Charity Spotlight: Horses of Hope

Some 25 years ago, this idea came about: Why not open an equine farm dedicated to improving the lives of folks who could truly benefit?

And from that idea rose an organization called Horses of Hope, which began humbly enough in a small southeast Kansas town near the Ozarks and – for the past 17 years – has made an impact in southwest Missouri.

Which is another way of saying Horses of Hope fits snugly with the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. The tournament, known as the PCCC, has gifted nearly $17.4 million to Ozarks children’s charities since its inception in 1990.

As Mycah McColm-Hopkins explained, the not-for-profit is trying to work wonders in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

“We offer horse-assisted services, activities, and experiences to all ages with all types of challenges or disabilities people experience over the life span,” said McColm-Hopkins, the Marketing Director of Horses of Hope. “Some of the services offered include therapeutic horseback riding for individuals, groups and other service agencies; equine assisted mental health services available to individuals, groups and families; and equine assisted learning programs offered to area schools and other educational and service agencies.”

The great thing about Horses of Hope is that, like many PCCC charities, it continues to challenge itself to be better. For instance, the organization recently purchased a 35-acre equine specifically designed farm near Rogersville, which is just east of Springfield.

That joins a family of equine facilities located in Joplin as well as in Miami, Okla., which is a collaboration with the Modoc Nation and is designed to assist mental health for youth and families.

“Over the many successful years of programming in multiple states, Horses of Hope has had the opportunity to literally serve and make a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals of all ages,” McColm-Hopkins said.

Its partnership with the PCCC could lead to even greater impact.

“As a not-for-profit service organization, fundraising is an integral part of our overall programming efforts,” McColm-Hopkins said. “The opportunity to ‘link arms’ with the strength of the PCCC and other charity programs in the area is an exciting adventure for our organization. This support will help us to branch into a new fundraising effort and aid in overall sustainability.”

WAYS TO HELP HORSES OF HOPE THROUGH THE PCCC:

$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

 

Charity Spotlight: Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield

If you assumed that the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield wasn’t ready to burst into the summer – especially as the global pandemic appears to near an end – well, check what its officials are about to roll out.

The Boys & Girls Club of Springfield is opening the O’Reilly Unit at Williams Elementary and is launching a new workforce readiness program.

And that’s in addition to all the other incredible work it does for local youths – which is why the Club is a great fit for the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

The tournament, set for July 16-26 in Springfield, has gifted nearly $17.4 million in its 32-year history.

Kids, teens, and their families need support now more than ever,” said Amber Alcorn, the Boys & Girls Club Marketing and Communications Assistant. “With the help of the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Boys & Girls Club will help reverse learning loss, restore a sense of safety, and continue giving kids something fun to look forward to this year.” Excited doesn’t even begin to describe the atmosphere among the club’s leadership, either. “Educational programming at the Club seeks to ensure all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st Century career,” Alcorn said. “The Club does whatever it takes to make sure members are on the fast track to success.”

The O’Reilly Unit and the workforce readiness program are examples of the Club sticking to its mission, which is: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The PCCC has enabled the Club to thrive in numerous ways: “For 26 years, the PCCC has provided a funding stream for the Boys & Girls Club, which provides supplies and equipment for programs focusing on Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles,” said Jeff Long, Director of Operations. “PCCC’s funding allows Boys & Girls Club to provide a safe place for kids after school — a place where they can build friendships, have fun, explore new opportunities and celebrate accomplishments!”

WAYS TO HELP BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD THROUGH THE PCCC:

$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

Price Cutter Pro-Am-collage

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 Custom Metalcraft & 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

Rockin N Roll Bike & Music Festival-logo

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.

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400