The Price Cutter Charity Championship set a fundraising record for the second straight year.
During the Celebration of Sharing event held yesterday at Highland Springs Country Club, PCCC officials presented nearly $1.1 million to 54 Ozarks children's charities, according to a news release. The McQueary family hosted the event.
“We are thankful that numerous businesses and individuals rallied to support our charities. Your efforts will help them meet their missions and make a true impact in the lives of those most in need in southwest Missouri," said Byron Shive, tournament executive director, in the release.
The fundraising component is a key aspect of the PCCC, a tournament on the PGA Korn Ferry Tour held this summer. Since its debut in 1990, the tournament at Highland Springs has raised roughly $19.5 million for local charities.
Last year's record was $1.01 million, and this year marks the third time the PCCC has brought in more than $1 million, according to the release. The first year was in 2014.
For this year's PCCC, the top funding award of $78,111 went to Children's Smile Center, according to tournament officials.
Bonnie Keller, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, which was selected for $48,795 in funding, said the nonprofit has benefited from the event since its start.
"The PCCC has been instrumental in helping us be there for families during one of the most scary and vulnerable times of their lives, providing a home- away- from- home for families of seriously ill and injured children for 33 years. We are truly grateful to be part of the PCCC family," Keller said in the release.
A pair of area medical colleges that received state grant funding in the fall are now investing the funds toward technology and new programs with the intent of attracting more students to the nursing profession.