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Rance Olison

was extremely generous with his financial contribution.  Rance has been referred to as El Dorado’s first black philanthropist .  Rance sponsored the banquet last year to honor black educators and other employees of the former black schools in El Dorado.  The proceeds went to help Mrs. Marzell Smith with the South Arkansas African American Museum.  He organizes and contributes to the Hazel and L. C. Ross Scholarships events as well as contributing to many local churches.

Rance’s most recent passion is to honor his recently deceased mother, “Ms. Carrie”, by giving away turkeys in El Dorado during the Thanksgiving holiday.  To help in the turkey give away, El Dorado Days will make a financial contribution.  And, I am sure he would welcome other contributors.  Thank you Rance!

Claudis Allen

has been assisting with obtaining the beverages since the beginning of El Dorado Days. This year, he made a significant contribution by purchasing some of the beverages. Thank you Claudis!

Willie Dykes and Elisha Modica

provided the 2012 pictures.  Thanks guys!

Dianne Williams Embree

created the letterhead and designed the memorial service program. The letterhead design was used not only on the correspondence memo but also on the home page of our web site and the banners. Great job Dianne!

Bishop George Calloway, Jr. and St. James Baptist Church

for hosting the memorial service once again. It appears that St. James is El Dorado Days’ home church with Bishop Calloway being a graduate of WHS, a participate to El Dorado Days and the church being located directly across from the former Booker T. Washington High School.

Participants of the Memorial Service

George Gurst Allen, Rev. Larry Andrews, Bishop George Calloway, Jr.; Dianne Williams Embree, Gordie Holt, Celia Mae Jones Richard, The Ruffins (Anthony, Carl, Kenny, Larry and William); Rev. Ralph Smith and J. W. Williams. Awesome job and thanks to all of you!

Mark Fields

worked diligently migrating data from our original web site to the Word Press. And, he had just undergone an eye procedure. Thanks Mark!

Ed Langston of Langston Monument Company

made his monetary contribution based on the fact he recognized how important El Dorado Days is to the community and how beneficial it is to his business when El Dorado Days come to town. Thanks Ed!

The El Dorado Advertising & Promotion Commission

assisted in helping to create our new El Dorado Days web site. Mayor Hash facilitated with both the A&P Comission and with the American Legion. Thanks!

The American Legion

rolled out the welcome mat and was very cooperative in working with the El Dorado Days Committee. They are aiming for us to make the Post our home!


provided the ice coolers and The Bottle Shop made available the freezer for the frozen cocktails.

The El Dorado Days Committee

Claudis Allen, Johnnie Benton, Johnny Benton, JoAnn Beasley Bright, Juanita Adams Brown, Bennie Moore Clark, Carolyn Dykes, Hazel Tidwell Goodwin, Lynda Thompson Laurencin, Joe T. McHenry, Elisha Modica, Bobbie Frazier Pierce, Celia Mae Jones Richard, David Ross, Carol Wilson Shutes, Luther Tidwell, J. W. Williams and Mose White. What a wonderful staff! Job well done!!!

Lastly, thanks to all who attended! We hope you had a wonderful time and we are looking forward to seeing you again in 2014. If you have any comments and or suggestions, please go to the “Contact Us” section to make your remarks. We love and appreciate you for making 2012 El Dorado Days a success!!!

Athaline Moore