How to support the PCCC’s Ozarks-area charities

Here’s your chance to help a great cause – or 43 causes, to be exact.

The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a powerhouse for Ozarks-area children’s charities, continues to seek sponsorships, fill pro-am team spots and much more as the calendar barrels toward August.

The tournament, part of the PGA’s Web.com Tour and set for August 11-14 at Highland Springs Country Club, will benefit 43 Ozarks-area children’s charities this year. The tournament continues to gain momentum as the community throws its support behind the effort. Here’s how:

Skyboxes on the 9th and 18th greens

Skyboxes

Businesses can entertain clients from the comfort of covered seating at Highland Springs Country Club. Your group receives numerous badges to the skybox as well as tickets to the Jackson Brothers of the South Ozarks Club VIP tent, where great food and beverages await.

On-course sponsorships

Get your business logo in front of the eyes of thousands. The PCCC will display banners throughout the course, including on the high-traffic bridges on holes Nos. 9 and 18. Or advertise in the daily newsletter, the website or set up in the vendor’s village to market your company.

Win a Corvette Stingray

Win this new Corvette Stingray in The Ultimate
Win this new Corvette Stingray in The Ultimate

In The Ultimate presented by Custom Metalcraft and Ridewell Suspensions, each participant has a 1-in-100 chance to win a brand new Corvette Stingray, and a 1-in-10 chance to win other great prizes. Other perks include dinner on Aug. 5 at Highland Springs, air-conditioned and covered seating on the 18th green, Sunday brunch as well as VIP and parking passes to the tournament and more.

Price Cutter Pro-Am

PCCC Pro-Am-collage

The Price Cutter Pro-Am, once played by current PGA Tour standouts Bubba Watson and Brandt Snedeker, has one team spot available for Aug. 10.

Pro-Ams at LedgeStone, Hickory Hills, Millwood & Buffalo Ridge:

Play where Payne Stewart once played by signing up for the Mercy Pro-Am at Hickory HIlls.
Play where Payne Stewart once played by signing up for the Mercy Pro-Am at Hickory HIlls.

The tournament also has team spots available in the Mercy Pro-Am on Aug. 8 at Hickory Hills Country Club; SRC Pro-Am on Aug. 8 at Highland Springs Country Club; and the Betty Allison’s Women’s Pro-Am at Millwood Golf & Racquet Club. The Ashley HomeStore Pro-Am also has two rounds on Aug. 15 at Millwood, and the Bryan Properties Nighttime Classic – also at Millwood, set for Aug. 3 – has an opening. Breakfast, lunch, carts, a great golfer gift package, on-course beverages and snacks are included along with a team photo with a pro.

Women’s Clinic & Fashion Show

Poster-Women's Golf Clinic partial

The annual Michele Kiser Women’s Golf Clinic and Fashion Show presented by Advertising Plus is Aug. 1 at Highland Springs Country Club. It begins at 10 a.m. with a golf clinic, followed by a lunch and fashion show featuring fashions from Uptown Boutique and Academy Sports. It’s $30 a person, or $250 for a table of 10.

Junior Pro-Am

Junior Pro-Am collage

The Betty & Bobby Allison’s Junior Pro-Am, set for Aug. 5 at Rivercut Golf Course, has team openings. Local businesses can sponsor a team, which is $300. Each player receives a golfer gift package, doughnut-and-bagel breakfast, lunch, and team photo with the pro. Trophies will be awarded to middle school and high school teams.

For $25, win a Ford F-150 or $10,000

Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, with a $25 buy-in.
Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, with a $25 buy-in.

In the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, a $25 ticket enters the ticket-buyer into a drawing for a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT or $10,000. You also will have a 1-in-16 chance to win any of 500 daily prizes during the tournament from Aug. 11-14.

To support this great cause, contact the PCCC at 417-887-3400. Also be sure to visit the website at pricecuttercc.org for a full schedule, events schedule and other sponsorship opportunities. The pros play Aug. 11-14 at Highland Springs Country Club.

 

Charity spotlight: Champions Committed to Kids

Tristan Jones traveled with the Drury Panthers all the way through the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Tristan Jones traveled with the Drury Panthers all the way through the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2014-2015.

He’s one of those teens you pull for. A kid with a love for basketball. A good teammate who stands, cheers and loves to work the crowd.

So let’s give a standing O to Tristan Jones, a Marshfield 15-year-old with Down syndrome. He marked an item off his so-called bucket list recently by being welcomed to the Drury University men’s basketball program.

That’s right, he got seat with the team during games, attended practices, and hung with one of the best NCAA Division II basketball teams in the country. All thanks to a non-profit called Champions Committed to Kids.

“For me and my husband, it’s meant a lot,” mom April Jones said. “We never could have dreamed Tristan would have the opportunity to do this.”

Now the Ozarks community can help Tristan and more kids from ages 5 to 18 realize their dreams. Champions Committed to Kids has teamed up again with the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a PGA Web.com Tour stop in August in Springfield.

The tournament has gifted almost $13 million to charities in its 26-year history.

About Champions Committed to Kids

Tristan Jones welcome

Tristan is just one example of the great work done by Champions Committed to Kids, founded in 2010 by Jeff Collins.

During the Missouri Winter Games a few years ago, Collins kicked around the idea of a sports-themed organization whose mission would be to provide kids fighting a serious illness and/or disability the opportunity to be a part of a high school, college, university or professional team while building lifelong friendships with their coaches and teammates. As a result, these kids often forget about their daily challenges while focusing on the game and the excitement of a sports atmosphere.

The non-profit now places Ozarks-area kids with teams at Missouri State, Drury, Evangel, Baptist Bible College, and nearly every high school across the area, plus the Springfield Cardinals.

This is the fifth year Champions Committed to Kids, whose funding goes toward covering game concessions for the families and gas money, has been involved with the Price Cutter tournament.

Typically it’s a two-year relationship between child and team, although the bonds formed between players and the kids last a lifetime.

“Coaches have told me how much it means to their team members,” Collins said. “As I’ve told the athletes, you have a chance to influence a young person’s life in the community.”

He went on.

“What’s so special is that the child and the team have a bond,” Collins said. “They’ve gotten so close to these families that they invite them to (family events). One of the girl athletes at Drury flew in to Disneyworld to help out at a fundraiser for muscular dystrophy.”

For the Jones family, the non-profit has been a blessing. Tristan’s mother says, “It’s been amazing–a reminder of all that is great about sports. Tristan has come a long way. He’s always been very social. And now the guys think of him as a teammate.”

RISING STARS, RAISING HOPES

  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses also can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the skyboxes on the 9th and 18th greens (with food badges), on-course signage and events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Businesses also can 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 presented by Copy Products, Inc. and University Plaza.

    The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.
    The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.
  • WIN A NEW TRUCK: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket can win one of 500 daily gift cards as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT. It’s also good for a four-day tournament pass.

    Win this truck
    Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, for a $25 buy-in.
  • SEE THE FUTURE OF THE PGA TOUR: The PCCC is from Aug. 5-15, with the pros beginning play on Aug. 11 at Highland Springs Country Club. For tickets or other ways to assist, call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400.

    Dawie vander Walt shows his winners trophy after the final round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield on August 16, 2015.
    Dawie vander Walt won the 2015 PCCC. (Photo courtesy of StidzMedia)
  • HELP CHAMPIONS COMMITTED TO KIDS: Championship Committed to Kids, a non-profit that places local kids with special needs with their favorite college or high school team, can be reached at 417-886-KIDS (5437).