PCCC’s Women’s Golf Clinic, Luncheon & Fashion Show another success

The volunteer models for the Michele Kiser Women's Golf Clinic, Luncheon & Fashion Show, from left (front row): Janet Rose, Donna Gravitt, Twila Walker and Kelly Smith. Back row from left: Stephanie Appleby, Kelsey Schrimpf, Diane Nachitgal and Michal Moss Early.
The volunteer models for the Michele Kiser Women’s Golf Clinic, Luncheon & Fashion Show, from left (front row): Janet Rose, Donna Gravitt, Twila Walker and Kelly Smith. Back row from left: Stephanie Appleby, Kelsey Schrimpf, Diane Nachitgal and Michal Moss Early.

You couldn’t miss the grin. Not after Anita Blow looked out at the crowd gathered for the Michele Kiser Women’s Golf Clinic, Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Advertising Plus.

This was Tuesday at Highland Springs Country Club. For an avid golfer such as Blow, the importance was clearly two-fold: The outreach toward women of the Ozarks as well as the children’s charities it will benefit.

After all, the event was part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, which is expected to surge past $12 million raised for children’s charities in this, its 26th year. A year ago, it hauled in a record $1 million-plus for charities.

“It’s just great fellowship and good for tweaking your golf game, but it’s also camaraderie,” Blow said. “Every club around has people here.”

The annual event marked its 13th year and was named in honor of Michele Kiser, the longtime owner of Advertising Plus who passed away on Jan. 1.

Overall, the event offered a sneak peek into the success of the tournament, as Advertising Plus is among 400 sponsors. Additionally, Tuesday marked the beginning, in earnest, of tournament-related events leading up to the PCCC, set for Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs.

More than 80 attended an event in which models wore fashions from Torn Boutique and Bag Lady Boutique, as well the Highland Springs golf shop.

“I always look forward to this event each year,” said Kari Crawford, Marketing and Branding Director of the PCCC. “It’s great seeing so many of the same ladies who participate continuously. The fashion show is always so much fun. I love how enthusiastic the ladies are about all of the clothing and the raffle items. Getting to be a part of this event, along with the many other different events that collectively help raise money for children, is what makes my job so enjoyable.”

Those volunteering their time to model were Stephanie Appleby, Kelsey Schrimpf, Diane Nachtigal, Michal Moss Early, Donna Gravitt, Kelly Smith, Janet Rose and Twila Walker.

“I liked it because it combined two things I’m passionate about – fashion and charity,” said Appleby, the Events and Marketing Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness Southwest Missouri. “And it was a good opportunity to meet people. I made a ton of new friends. It was a fun time – fun girl’s time.”

 

Right here in Springfield: St. Jude-affiliated Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center

Mercy Kids is in his 14th years as a charity of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.
The Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center is part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

For families whose children may be diagnosed with serious medical issues – such as leukemia, hemophilia or a brain tumor – the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center has been a calming influence. It’s allowed families to stay together here in the Ozarks, without having to travel hundreds of miles away.

The Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center is the nation’s sixth St. Jude-affiliated pediatric hematology/oncology clinic, serving children in Springfield and throughout southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas. Being a St. Jude affiliate site allows the center to enroll patients in St. Jude’s world-famous clinical research trials – right here at Mercy Children’s Hospital Springfield.

Through a collaboration with St. Jude-Memphis, no family is charged for their child’s treatment at the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center.

Those are among the many reasons why the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to partner with the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center again this year.

The tournament, part of the PGA Tour’s annual Web.com Tour stop in Springfield, has generated almost $12 million for children’s charities in its 25-year history. That includes a record $1 million-plus last year alone.

SUPPORTING THE PCCC = SUPPORTING CHARITIES

Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity -- and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity — and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • HELP THE JANE PITT PEDIATRIC CANCER CENTER: To assist the non-profit in any way, call 417-820-6111. You can also support it through the PCCC.
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket serves as a four-day tournament pass, but that’s just a start. You’re also entered to win daily prizes during the tournament as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • TICKET REVENUE GOES WHERE: Contact the local charity of your choice such as the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, simply because they receive revenue directly from those TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes tickets marked with their names.
  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the daily newsletter, website or through several events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Additionally, restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment stops and such are asked to donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball Charity Auction.
  • WHEN, WHERE: The tournament is Aug. 7-17 at Highland Springs Country Club, with the pros play beginning August 13th. Contact the PCCC staff at 417-887-3400.

 About the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center-St. Jude affiliate

Through collaboration with the team at St. Jude in Memphis, the physicians and staff of the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center make it possible for children battling cancer to receive exceptional treatment, close to home. It has helped thousands of kids with cancer and blood-related disorders, including treatment for: hemophilia, brain tumors, sickle cell anemia, leukemia, platelet disorder, lymphoma, thalassemia, solid tumors and anemias.

The Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center offers a pediatric specialist in hematology/oncology, as well as pediatric-trained, chemotherapy-certified nurses.

In addition, its child-centered staff includes a practice manager, Child Life specialist, social worker, nutrition consultant, physical, occupational and speech therapists.