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About the Event

Chairman's Message

Welcome to the 20th Annual Grape Escapes: A Vine Affair! On behalf of all those involved with Bost and Grape Escapes, we would like to welcome you and thank you for being here this evening! You could have chosen to spend your Friday evening somewhere else, but your belief in Bost, and its mission, is apparent by your attendance with us tonight, and by your continued support of this vital organization. For that, we are extremely humbled and grateful! Grape Escapes is our signature fundraiser, and we strive to make it one of the premier events in Fort Smith each year. All funds raised will be used LOCALLY in our community to help support the hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health needs, and other related conditions that are served by Bost on a daily basis! Thank you to all our partners for choosing to donate your time, talent, and resources to help make Grape Escapes such a huge success. Thank you to the Grape Escapes committee members, Bost employees, and the many volunteers who work tirelessly year round to make this event possible. Without all of you, Grape Escapes would not be possible! With the health and safety of all involved at the top of our minds, we made the decision to continue with a live event, but on a smaller scale. It is our greatest hope that our signature event will soon return to the normal Grape Escapes we have become accustomed to over the last many years. Regardless, those we serve still need us, and we still need you. If you are not attending Grape Escapes, please know there are many ways you can help Bost outside of monetary donations. You can continue to refer children and adults for services as well as refer potential employees to join the Bost team. Most importantly, you can continue to be active citizens in our community with open eyes and ears to make sure the individuals we serve are well taken care of by all of us! To all those that make this event possible, words cannot express how truly thankful we are for each of you. Cheers to another successful event and we hope to see you again in-person next year! WE ARE BOST! Chris Hedrick Event Chairman

Frequently Asked...

What is Grape Escapes?

For 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.  We usually enjoy live music, a wine pull, and live and silent auctions.

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 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 boards!

Board of Directors

Dr. Cathi McMahan - President, Tammy Chase - Vice President, Roger Young - Secretary, Larry Zigarelli - Treasurer, Dr. Gary Udouj, Blake Bradshaw, Chrissea Huff, Andre Good, Kimberly Molinaro, Dr. Kenneth Turner, Susan Billingsley, Rick Green, Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Lisa Kelsey, Madeline Martinez

Foundation Board of Trustees

Chris Hedrick - Chairman, Kirby Cockrum - Vice Chairman, 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 our volunteers!

Alexa Cueto, Aubrey Barr, Chris Hedrick, Jake Sibley, Jennifer Hinkle, Katie Raines, Lori Burton, Marie Holland, Lee Ann Neidecker, Quyen Scott, Robert McClure, Susan Billingsley, Tammy Predmore, Brandon Cox, Daren Bobb, Jeannie Wakefield, Julie Bugg, Kirby Cockrum, Madeline Martinez, Norma Rowland, Rocki Hill, Scott Clark, Susan Hinshaw, Cheryl Sanchez, Terri Hargrove, Emily Autry, Mary Autry, Lindsey Walker, Lizzie Sinclair, Carole Metheny, Mary Ann Arnold, Jeanne Harvey, Michael & Cassidy Montgomery, Malachi Ballegeer, Julie Bugg, Carol Taylor, Alex Anderson, Mikayla Hominick, Alex Hernandez, Nathan Schoenfeld, Amanda Moohn, Jessi Robinson, Shebbie Eubanks, Rebecca Hansel

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