Charity Spotlight: Music Therapy of the Ozarks

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To hear parents of special-needs kids tell it, Music Therapy of the Ozarks is a true difference-maker.

“If Cash didn’t have the funding, he wouldn’t be able to come every week,” one parent said. “Cash has come such a long way, it’s amazing.”

Or listen to Zoe’s mom: “This is one of Zoe’s most important hours of the week and the scholarship made that possible. We greatly appreciate the scholarship. It’s been a blessing.”

Which is why the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper hopes the community supports all of its Ozarks children’s charities such as Music Therapy of the Ozarks.

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Among the ways to support Music Therapy is either through its September event – Rockin’ Roll Bike & Music Fest (www.bikeandmusicfest.org) – or through the $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, whose grand prizes include a 2020 Toyota Tundra or $10,000.

Music Therapy of the Ozarks relies on both, and for good reason. It was founded in 2014 by Julie Cassity, the Instructor and Clinical Director of Music Therapy at Springfield-based Drury University.

She saw it as a way to help special needs kids and many others, such as folks in skilled nursing homes. In fact, the charity’s mission reads: To provide the healing power of music throughout the lifespan by offering funding assistance and building community awareness.

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“Our interest in being involved with the PCCC was two-fold.  First, we saw this as a fundraising opportunity for our organization,” Cassity said. “Selling raffle tickets for the truck was just one of those opportunities. It has been a great project for our team. In the last two years, we have raised over $20,000 on the raffle tickets alone!”

The PCCC also has opened the door to helping Music Therapy of the Ozarks spread its message. Look at the results: Music Therapy of the Ozarks has been honored to have provided over 2,500 music therapy encounters to the community. Scholarships and funding for programming in 2019 totaled over $34,000, much of which was raised through our partnership with the PCCC.

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“Being involved with the tournament has also been a great way to increase our exposure in the community,” Cassity said. “We have had the opportunity to network and share our story with many nonprofits. Additionally, we have been blessed to meet so many people and business leaders at the golf tournament who have a passion for helping others!”

TO SUPPORT MUSIC THERAPY OF THE OZARKS …

$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