Walmart Foundation Check Presentation

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March 6, 2018 | The Jones Center



Walmart Foundation Check Presentation at The Jones Center


SPRINGDALE, Ark.  (March 5, 2018) – A recent $600,000 grant awarded by the Walmart Foundation will help The Jones Center in Springdale continue to offer its important programs and services to the Northwest Arkansas region.  A check presentation will take place at The Jones Center lobby at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 6th.


As part of the grant, the Walmart Foundation will support the Spring Break Week at The Jones Center, March 19-25, a fun-filled week of youth and family activities. Each day beginning at Noon until 8pm, families can enjoy all the Center’s activities and amenities for $3 per person. Special theme days will include: a Spring Break Kickoff Party (Mon 3/19), a Pool Party (Wed 3/21), and special Frozen Friday in the Ice Arena (Fri 3/23). More details available at


The grant will help ensure access to the Center’s world-class recreation venues; youth programming including the After-School Program, Summer Day Camp and Sports Leagues, the Fun Day Sunday Series which offers discounts for families to access the pools and ice arena; affordable meeting space for the region’s organizations and non-profits; and membership scholarships to allow The Jones Center to be an accessible regional amenity.  In addition, the grant will provide important funding for technology updates for The Jones Center campus to meet future recreation, health, education and youth programming needs.


 “The Jones Center provides a safe, fun and welcoming environment for youth and families in our area, whether it’s recreation venues or the after-school programs,” said Erin Hogue, Walmart Foundation. “We’re proud to support the Center as they continue to offer accessible programming and recreation amenities to Northwest Arkansas residents for learning and development.” 


“The Jones Center has been able to expand its quality programming for families and youth with the help and support of the Walmart Foundation,” said Kelly Kemp-McLintock, CFRE, Chief Advancement Officer at The Jones Center, “We are grateful for their partnership in helping us sustain founder Bernice Jones’ vision of an affordable regional center ‘where all are welcome’.”


Added Ed Clifford, President/CEO of the Jones Trust/The Jones Center, “We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation’s long-time support. The Jones Center is an important amenity in Northwest Arkansas and serves as an anchor in Downtown Springdale. Support from the Walmart Foundation continues to help the us keep the highest quality recreation and programming accessible for everyone.”


About The Jones Center for Families, Inc.


The Jones Center, located in Springdale, Arkansas, is a unique 220,000 square foot facility that provides quality, affordable recreational and educational opportunities as well as meeting space to nearly 1-million visitors annually.  Amenities include two year-round indoor pools, indoor year-round ice arena, fitness center & classes, gymnasium, conference center, auditorium and easy access to the Razorback Greenway Trails System.  The Jones Center opened in 1995 as a legacy gift from philanthropist Bernice Young Jones.  Today, the Center contributes greatly to the Quality of Life for all in Northwest Arkansas.  The Jones Center is supported through individual donations, corporate sponsorships, major gifts/grants, day-use fees, membership dues, and room rentals.


The mission of The Jones Center is to be a world-class destination for building community, healthy living, and having fun! Our vision is to bring people together and enrich lives. 


About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit



Erin Hogue                                                                             Kelly Kemp-McLintock, CFRE

Senior Manager                                                                     Chief Advancement Officer

Walmart Foundation                                                            The Jones Center                                                                                    

Office 479-204-9152                                                             479-756-8090 ext. 2119