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Michael Cassity, Drury University professor and director of graduate music therapy studies, received a $122,640 grant from the Lawrence and Barry counties’ tax boards to provide music therapy to disabled residents in those areas. The grant, which Cassity has received for seven years, funds a Monett satellite clinic of Drury’s Center for Music Therapy and Wellness.

The OTC Foundation, the fundraising arm of Ozarks Technical Community College, received a gift of a Hamilton Medical Inc. ventilator, valued at $55,320. The ventilator, which is the same equipment now in use at St. John’s Hospital, will be used to train students in the college’s respiratory therapy program. St. John’s recently purchased 22 Hamilton ventilators, and the donation to the college was arranged as a result of that purchase.

Donovan Nelson, assistant professor of kinesiology at Evangel University, and Callie Traub, instructor of kinesiology, accompanied nine kinesiology students who attended the 2010 the Missouri Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention in Lake Ozark. Ben Boyer and Sarah Doyle were presented with Major of the Year awards, and Taylor Higgins was named Future Professional Major of the Year.

Financial
A Plus Payroll hired Kemmi Lee, the former marketing director of The Payroll Co., as its business development manager. Lee, who has 10 years of experience in payroll development, was a consultant to small payroll companies across the country and assisted in developing a sales infrastructure for companies too small to employ sales managers.

Government
Retired U.S. Sen. Kit Bond received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon noncareer federal employees who have served the nation’s intelligence community. Bond was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2003.

Health Care
Cox College received a $389,402 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to fund the college’s Outreach Program to Expand Nursing proposal. The funds will be used for equipment and personnel, including the purchase of two human patient simulators for the Nursing Resource Center at the college.

Nonprofit
The Ozarks Regional Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named DeWitt & Associates Inc. its 2010 Outstanding Corporation of the Year. The honor was presented to the company at a luncheon held to celebrate national and local philanthropic efforts.

The board of trustees for Springfield Workshop Foundation Inc. elected John Raidel, CEO of Ridewell Suspensions, as 2011 chairman. Other elected officers were Gil Trout, regional CEO of United Missouri Bank, vice chair; Gena Wells, an accountant with Kirkpatrick, Phillips and Miller, treasurer; and foundation director Larry Leek, secretary.

Kum & Go employees and customers raised $17,606 for the Springfield Victory Mission through its annual Victory Mission Thanksgiving Turkeys Fundraiser. More than 50 area Kum & Go stores sold $1 cardboard turkeys.

Travel
El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels awarded Great Southern Travel the 4 Diamond Award, which recognizes a company for exceeding industry service standards. The award was accepted by Deana Crouch of Great Southern Travel in Riveria Maya, Mexico.[[In-content Ad]]

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