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About Grape Escapes

Bost's Premier Annual Fundraiser

Grape Escapes 2024 will be held on March 1, from 6 to 9 pm at the ACHE – Research Institute located at 1000 Fianna Way in Fort Smith. The cocktail style fundraiser allows guest to sample a huge selection of wines from around the world while enjoying delicacies from many local eateries. We are excited for the return of the Cigar Bar by Discount Tobacco and expanded Beer Garden!
Included with your Grape Escapes ticket is entry to the ArTy Afterglow Party from 9 to 11pm! This unique Art Show and Sale offers guests the chance to mingle with artists in an upbeat environment. The Mixtapes will keep you moving while enjoying sweet treats, coffee, and a cash bar.
In addition to supporting Bost, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the excellent catering services, dining options, wines, and beer available right here in our hometown! Be sure to bookmark or hold on to your event program as it will prove to be a fantastic resource as you plan all your upcoming events. The sponsors, restaurants, caterers, breweries, distributors, and wineries that participate in Grape Escapes are nothing short of amazing.
Tickets, which are $150 each, can be purchased online at or by calling 479-652-4553. All attendees must provide a valid ID at the main event and the after party verifying age. Put on your favorite party clothes and join us for a night of fun benefiting Bost.

Frequently Asked...

What is Grape Escapes?

For over 20 years, Grape Escapes has been Bost’s signature event.  The cocktail style fundraiser provides guests with the opportunity to sample wines from around the world while enjoying tasty treats from local restaurants and caterers, in a beautifully appointed space where friends are plentiful. Recently we have added a beer garden, cigar bar, and "arty" Afterparty to round out the fun!

What is Bost?

Bost's mission is to create a community of people supporting individuals with disabilities and behavioral health needs to meet their life goals. 

We strive to fulfill our founder's mission of empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs to meet their life goals, improve overall health and achieve greater independence.

How does Grape Escapes help?

Grape Escapes was created over 20 years ago to help cover unfunded needs, such as art, acting, and dance programs, sensory rooms, transportation, affordable & accessible housing, and therapies.  These activities are much needed but currently unfunded and truly enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities.  

Thanks to our 2023-2024 boards!

Board of Directors

Dr. Cathi McMahan - President, Tammy Chase - Vice President, Roger Young - Secretary, Larry Zigarelli - Treasurer, Kimberly Molinaro, Dr. Kenneth Turner, Susan Billingsly, Rick Green, Dr. Jennifer Johnson

Foundation Board of Trustees

Kirby Cockrum - Chairman, Chris Hedrick - Vice Chair, Jake Sibley - Treasurer, Susan Hinshaw - Secretary, Mary Ann Arnold, Aubrey Barr, Tammy Chase, Brandon Cox, Marie Holland, Madeline Martinez, Robert McClure, Lee Ann Neidecker, Brandon O'Neal, Eric Pendergrass, Jeannie Wakefield, Ashley Wisdom

Thanks to all our volunteers and community supporters!


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