Charity spotlight: Kiwanis Clubs of Springfield

Kiwanis Clubs of Springfield

The story goes that, back in the 1950s, several Springfield business leaders formed a second Kiwanis Club in order to supply kids in need with brand-new shoes.

“We’ve given out 26,000 pairs of shoes over the years,” said Jennifer York, President for the Kiwanis Clubs of Ozark Empire.

The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a major fundraiser for Ozarks children’s charities, is proud to have the Kiwanis Clubs of Springfield on board again this year.

The tournament has gifted almost $14 million in its 27-year history, with the tournament long given national appeal because it is part of the PGA’s Web.com Tour.

During the past school year, the Kiwanis Club of Ozark Empire volunteers personally fitted more than 1,300 pairs of new shoes at the Shoe Bank. For a child to receive a new pair of shoes, they must be qualified for the federal free or reduced food programs in public schools. The Kiwanis Club’s shoe bank is open on Thursday afternoons and one Saturday a month. The Club also has awarded $3,000 in college scholarships through its Community Foundation of the Ozarks scholarship program.

“Our shoe bank is an incredibly rewarding, hands-on service project,” York said. “It is a joy to see the sparkle in the eye and the spring in the step of a student who fell in the love with the personally-fitted new pair of tennis shoes that they got to choose for themselves.  That simple pair of tennis shoes is tangible evidence that their community cares about their education, health and well-being. Kids need Kiwanis and Kiwanis needs our community.”

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HELP KIWANIS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD: To help Kiwanis Clubs of Springfield, call 417-885-9191.

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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