CHANCES of Stone County named Web.com Tour Charity of the Year

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CHANCES of Stone County earned the prestigious Web.com Tour Charity of the Year award late Thursday night, stunning the leadership team of a Branson West-based non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of developmentally disabled children and adults.

Even better, the Web.com Tour gifted the non-profit a $30,000 check, which CHANCES plans to use toward on-going efforts in starting a day program.

The charity – its acronym stands for Community Helping Able Neighborhood Citizens Experience Success – was among 49 charities this past summer of the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. The award was announced during the Web.com Tour annual meetings in Palm Springs, Calif., with CHANCES chosen over hundreds of nominations from across the Tour.

With it, the check means the PCCC has now gifted $950,352 this year. It also boosts the tournament’s 29-year total of gifting to $15,620,801.

“You have no idea how important these additional monies mean to CHANCES of Stone County,” CHANCES Chairwoman Peggy Ackfeld said Friday. “There is no way to measure the good that will be brought to our community because PCCC decided to back us as Charity of the Year with Web.com. We are trying hard to start a day program in our area for those with developmental disabilities. This is a huge endeavor for a small group like ours.”

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“The tournament is proud to call CHANCES of Stone County a friend,” Tournament Executive Director Jerald Andrews said. “Like all of our Ozarks children’s charities, CHANCES does wonderful work for children and families who face enormous challenges.”

This year marked CHANCES’ seventh year with the PCCC. Its leadership team and volunteers are always ready to help in any way that they can by packing pro-am gift packages, volunteer packets and snack packs for each the tournament’s 13 pro-ams. They also volunteer in hospitality during tournament week.

In the past two years alone, CHANCES has sold more than $30,000 in items at the Golf Ball & Charity Auction presented by University Plaza and CPI Technologies – and helped tournament staff at the auction this past July. In the same time period, CHANCES also sold 750 of the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes tickets, for nearly $18,800.

In September, CHANCES also held a Bowl-A-Thon and auction at Enterprise Lanes in Springfield.

All of which came as CHANCES rented its first meeting and activing room in Reed Spring. The facility — it has six kitchens, with two to be handicap-accessible — will allow the charity to bring life skills and therapies to Stone County instead of families being forced to drive hours for assistance.

Those efforts easily met the criteria for the Charity of the Year award. The Tour looks for strategic partnerships with a tournament, including cross-promotion, and volunteer support. It also requires the winning charity to include use of funds, generated in part by its local tournament, towards the charitable mission of the organization.

PCCC Executive Director Jerald Andrews accepts the $30,000 check from Web.com Tour President Dan Glod on Dec. 7, 2018.
PCCC Executive Director Jerald Andrews accepts the $30,000 check from Web.com Tour President Dan Glod on Dec. 7, 2018.

“Since 1990, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper has been at the foundation of the Web.com Tour’s success, delivering on the ideal that giving back to the community is first and foremost,” said Dan Glod, President of the PGA’s Web.com Tour. “For the past seven years, CHANCES of Stone County has been affiliated with this tournament, which has enabled one of the PCCC’s smallest charities to have an incredible impact with the implementation of programs and activities to help individuals living with developmental disabilities. This year’s Bowl-A-Thon was further evidence of their amazing efforts, and we are honored to name CHANCES of Stone County our 2018 Charity of the Year.”

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Additionally, CHANCES hosts other group activities such as M.A.D. Saturdays in which the non-profit provides music, art and dance therapies that bring therapies and experiences to the whole family.

CHANCES of Stone County also has been supported through passage of state Senate Bill 40, the Stone County Developmentally Disability Board, in which a small percentage of property taxes go toward developmentally disabled citizens in Stone County.

This year SCDDB was able to provide funding for Camp Barnabas, which CHANCES has done in the past. This freed up some money to be used in other areas.

“We are just so thankful for being a part of the PCCC and all its sponsors and other charities,” said Cherie Smetana, a board member of CHANCES of Stone County. “I’ve said many times that we couldn’t raise money like this on our own and that’s just the simple truth.”

 

PCCC gifts $920,352 to 49 Ozarks children’s charities

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Call it another banner year for the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, as the tournament gifted $920,352 to 49 Ozarks children’s charities on Tuesday and gained tremendous momentum toward next summer.

The monies were distributed during the PCCC’s annual Celebration of Sharing presented by The McQueary Family at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield. With it, the tournament has gifted $15,590,801 since its inception in 1990 and now turns its attention to a highly anticipated milestone, Year 30 of the PCCC.

“Thank you to all those in southwest Missouri and beyond who threw their support behind this important effort,” said Jerald Andrews, the PCCC’s Executive Director. “None of this would have been possible without corporate sponsorships as well as individuals stepping forward, or our 1,000-person army of volunteers. Best of all, these gifts will help our charities continue to meet their important missions.”

This past year marked the 29th consecutive in which the tournament was hosted by the John Q. Hammons Foundation. Price Cutter Supermarkets has been either a presenting or title sponsor of the tournament for 20 years. Web.com just completed its sixth year of a 10-year agreement with the PGA Tour and, the collective support of those entities, along with that of Highland Springs Country Club, has allowed the PCCC to continue as one of only four original Web.com Tour stops.

“Price Cutter and all its employee owners are proud to be involved in such an incredible event,” said Rob Marsh, Vice President of Operations for Price Cutter Supermarkets. “We have been blessed all 20 years to be able to help each one of these local children’s charities. We love how the money stays local and changes the lives of so many. We thank everyone for their hard work and participation. This is proof of where you shop truly matters.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate the impact that the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper has made to charities around the Ozarks,” said Dan Glod, President of the Web.com Tour. “As one of the four original events on the Web.com Tour, the Price Cutter Charity Championship will celebrate its 30th event next year, and this donation is a testament to the continued hard work that Jerald Andrews and his team put into the tournament and the support they receive from the community.”

The tournament received sponsorships from almost 450 entities or individuals, and experienced growth and success in many events such as:

  • Honoring Our Heroes Program presented by NRoute Enterprises LLC
  • Golf Ball & Charity Auction presented by University Plaza & CPI Technologies
  • Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice
  • Platinum Clubs & Clays Classic presented by USA Mortgage
  • Fourteen pro-ams and playing opportunities
  • TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes
  • The Ultimate presented by Ridewell Suspensions and Custom Metalcraft
  • The Junior Pitch, Chip & Putt Championship presented by B&T Electric, Freedom Bank & Panda Trucking
  • Rockin’ Roll Bike & Music Festival benefitting the Music Therapy of the Ozarks
  • Diaper Dash & Brunch Bash benefitting the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks

REACTION FROM CHARITY DIRECTORS

Laura Farmer of CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA recruits community volunteers who are trained before being sworn in by a judge and then matched with a Child in foster care – all to mentor and advocate for the child during a challenging time in their life.

“By being involved in the Price Cutter Charity Championship this year, CASA was able to raise awareness about our organization and our need for volunteers, as well as raise funds essential for our program to grow,” Farmer said. “Our vision is to serve every child in foster care in southwest Missouri and, through partnerships like ours with the PCCC, we are confident that we will be able to reach this goal.”

Sharon Alexander of Legal Services of Southern Missouri. LSSM provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. During its 42-year history, it has focused on providing holistic and comprehensive services to achieve safety and create economic and family stability.

“While we assist with an array of civil legal needs, our No. 1 priority is to protect children from abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and homelessness,” Alexander said. “We chose to become involved with the Price Cutter Tournament as a way to raise funds to leverage our state and federal grants, which require non-governmental dollars as a local match. This opportunity helps us fund eight staff members providing legal assistance and case management services. We feel honored every day to be a part of this wonderful event.”

BUSINESSES WEIGH IN

“The Oasis Hotel is a proud supporter of the Price Cutter Charity Golf Tournament because the tournament benefits our community directly which includes our neighbors, our co-workers, our employees and sometimes our families,” said Missy Handyside, General Manager of the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center. “Last year’s tournament was such a huge success and provided much needed funds to 49 local charities.  I’m not sure of another fundraising event that benefits so many local charities at once and it is so touching to watch the different organizations receive their donation during the Celebration of Sharing luncheon each year.

OTHER NEWS & NOTES

Next year’s tournament

Andrews announced next year’s tournament is July 19-29, 2019, with the pros to play July 25-28 at Highland Springs Country Club. Businesses seeking sponsorships, including pro-am teams, should call 417-887-3400.

Judy Weekley Volunteer of the Year

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Tournament Chair Sharyn Wagoner presented Janet Rose, David Petiford, Kim Booth and PCCC accountant Dale Witte with the Volunteer of the Year Award during Tuesday’s ceremony. The four process all of the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes tickets throughout the summer and up until the afternoon of Championship Sunday.

“These folks work endless hours organizing and distributing sweepstakes tickets to all charities. Then they spend many more hours balancing and recording sold tickets. Keeping 49 charities and 8,000 tickets organized is no small feat,” Wagoner said. “While they are behind the scenes, they are definitely an integral part of this program.”

PGA Tour cards

The PCCC helps determine the Web.com Tour’s 50 graduates to next year’s PGA Tour. Martin Trainer, the 2018 PCCC champion, was among 25 of the most recent PGA Tour card winners who played in this year’s PCCC.

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