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White River Valley Electric turns PCCC aid into college scholarships


Sometimes we forget that a little effort in our own lives can make a significant difference in someone else’s life. That is something, however, that Molly Matney does not forget.

Matney, a College of the Ozarks senior, received assistance during her college years through the White River Valley Electric Trust Foundation.

Consider her story one of the many reasons why the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to partner with the foundation again this year. The White River foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships in the past decade to students in Christian, Douglas, Ozark, Taney and Stone counties.

“The scholarship is such a blessing. I’m able to focus on my school and future career because I have the scholarship to take care of the stress of paying for my books,” Matney said. “It’s huge for my family to know that I’m taken care of in a way that they can’t provide.”

Such assistance is the purpose of the foundation.

“As part of our commitment to community, we are proud to be able to help students from our service area earn a higher degree,” White River Valley Electric’s CEO Chris Hamon said. “It is thanks to the generosity of our members and the public that we have been able to achieve this goal.”

The PCCC, part of the PGA Tour’s annual Tour stop in Springfield, has generated almost $12 million for children’s charities in its 25-year history – including a record $1 million-plus last year.

To help students like Matney or to assist with the missions of the 44 charities, you can support the PCCC in a number of ways. For instance:


Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity -- and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity — and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • HELP FRIENDS OF ABILITIES FIRST: To help the Springfield-based non-profit in any way, call 417-886-0404 or visit its website at
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket serves as a four-day tournament pass, but it’s better than that. It enters you to win daily prizes during the tournament as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • TICKET REVENUE GOES WHERE: Contact the local charity of your choice, simply because they receive revenue directly from those TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets marked with their names.
  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the daily newsletter, website or through several events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Additionally, restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment stops and such are asked to donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball Charity Auction.
  • WHEN, WHERE: The tournament is Aug. 7-17 at Highland Springs Country Club, with the pros beginning play Aug. 13. Contact the PCCC staff at 417-887-3400.