Performing for a Cause
BENTONVILLE, ARK. – The Bentonville Beavers Pathfinder Club held its 19th annual Valentine Dinner Theater fundraiser on Feb. 16. The event’s live stage drama, entitled “Sarah,” was set in 1910 in Kansas and followed the story of a well-known classic children’s book. The cast members for the drama included staff and members of the club.
They practiced for nearly two months, three times weekly, in preparation for the event. Club members JD Aguilar and Daisy Aguilar played the starring roles of siblings Caleb and Anna Whitting.
Nearly 100 guests from the community and neighboring churches attended. A country picnic-inspired dinner was served during intermission. Also, booths were open where guests could learn pioneer-style skills such as butter churning, rope making, candle dipping and more! There was also a country store where guests could purchase home-baked goodies, homemade jams and jellies and crafts made by some of the staff members.
The proceeds from the event totaled nearly $1,000. All the funds raised will go toward helping the Pathfinders continue their mission project at the Sulphur Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since June of 2019, the Pathfinder Club has been visiting the Sulphur Springs church twice a month to hold a free “Kid’s Day.” This is a Sabbath afternoon program for community children with Bible stories, games, crafts, songs, snacks and more! These programs are run completely by the Pathfinders. Poverty is an issue in Sulphur Springs, so Pathfinders offer free snack packs to any community children who come to “Kid’s Day.”
The program began with only one or two children attending and has now grown to more than 10 children who come to each meeting. The Pathfinders plan to start an official Adventurer Club at the church this summer, which will be kick-started by a week-long kid’s day camp.
The performance and more can be viewed on our YouTube channel, “Pathfinder Strong Channel.” You can also follow our mission project on Facebook by searching for “Sulphur Springs Kid’s Day.”
By Audra Kohltfarber