Renewal Ranch plans event at Governor’s Mansion

A special fundraising event – the Renewal Ranch Christmas Dinner Event at the Arkansas Governor Mansion – is planned Friday, Dec. 2.

Renewal Ranch is a faith-based ministry in Perry County that works with men battling addiction. All proceeds from the event will help in getting the new 15,000 square foot Renewal Ranch Restoration Center in the dry. The center will help address major needs on the ministry’s campus, including space for dining, chapel, teaching, office and sleeping.

The lineup for the evening will include:

Steve Hutton: A professional golfer, he spent seven years on the PGA tour. Currently he serves as national development director for Man in The Mirror international ministry to men, with conferences in 35,000 churches and impacting more than 12 million men.

Steve’s personal story took a turn in 2009 when his oldest son, Ben, a 4.0 college football player fell victim to a debilitating drug addiction. Steve and Joni have exhausted every financial and emotional resource available to them to keep their son alive. He is the co-author of “Pride Aside: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” which details the journey their family has been on for several years, offering hope for those who have already fallen victim to a similar path.

Jennifer Smith: A former prison inmate and a miraculous conversion, she was a recent speaker for Cry Out 16, a worldwide prayer event. Jennifer resides in North Arkansas and is in the start-up phase for a women’s recovery ministry.  

Jennifer will also be the keynote speaker for the Ladies Recovery Luncheon in July, and this will be her first encounter with Renewal Ranch ministries. Jennifer will share a brief testimony at the RR Christmas Dinner Party. She is also the chaplain at the McPherson Women’s Unit in Newport (Jackson County).

The evening will also include tours of the Governor’s Mansion for the holidays with the theme “A Tribute to Handel,” a Christmas dinner buffet and special Christmas music.

A patron table, which seats 10, is $1,500. Individual tickets are $100 each.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, contact executive director James Loy at [email protected].