Serving a need in SW Missouri: Burrell Autism Center


In the past, children with autism and their families had few resources available in Southwest Missouri.

Fortunately, the landscape has changed and autism is now widely recognized and treated in both medical and mental health communities. Among them is the Burrell Autism Center, a local diagnostic and treatment center designed to serve southwest Missouri and the surrounding area. The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper, which generated over $1 million for local children’s charities last year, is proud to include the Burrell Autism Center this year.

For golf fans eager to see future PGA golfers, and for those who want to join Burrell in efforts to connect children and families into support and treatment services, here is your chance. Even better, you can win prizes by supporting the PGA Tour stop.


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 BURRELL AUTISM CENTER: Join this non-profit in effort to increase access to diagnostic and treatment options for children and families in Southwest Missouri and the surrounding area. Call 417-761-5333 for more information.
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket serves as a four-day tournament pass, but even better, it enters you to win daily prizes during the tournament as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • YOUR CHOICE: Designate your favorite charity on TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets and direct revenue directly to the local charity of your choice.
  • 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 can donate a gift card, beginning at $25, in order to benefit their charity of choice through the Golf Ball Charity Auction. Contact the PCCC staff at 417-887-3400 to participate.
  • WHEN? The tournament is August 7-17 at Highland Springs Country Club, with pro golfers playing beginning August 13.

About the Burrell Autism Center

Burrell Autism Center Lobby

The Burrell Autism Center provides the latest and most effective diagnostic and treatment interventions for people with an autism spectrum disorder.

Burrell believes every child is a treasure and Burrell’s staff work with families to identify and build on a child’s strengths and supports in order to enhance a child’s connection to the world around them.


Burrell provides multi-disciplinary diagnostic evaluations and treatment, as well as tools that aid families in understanding the unique strengths within their child and the barriers that their child faces when engaging in learning and interaction with others.

Burrell has an experienced team including psychologists, behavior analysts, ABA implementers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, family resource specialist and a developmental pediatrician.


Hole in One contest: $50,000 prize up for grabs — for anybody


A cool grand is one thing. But how does winning $50,000 strike you? Indeed, local golfers, weekend hacks and even non-golfers could pocket some serious coin in an event tied to the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

The trick? Land a hole in one on a 175-yard attempt in the finals of the Missouri Golf Association’s Closest to the Pin & Hole in One Contest. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at Highland Springs Country Club after the pros complete play, or roughly 4 p.m.

The PCCC announced the $50,000 prize on Friday, just weeks before the PGA’s Tour stops in Springfield on Aug. 13-16. Additionally, fans also have a chance to walk away with a 2015 Ford Mustang or $10,000 simply by purchasing a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket – which is good for a four-day pass, with the full $25 ticket money going to the charity of your choice.

To participate in the MGA’s Closest to the Pin & Hole in One contest, you can purchase an unlimited number of chances — one shot is $5, and three shots for $10. The winners in age and gender divisions will receive trophies and will advance to the finals, where they’ll have an opportunity to sink a hole in one. If there’s a hole-in-one winner, the winner earns $50,000. To win the money, you must be at least 18 years of age.

The MGA Closest to the Pin Contest is an annual tradition in the PCCC, a PGA Tour stop that has generated $12 million for local children’s charities in the past 25 years. A record $1 million-plus was awarded a year ago. To reserve your spot, call the PCCC at 887-3400.

Additionally, the tournament continues to accept business sponsorships for a variety of events or on the course, such as banners and vendor tents. A number of spots remain, too, for pro-ams, including the Betty & Bobby Allison’s Junior Pro-Am on Thursday, Aug. 6 at Rivercut Golf Course.


For all details about the tournament, check out our mobile-friendly website.