LITTLE ROCK – The fifth annual SpectacUALR presented by Windstream enjoyed a successful evening on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Jack Stephens Center. With Dr. John Wilson as the honoree, the annual fundraiser brought in more than $220,000 for Trojan athletics as over 600 attendees helped establish a new standard for giving for the fifth consecutive year.
The success of this year’s event was made possible in large part due to the efforts of the SpectacUALR committee, led by co-chairs Larry Golden and Kathy Wild. Andrea Peel and Jane Yocum also donated a great deal of personal time to ensure the event was a success.
“We would like to thank Larry, Kathy and everyone on the SpectacUALR committee for their hard work this year,” said Director of Athletics Chris Peterson. “We would also like to thank Andrea and Jane for their hard work and service to this event over the last five years. They both played important roles in making this event what it is today. Finally, the Little Rock community continues to show great support for this event and department, and we could not be more appreciative.”
In 1995, Dr. Wilson was the recipient of the UALR Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence. He has supported UALR athletics for many years and is a regular attendee of men’s and women’s basketball games at the Jack Stephens Center.
Dr. Wilson graduated from Little Rock University, as UALR was known from 1957-69, in 1959. Before attending Little Rock University he attended Little Rock Junior College while serving as an airman at the Little Rock Air Force Base.
Dr. Wilson was in private orthopaedics practice in Little Rock for 39 years. He retired in 2007 from OrthoArkansas but soon after realized that he missed his work. He quickly returned to health care by joining the department of orthopaedics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). In 2003, as president of the Arkansas Medical Society, Dr. Wilson spearheaded tort reform legislation. He later received the Asklepion Award from the Arkansas Medical Society which is given to a physician who promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.
A man of tremendous passion and dedication to helping others, Dr. Wilson also has dedicated years of service to Project DAWN (Donors and Workers Now), a program created in 1985 to bring free medical aid to Guyana. He has made 20 trips with Project DAWN.