The 7th Annual Walk for Children and Families, a benefit event for the nonprofit Methodist Family Health, took place Aug. 2 at Cook’s Landing Park and over the Big Dam Bridge.

Adults, youth, youth groups, families, individuals and groups were welcomed.

More than 700 participants — including a host of church youth groups — streamed into North Little Rock from all corners of the state to join the event. They hiked over the bridge’s walkway and back for a donation of $20 or $50 per family. Combined with corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations, the event raised more than $85,000. Proceeds benefit children, adolescents and families who turn to Methodist Family Health for behavioral and mental healthcare.

"This event has grown every year, and we are so appreciative," said Methodist Family Health CEO Andy Altom. "It means a lot to see this many people turn out to help the children and families we serve."

Proceeds from the event were used for recreational activities and equipment that will help improve the health and fitness of the children and youth served by Methodist Family Health.

"Established in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, today’s Methodist Family Health serves more than 1,400 children and adolescents every day through inpatient, residential and outpatient programs and services," said Jane Dennis, Director of Communications.

Altom said anyone wanting to make a tax-deductible donation should visit