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I had lots of fun spending time with Carol Gattis last night. We started with dinner at AquaFire, a newish Fayetteville restaurant. If you’re local and haven’t tried it, you’re missing a treat. My meal consisted of rainbow trout cakes with red pepper remoulade, mixed greens and house vinaigrette, as a starter and honey plum glazed salmon with crawfish fried rice as the main course. Delicious! Carol’s meal began with spring rolls, which were followed by jumbo sea scallops, sautéed, creamed corn risotto with fire roasted red pepper puree. She enjoyed her meal as well. We complimented the meal with a bottle of Barefoot bubbly, which was just perfect. I should’ve taken pics, but forgot. When I return I’ll add pics to this post.

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After dinner we headed down Dickson Street to the Walton Arts Center, for a the most anticipated part of our evening, a concert by Kool and the Gang. The concert was great. They really put on a good show and had folks on their feet and dancing in the aisles. Ok, this folk maybe a bit more than others, but I wasn’t alone. We had a great time for a good cause.

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Kool and the Gang was here as part of an annual event. The Washington Regional Foundation sponsors a gala even every year, to generate support for the benefit of our local hospital, Washington Regional Medical Center. The proceeds from this year’s event will be directed to support the hospital’s Critical Care Units, which provide intensive care to the most ill and fragile patients. The event also provided an opportunity to recognize recipients of the Eagle Award for Outstanding Health Leadership. The Eagle Award is given to individuals or organizations that make outstanding contributions to the improvement of healthcare in Northwest Arkansas.

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