Nearly 200 guests sowed up at Philips Community College the evening of August 20 for Little Bites, Big Impact, an event benefiting KIPP Delta Public Schools. Attendees were treated to little bites created by chefs from around Arkansas and the Delta.
Restaurants and chefs involved in the event included Ciao Baci from Little Rock, Ben E. Keith from North Little Rock, Omar's Uptown from Jonesboro, Fabulous Foods from Marianna, The Bistro Bar & Grill from Helena and Oxbow from Clarksdale Miss.
KIPP Delta alumnus, David Bibbs, was the featured chef of the evening. Bibbs is currently attending the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and studying to become a pastry chef.
Guests were treated to special performances by the KIPP Delta Drum Line and KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy Choir and heard from student speakers at the event, including Ethel Jean Garza (Class of 2023), Ashton Jones (Class of 2020) and Crystal Hall (Class of 2014).
During the event, KIPP Delta announced they are kicking off the Building A Better Tomorrow Campaign, a 1.3 million dollar capital campaign to fund expansion of the KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy and to add a playground on the campus. Gifts to the campaign will be matched 100 percent up to $500,000, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Sponsors of the event included Helena Marine Service, Southern Bancorp, Phillips County Community Foundation, Hargraves Insurance, Entergy, Hickory Hill Pharmacy, 3 Rivers Flooring, Hay's Supermarket, Ernest and Cathy Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. John King, Jr., Jim and Elaine Frazier, The Edwardian Inn, Ludwig Distributing, Roseanne and Pace Hindsley and Sundaram Design.
Lynn Chadwick, Cathy Cunningham, Julia Malinowski, Linda Lou Hardin and Bettye Hendrix planned this first-time event.