In the darkest hours, Christian County Family Crisis Center offers protection, comfort


The darkest hours of a person’s life makes it hard to see the sunlight. In the cases of domestic violence, even more so.

Fortunately, help exists in the Christian County Family Crisis Center, a not-for-profit corporation that provides shelter and case management services to battered women and children. It opened in 1996 and, over the past 11 years, the organization has protected the lives of more than 475 women and 525 children through the shelter and outreach services.

Thus, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to partner with the center. The tournament, part of the PGA Tour’s annual Tour stop in Springfield, has generated almost $12 million for children’s charities in its 25-year history. That figure includes a record $1 million-plus last year alone.

To support the Christian County Family Crisis Center, you can do so through golf. Here’s how:


  • HELP THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAMILY CRISIS CENTER: To assist the non-profit in any way, call 417-582-0344.
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket serves as a four-day tournament pass, but that’s just a start. You’re also entered 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 such as the Christian County Family Crisis Center, 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 playing beginning Aug. 13. Contact the PCCC staff at 417-887-3400.

About the Christian County Family Crisis Center

The mission of the center says it all: “to provide shelter and advocacy for survivors and their children experiencing domestic violence and to provide education to break the cycle of abuse.”

In 1996, a group of concerned citizens came together to discuss a growing community epidemic—domestic violence.  From this town hall meeting, the Christian County Family Crisis Task Force was developed.  The Christian County Family Crisis Center covers the counties of:  Barry, Christian, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster.

Over the past 19 years, the grassroots all-volunteer organization has grown into a vibrant agency governed by a board of directors with staff and volunteers to assist with service delivery.

In the late 1990’s, the Task Force began accepting crisis intervention phone calls providing referral services, victim advocacy, and support.  The organization also initiated a community education/awareness campaign.

In 2003, the organization accepted the donation of a facility to provide shelter.  The shelter is a former motel and each of the 17 units provides private living quarters with restroom/bathing facilities.  Each unit has a minimum of four person capacity.  The shelter has office space which consists of two rooms.

The staff operates out of one room and meets privately with clients in the second room.  The facility has a commercial kitchen where meals are prepared by the clients.  The kitchen was built with a grant from the Mary Kay Foundation.

The facility also has a classroom where volunteers teach financial management, parenting skills, etc.  Finally, the facility offers a community room where clients can socialize, a playground, serenity garden and BBQ area.

About eight years ago, the organization opened Neat Repeats Thrift Store in Ozark to help fund the shelter operation. The thrift store is operated by a manager and volunteers.

During 2008, the organization expanded its case management services by hiring its first part-time shelter advocate. In 2010 the shelter advocate became a full-time position.

Today the shelter has three full-time and two part-time staff managing services to victims.

Contributions to the organization helps provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, and everyday necessities. It also helps fund the staff providing crisis intervention and case management services to all victims and covers the crisis line 24/7. Volunteers assist with support groups, transportation, social activities, facility maintenance and office duties.

Energy & Education Pro-Am winners announced


The Great Southern Bank team won A Flight and included Levi Paterson, Sam Paterson, Riley Hamilton and Mack Murray.
The Great Southern Bank team won A Flight and included Levi Paterson, Sam Paterson, Riley Hamilton and Mack Murray.

BRANSON – A foursome from Springfield and the Lake of the Ozarks area captured top honors in the Energy & Education Pro-Am on Sunday at LedgeStone Country Club.

The Great Southern Bank team of Levi Paterson, Riley Hamilton, Sam Paterson and Mack Murray – playing with pro Bradley Long – finished with a 54. The four are from Springfield and the Lake of the Ozarks region. Their score was two strokes better than the second-place team belonging to Southwest Tree Service, which consisted of Bill Temple, David Cox, Ann Fuchs and John Fuchs. Bryan Newman was their pro in the scramble format.

“We had two pars and one eagle, and a lot of birdies,” Levi Paterson said. “We just happened to look pretty good.”

The event was part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, the PGA Tour’s annual Tour event that plays this Thursday through Sunday at Highland Springs Country Club. PCCC-related events help to raise money for children’s charities, and the tournament is expected to easily pass $12 million in this, its 26th year. A record $1 million-plus was gifted a year ago.

The third-place team in A-Flight belonged to the Mercy team of Kevin Rash, Drew Rash, Brad Snyder and Mark Walterskitchen. Their pro was Kevin Kring, a 2008 Central High School graduate who will play next week in the PCCC on an exemption.

KL Lim had the best score of the pros, firing a 63.

Energy & Education Pro-Am

Part of Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper

Sunday, Aug. 9 at LedgeStone Country Club

A Flight placers

54 – Great Southern Bank of Levi Paterson, Riley Hamilton, Sam Paterson, Mack Murray; pro Bradley Long; 56 – Southwest Tree Service of Bill Temple, David Cox, Ann Fuchs, John Fuchs, pro Bryan Newman; 57 – Mercy of Kevin Rash, Drew Rash, Brad Snyder, Mark Walterskitchen, pro Kevin Kring.

B Flight

60 – White River: Don Forrest, Matt Dean, Brad Swofford, David Large, pro Mark Budler; 60 – White River: Beau Jackson, Scott Leven, Reiny Cash, Tom Houston, pro Steve Jurgensen; 61 – White River: Robert Johnston, Robert Taylor, Bob Belote, Bill Applegate, pro Jim Chesney.

C Flight

62 – Ruackman  of Chris Boyle, Jeff Strain, Earl Wilson, Randy Presnell, pro Corbin King; 62 – White River of Brian Coleman, David Kesterson, Doug Meadows, Dave Edwards; 62 – Arkansas Electric/BR of Mark McClafferty, Jeff Smalley, Tommy Hodson, Brad Grainger, pro Mark Anderson.

D Flight

65 – Inside Information of Ken Wilson, Melissa Wilson, Rocky Miller, Cody Walter, pro Paul McConnell; 66 – Associated Electric of Dave Ramsey, Phil Hart, Todd Bennett, Diane Smith, pro Matthew Vahala; 66 – HD Power Solutions: Kenny Dow, Jason Irons, Michael Bance, Bill Lawyer, pro Gary Rusnak.

Top 10 pro scores

KL Lim 63, Corbin King 64, Will McCurdy 66, Travis Hampshire 66, Bryan Krick 67, Paul Newman 68, Paul McConnell 68, Kyle Sapp 68, Brad Adamonis 68, Tim Long 69.