Mayor, county judge ask businesses to support annual Dazzle Daze event

Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry and Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker have issued proclamations asking residents to “Paint the Town Red” the week of October 15-27. On Friday, Oct. 20, local businesses and schools are encouraged to observe “Wear Red Day.”


“Paint the Town Red” is designed to build enthusiasm for one of the state’s largest holiday shopping events, Dazzle Dazesm. Several area banks, restaurants and other businesses will promote the event by posting promotional materials at their locations, wearing red and encouraging the community to participate. Dazzle Daze benefits Conway Regional Health System.


Noting that he was born at Conway Regional and received many stitches and had a few bones set there while growing up, the Conway mayor called Dazzle Daze “a tremendous asset for the city of Conway.” 


The county Judge offered to buy the first two tickets for Dazzle Daze and noted that “I don’t know of a group that gets any more motivated than the Conway Regional Women’s Council.” 


Conway Regional President and CEO Matt Troup thanked the mayor and county judge and praised the Women’s Council members and Foundation staff for the work they put into Dazzle Daze.


“We wanted to begin promoting Dazzle Daze in a new and fun way this year,” said Amy Reed, a Dazzle Daze co-chair. “We have a number of banks, restaurants and other businesses that have already indicated they plan to participate in ‘Paint the Town Red’ and there is always room for more.”


Dazzle Daze is sponsored by the Conway Regional Women’s Council and billed as Conway’s holiday shopping extravaganza. This year it will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds.


The 16th annual Dazzle Daze will include a high-value prize raffle, Girls’ Nite Out early bird shopping, a Teddy Bear Clinic, reindeer games, appearances and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food and shopping with more than 80 merchants from throughout the country.


“Dazzle Daze is so much more than a fun event and shopping,” said Dazzle Daze co-chair Pam Sims. “Proceeds help make possible important equipment purchases, scholarships and other programs that improve the quality of care provided by Conway Regional Health System.”


Throughout its 16-year history, Dazzle Daze has raised more than $650,000 in support of local health care at Conway Regional Health System.


The special week will also kick off a new activity, the Dazzle Daze Dazzler ornament fundraiser. Local banks will be selling a special paper ornament for $1 each to display at the bank. The ornaments will be sold through Tuesday, Nov. 14. All proceeds will be donated to the Conway Regional Women’s Council.


The bank that raises the most money will be featured in 501 LIFE, which is sponsoring the promotion. Participating banks are Arvest Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Bear State Bank, Centennial Bank, First Security Bank, First Service Bank, HomeBank of Arkansas, Regions Bank and Simmons Bank.


“We want to thank all the businesses that have already signed up and encourage others to join us for this fun week,” said Reed.

For more information about participating in “Paint the Town Red,” call 501.513.5191.


November attractions


Dazzle Daze will begin with Girls’ Nite Out, presented by 501 LIFE, on Thursday, Nov. 16. It will feature prizes from Kendra Scott and Conway Women’s Med Spa, plus swag bags for the first 500 shoppers. 


Another staple of Dazzle Daze is a raffle of several big-ticket items. A maximum of 500 raffle tickets are available for purchase by contacting Conway Regional Women’s Council members, participating business or at the Conway Regional Marketing Office for a chance to win:


·       Grand prize:  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible, magnetic color ($31,500 value) from Smith Ford


·       2nd Prize: Vintage His and Hers Louis Vuitton Keepall Bags ($2,000 value) donated by Braswell & Son


·       3rd Prize: 14kt white gold Dancing Diamond Pendant ($1,600 value) donated by Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry


·       4th Prize:  Traeger Wood-Fired Grill and meat gift certificate ($1,200 value) donated by Moix RV and Circle Maker Farms


 ·       5th Prize: Furniture Gift Certificate ($1,000 value) donated by Cajun Brothers Furniture


Dazzle Daze hours are: Girls Nite Out (6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16) Teddy Bear Clinic (10 a.m. to noon, and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18); General Shopping (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18); and the raffle drawing (3:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18).


Tickets for Dazzle Daze are on sale at Raffle tickets are available for purchase at a number of locations in Conway including Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center, pattiCakes, 501 LIFE, Smith Ford, Log Cabin Democrat, US Pizza Co., H3 Home + Décor, Cajun Brothers Furniture,  Model Laundry, H & N Architects, Michelle M. Phillips, CPA, PA, LeaAnn’s Fine Jewelry and the Conway Regional Marketing Office as well as Daisy-A-Day and First Security in Greenbrier and La-z-boy Furniture Gallery in Little Rock.