Stone Ward CEO’s Leadership Goes Beyond Agency Walls into Arkansas Community
CEO and Executive Creative Director Larry Stone was the honoree and recipient of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches’ 20th Annual Arkansas Children’s Award for his more than 20 years of volunteerism, fundraising and leadership for the organization. The Arkansas Children’s Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to create better opportunities for Arkansas’s youth.
Larry has been one of the key driving forces in the success of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for nearly two decades. Since 1996, Larry has served on the Ranches’ Board of Trustees, 10 of which he served as Board President. Larry has been a steady and consistent thought leader, donor and volunteer, and has played a major role in the development of the Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner, which has raised more than $3.4 million to support the children at the Ranches since its inception.
This year’s event included 450 guests and raised $150,000 for programs at the youth ranches. The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches provides a healthy environment to children who have never known such love. Ranchers are surrounded by caring individuals who help them grow up to be independent, educated adults in ranch style group housing. Every child graduates high school and attends church. But most of all, the Ranches give them something they may never have had otherwise – a place to call home.