THIRTY YEARS after debuting and becoming a major fundraiser annually for non-profits, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is celebrating its milestone 30th summer and is asking businesses and individuals across the Ozarks to bolster their support toward the tournament’s 46 children’s charities.
Tournament Executive Director Jerald Andrews emphasized those points during the PCCC’s Media Day presented by the H.O.P.E. Foundation, held Monday at Highland Springs Country Club. The tournament has forever been a path to the PGA TOUR, which days ago announced a 10-year agreement with a new title sponsor for what is now the Korn Ferry Tour.
Likewise, the PCCC has long sought sponsorships to fuel the tournament’s success, raising more than $15.6 million since 1990, including $950,302 last year alone. That is why numerous opportunities are available as the PCCC gears up for its big run from July 19-29, with the pros playing at Highland Springs Country Club from July 25-28.
This year marks the 21st with Price Cutter Supermarkets as either a title or presenting sponsor, while Dr Pepper is in its 17th year as a presenting sponsor. Their tremendous support, along with Highland Springs Country Club, has allowed the tournament to remain one of only four original stops on what was known as the Ben Hogan Tour.
“We hope the community throws its collective support behind this important cause,” Andrews said. “Any sponsorship goes a long, long way for kids and families who truly need assistance. For years, their stories have pulled at our heart strings, and that’s why we ask you join us to make this another tremendous year.”
Alexandra “Alex” Baldwin, President of the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour, expressed hope for continued success.
“Since 1990, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper has been one of the premier stops on the Korn Ferry Tour, delivering a first-class week of golf that our players, partners and fans look forward to each season,” Baldwin said. “Jerald and his team have worked tirelessly to put forth not only an exciting week of golf, but also an event that creates a tremendous community impact for the greater Springfield region. We are eager to continue building on those efforts in 2019 and beyond.”
WAYS TO SUPPORT THE CHARITIES:
- CORPORATE SKYBOXES ON 9TH & 18TH GREENS, TENTS ON 18TH FAIRWAY: These include covered seating and all-inclusive badges into the Jackson Brothers of the South Ozarks Club Tent (food and beverages).
- PRO-AMS & GOLF EXPERIENCES: We offer a dozen golf experiences, including nine pro-ams, to be played at area courses such as Highland Springs, Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge, LedgeStone, Millwood, Fremont Hills & Silo Ridge. Each event includes a great golfer gift package, continental breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages, team photos, trophies & PCCC tournament ticket packages.
- ON-COURSE SPONSORSHIPS: Show off your company banner in high-traffic areas or on bleachers, water coolers and so forth to help generate interest in your business, plus help kids in the Ozarks.
- HONORING OUR HEROES PROGRAM PRESENTED BY NROUTE ENTERPRISES: What a way to support kids, as your sponsorship also will allow retired and current military, law enforcement and first responders – and their families – to be admitted free of charge, with seating in the Heroes tent on the 18th The families also receive a pass to the Jackson Brothers of the South Ozarks Club food & beverage tent.
- $25 TLC PROPERTIES CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES – WIN A 2019 TOYOTA TUNDRA OR $10,000: Tickets are $25 each, and gives the ticket-buyer a 1-in-8,000 chance to win a 2019 Toyota Tundra Access Cab, or $10,000. You also could win one of 125 daily prizes during the PCCC. The ticket also is good for a four-day grounds pass.
- GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION: Sponsored by University Plaza and CPI Technologies, this event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at University Plaza Convention Center. Visit bidpal.net/golfball2019.
- THE ULTIMATE PRESENTED BY CUSTOM METALCRAFT & RIDEWELL SUSPENSIONS: Win a 2019 Corvette Stingray, as a $1,200 sponsorship offers a 1-in-100 chance of winning the car and a 1-in-10 chance of winning $1,000 prizes. You’ll also receive many other perks, including air-conditioned seating on the 18th green during the PCCC along with clubhouse parking. It also includes a banquet on Friday, July 19 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, his and her golf shirts and an autographed poster from the tournament champion.
- HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL: It is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, September 22 under the stars on the Highland Springs driving range. Chefs from across the area converge to deliver delicious foods for an event that also includes adult beverages as well as silent & live auctions.
- VOLUNTEERS: The PCCC is always seeking volunteers. Please sign up at pricecuttercc.org.
NEW OR SECOND-YEAR EVENTS
- OZARKS JUNIOR PITCH, CHIP & PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY B&T ELECTRIC, PANDA TRUCKING & FREEDOM BANK: It’s at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8 at Oscar Blom Golf Course at the Betty Allison’s Center in north Springfield, with the top three finalists in divisions (boys & girls 6-8, 9-11, 12-14) advancing to the finals at 6 p.m. Monday, July 22 at Highland Springs Country Club. The winners will be introduced on the 18th green following play on Championship Sunday.
- DIAPER DASH & BRUNCH BASH: This is Springfield’s only brunch run and benefits the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. It’s at 7 a.m. Saturday, August 3 beginning at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and running through Highland Springs. Inflatables, face painting & brunch are planned afterward, along with adult beverages. Register at DPODIAPERBANK.ORG.
- NIGHTAN GALA SUPPORTING CHANCES OF STONE COUNTY: This is a dinner-theatre featuring top Branson acts and set for 6 p.m. Friday, September 6 at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson.
- ROCKIN’ ROLL BIKE & MUSIC FESTIVAL BENEFITTING MUSIC THERAPY OF THE OZARKS: Scheduled for Saturday, October 12 at The Riff in southwest Springfield, this is a bike ride of 40 miles (1 p.m.), 20 miles (2 p.m.) and 10 miles (3 p.m.). Even better, it includes a dinner and concert in a climate-controlled venue and begins at 7 p.m., with the Dirty Saints taking the stage at 9 p.m. Register at BIKEANDMUSICFEST.ORG.
- The pros will be playing for a purse of $700,000, with the winner to take home $126,000.
- Perspectives Preparatory Academy
- Springfield Dream Center
- The Caring People
PCCC IMPACTS CHARITIES
The tournament helps charities achieve their missions. For instance, consider the H.O.P.E. Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling pediatric emergencies.
Kandice White, Executive Director of H.O.P.E. Foundation: “H.O.P.E. Foundation provides both financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling pediatric emergencies. HOPE Foundation’s mission is to help families facing these pediatric emergencies by providing financial assistance in ways national foundations, other charities and insurance companies don’t. We receive requests to offset costs for things like: medical travel, vehicle repair, rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, funeral expenses and much more. There are so many unforeseen expenses that come with pediatric emergencies. Because of this tournament, we are able to bridge the gap and make a difference in the lives of families facing the tragedy of a pediatric emergency.”
Laura Farmer, Executive Director of CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri: “CASA of Southwest Missouri is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship golf tournament. Last year was our first year participating in the tournament. Not only did we raise vital funds for our organization, but we also raised much-needed awareness for our mission to serve every child in foster care. Since last year’s tournament, we have seen a huge influx of community members volunteering their time to be CASAs. In the past year, we have sworn in 47 new CASA volunteers and served more than 100 additional foster children in our community. CASA of Southwest Missouri is now serving more children than ever before. We attribute this success to our growing community partnerships, including our partnership with PCCC. We greatly appreciate the forum that PCCC provides CASA of Southwest Missouri to reach individuals who may not have known about CASA before.”
Christy Boyle, Director of Marketing & Development for Empower: Abilities (formerly SCIL): “Empower: abilities mission is to remove barriers and empower independence for all people with disabilities. We are blessed to be involved with PCCC and the money raised for our organization goes directly to fund our youth programs including peer support and programs that help youth with disabilities transition to independent living after high school.”
2019 PCCC CHARITIES
A Sporting Chance
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Club of Springfield
Bridge of Faith
Cardinals Care Foundation
CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
Champions Committed to Kids
Chances of Stone County
Children’s Smile Center
Convoy of Hope
Diaper Bank of the Ozarks
Empower: Abilities (formerly SCIL)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Freedom’s Rest Family Crisis Center
Greene County 100 Club
Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO
Heart of the Ozarks Junior Golf Foundation
Kiwanis Clubs of Springfield
KLIFE Polk County
Legal Services of Southern Missouri
Missouri Junior Golf Foundation
Missouri State University Foundation
Music Therapy of the Ozarks
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Missouri
Perspectives Preparatory Academy
Ronald McDonald House
Shriners Hospital Dads
Silver Dollar City Foundation
Special Olympics Missouri
Springfield Advocates for Youth
Springfield Dream Center
Springfield-Greene County Park Board
St. Jude Children’s Hospital
The Arc of the Ozarks
The Caring People
The First Tee of the Ozarks
Whetsone Boys Ranch