Charity Spotlight: Children’s Smile Center

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For some low-income families, dental care is out of reach financially.

Fortunately, Children’s Smile Center offers to help ease concerns of families in six southwest Missouri counties. In other words, talk about a perfect fit for the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

The PCCC has long benefitted Ozarks children’s charities in its 30-year history, and her Children’s Smile Center is going the extra mile.

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“The Price Cutter Charity Championship provides our charity the opportunity to raise much-needed funds to provide dental care to low-income children,” said Jackie Barger, Executive Director of Children’s Smile Center. “Our participation in the PCCC gives our donors and friends many options to participate in a first-class professional sporting event while at the same time being a voice of compassion for children in need of dental care.”

Children’s Smile Center has offices in Ozark, Aurora and Branson West and serves children in six counties – Barry, Christian, Dade, Lawrence, Stone and Taney.

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Understand, 60 to 70 percent of kids in small towns rely on Medicaid. However, only 10 percent of Missouri dentists accept Medicaid.

In 2019, Children’s Smile Center provided care for 6,350 children and pregnant women in 13, 147 dental visits. Additionally, CSC completed 10,000 dental screenings at area schools and took 240 children to local surgery centers for more extensive dental care needs under general anesthesia.

That’s why Children’s Smile Center, along with all other PCCC charities, is selling $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes tickets – with the grand prizes being a 2020 Toyota Tundra or $10,000.

“Our involvement with the PCCC puts us in contact with dozens of other nonprofit organizations,” Barger said. “These contacts provide a wealth of encouragement and networking in learning best practices, and in collaboration for improving health outcomes for at-risk youth.”

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The non-profit also is hosting the Children’s Smile Center Poker Run Golf Classic on Sept. 25 at Silo Ridge Gold & Country Club in Bolivar. Teams are still available.

“Purchase a sweepstakes ticket, bid on an auction, play in a pro-am … and when you do, you’re making a difference in the lives of thousands of young people in the Ozarks,” Barger said.

TO SUPPORT CHILDREN’S SMILE CENTER …

$25 — TLC PROPERTIES CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES

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A $25 ticket in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes enters you to win one of two grand prizes — either a 2020 Toyota Tundra (pictured) or $10,000. We have 8,000 tickets, and each is also good for a four-day grounds pass to the tournament, plus enters to win you into one of 125 daily prizes during the tournament.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

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

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GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION

Sponsored by Copy Products Inc. and University Plaza, this event is on Tuesday, July 21 at University Plaza Convention Center. We’ll also have electronic bidding at bidpal.net!

THE ULTIMATE presented by Custom Metalcraft & Ridewell Suspensions

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Win a 2020 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, July 17 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, plus his and her shirts.

NAMI NEON 5K RUN

Join us Saturday, Aug. 22 for the inaugural NAMI Neon Night 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention. It’s at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park in west Springfield. This event will in part benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southwest Missouri. Register here.

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ROCKIN’ ROLL BIKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Turn out on Saturday, October 10 at the Riff. Not only ride in the afternoon on rides of 40, 20 or 10 miles but stay for the dinner and concert! All supporting Music Therapy of the Ozarks.

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400