Charity Spotlight: Dogwood Ranch

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Back in 2015, Brian and Dana Lopez moved to the Ozarks eager to help foster kids in some way. And, as licensed foster parents, they had an idea.

That idea has been making a positive difference. Dogwood Ranch comforts and houses foster children, and focuses on equine therapy. It’s why the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship is proud to partner with Dogwood Ranch.

The ranch itself has grown and includes The Village, Healing Reins and – a new addition – The Haven.

“The PCCC played an important role last fall in the opening of our first transitional living home at The Haven at Dogwood Ranch,” Dana said. “By providing a safe and supportive living environment, The Haven directly impacts former foster youth whose lives have been drastically altered due to childhood abuse and neglect. We believe that through these efforts, every foster youth can gain meaningful and successful independence, creating a new future that is full of tremendous promise.”

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Lopez emphasized the Healing Reins program, too.

“The PCCC has had an impact on our Healing Reins equine therapy program, allowing us to reach and help many individuals learning to work through significant trauma,” Dana said.

The Village at Dogwood Ranch is a unique solution-focused program aimed at addressing the need for highly trained foster families to provide long-term care to Elevated Needs foster children and youth. This community of homes will include approximately eight experienced, licensed and specifically trained foster homes dedicated to parenting Elevated Needs kids. In addition, one full-time respite home and one emergency “on call” home will also be located on the property.

“The PCCC provides annual revenue which supports Dogwood Ranch’s infrastructure, paving the way to continue operations, meet the needs of many vulnerable families in our community, and achieving our mission,” Dana said.

TO HELP DOGWOOD RANCH …

$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