by Jason D. Williams and “American Idol” winner and Arkansas native Kris Allen. The lineup also includes the Rodney Block Collective, the Salty Dogs, the B-Flats and the Rocktown Sparks.
Also from the stage: The presentation of the first-ever Compass Award will recognize lifetime service to Arkansas Hospice’s mission: “to improve the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best of physical, emotional and spiritual care.” The non-profit organization provides services to an area of 43 counties, from the northwest and southeast corners of the state.
The event will block Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets for “artists on the avenue”, with about 20 regional artists exhibiting and selling their work in streetside tents. Activities for kids and families, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., include character appearances in costume — “lots of superheroes, princesses and Storm Troopers,” notes David Frueauff — as well as a story hour and a sidewalk of memory where people can pay homage to their loved ones. those in chalk.
The Paw-ty at Plaza Dogtown Dog Costume Contest will give dog owners the opportunity to dress up their puppies and compete for prizes. There will also be a Virtual Scavenger Challenge and Virtual Silent Auction, all of which will be accessible through the website, arkansashospice.org/plaza.
Shannon Boshears, the nonprofit’s director of philanthropy, said the idea of outdoor fundraising during the pandemic surfaced a year ago, and it just passed. “from music in the square to a small street festival”. The event also supports “the re-emergence of the fields hardest hit by the economic impact of covid-19: the arts and the restaurant and hospitality industry”. In recognition, restaurants and bars on Main Street will be offering discounts on signature cocktails and appetizers.
Free entry; The boshears and co-chairs explain that the event will raise funds through sponsorships, t-shirt sales, scavenger hunt entry fees and the silent auction.
“We encourage people to visit the website and watch,” adds Anna Kay Frueauff. “You will be able to see the auction items; the events will be updated there. There is a lot to see, a lot to do.”