Originally posted Oct. 18

Sonshine Academy will host its 20th anniversary celebration at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Antioch Baptist Church. 

In conjunction with the celebration, the academy is hosting a fundraising benefit for Shine Xpress Inc., a new non-profit organization founded by Scott and Elsie Rose Wright. All of the proceeds from a barbecue dinner and Silent Auction will go to Shine Xpress. 

The mission of Shine Xpress is to assist in closing the opportunity gap for children in under-resourced families in Central Arkansas to develop their physical, artistic and educational gifts and talents to their fullest capacity. It aims to give these children the opportunity to engage in swim lessons, martial arts, dance, gymnastics, fitness, nutrition education, music, cheerleading, art and more.

In addition to the Wrights, Shine Xpress board members are Georg Andersen, Sen. Gilbert Baker, Billie Carter, Rebecca Cronk and Peter Giovannini. 

The community is invited to attend the barbecue dinner and silent auction. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Sonshine Academy, 2415 Donaghey Avenue. Auction items include two nights plus a guided fishing trip at Lindsey’s Rainbow Trout Resort, a one-night stay at any Hilton in the world, income tax return preparation ($125 value), home décor, paintings, jewelry, handmade pens, three-hour limousine ride, birthday party, cupcakes, Aromatique Basket, Scentsy Baskets, gymnastics and tumbling equipment, a guided Coon Hunting Trip, gift certificates, "fireman adventures" and much more. 

Sponsors include: 

Superintendent: Sonshine Academy; conductors: The Law Offices of David Davies, Georg and Annabelle Andersen; 

Engineers: Centennial Bank, Log Cabin Democrat, Hewlett Packard, Suggs Acoustical & Drywall Inc.;

Firemen: Edward Jones, Nabholz Building and Management, United Athletic Association;

Brakemen: American National Insurance (Corey Throneberry), Branch Out, Calico Trailers, Celebration Limo, Conway Collision, Cosmetics Laser Solutions, Country Inn and Suites, ECS Printing, First Security Bank, Higgs Family Dentistry, HoopPlayUSA.com, Lance Johnston Photography, Snyder Insurance, Terry Mercing, CPA, and Watson Homes. 

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 501-327-7742.