Big summer in store for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozarks

Katie Davis, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, has her team selling TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets for $25 this summer.
The Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Katie Davis, has her team selling TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets for $25 this summer.

For days, Keiva Spence resisted the idea. Her mother, already caring for three of Keiva’s cousins, signed her up for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

“I didn’t like meeting new people,” Keiva says now. “But as soon as I met up with my big sister, I got comfortable with it.”

She also found an inspiration. Today, Spence is one of the success stories aided by the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper – a PGA Web.com Tour event that has long benefited local charities for more than 25 years, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

Businesses and golf fans who support the PCCC should know their dollars can be extremely effective – and positive.

For example, the charities receive the full amount of the $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes tickets they sell. Fans who purchase the tickets not only receive entry into the tournament but also chances to win gift cards as well as $10,000 and even a 2015 Ford Mustang.

Businesses can sponsor various events of the PCCC and also donate gift cards valued at least $25 each.

For Spence, the charity’s support led to a Big Sister who helped her tap into a passion for the arts. Now Spence is completing her freshman year at Penn State University and chasing a dream, double majoring in African-American studies and digital directing. It could lead to a career in setting up scenes and photo shoots for movies and commercials.

“She helped me discover things that I didn’t know I was good at,” Spence said. “I used to doodle, and she encouraged me to enter into art contests. In fact, she bought water paint sets, and she entered me in contests – and I won. She really pushed me to be more involved in art.”

The tournament, scheduled Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club, has raised almost $12 million for local charities, including a record $1 million-plus last year.

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SUPPORTING THE PCCC = SUPPORTING CHARITIES

SUPPORT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE OZARKS: Mainly, the organization is always in need of adults who can mentor youths. Call their office at 417-889-3196.

BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses also can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the daily newsletter, website or through several events such as a dozen Pro-Ams.

DONATE GIFT CARDS: Restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment stops, can donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of their charity of choice, for the daily Golf Ball Charity Auction.

FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket means a four-day pass to the PCCC on Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as daily chances to win gift cards from the local businesses. You’re also automatically entered to win a $10,000 prize and a 2015 Ford Mustang.

FOR TICKETS: Contact the local charity of your choice, simply because they receive revenue directly from those TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets marked with their names.

CONTACTS: Call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400.

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Keiva Spence is now a freshman at Penn State University after finding inspiration through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.
Keiva Spence is now a freshman at Penn State University after finding inspiration through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

HOW THE PCCC HELPS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

PCCC dollars supplement Big Brothers Big Sisters’ budget, Executive Director Katie Davis said. The small staff tries to recruit and market to area adults whose positive, one-on-one mentoring could lift up children from challenging backgrounds.

“We’ve seen that at the one-year mark is where the positive effectives start occurring in the children,” Davis said.

By partnering with the PCCC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks also tries to meet a major need – men as Big Brothers.

“The more our name can be out there the better,” Davis said. “Especially at a golf-related event that is tailored for a male audience, it hits our target.”

PCCC’s $5,000 aids Give Ozarks

Thanks to the successful Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, three of its charities say they now have more peace of mind.

The Springfield-based Summit Preparatory School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, and Arc of the Ozarks shared the 2014 tournament’s final $5,000 which was placed toward Give Ozarks, a recent effort of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The 2014 tournament generated a record $1 million-plus and reserved its final $5,000 for the foundation’s idea, in which area charities took to social media on May 5 to generate new donors and raise awareness of their missions.

The non-profits hauled in $1,018,962, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has announced.

Summit School received half of the PCCC amount, with Big Brothers Big Sisters receiving $1,500 and Arc of the Ozarks receiving $1,000.

“Thanks to our sponsors and golf fans, as well as the many volunteers, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is always delighted to assist our local charities,” Tournament Director Jerald Andrews said. “When the Community Foundation of the Ozarks approached us, we thought it would be an excellent idea because the donation could be leveraged for more dollars. That is what played out.”

Summit School, a PCCC charity the past two years, will use the additional dollars toward tuition for low-income students, Director of Development Laura Hover Skiles said.

“We scheduled a couple of (social media) posts for early in the morning, and we were basically on it from midnight to midnight,” Hover Skiles said. “We were tired, but we were so hyped up that you couldn’t go back to sleep. It was exciting.”

For Big Brothers Big Sisters, the additional PCCC dollars were part of its $16,926 raised, said Katie Davis, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

The additional revenue will go toward an endowment fund, an idea that’s been in the works for years, Davis said. That gives Big Brothers Big Sisters much peace of mind.

“A lot of events we focus on are (designed) to get us through the year,” Davis said. “This helps long term.”

“It was pretty neat. It was an exciting day for us,” Davis added. “We encouraged all of our board to post and all of our staff to post.”

Arc of the Ozarks also will place the additional PCCC dollars toward an endowment fund, said Director of Development Danielle Wise.

“I stayed up 24 hours and constantly posted (to social media),” Wise said. “When they announced there was a prize hour, I just made sure we were in. We have never done anything like this, and it was very successful for us.”

The 26th annual Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is scheduled Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club. The tournament is a PGA Web.com Tour event that has long benefited local charities.

For example, charities are selling $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes tickets and retain the full amount of tickets they sell. A ticket guarantees entry into the four-day tournament, daily prizes such as gift cards as well as chances to win $10,000 and even a 2015 Ford Mustang.

Businesses can sponsor various aspects of the PCCC such as shuttles, the website, daily newsletter as well as pro-ams. Call the PCCC at 884-3700.

Clearly, the May 5 event was a great day. Give Ozarks registered 7,649 donations, not including individual cash donations made at Give Ozarks-related events, for about 150 non-profit agencies representing at least 46 communities within the CFO’s 58-county service region.

“In a time when daily headlines seem to trumpet bad news across the globe, it’s so refreshing to be reminded just how generous and helpful our friends and neighbors are,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.