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About Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center

Children are our first priority at the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center; our doors opened in 1982. We are a trusted name in both the community and the early childhood industry. Our commitment is to provide families access to the highest quality early childhood education and care. The Center reaches beyond our families served and collaborates with early childhood programs throughout Northwest Arkansas. Visit to learn more.


About the Early Childhood Initiatives Center
The ECIC collaborates with the nearly 500 early childhood programs in Northwest Arkansas, to ensure that every child, infant through pre-k, has access to the highest quality of early childhood education and care. High-quality early childhood education benefits the child, workforce and society through increased graduation rates, parental earnings and employee retention, and ensures a talent rich pipeline, leading to a $9.21 return on investment for every dollar spent in early education. We rely on the generosity of volunteers, advocates and donors in our community. Visit to learn more.



For everyone that registers for the Half Marathon or 5K under TEAM MERCY, the RunBentonville Half Marathon will donate $5 of their entry fee to the Mercy Foundation.

Mercy Health Foundation of Northwest Arkansas is the fundraising arm of Mercy Health System. Proceeds from the RunBentonville Half Marathon will enhance health care services, support patient education and fund charity care at Mercy Northwest Arkansas. 100% of the proceeds will stay in Northwest Arkansas.

Click here to donate directly to the Mercy Foundation of Northwest Arkansas


Annually, the Rotary Club provides as many as fifteen (15) scholarships, with the RunBentonville Half Marathon providing funds for at least four (4) of them.  In addition, Bentonville Rotary Club funds great projects community projects such as “Snack Packs” for kids – for economically challenged children / families.


 Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.


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Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life aims to improve safety for athletes of all ages and reduce the number of injuries and deaths from heat related causes. Through their mission, Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life promotes proper hydration and prevents heat illness through education and supporting activities. For more information, please visit