Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches to Honor Doyle Rogers

The Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches will honor businessman Doyle W. Rogers at its seventh-annual Arkansas Children's Award Dinner Thursday at the Peabody Hotel.

Mike Cumnock, Sheriffs' Youth Ranches chief executive officer, said Rogers is being honored for his commitment to helping others.

"Doyle's service to his community and his generous philanthropic endeavors have supported boys and girls who have had less than an optimum chance for success," Cumnock said. "He understands that youth are the foundation of this state and the greatest hope for the future."

Rogers is chairman and president of the commercial real estate firm, the Doyle Rogers Co. He is chairman of the board of Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock. He also is a stockholder and board member of Citizens Bank in Batesville.

In 1982, Rogers developed and opened the Excelsior hotel — now the Peabody Hotel — adjoining the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. In 1985, he built the 25-story Rogers Building, now the Stephens Building.

A former member of the board of trustees of Hendrix College, Rogers has served on the advisory board of the School of Business at the University of Arkansas and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Lyon College and Philander Smith College.

The Arkansas Children's Award Dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Peabody's Grand Ballroom. A reception will precede the dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are sold out.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association, the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch program helps abused, neglected or abandoned children. Established in 1976, it has campuses in Batesville and Hardy, with future campuses being developed near Alma, on Lake DeGray and near Harrison.