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legends award

The Burlsworth Legends Award is presented annually to an Arkansan who has made a significant positive impact on the state. The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation presented the first Legends Award in 2010 to former congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt. Brandon Burlsworth and John Paul Hammerschmidt are both from Harrison, Arkansas. Hammerschmidt served for thirteen terms in the United States House of Representatives for Arkansas's 3rd congressional district located in the northwestern quadrant of his state. 

Vision Award

The Lindsey Reed Vision Award

Founding Brandon Burlsworth Foundation board members, Jim Lindsey and the late Stanley Reed were very instrumental in making the BBF what it is today. It is in appreciation to these two very important civic leaders that the Lindsey/Reed Vision Award was created.

In 1999, shortly after the accident that claimed the life of Brandon Burlsworth, Stanley Reed and Jim Lindsey reached out to Brandon’s family proposing to arrange a series of golf tournaments to benefit University of Arkansas students.  These two gentlemen helped raise over 2 million dollars to endow the Brandon Burlsworth scholarships at the UA. Since 1999, over $1,610,000 in financial aid has been given to 306 UA students through the Brandon Burlsworth scholarships.

Beyond what Jim and Stanley did for UA students through the scholarship program, they continued to guide the BBF as the foundation grew and provided more programs for underprivileged children around the state of Arkansas.

Legends Award

2024 legends honoree

Susie Everett

Everett Automotive Group

A former Ouachita Baptist University student and currently serving as an OBU trustee, Susie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in1980 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

As a two-time Breast Cancer Survivor, Susie passionately continues to advocate for others. She established a ministry in Benton, AR called Women Equipped and is a founding member and active volunteer in the Christian Community Care Clinic formed in 1999. 

Susie and her husband Dwight are owners of Everett Auto Group. Dwight and Susie have a motto of being a good steward and actively giving back to their community.


Dwight and Susie have two daughters, Christa Hudspeth (Brandan) and Anna Hendrix (Chad), and six grandchildren.

Read the press release here.



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