Jewish Federation of Arkansas would not exist without the efforts of its volunteers.

The Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Awards, established through the generosity of the TRG Foundation, were created to enable our Federation to honor outstanding members of the Jewish community in Arkansas. Mazel Tov to the 2018-19 winners.

The awards are presented at our Annual Tikkun Olam Celebration in Little Rock.

Bridging Worlds:  The 15th Annual Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Awards will take place on Saturday, December 8th, 2018, at the Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock.  The Grand Honoree will be Capi Peck.

About Capi Peck

Capi is being honored for her lifetime of service to the local community as well as for the many bridges she has built to connect people and organizations in the pursuit of Tikkun Olam.

Capi is a life-long resident of Little Rock. Her grandparents, Sam and Henryetta, owned and operated the Sam Peck Hotel where she developed her love of hospitality. In 1986, she and Brent Peterson opened the award-winning restaurant Trio's, which has been open for almost 32 years.

In addition to her work at Trio's, Capi is a long-time community advocate and is involved in many civic and charitable organizations. She taught religious school at Congregation B'nai Israel, where she is a member. She has served for a decade on the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission, the governing body of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, of which she currently is Chair. She also co-chaired the successful Restore Robinson Campaign which led to the design and construction of the Robinson Center Performance Hall.

In 2016 Capi was elected to the Little Rock Board of Directors as the Ward 4 representative and serves as city liaison to LR Parks & Recreation, CALS, Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, and the Little Rock Zoo. She is a member of the Central Arkansas Executives Association and was named member of the year in 2015. In May of 2018, she was named a Paul Harris fellow by Little Rock Rotary 99 in recognition of her work and advocacy in the community.

Capi also volunteers for numerous causes. She is a volunteer chef in the Cooking Matters program, part of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The program focuses on teaching low income families how to cook tasty and nutritious food on a budget. She and Brent are Partners in Education with the Little Rock School District where they are both active alums of Hall High School. Capi regularly participates in Career Day in public schools and often teaches a manners class to elementary school students.

Her most recent project is Operation Song Little Rock, a non-profit based in Nashville that pairs professional songwriters with veterans and active military to help them tell their stories through song. She is also working through her role as City Director to address issues for the homeless, especially housing.

Her honors include the Salut au Restaurateur award from the AR Hospitality Association and the Brownie Ledbetter Award from Planned Parenthood of Arkansas for her volunteer work.

Capi is proud of her Jewish identity, which guides all her service, and she loves Little Rock, her home town, for which she considers herself an ambassador.

We are so excited to honor Capi on December 8th as well as celebrate the accomplishments of our individual Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Award Winners, and we hope all of you will join us! Thank you to Martha and Charles Alman for serving as Chairs of the event. Invitations and ticket information will follow soon.