Charity spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

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They wait 1 to 2 years. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but right now and right here in the Ozarks, Little Brothers wait 1 to 2 years before getting their Big Brothers. And for Little Brothers like Charlie, that’s not easy.

You see, Charlie lives with his mother, little brother and little sister. His biological father is incarcerated for domestic violence.

And, sadly, research tells us that children such as Charlie are three times more likely to repeat the cycle of abuse in adulthood, 74 percent more likely to commit a violent crime, and six times more likely to commit suicide. That’s why Charlie’s mother wants him to have a Big Brother to show him about respect and how to treat women.

Fortunately, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks is making it happen for many youths in our area, and is seeking to enroll 50 Big Brothers by the end of July as part of the KY3 Big 50 Challenge, Big Sisters through its Community Based program, and Lunch Buddies at its Springfield elementary school partner.

In other words, the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks again this year. The tournament is a tremendous sponsorship opportunity for businesses and individuals who want to rally behind a cause that has gifted almost $14 million to Ozarks children’s charities in the past 27 years.

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Take Charlie, for example. He loves sports cars, playing on computers and building with Legos. He also loves pulling pranks on his brother and sister.

Charlie said, “I want to have a Big Brother to have somebody to spend time with me because my mom works a lot, so she doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with me.”

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Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister is as easy as getting a new friend to enjoy your hobbies with. For example, if you like to play golf, you’d be matched with a Little that’s interested in golf. It really is that simple.

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How it helps Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

PCCC dollars help fuel BBBSO’s powerful mission, which make their incredible vision a reality: that children won’t have their future chances to succeed determined by the adversity they face as children. Get started at www.BigBro.com/beabig, by calling 417.889.9139, or by emailing rblevins@bigbro.com.

CORPORATE SKYBOXES on the 9th and 18th greens, and tents on the 18th fairway

These include covered seating and all-inclusive badges into the Jackson Brothers of the South VIP Tent (food and beverages).

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Watch from the “front fow” on the 18th green

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PRO-AMS: Play with a pro & enjoy top courses such as Highland Springs, Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, LedgeStone Country Club, Millwood Golf & Racquet Club & Fremont Hills Country Club. Includes a great golfer gift package, continental breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages, team photos & trophies. Check out our list of golf experiences

The Chris Hamon-led White River Valley Foundation team came decked out in camo rain gear in 2016.
The Chris Hamon-led White River Valley Foundation team came decked out in camo rain gear to the 2016 Price Cutter Pro-Am.

ON-COURSE SPONSORSHIPS

Bleachers, water coolers and much more can help generate interest in your business, and will go a long way toward helping kids in the Ozarks. See our full menu of options.

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HONORING OUR HEROES PROGRAM

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A great way to support military, law enforcement and first responders as well Ozarks children’s charities — as they receive free admission as well as food and drinks thanks to your sponsorships. Follow this link

$25 TLC PROPERTIES SWEEPSTAKES TICKETS

They are only $25 each, and gives the ticket-buyer a chance to win a 2017 Ford F-150, or $10,000, plus daily prizes during the tournament. Check out the details here.

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GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION

Sponsored by Copy Products Inc. and University Plaza, this event is on Tuesday, August 8 at University Plaza Convention Center. We’ll also have electronic bidding at bidpal.net! Register at this link.

THE ULTIMATE presented by Custom Metalcraft & Ridewell Suspensions

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Win a 2017 Corvette Stingray, as a $1,200 buy-in guarantees a 1-in-100 chance of winning the car and a 1-in-10 chance of winning $1,000. You’ll also receive many other perks, including air-conditioned seating on the 18th green during the PCCC along with clubhouse parking, a luxurious dinner on Friday, August 4 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, plus his and her shirts.

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400