PCCC mourns passing of Gary Wallace


The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper joins the family of Gary Wallace in mourning the passing of one of the tournament’s most dedicated volunteers.

Wallace, a longtime volunteer of the tournament, passed away on Thursday, July 23. He was 62. Wallace oversaw the caddies of the Price Cutter Charity Championship, part of the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour.

“Gary was such a great guy to work with,” Tournament Chair Sharyn Wagoner said. “I always knew that everything related to caddies would be taken care of as long as Gary was around. I never had to worry about that. I will miss him, not only as a friend, but as a valued tournament volunteer.”

A celebration of life is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 30 at Cooper Estates Club House, 1311 N. Cooper Blvd., in Springfield. Gary was preceded in death by his son, Bryan, and is survived by his daughter, Lindsay and family.


Families find true friends, financial aid in Friends of Abilities First

Xavier Winkle and his family have more peace of mind thanks to Friends of Abilities First.
Xavier Wrinkle and his family have more peace of mind thanks to Friends of Abilities First.

Little Xavier Wrinkle, all of 4 years old but with autism, was like a lot of kids his age. His curiosity would lead him to go all over the house, even opening cabinets and doors.

However, his family could not afford to pay for all the safety kits and door alarms – at least until Friends of Abilities First stepped in and reached out with a generous hand.

“Autism is an adventure,” said his mom, Evette, “but sometimes too much adventure can get you in a little trouble.”

Which is one of the many reasons why the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to partner with Friends of Abilities First, which financially assists families whose children have developmental disabilities. The golf tournament, among the PGA’s Web.com Tour stops, has generated almost $12 million in its 25-year history for Ozarks-area children’s charities – including a record $1 million-plus last year.

Now here’s your chance again to help Xavier and the families of Friends of Abilities First.


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 FRIENDS OF ABILITIES FIRST: To help the Springfield-based non-profit in any way, call 417-886-0404 or visit its website at www.abiltiesfirst.net.
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket serves as a four-day tournament pass, but it’s better than that. It enters you 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, 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 beginning play Aug. 13. Contact the PCCC staff at 417-887-3400.

About Friends of Abilities First


Friends of Abilities First is a non-profit that formed in 2010 to assist with the growing needs and expenses of people with developmental disabilities, that cannot be funded through state, county or other funds.


The organization also provides other resources as needed and requested by service/support coordinators. Advocacy, fundraising, volunteerism and public education are priorities for Friends of Abilities First, a 501 c (3).


When parents must take their child out of town for medical visit or need daily living expenses until their next funding arrives, in steps Friends of Abilities First.

Other non-monetary assistance can be in the form of personal and household goods that are donated.

Programs that help promote Friends of Abilities First are First Steps, The Next Step, Art Inspired Academy, Art Inspired and Inspired Boutique.

Friends of also helps make the creative arts accessible and inclusive for all children through scholarships to Art Inspired Academy.