The Ozarks Region Chapter for The Association of Fundraising Professionals held its annual awards celebration yesterday via Facebook Live.
CoxHealth Foundation and its staff was this year’s big winner, taking home three awards. In total, 10 awards were presented to businesses, nonprofits and individuals, which were selected by an independent panel of judges, according to a news release.
Two new awards were presented in 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
“When we saw the concept for the COVID-19 unit, we were all just overwhelmed,” said Darrel Hopkins, Prime controller, at the event. “We saw it as an opportunity to inspire hope in the community.”
Prime Inc. in April donated $700,000 to cover construction costs of the health system’s COVID-19 unit, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
Other awards given:
Volt Credit Union was nominated for its support of the Child Advocacy Center.
“It is part of our mission here at Volt that we do this type of work because it’s really in our heart, it’s in our core, it’s in our culture,” said President/CEO Loretta Roney, at the event. “We’re here to serve this community.”
CoxHealth Foundation’s Alexander said the health system acquired 100,000 face masks and face shields, 12,000 homemade masks and raised $1.2 million in three weeks to build the COVID-19 unit.
“Thanks to so many donors and supporters, we have a COVID-19 unit and we have the resources that we need to continue this fight,” she said at the event. “We have purchased more (personal protective equipment) in eight months than we would have in six years, and it takes funding to do that.”
Stack was honored for his work with Habitat for Humanity’s Tool Belts and Bow Ties fundraiser, which exceeded its fundraising goal this year despite having to cancel the event due to COVID-19 precautions.
“When we have opportunities and are blessed with opportunities, we therefore want to pass those opportunities onto everyone else and that ultimately makes a great community,” Stack said at the event.
The Hostlers were nominated by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools for leading the effort to raise $500,000 to build an inclusive playground at McBride Elementary School to honor their late son, Nick, who was a special education teacher.
“The inspiration behind this whole project came from Nick and how he inspired so many people to want to be better and to do better,” Gil Hostler said at the event. “This project is all about what his dream was: inclusion.”
The honorees were selected by an independent panel of judges:
AFP President Abby Glenn said the organization has presented the awards since 1989.
In addition to the AFP awards, Community Foundation of the Ozarks presented its 31st annual Humanitarian of the Year to CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards during the event. And Ozarks Health Advocate Foundation presented its 12th annual Child Advocate Award to Angie Siceluff of Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved; Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield; and the second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.