Charity spotlight: Springfield-Greene County Park Board

The Espinosa daughters are appreciative of the PCCC's donations to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund.
The Espinosa daughters are appreciative of the PCCC’s donations to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund.

There is nothing quite like the heart-warming smile of a proud mom. And the best example may be Silvia Espinosa.

You see, her three daughters couldn’t have attended programs at the Springfield-Greene County Park Board without donations to the organization’s Scholarship Fund. And the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper played a role.

All three of her daughters learned to swim at the Chesterfield Family Center. One of the daughters gained confidence through dance lessons at the Doling Family Center.

“We are so thankful for the scholarships my three daughters received. They would not have been able to benefit from these learning experiences if we didn’t have the funding for it,” Espinosa said. “It puts this mom at ease knowing they were not only getting physically fit but also learning personal safety, how to follow directions while building social skills!”

Now here’s your chance again to help children such as the Espinosa daughters and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund. The Price Cutter tournament, a PGA Web.com Tour stop, returns this August at Highland Springs and will keep aiding children’s charities. In the past 27 years, the PCCC has gifted almost $14 million.

About the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund

Horse-back riding is one of the many programs offered by the Park Board.
Horse-back riding is one of the many programs offered by the Park Board.

If you wonder if the Scholarship Fund truly makes a difference, look no further than the Espinosa family.

“They were also able to learn how to responsibly ride and care for a horse at the Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center,” Silvia Espinosa said of her three daughters. “This was such a pleasurable experience for them that they are eagerly anticipating next year when there is more scholarship funds available, so they can reapply and continue their horseback riding lessons.”

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has been around for more than 100 years and was established in 1913, building its profile to the point that it has earned a positive, national reputation.

Not only can your kids play in a sports league such as baseball or volleyball, but the Park Board also offers a ton of other fun activities such as summer camps, after-school programs, zoo education, dance, archery, martial arts, golf, tennis, canoe and kayak rentals and much, much more.

Dance classes also are popular.
Dance classes also are popular.

As our community grows, requests for scholarships continue to increase. The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk and the Price Cutter Charity Championship are the two largest sources of funding for the Scholarship Fund.

Since 2008, the Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly 7,000 scholarships, helping hundreds of kids play sports, go to summer camp and other youth programs designed to build skills and confidence while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their families’ ability to afford registration fees.

To be eligible for scholarships, students must live in Greene County and qualify for free or reduced school lunch (or otherwise meet federal income guidelines). Scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds and applicants’ needs. The average individual award is about $30, but kids are eligible for up to $170 a year, enough to allow most kids to take part in more than one activity.

The PCCC’s contributions help families such as the Espinosas to cover a few more dollars in their program applications.

“One-hundred percent of the Park Board Scholarship Fund comes from donations and fundraisers,” said Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. “And 100 percent of that money is invested in kids in our community who need help accessing sports and programs. That’s where events like the Price Cutter Charity Championship come in, to help keep the door open to everyone who qualifies for assistance.”

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HELP THE SPRINGFIELD-GREENE COUNTY PARK BOARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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The Park Board offers numerous youth athletic and recreational programs, but a number of kids’ families need financial assistance for registration fees. Scholarships may be available for kids 18 and under who live in Springfield or Greene County and meet income guidelines.To apply, call 864-1049 or go to ParkBoard.org/Scholarships. To help support the fund, visit  ParkBoard.org/donate.

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