(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) Oct. 10, 2023 – The Arkansas Children's Hospital Auxiliary held its fifth annual Race for a Healthier Tomorrow on Saturday, Oct. 7, and raised more than $45,000 to support expert pediatric care at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Over 775 people registered for the event as a timed 5K race, family walk or virtual participant. The 5K race began and ended at the front entrance of the Arkansas State Capitol. Jillian Hastings and Maeghan Overley, the race co-chairs, expressed their gratitude to the sponsors, participants and volunteers for making the event a success.

Premier Sponsor: Sam’s Club

Racer Sponsors: Arkansas Bolt Company; Terracon

Sprinter Sponsors: Nabco Mechanical & Electrical Inc.; Nabholz; Simmons Bank; Wright Lindsey Jennings

Achiever Sponsors: Arkansas Cardiology; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Arkansas Family Dental; Arkansas Golf & Powersports; Bequette, Billingsley & Kees P.A.; Heather and Sam Carter; Datamax Inc.; Harrison Energy Partners; The Charlotte John Company; Overley Family; Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects; Corrine and Ross Skarda; Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Media Partners: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; B98.5; Lamar Advertising


The Arkansas Children's Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association, is a separate 501(c)(3) organization serving patients and families through fundraising and service projects. Founded in 1967, the Auxiliary has more than 450 members who support the hospital through many fundraising efforts, including a la Carte, Miracle Ball, Race for a Healthier Tomorrow, Playaway Gift Shop, ACHiever Program and Holiday Card Project.


Arkansas Children's is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Arkansas Children’s is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in seven pediatric subspecialties (2023—2024): Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912 and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit archildrens.org.