For Grayson, Heart of the Ozarks foundation all about the kids

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Talk about a good cause – and a perfect fit to run it.

Longtime golf teaching professional Rick Grayson spends his days at Rivercut Golf Course and, if you’ve ever been lucky to chat with him, you quickly realize that his heart is in the right place.

He loves golf. Even better, he tries to introduce it to kids who may never been interested before – because of finances, a lack of awareness or what not. That’s why he heads the Heart of the Ozarks Junior Golf Foundation.

It’s also why the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, the PGA Tour’s annual Web.com Tour stop in Springfield, is proud to partner with Heart of the Ozarks.

The tournament 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.

“A kid can get started for free (through Heart of the Ozarks),” Grayson said. “It’s not such a financial burden.”

More on the non-profit in a minute. But here’s how to help immediately through our tournament:

SUPPORTING THE PCCC = SUPPORTING CHARITIES

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 HEART OF THE OZARKS JUNIOR GOLF FOUNDATION: To help the foundation in any way, call Rivercut Golf Course at 417-891-1645.
  • 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 Property 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.

More about Heart of the Ozarks

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The organization was found in the year 2000 as way to cover the costs of lessons, equipment and greens for youngsters who otherwise may not be able to play golf.

Rivercut offers a four-hole kids course, for instance, allowing youth to hit short shots – rather than needing to drive the ball 50 yards. It is open seven days a week.

“It’s a fun course because it’s not overwhelming for them,” Grayson said. “You try to get them on there and get them hooked. They can do things they can’t do on a regular course.”

The foundation uses its PCCC dollars toward buying equipment and apparel for Kickapoo and Glendale golfers, allowing the schools to direct their athletic department dollars elsewhere.

In turn, the Kickapoo and Glendale golfers volunteer during the PCCC by marshaling holes.

“They have to do something,” Grayson said, “to receive that money.”

PCCC’s Women’s Golf Clinic, Luncheon & Fashion Show another success

The volunteer models for the Michele Kiser Women's Golf Clinic, Luncheon & Fashion Show, from left (front row): Janet Rose, Donna Gravitt, Twila Walker and Kelly Smith. Back row from left: Stephanie Appleby, Kelsey Schrimpf, Diane Nachitgal and Michal Moss Early.
The volunteer models for the Michele Kiser Women’s Golf Clinic, Luncheon & Fashion Show, from left (front row): Janet Rose, Donna Gravitt, Twila Walker and Kelly Smith. Back row from left: Stephanie Appleby, Kelsey Schrimpf, Diane Nachitgal and Michal Moss Early.

You couldn’t miss the grin. Not after Anita Blow looked out at the crowd gathered for the Michele Kiser Women’s Golf Clinic, Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Advertising Plus.

This was Tuesday at Highland Springs Country Club. For an avid golfer such as Blow, the importance was clearly two-fold: The outreach toward women of the Ozarks as well as the children’s charities it will benefit.

After all, the event was part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, which is expected to surge past $12 million raised for children’s charities in this, its 26th year. A year ago, it hauled in a record $1 million-plus for charities.

“It’s just great fellowship and good for tweaking your golf game, but it’s also camaraderie,” Blow said. “Every club around has people here.”

The annual event marked its 13th year and was named in honor of Michele Kiser, the longtime owner of Advertising Plus who passed away on Jan. 1.

Overall, the event offered a sneak peek into the success of the tournament, as Advertising Plus is among 400 sponsors. Additionally, Tuesday marked the beginning, in earnest, of tournament-related events leading up to the PCCC, set for Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs.

More than 80 attended an event in which models wore fashions from Torn Boutique and Bag Lady Boutique, as well the Highland Springs golf shop.

“I always look forward to this event each year,” said Kari Crawford, Marketing and Branding Director of the PCCC. “It’s great seeing so many of the same ladies who participate continuously. The fashion show is always so much fun. I love how enthusiastic the ladies are about all of the clothing and the raffle items. Getting to be a part of this event, along with the many other different events that collectively help raise money for children, is what makes my job so enjoyable.”

Those volunteering their time to model were Stephanie Appleby, Kelsey Schrimpf, Diane Nachtigal, Michal Moss Early, Donna Gravitt, Kelly Smith, Janet Rose and Twila Walker.

“I liked it because it combined two things I’m passionate about – fashion and charity,” said Appleby, the Events and Marketing Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness Southwest Missouri. “And it was a good opportunity to meet people. I made a ton of new friends. It was a fun time – fun girl’s time.”