PB man honored for fundraising work

Kip Queathem of Pine Bluff was honored with the Arkansas Log A Load For Kids Volunteer award at the Arkansas Forestry Association annual meeting Sept. 17 in Little Rock.

Log A Load For Kids is a grassroots campaign in the forestry and logging community that raises money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Queathem has been involved in the Central Arkansas event committee and the statewide campaign. Since the program began in 1993, Log A Load For Kids has raised more than $5.5 million for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The Central Arkansas Log A Load For Kids event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Sheridan Recreation Center.

“Kip takes so much pride in fundraising for ACH. He is a great spokesman for all the forestry industry and its involvement in Log A Load For Kids,” Bobby Taylor of Sheridan said.

Under his leadership, the Central Arkansas event began selling sponsorship tables, holding a deck-of-cards drawing and featuring unique hand-crafted wood items in its auction.

In 2011, Queathem made remarks on behalf of the logging and forestry community at the investiture ceremony for Dr. Michiaki Imamura, third holder of the Log A Load For Kids Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Surgery and chief of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery at ACH.

For 19 years, he has attended countless campaign kickoffs, hospital tours, planning meetings and other events.

“Kip helped us from day one when the River Valley committee started,” Allen Farley said. “He’s always there to help us set up and stays until every table and chair is folded.”