Architects and friends have joined the Alex Foundation to host ‘Dessert Before Dinner with Bubbles and Bon Bons’ to raise funds for architecture and design summer camps for Arkansas Delta youth. The event, which will feature John Two-Hawks, a Grammy and Emmy nominated recording artist, will be held on June 15 at 5 p.m. at Trapnall Hall in Little Rock.

Guests will enjoy wine, champagne, non-alcoholic beverages and decadent delights. They will also get a glimpse of repurposed historical structures used during summer camps in the Arkansas Delta Region and the opportunity to sponsor a youth to attend an architecture and design summer camp.

Funds raised at the event will go directly to support youth to attend two summer camps for aspiring 7th grade students in the Delta, and for aspiring 9th through 12th grade students, mostly from the Delta, to attend two summer camps at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in Fayetteville.

Although architecture is ubiquitous, architects don’t exist in marginalized communities and in the lower southeast Arkansas Delta. This event is helping to provide support for youth, particularly rural, limited access and underserved youth, with opportunities that they normally would not have, according to the fundraising committee.

Tickets to the event are $35 and may be purchased online. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call 501-773-2539.

The Alex Foundation was established in 2010 in honor of Alex Courtney, who majored in architecture to give youth an architecture and design experience. From STE+AM™ in Architecture in the classroom (science, technology, engineering plus architecture and math), architecture and design summer camps, National Architecture Week and World Architecture Day projects, the Foundation has partnered with middle and high schools in Southeast Arkansas and Central Arkansas reaching more than 7,000 students since it was established. alex-foundation.org

Dessert Before Dinner with Bubbles and Bon Bons is sponsored by the Peter Damon Group of Washington, D.C.; the American Institute of Architects, Arkansas Chapter; and the Glover Family of Dermott. Mary Zunick, Honorary Consul of Japan for Arkansas and Darren Morgan of Arkansas Commitment are summer camp youth sponsors. Product donation is provided by Movie House Winery and Cocoa Belle Chocolates.

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