Forty-nine children’s charities were the beneficiaries of $920,352 in funding distributed yesterday by Price Cutter Charity Championship officials.
The PGA Web.com Tour tournament — this year held in July at Highland Springs Country Club — now has distributed $15.6 million to local nonprofits since it launched in 1990. The funds were issued during the McQueary family-hosted Celebration of Sharing event — which landed on Giving Tuesday — at the club located off James River Freeway, according to a news release.
“We have been blessed all 20 years to be able to help each one of these local children’s charities,” Price Cutter Vice President of Operations Rob Marsh said in the release. “We love how the money stays local and changes the lives of so many.”
This year’s amount is short of the $957,102 donated last year and the more than $1 million record set in 2013, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
This year, the largest donation of $72,969 went to Children’s Smile Center, according to the release.
The top five donations were:
• $72,969 to Children’s Smile Center;
• $55,440 to Silver Dollar City Foundation Inc.;
• $53,891 to Fellowship of Christian Athletes;
• $49,179 to Shriners Hospital Dads; and
• $41,793 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks.
Sharon Alexander, development director for Legal Services of Southern Missouri, said the nonprofit would use its $30,113 share of the donation pool to provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.
“While we assist with an array of civil legal needs, our No. 1 priority is to protect children from abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and homelessness,” Alexander said in the release. “We chose to become involved with the Price Cutter tournament as a way to raise funds to leverage our state and federal grants, which require nongovernmental dollars as a local match. This opportunity helps us fund eight staff members providing legal assistance and case management services.”
Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the PCCC, according to the release. Late hotelier John Q. Hammons brought the tournament to Springfield in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour, according to SBJ archives.
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