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The BIG (Believe in Girls) Brunch and Playhouse Project
Wednesday, September 14
10am-12pm | Chenal Country Club, Little Rock

Wear your Girl Scout green and join Girl Scouts – Diamonds and Jenny and Dave Marrs and show your support for all girls as we offer a dose of these creative and mission-driven entrepreneurs with our signature BIG (Believe in Girls) Brunch.

Jenny and Dave Marrs are a husband-wife duo who turn fixer-uppers into fabulous homes. They focus on restoring historic homes in Bentonville and surrounding areas. Some of these projects are featured on their show, “Fixer to Fabulous” on HGTV. Together they run Marrs Developing, a company that specializes in the renovation and restoration of historic homes. Girl Scout alum Jenny is the creative backbone of their renovations. Dave is an expert craftsman, builder, general contractor, and all-around handyman. 

Inspired by our special guests, a fun activity is being added to the event – the Playhouse Project. Five local designers will put their own special touches on a small playhouse. The houses will be displayed in a public place in the days leading up to the event, allowing the public to view and pre-bid.

Table sponsorships and other sponsorship opportunities are available now. Individual tickets are $100 each and will be available for purchase here (or by phone) beginning August 1. For more information about the event and sponsorships, please email us

The BIG Brunch Auction

You don’t have to be at The BIG (Believe in Girls) Brunch to bid and to help benefit Girl Scouts – Diamonds!

The BIG Brunch online auction opened September 9 and will close at 11:30am during The BIG Brunch, Wednesday, September 14.

Check out the auction for our 5 special playhouses as well as all kinds of fun items by scanning the QR code or clicking the link below. 

The BIG Brunch Auction

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts and for believing in girls.

Special Guests - Jenny and Dave Marrs

About Jenny and Dave Marrs

Jenny and Dave Marrs are a husband-wife duo who turn fixer-uppers into fabulous homes. They focus on restoring historic homes in Bentonville and surrounding areas. Some of these projects are featured on their show, “Fixer to Fabulous” on HGTV. Together they run Marrs Developing, a company that specializes in the renovation and restoration of historic homes.

Girl Scout alum Jenny is the creative backbone of their renovations. Dave is an expert craftsman, builder, general contractor, and all-around handyman.

Jenny and Dave have 5 kids: 9-year-old twins, a 7-year-old (adopted from the Congo), a 5-year-old, and a 2-year-old. They live on a blueberry farm and donate the proceeds to non-profit work in Zimbabwe where they have an agricultural training program, training orphaned teens who need life skills because they haven’t been plugged into school.

“Fixer to Fabulous” has aired for three seasons (with a fourth in the works) and follows the couple as they focus on restoring historic homes. From dilapidated front porches to squirrel-invaded attics, there’s nothing this duo can’t take from a fixer to fabulous! In addition to their regular “Fixer to Fabulous” series, Dave and Jenny starred in the discovery+ series, “Fixer to Fabulous: Welcome Inn,” which follows the Marrs’ venture in transforming an 1880s historic home near downtown Rogers into a bed-and-breakfast. The duo also starred as one of the four competing teams in season three of HGTV’s “Rock the Block.”

Meet Our Sponsors

The BIG Brunch Sponsors

Cadette

Darrell and Deborah Robinson 

Brownie

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Centennial Bank
Edafio Technology Partners
McGriff Insurance

Daisy

Arkansas Diagnostic Center
Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Crown Trophy 
Datamax Inc.
Delta Dental of Arkansas
Eagle Bank Mortgage 
Ghidotti Communications
Ken Harrison and Dawn Prasifka
Hathaway Group 
HoganTaylor LLP
Casey Jones – The Janet Jones Co. - REALTORS
Sandy and Steve Landers 
Landmark CPAs
The Marshall Concept 
Barbara Sugg
UBS

Special thanks to:

Tanarah Luxe Floral
Central Arkansas Entertainment
Perception by Anna Dickinson

 

The Playhouse Project and Designers

New this year!

Inspired by our special guests, a fun activity is being added to the event – the Playhouse Project. Five local designers will put their special touches on their own small playhouse to be auctioned. 

Check out photos of the playhouses and bid on them in our online auction.

Playhouse Project Designers

AC DESIGNS – Amy Terry & Candace Davis

Amy and Candace first developed a friendship while working on classroom environments and creative spaces while teachers at a local school. Over the years they both enjoyed designing their own homes and that soon expanded to friends and family. Not long after, their official business AC Designs was launched in 2018. Their business grew beyond their expectations, and both retired from teaching to focus on their design business and clients full time. Amy and Candace serve their clients in a wide variety of jobs including new construction, renovations, quick room updates, space planning and interior decor.

Jagr | Jane with Turner Custom Millwork

Autumn Beaulieu is a freelance interior designer and creative. She worked in the floral and event design industry for more than 20 years, the last 10 with her business, Petal Chik Designs. During that time, requests for design work began to be a part of her focus and in 2019, she retired her floral sheers for full-time interior design work. 

Turner Custom Millwork is a custom furniture and woodworking shop located in Little Rock. Troy Turner and his team can create anything from custom cabinets to one-of-a-kind furniture for residential or commercial projects. 

J.Ruby Interiors

Little Rock native Jessica Ruby Bernard grew up in a home with an interior designer/sculptor as a mother, and a physician/real-estate developer as a dad who fostered her love and appreciation for fine art, furniture and beautiful spaces. She began to show interest in design at a young age when she would create furniture for her Barbie homes and frequently rearrange her bedroom furniture. After gaining experience in both residential and commercial interior design, Jessica decided to create her own interior design firm where she has the freedom to create and make her clients feel good in the spaces they occupy.

Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Design, Inc.

Garry Mertins has been doing what he loves for 32 years - interior design. He grew up with an engineer father and a mother who remodeled their homes as they moved with his father’s job relocations. His father’s precision gave him an understanding of the importance of the construction side of design and his mother’s appreciation for beautiful antiques and fabrics gave him an eye for great design. Garry tries to blend the client’s needs, taste, and styles with his own design sense and has a goal of making whatever space he works on a reflection of the clients and their lifestyles.

VIPG Designs by Peri-Gay Walker

Peri-Gay Walker of VIPG Designs by Peri-Gay Walker specializes in doing all the things she loves – interior design and renovation, holiday decorating, events, and other artistic projects. Peri-Gay’s first career was as a surgical nurse. During a break from that career to raise her two girls, she spent time delving into her passion for all things creative, and finally decided to turn that passion into her second career, starting her boutique design firm in 2012.

 

Moderators

Each year, we partner with Girl Scout alums and women who believe in girls to help us facilitate an interesting and interactive conversation with our feature guests. This year's moderators are leaders in design, architecture and engineering fields who will help us get to know a bit more about Jenny and Dave Marrs and Girl Scouts.

Nicci Tiner, PE, PTOE
Vice President, Transportation Planning and Traffic Team Leader, Garver

Nicci Tiner is proof that having confidence in yourself will take you a long way. A civil engineer, Nicci began her career in 1988 with a focus on structural design, mainly on bridges.

From Girl Scout cookie sales, she learned that if you don’t ask, then the answer is always no, and having the courage and confidence to ask is how she got to where she is now. In the 1990s when she realized she no longer enjoyed structural design, she asked the leadership at Garver if she could develop traffic engineering services for the company. Since then, she has grown a team of over 20 engineers.

Her professional career has been defined by many “firsts”.  In 1998, as women still faced low representation in the field, she became the first female partner and owner at Garver. In 2009 she became the first professional traffic operations engineer in Arkansas, and earlier this year became the first female president of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers.

Believing in girls certainly resonates with Nicci, whose “don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it’ advice is rooted in her own experience. “When I began my career in civil engineering in the late 1980s there weren’t many women, but both my mom and my dad believed in me, so I just assumed I could be a good civil engineer.”

 

Karen Van Horn
Architectural Design Consultant

Like many Girl Scout alums, Karen Van Horn fondly remembers selling Girl Scout Cookies and has a soft spot in her heart when she sees any Girl Scout selling them. She also loved earning badges (her favorite was the ice-skating badge). “Girl Scouts taught me how to work together as a group. It also taught me life-long organizational skills and how to set goals and achieve them.”

Karen’s two daughters were also Girl Scouts. “As a mother, I enjoyed watching my daughters flourish in Girl Scouts, accomplishing goals and earning their own badges, and I saw these skills translate as they grew into adults and earned college diplomas.” 

After graduating with a degree in architecture, Karen spent her career in architecture, engineering, and construction. She also has a master’s degree in business administration and has worked in facilities management at three universities including the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she was instrumental in establishing the University of Arkansas Campus Historic District. Karen currently consults on architectural design and has been the co-owner of Van Horn Enterprises, LLC, for the past 20 years.

Karen served on the boards of Girl Scout councils in Nebraska and Arkansas, furthering the Girl Scout mission. Many years ago, she heard someone comment “believing in someone can transform their life” and has always remembered it. “I think adults have the ability, through encouragement and support to make a difference in a young girl’s life by showing our belief and investing in them.” 

Jill White
Owner, Jill White Designs

Believing in girls is not a stretch for Jill White. “I am a mom of a 10-year-old girl, and I want more than anything to teach her and inspire her to be anything her tiny little heart can dream of."

Jill appreciates the Girl Scout focus on courage and confidence and on allowing girls to be their authentic selves. ”There’s a quote I keep in my office that says, ‘wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are,’ and to be able to figure out that at a young age is invaluable.”

Though she wasn’t a Girl Scout, like Girl Scouts today, Jill had the opportunity at a young age to gain the kind of life skills that played a role in her future. Growing up, Jill had family in the construction business, and she worked at her grandfather’s hardware store/lumber company. She mixed paint, made keys, helped with the books, and answered phones.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Jill ended up studying interior design, earning her degree from the U of A, and after several stints with architectural firms beginning in 2009, she started her own design business in 2014. Jill has worked as an interior designer specializing in residential and commercial design on projects of all sizes, creating eclectic, modern spaces. Jill is known for her love of bold patterns, abstract art, high-contrast styles, and forward-thinking designs.

 

 

 

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