Charity Spotlight: Music Therapy of the Ozarks

For the past several years, Music Therapy of the Ozarks has put together the Rockin’ Roll Bike & Music Festival – which consists of cyclists of any skill riding long and short distances and then enjoying dinner and a concert after.

It’s been a big hit, and it’s back again this year, set for Saturday, October 9 at The Riff in southwest Springfield. In other words, 2021 is shaping up to a big year for Music Therapy of the Ozarks, which is among the nearly 50 Ozarks children’s charities of the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

“We are already busy with plans for the Rockin’ Roll Bike and Music Festival that will be one of the events of the PCCC and gearing up to sell a record number of Sweepstakes Championship Raffle tickets this year!,” said Julie Cassity, Executive Director of the Music Therapy of the Ozarks. “We are hoping for this year to be the best yet, as one of our major fundraisers was canceled this year due to COVID 19.  We participated in Give Ozarks and are always amazed with the generosity of our community!”

Music Therapy is doing incredible work, all with this mission statement: To provide the healing power of music throughout the lifespan by offering funding assistance and building community awareness. The organization was founded in 2014 by Cassity, an Instructor of Music Therapy at Drury University and Executive Director of the Center for Music Therapy and Wellness, and on-campus music therapy clinic located at Springfield-based Drury University. She saw it as a way to help special needs kids and many others, such as folks in skilled nursing homes. More on that in a second.

Just know that your support through the Rockin’ Roll Bike & Music Festival – and purchasing a $25 ticket through the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes program (grand prizes are a 2021 Toyota Tundra & $10,000) – can make a difference.

The bike ride this year consists of four distances: 5 miles, 26 miles and 40 miles, as well as a 62 -mile gravel and 62-mile road rides. The rides will include rest stops featuring live local bands, snacks and refreshments. Visit bikeandmusicfest.org to register and for more details.

The PCCC has helped the organization in numerous ways: “It has given us great exposure and networking opportunities with other non-profit leaders, and has been an opportunity to raise more money than we would have had otherwise,” Cassity said. “Participating in the selling of raffle tickets has allowed us to raise $10,000 over the past two years, and we are hoping to break that record this year!

“The Rockin’ Roll Bike and Music Festival, hosted in conjunction with the PCCC, has been very successful and we have definitely valued the support of the PCCC staff with their assistance at this event.” Music Therapy of the Ozarks has been honored to have provided over 2,500 music therapy encounters to the community. Scholarships and funding for programming in 2019 totaled over $34,000, much of which was raised through our partnership with the PCCC.

$25 — TLC PROPERTIES CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES

PRO-AM GOLF EXPERIENCES

Play with a pro & enjoy top courses such as Highland Springs, Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, LedgeStone Country Club, Millwood Golf & Racquet Club & Fremont Hills Country Club. Includes a great golfer gift package, continental breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages, team photos & trophies. Check out our list of golf experiences

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GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION

Sponsored by Copy Products Inc., this event is on Tuesday, July 19 We’ll also have electronic bidding at bidpal.net!

THE ULTIMATE presented by Custom Metalcraft & Ridewell Suspensions

The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.

Win a 2021 Corvette Stingray, as a $1,200 buy-in guarantees a 1-in-100 chance of winning the car and a 1-in-10 chance of winning $1,000. You’ll also receive many other perks, including air-conditioned seating on the 18th green during the PCCC along with clubhouse parking, a luxurious dinner on Friday, July 16 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, plus his and her shirts.

BE A SPONSOR AT THE TOURNAMENT We offer numerous sponsorships all over the course. Check them out! .

NAMI NEON 5K RUN

Join us Saturday, Aug. 21 for the inaugural NAMI Neon Night 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention. It’s at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park in west Springfield. This event will in part benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southwest Missouri. Register here.

ROCKIN’ ROLL BIKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Turn out on Saturday, October 9 at the Riff. Not only ride in the afternoon on rides of 40, 20 or 10 miles but stay for the dinner and concert! All supporting Music Therapy of the Ozarks.

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400    

PCCC purse to hit $1 million in 2023

A cool $1 million will be on the line for the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented Dr Pepper in the 2023 season, Tournament Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced on Thursday.

“The purse increase makes it even clearer that the Korn Ferry Tour is the highest level of professional before its standouts reach the PGA Tour,” Andrews said. “Our tournament has long seen an elite level of play the past 31 years, and our purses have been among the best. This takes it to an entirely new and exciting level.”

The Korn Ferry Tour originally slated the purse increases for the 2021 season after being approved by the Policy Board in March of 2020 but were delayed a year due to expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including testing and health and safety implementation.

“The Korn Ferry Tour continues to play a massive role in delivering a pipeline of future stars to the PGA TOUR on a consistent basis,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “Today’s announcement is another step in ensuring the Tour will continue to attract the best young talent while providing higher-quality playing opportunities for the entire membership.”

This year’s PCCC is set for July 16-26, with the pros playing July 22-25 at Highland Springs Country Club. The purse is $600,000, with the champion to take home $108,000.

The increases come across the board over the 2022 and 2023 seasons, with set minimums for regular season events, the regular season finale, and the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

Korn Ferry Tour regular-season purses will increase by 66.7 percent from 2021 to 2023, rising by $150,000 to a minimum of $750,000 in 2022 before hitting the $1 million minimum in 2023.

“It shows the TOUR’s commitment to the Korn Ferry Tour,” said Korn Ferry Tour Player Advisory Council chairman Scott Langley. “The game has always been a meritocracy, but it’s nice to see that that good play will be rewarded a little bit more over the course of a season.”

The three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which in 2021 includes the Albertsons Boise Open (Boise, Idaho), the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (Columbus, Ohio) and the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance (Newburgh, Indiana), currently have purses of $1 million. In 2023, the purse for all three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events, where another 25 PGA TOUR cards are awarded at the conclusion of the third event, will move to $1.5 million.

When founded in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour (1990-92), the Korn Ferry Tour featured a total purse of $3 million across 30 total events, averaging $100,000 per tournament. The PCCC was among those events.

The Korn Ferry Tour’s mission is to identify and develop golf’s next stars, preparing them to compete and win on the game’s biggest stage. Since 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour has provided 50 PGA TOUR cards annually.

Each season, the top 25 players secure PGA TOUR cards via the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular season and an additional 25 players secure promotion through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. With more than 550 PGA TOUR titles and 24 major championships, Korn Ferry Tour alumni make up over 75 percent of the PGA TOUR’s current membership.