Annual LGBTQ Community Celebration Benefits NWA Center for Equality and Arkansas Alumni Association Scholarship
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – November 4, 2016 – The reigning Miss America, Savvy Shields, Emmy award-award winner Leslie Jordan and Trey O’Dell, a breakout star from NBC’s “The Voice” will share a stage in Fayetteville Friday, November 11th in support of Northwest Arkansas’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

The 10th annual Northwest Arkansas Equality Night is presented by Walmart and benefits Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality (NWA Equality)’s free community services and a new scholarship created by the Arkansas Alumni Association’s PRIDE Alumni Society for University of Arkansas students who are passionate about LGBTQ issues. NWA Equality began hosting the event a decade ago as a community celebration for LGBTQ people and allies while also raising critical dollars for important programs – from free HIV testing and peer support groups to the region’s annual Pride celebration. 

The evening’s events include a welcome reception and silent auction at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House, followed by a community celebration and Jordan’s special performance of his hit one-man show “Straight Outta Chattanooga”. Shields will make a special appearance and O’Dell will perform a moving tribute to the journey of LGBTQ rights in Benton and Washington counties.

Friday, November 11th –  University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
VIP Reception with Leslie Jordan (VIP ticketholders only)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House
(free shuttle provided from Stadium Drive Garage)

Welcome Reception and Silent Auction
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House
(free shuttle provided from Stadium Drive Garage)

Community Celebration Featuring Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Leslie Jordan and Trey O’Dell
8:30 p.m.
Verizon Ballroom
Arkansas Union

Tickets are available at  

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to U of A students on a first come, first serve basis. Students may request tickets at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. For media access, contact

About NWA Center for Equality

The NWA Center for Equality is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which leads a grassroots support and advocacy movement working to achieve full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Northwest Arkansas. More information is available

About Arkansas Alumni Association
Often considered a first point-of-contact at the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Alumni Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to connect alumni, friends and students to the University of Arkansas. The Association is housed in the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House which is strategically situated on campus across from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. For more information,


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