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August 31, 2022

Spring Events Engage the Community While Supporting Services at The Arc

Boats in the water for bass fishing tournament

The Arc of the Ozarks is proud of our long history of supporting individuals with disabilities.

To help fulfill our mission, The Arc provides a range of services to make sure the people we serve have the resources they need. Our programs empower clients to direct their own lives and participate fully in their communities. 

We also offer many opportunities for the whole community to get involved by hosting signature fundraising events throughout the year. These events provide fun for participants while raising much-needed funding for programs that support individuals and families served by The Arc.

Here’s a recap of two of our recent events, the Open Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament in April and the Monett Golf Tournament in May. 

Open Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament Helps Residential Services

Anglers from across the Ozarks and beyond took to Table Rock Lake on Saturday, April 30 in hopes of reeling in the biggest bass at our 4th annual Open Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament

Client of the Arc of the Ozarks celebrates birthday with friends

The event raised a record-breaking $16,000 to benefit individuals we serve at The Arc of the Ozarks to fund unmet medical, dental and personal needs. Just like everyone else, our clients find it challenging to keep up with the cost of living. The majority of our individuals have at least one doctor visit per week, and some are seen by multiple doctors on a monthly basis. Half of our clients use medical equipment such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, adaptive shoes and grab bars.

“It is very important to take care of those that have a need, and this tournament does that,” said Glenn Rosser, owner of Anglers Obsession Guide Service and volunteer coordinator of event logistics. “Thanks to all those that came out to support and help us meet an important need for people with disabilities that are served by The Arc.” 

Although the morning started out with a few scattered showers, the sun made its appearance just in time for boaters to launch. The day ended with a weigh-in and lunch around 3:30 where we identified the biggest bass at a whopping 5.93 pounds. 

We would like to congratulate all the winners and offer our sincere thanks to every participant who came out to support The Arc of the Ozarks. 

“All the sportsmen and women that came out to show their support are greatly appreciated,” said Rosser.

Monett Golf Tournament Boosts Local Partnership

Male golfer participating in golf tournament

The Arc of the Ozarks hosted our 19th annual Monett Charity Golf Tournament at Windmill Ridge Golf course on May 6. Despite the rainy start, it was a great day of golfing and fun for everyone involved in this community-sponsored event! Twenty-five teams came out to help raise over $10,000 for individuals supported by The Arc of the Ozarks in Barry and Lawrence counties. 

Proceeds from this year’s event will fund the remodel of our new space in the Life360 Resource Center. Located in a former hospital in Monett, Life360 generously provides affordable office space for many nonprofit organizations to serve a wide range of needs. Partnering with Life360 enables The Arc to have a new base for our employment services and community integration. We are grateful to work alongside the other nonprofits at this hub of local resources.

Life 360 resource center in Monett Missouri

This year’s golf tournament started with a cookout-style lunch featuring delicious tea courtesy of McAlister’s Deli and cookies donated by Subway. Our President/CEO, Mike Powers, welcomed the teams and thanked them for their continued support of this longstanding Monett tradition. 

Raffles, prizes, games, and fun were a bonus to enjoying 18 holes of golf spent with teammates, friends, and family. 

“It is amazing to see how many opportunities can be created when a community rallies together to support all its members,” said Clay McGranahan, Vice President of Program Services. “From a golf tournament to the Life 360 resource center partnerships, there are so many ways to get involved to support each other. We are excited for the opportunity to expand resources in the Monett community to better serve individuals with disabilities across the Ozarks.”

This would not have been possible without the amazing support from our sponsors and community partners that came out to help make this tournament a success. We could not have done it without you.