Charity Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sister of the Ozarks

There is nothing better than making a positive impact on a child or teenager.

Which is why the folks at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks have more energy than ever. Just listen to what they’ve game-planned for the road ahead, and it’s easy to understand why the organization fits in well with the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

“As an agency, we look forward to implementing a new site-based program within the high schools along with bringing back Lunch Buddies in our Elementary Schools,” said Susan Mellentine, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. “We also introduced Focus Area Mentoring which allows our matches to choose a focus area that would best suit their interest, whether it be sharing a meal together, enjoying the many activities in the community, working on academic areas together, or preparing for life after high school.

“By offering this program,” Mellentine said, “it increased the age range that BBBS of the Ozarks serves to include ages 5-18.”

The mission statement for Big Brothers Big Sisters is straightforward: to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

That’s why you’ll see the organization truly involved in the PCCC again this year, through the Golf Ball & Charity Auction on July 20 (if you’re a business, please donate an item, as 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to the charity), as well as volunteer check-in and the putting green.

The PCCC has helped Big Brothers Big Sisters in numerous ways: “We are so appreciative of the long-lasting relationship we have had with the PCCC. Not only does it provide funding for our agency, it has also created awareness about what we do and why it is so important. It has allowed us to build a stronger relationship with our community, other agencies and sponsors. We have become a “village” of support with each other as our common driving force is helping the youth realize their full potential. Together Kids Win!”

Mellentine added this:

“The investment into PCCC allows us to continue to serve the youth of the Ozarks in providing one-to-one mentorships that not only help our children believe more in life is possible, but it also increases their success in school and helps them make better choices. In turn, this increases the quality of our future workforce and helps build a stronger community.”

WAYS TO ASSIST BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE OZARKS: 

$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 Ridewell Suspensions

The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.

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
PRESENTED BY RELIABLE HYUNDAI

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. Sign up at bikeandmusicfest.org

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400

Charity Spotlight: Barry-Lawrence County Development Center

For only $25, folks this summer can win a 2021 Toyota Tundra or $10,000 and help the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center in the process.

The Monett-based non-profit, which provides early intervention services to developmentally disabled children 5 and younger, will be among the nearly 50 Ozarks children’s charities of this summer’s PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Managed by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the PCCC has gifted nearly $17.3 million to charities since 1990 thanks to numerous fundraisers.

Among this year’s fundraisers is the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, in which a $25 ticket is eligible to win a 2021 Toyota Tundra or $10,000. The ticket also is good as a four-day grounds pass into the tournament, set for July 22-25 at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield.

For the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center, any support could be a significant boost, considering the non-profit has spent the past two years fund-raising toward the construction of a new facility in Monett.

“Our board of directors recently decided to join the list of amazing non-profits working together to make the PCCC successful,” said Lynda Painter, Executive Director of the center. “We are hoping that the additional publicity and fundraisers from the PCCC will help us reach our goal of building a new and up-to-date building to continue providing the quality early intervention services that Barry and Lawrence counties in Southwest Missouri need.”

Jerald Andrews, the Executive Director of the PCCC, expressed appreciation for Painter reaching out to the tournament late last summer.

“We are delighted that the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center is on our team of charities,” Andrews said. “We hope that businesses and individuals will throw their support behind our overall tournament and to our charities in particular. All do incredible work for communities across the Ozarks.”

The Barry-Lawrence County Development Center provides quality early intervention services to children ages 5 and under. These services include physical, occupational, speech and music therapies.

Margaret Ann Holle spearheaded the beginning of the Development Center in 1973 after an inability to find local services for her daughter with disabilities.

Now the center provides services for children with Down’s Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, sensory difficulties, behavior problems and communication disorders. It provides these services through the Missouri First Steps program and area school districts.

The Barry-Lawrence County Development Center has provided services in an older residential house in the middle of Monett since 1981. However, the facility is aging. Two years ago, a fundraising campaign got under way after Randy and Julie Witt donated a lot on the northeast side of Monett.

The PCCC could be its next important push toward that goal. In addition to the $25 tickets, the PCCC also offers nearly a dozen golf experiences – including pro-ams – at a number of the top courses in the Ozarks. To reach the center, call 417-235-6731.

Additional PCCC sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting www.pricecuttercc.org or by calling 417-887-3400.

WAYS TO ASSIST THE BARRY-LAWRENCE COUNTY DEVELOPMENT CENTER: 

$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 Ridewell Suspensions

The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.

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. Sign up at bikeandmusicfest.org

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400