In preparation for the IPO, a hodge-podge of ownership interests in different stores was consolidated under one corporate banner: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The corporation represented the merger of 78 partners that owned pieces of 32 stores, with the Walton family owning a majority stake in each. The stores also were a mixed bag of Wal-Mart Discount City, Ben Franklin, Walton’s Family Center and Ben Franklin Family Center.
The 13th annual Starry Starry Night gala was held at the Clinton Presidential Center to benefit ACCESS Group, Inc. Shay and Stacey Sebree were event co-chairs. Sponsors included Chad and Clarke Delp, Lynn and George O’Connor and Ginna and J.D. Simpson.