Charity spotlight: Ambassadors for Children

At Ambassadors for Children, helping kids affected by neglect and abuse is priority No. 1, Director Denee Fay says.
At Ambassadors for Children, helping kids affected by neglect and abuse is priority No. 1, Director Denee Fay says.

Talk about feeling like a million bucks.

The story goes that an energetic 12-year-old boy, who was to re-enter foster care, stopped by Ambassadors for Children and its Kid’s Closet. Turned out, he had never worn new clothes before. That was, until he walked out of the dressing room at Ambassadors for Children – and, as a result, soon found inspiration in the arts.

“In the caseworker’s words, ‘He was 10 feet tall and bullet proof!’” said Denee Fay, Executive Director of Ambassadors for Children. “She snapped a picture of him on her phone, and he immediately asked, ‘Can I wear these home?’”

Ambassadors for Children really does go the extra mile, providing dresses for teens attending prom and other social events.
Ambassadors for Children really does go the extra mile, providing dresses for teens attending prom and other social events.

Such feel-good stories are all over the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, the annual PGA Web.com Tour stop in Springfield. The tournament has gifted almost $14 million to children’s charities in the past 27 years, and the PCCC is proud to have Ambassadors for Children on board again.

After all, you never know many lives you could truly touch. Ambassadors for Children supports kids affected by neglect and abuse by offering free clothes, hygiene and much more.

“Child abuse and neglect leaves a lasting impact on a child’s perspective of themselves,” Fay said. “We often see older siblings taking on the role of a parent to younger siblings. Ambassadors for Children is available to meet critical needs and provide opportunities for them to be kids again. A visit to the Kids’ Closet to receive clothing is only the first step to restore self-esteem.”

Fay went on.

“Our foster kiddos soon find out there is a world of possibility available to them beyond basic clothing and hygiene needs,” Fay added.

Kids aided by Ambassadors for Children receive brand new clothing as well hygiene products and tutoring.
Kids aided by Ambassadors for Children receive brand new clothing as well hygiene products and tutoring.

Such was the case of the 12-year-old boy. Ambassadors for Children not only provided new clothes but also a duffle Pack-A-Bag stuffed with hygiene items, a blanket and some art supplies.

Who knew the art supplies would have such an impact? He quickly started drawing detailed designs on the drawing pad and, his caseworker realizing his interest, enrolled the boy in art therapy. Soon, he was “finding his voice” through the arts.

“I would have never known he had an interest in art if that drawing pad had not been in his bag. There is no other way to say it. It was a God moment,” the caseworker wrote to Ambassadors for Children, which shared the story recently. “He was so struck by these new clothes and the difference in how he looked. We came back to the residential facility, and he was showing everyone his new clothes and camouflage bag. It made a huge impact on our staff who could see such a change in his confidence.”

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AMBASSADORS FOR CHILDREN

The organization provides quality services and support to foster families in Greene, Christian and Taney counties. Call their office at 417-708-0565.

CORPORATE SKYBOXES on the 9th and 18th greens, and tents on the 18th fairway

These include covered seating and all-inclusive badges into the Jackson Brothers of the South VIP Tent (food and beverages).

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Watch from the “front fow” on the 18th green

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PRO-AMS: 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

The Chris Hamon-led White River Valley Foundation team came decked out in camo rain gear in 2016.
The Chris Hamon-led White River Valley Foundation team came decked out in camo rain gear to the 2016 Price Cutter Pro-Am.

ON-COURSE SPONSORSHIPS

Bleachers, water coolers and much more can help generate interest in your business, and will go a long way toward helping kids in the Ozarks. See our full menu of options.

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HONORING OUR HEROES PROGRAM

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A great way to support military, law enforcement and first responders as well Ozarks children’s charities — as they receive free admission as well as food and drinks thanks to your sponsorships. Follow this link

$25 TLC PROPERTIES SWEEPSTAKES TICKETS

They are only $25 each, and gives the ticket-buyer a chance to win a 2017 Ford F-150, or $10,000, plus daily prizes during the tournament. Check out the details here.

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GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION

Sponsored by Copy Products Inc. and University Plaza, this event is on Tuesday, August 8 at University Plaza Convention Center. We’ll also have electronic bidding at bidpal.net! Register at this link.

THE ULTIMATE presented by Custom Metalcraft & Ridewell Suspensions

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Win a 2017 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, August 4 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, plus his and her shirts.

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400