Annual Gala

2019 Gala Speaker – Chuck Dovish

Chuck Dovish has been “Exploring Arkansas” with the Arkansas Educational Television Network- a PBS affiliate since 2005. Before that he was “Travelin’ Arkansas” for 25 years with the CBS affiliate, Channel 11 in Little Rock. As host of “Exploring Arkansas” Chuck has been featuring all the outdoor high adventure that can be found in The Natural State- from kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, wild caving, hot air ballooning, hang gliding and featuring some of the most magnificent waterfalls our state has to offer. And in-between Chuck has also taken viewers to some of his favorite fishing “honey holes.” Exploring Arkansas can be seen on AETN/PBS Wednesdays at 6:30pm..weeknights at 10pm and most Sundays at 5pm. Also the episodes can be viewed online at or

Past DPEF Gala Speakers

  • 2018 – Walt Coleman
  • 2017 – Johnny Key
  • 2016 – DJ Williams
  • 2015 – Steve “Wildman” Wilson
  • 2014 – Craig O’Neill
  • 2013 – DHS EAST Classroom
  • 2012 – Patti Shipp