If you see Dana and Brian Lopez and the staff at Dogwood Ranch walking with a bounce in their step, there’s a good explanation.
After all, a long-term project is about to come together, after the equine therapy non-profit acquired something special.
A horse? Well, not quite.
“After a challenging 2020, we were so blessed to start 2021 off with the acquisition of a much-needed addition to our ranch property in the form of 27 acres!” said Dana Lopez, the CEO of Dogwood Ranch. “This new property, which adjoins our current property, will serve as the setting for the next phase of Dogwood Ranch, which is called The Village.
“Our goal is to build a community of foster homes in which 8-10 homes will house therapeutic level foster kids/older youth in their forever homes with highly skilled trauma informed foster parents.”
Which is one of the reasons why the non-profit is another perfect fit for the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.
Dogwood Ranch operates with this mission statement: Rebuilding generations and breaking the cycle of trauma by restoring the ONE. “Providing long-term family for kids is one of our greatest joys and this next project will allow us the ability to do that on a much larger scale, which is so exciting for us!” Lopez said. “The PCCC and the funds raised this year will certainly be a timely investment into this next season of growth for Dogwood.”
The PCCC has positively impacted Dogwood Ranch in many ways: “The PCCC has impacted Dogwood Ranch over the years by helping to provide critical community connections and funding, which has directly underwritten multiple projects and supporting foster youth in our area,” Lopez said. This includes assistance with the building of Dogwood Ranch’s Haven homes, which house former foster youth who have been at risk of homelessness/trafficking. Past PCCC funding has also allowed Dogwood Ranch to offer equine therapy scholarships to foster youth and honor military veterans who are working to overcome trauma related challenges.
“The PCCC’s funding is a crucial part of our projected budget every year,” Lopez said. “It allows us to further our mission and vision to pursue new avenues in which to serve today’s foster youth. Currently, this will spearhead a massive undertaking in raising funds to begin The Village at Dogwood Ranch.”
WAYS TO HELP DOGWOOD RANCH THROUGH THE PCCC:
$25 — TLC PROPERTIES CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES
PRO-AM GOLF EXPERIENCES
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
GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION
Sponsored by Copy Products Inc., this event is on Tuesday, July 19 We’ll also have electronic bidding at bidpal.net!
THE ULTIMATE presented by Custom Metalcraft & Ridewell Suspensions
Win a 2021 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 16 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, plus his and her shirts.
BE A SPONSOR AT THE TOURNAMENT
We offer numerous sponsorships all over the course. Check them out!
NAMI NEON 5K RUN
Join us Saturday, Aug. 21 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.
ROCKIN’ ROLL BIKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Turn out on Saturday, October 9 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