PCCC gifts $76,000 to 22 Ozarks children’s charities

PCCC-Grant Program

The PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper gifted a combined $76,000 to 22 Ozarks children’s charities on Thursday, completing a grant program announced last fall.

Tournament Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced the gifting during a presentation ceremony at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Rob Marsh, Vice President of Sales for Price Cutter Supermarkets, and Sharyn Wagoner, Tournament Chair, presented checks to directors of each of the 22 charities.

“The community should feel good about today because, once again, hundreds of children and families in the Ozarks will be impacted in a positive way,” Andrews said. “That’s how this tournament defines success.”

In November, the 2017 Price Cutter tournament had $957,102 available to distribute to 47 charities. At that time, $75,000 of that total was steered toward a grant program in which PCCC charities could participate. Even better, the figure grew by $1,000 after the PGA Web.com Tour named the PCCC the winner of the Truck Award, given annually to a tournament that serves as a model for all aspects for a PGA-related event.

Since then, a group of five community members worked alongside Wagoner on the grant program. The tournament received $200,000 in requests. The charities receiving checks Thursday were:

  • Ambassadors for Children
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
  • Boys & Girls Club of Springfield
  • Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
  • Chances of Stone County
  • Children’s Smile Center
  • Dogwood Ranch
  • Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks
  • Fordland Clinic
  • FosterAdopt Connect
  • Freedom’s Rest (formerly Christian County Family Crisis Center)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO
  • O.P.E. Foundation
  • Music Therapy of the Ozarks
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Shriners Hospital Dads
  • Southwest Center for Independent Living
  • Special Olympics Missouri
  • Springfield-Greene County Park Board
  • The Arc of the Ozarks
  • Whetstone Boys Ranch

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 20-30, with the pros playing July 26-29 at Highland Springs Country Club. Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 417-887-3400.


#PGATourGivesBack: How the PCCC helped an Ozarks family

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For Chris and Ashley Markum, support has meant everything from one of the charities of the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

You see, the Markum family in 2015 welcomed a newborn son, Ayden, who was 14 weeks premature and suffered from a brain injury and experienced seizures. As you might imagine, hospital bills mounted.

Fortunately, in stepped the H.O.P.E. Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling pediatric emergencies.

That’s the impact of the PCCC, which thanks to southwest Missouri businesses and individuals has gifted more than $14.6 million to Ozarks children’s charities since 1990.

It’s a figure that includes more than $957,000 in 2017. This past year’s monies also were part of the PGA Tour overall gifting more than $180 million to charities.

And the Markums have long expressed appreciation. You see, they also are parents to Isaiah, Eliza, Asa, Asher and now Ayden.

“The H.O.P.E. Foundation was a real blessing to have them help offset medical expenses,” Chris Markum said, explaining the family would drive back and forth from West Plains to a Springfield hospital daily. “It could have been 100s and 100s of dollars out of pocket just for a month’s supply.”

“The impact that the Price Cutter Charity Championship has had on our organization is one that we will forever be grateful for,” said Mary Beth Hankins, Family Services Officer for the H.O.P.E Foundation. “Our mission is to help families by giving them hope when they need it the most. We have increased our ability to help these families by 75% since our involvement with the tournament. That means that there are less families stressing over utility bills and mortgage payments, and more families focusing on helping their children heal. There is no real way for us to say thank you enough for that.”