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Alzheimerâ€™s Awareness page page 16 16
Charity Championship page page 88
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contents 4 Cattle Baron’s Ball Entertainment 18 Kid’s Calendar Events for kids
5 A Champion for Children
19 Calendar of Events
A u g u s t
American Cancer Society
Charity Events for August
7 Springfield Cares about Fitness 21 Back to School Column
8 Upcoming Events
Ozark Food Harvest
22 Where Hope Lives
Children’s Miracle Network
10 Back to School
American Cancer Society
11 Back to School
Cancer Gears Up
12 Kids Page 1 Fun stuff for kids
American Cancer Society
24 Springfield CARES about Food Column
28 Volunteer, Mend a Heart, Make a Difference
13 Kids Page 2 More fun stuff for kids
14 Looking Back
Lost & Found Grief Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters
16 Alzheimer’s Awareness Alzheimer’s Association
this month’s charity
advertisers 15 13 20 31 32 27 26 9 6 22 2 21 23 30 15 13 21
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Care to Learn
23 Making Strides Against Breast
Boys and Girls Club
Amy Michael Publisher
Jeff Gossman Mary Valloni Peter Edwards CIA Beverly Roberts Rebbecca Fenton COTA/L Gerry Catapang PT, DPT Ken Childers Chris Shaefer Becky Overend Sharna Rittmaster
Phil Dellasega Creative Director Cara Trask Editor Michelle DeWitt Graphic Design/ Web Maintenance Nicole Malinowski Designer 3
The 2011 entertainment line-up for the American Can-
KiCK UP YOUR
cer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball is top notch. Guests of the ball will enjoy music from
food, dancing, bull riding and Vegas style gaming. Proceeds will support the
ARON’S B B E TL
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up their boots for a night of amazing
three different artists and be able to kick
RICAN CANCER SOCIETY
major health concern. Join us August 20th
Cancer Society to eliminate cancer as a
life-saving mission of the American
at the Darr Agricultural Center to save a life and be a cowboy. Call 417-447-1483 to get your tickets today.
At the• • • • • • •
2011 Cattle baron’s Ball!
Liz Moriondo Growing up in Mount Vernon, Liz first developed a love for singing at age four when she stepped up in front of the crowd at her grandma’s church and belted out “Feelin’ Mighty Fine”. Liz is now a Nashville recording artist and will take the stage as our opening entertainer at the 2011 Cattle Baron’s Ball.
Frankie Ballard In 2008, he signed with the first song publishing company he auditioned for and won Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition. In 2009, the first time he staged a showcase for record companies, he got a major-label contract. His first single, “Tell Me You Get Lonely,” became a topfive video chart success. The boy is on a roll, as they say and you can see him live as he sings his radio single “A Buncha Girls” at the Cattle Baron’s Ball!
Candy Coburn Born in Kentucky and raised in southern Missouri while spending summers in Texas with her father, Candy’s introduction to music came from her grandmother’s old record player and 8-track player. While Candy was growing up, gospel music played along with the sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Loretta Lynn and George Jones. Candy relies on her energetic delivery, true-to-life lyrics, and a show that rocks. Her music is undeniably contagious so plan to dance the night away with Candy at this year’s Cattle Baron’s Ball. 4
CASA of Southwest Missouri presents
Dear Friends of CASA: We would like to invite you to join Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in honoring Springfield community leader and volunteer Brooke O’Reilly at this year’s “Champion for Children” benefit dinner Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Hickory Hills Country Club. The event will start with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Ethan Forhetz of KY 3 will serve as emcee for the event, saluting Brooke’s efforts in improving the lives of children in our community. Individual tickets to the event may be purchased by calling 417.864.6202 or visiting the CASA office at 1111 S Glenstone. Currently, CASA is offering the opportunity for companies and organizations to participate as a sponsor for the event. Sponsorships are available for a variety of amounts and tax credits are available for qualifying amounts. Please contact Matthew Evans for more information by calling the office or by emailing email@example.com. Each year, over 950 abused and neglected children find themselves in the Greene County court system through no fault of their own. A CASA volunteer may be the one consistent contact in their lives— someone they can depend on. We need your participation to help bring these children safe and permanent homes. If you have questions about Champion for Children sponsorship or would like more information, please call us at 417-864-6202. We look forward to hearing from you!
Judy Doverspike, Executive Director
Angela Stephens-Sauber, Champion for Children Chairperson
Brooke O’Reilly 5
Alzheimerâ€™s and Exercise If I could give you a prescription for something
sternum). A measurement below 102 cm for
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that could lower your risk of Alzheimerâ€™s disease
men and 88 cm for women is considered ideal.
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would you take it? If I recommend a treatment
s 7AIST TO (IP RATIO 2ATIO OF WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE
function, such as diabetes and hypertension
for a loved one with Alzheimerâ€™s disease without unpleasant or dangerous side effects would you
to hip circumference (measured at the largest
part of the hips).
For women your waist
With all three, exercise had a positive effect
circumference divided by your hip circumference
and decreased the risk of Alzheimerâ€™s disease
When it comes to Alzheimerâ€™s disease, exercise is
should not be greater than .08, for men it should
even among those with a greater than average
medicine. While most references to Alzheimerâ€™s
be no greater than 1.0.
GENETIC RISK 9OUR ACTION PLAN -AKE MINUTES
2ECENT RESEARCH FROM #OLUMBIA 5NIVERSITY
ask the doctor about it?
active and agile, more and more research is emphasizing the importance of physical activity. Exercise is proving to be not only an effective
indicates that, even after adjusting for other
of physical activity part of your daily routine. Anything you enjoy that gets your heart rate up works, just do it.
factors, waist to hip ratio was the best predictor of risk of late onset Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Central
Perhaps best of all, exercise can provide benefits
obesity is also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes
after diagnosis. A study published this year in
and heart disease, both of which also pose an
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Exercise should be part of your prevention plan
increased risk of Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Combining
indicated that those whose treatment included
for two key reasons. First, exercise is a critical
regular physical activity with a balanced healthy
regular physical activity had improvements
component of weight management. Despite
diet is the most proven and effective strategy
in cognition, mobility and ability to perform
most peopleâ€™s efforts to lose weight without
when it comes to weight management. Your
activities of daily living. Alzheimerâ€™s patients
it, exercise is vital in creating a negative
ACTION PLAN 5SE A TAPE MEASURE TO lND YOUR
also feel the psychological benefits of exercise
energy balance to facilitate weight loss and in
waist circumference and waist to hip ratio.
of improved mood and stress reduction.
2EDUCE YOUR WAIST REDUCE YOUR RISK
Your action plan: If caring for someone with
tool for prevention but also an important part of treatment for those living with the disease.
maintaining a healthy body composition. Being overweight, particularly carrying the weight around the middle or having an â€œappleâ€? shape,
Alzheimerâ€™s disease, insist on physical activity The second reason is even if the scale doesnâ€™t
as part of the treatment plan.
move in the right direction your regular workout
is a key indicator for late onset Alzheimerâ€™s
CAN STILL HAVE PROTECTIVE BENElTS 2ESEARCHERS AT
If you are interested in learning more how
disease. Central obesity is typically defined by
THE 5NIVERSITY OF #ALIFORNIA 3AN $IEGO RECENTLY
exercise can be an effective prevention tool
published a study that outlined various reasons
for not only Alzheimerâ€™s disease but type 2
s 7AIST CIRCUMFERENCE -EASURED AT THE SMALLEST
why exercise, independent of weight loss,
diabetes, hypertension and other diseases
part of the stomach, above the belly button but
proved to be an effective preventative therapy.
and chronic illnesses be sure to visit www.
below the xiphoid process (lower part of the
Their hypothesis included the effects of exercise
exerciseismedicine.org for more information
on the following Alzheimerâ€™s disease risk factors:
and action steps.
Pamela Hernandez is a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Lifestyle & Weight Management coach. She owns Thrive Personal Fitness in Springfield. Follow her on Twitter @ThriveFit for more tips and tools for a healthy life.
Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals Upcoming Events Saturday, September 24, 2011 6:00 PM The Veridian 309 South Ave. Reserve your table or tickets today! Call Heather at 417-269-3162 for more information!
Credit Unionsâ€™ Golfing for Kids
Price Cutter Charity Championship August 11-14
September 9, 2011 - Join area golfers as they tee it up to benefit Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals during the 15th annual Credit Unionsâ€™ Golfing for Kids golf tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2011 at Rivercut Golf Course. Entry fee is $100 per person ($400team) and includes green fees, cart, lunch, range balls, prize holes and gift bag. In 2010, more than $31,000 was raised to benefit Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals during this tournament. Sponsorships are also still available. For more information, contact your local credit union.
Come see the action during the 22nd annual Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper PGA Nationwide Tour golf tournament. This yearâ€™s tournament is scheduled for August 11-14, 2011 at Highland Springs Country Club. Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals is one of over 40 local childrenâ€™s charities that benefit from the tournament. Tickets are available now by calling 417/887-3400. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Kelly at 417/269-1830.
Win a 2011 Ford Mustang!
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Your Ticket. Your Chance. Your Charity. Be a part of the excitement and you could win a 2011 Ford Mustang or $10,000! Simply purchase a ticket as part of the Marlin Network Charitable Fund Charity Sweepstakes and you could drive away in style. Tickets are only $25 each and include: 4day pass to the Price Cutter Charity Championship, chance to win 2011 Ford Mustang or $10,000, and chance to win one
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of 500 $25 gift certificates. Tickets are available by calling Kelly at 417/269-1830. 100% of all ticket sales benefit kids!
Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day Miracle Treat Day is coming up on Thursday, August 11th! Visit your local Dairy Queen and purchase a Blizzard, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit your local Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospital! Visit www.miracletreatday.com for more information.
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Miracle Jeans Day Join the largest casual day in the nation on September 14, 2011! The Miracle Jeans Day concept is simple; individuals or groups can participate in Miracle Jeans Day by supporting Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals with a minimum donation of just $5. In return, participants can choose from memorable Miracle Jeans Day merchandise to wear with their jeans on September 14, 2011. All funds raised go directly to Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth. Go casual for kids by wearing jeans on September 14, 2011 to support your local Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospital. Visit www.miraclejeansday.com to sign up or for more information!
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s the summer months come to an end, the fun doesn’t have to stop for the youth in our community! Thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield’s after school program, kids ages 6-18 have a place to hang out after school at all three facilities: Musgrave Unit, 720 S. Park, 869-8211 Henderson Unit, 835 W. Calhoun, 869-4111 Stalnaker Unit, 1410 N. Fremont, 865-2821 The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield is to provide programs that guide and direct youth from all backgrounds, with a special concern for those from at-risk circumstances. Through social, physical, and educational development activities, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield teaches youth the values of life, strengthens their self-esteem and makes them better citizens of our community. Each Club provides an exciting, fun atmosphere that includes homework assistance, field trips, music, technology, arts and crafts, sports and nutritious meals that are served every evening. Members also learn the importance of being a good citizen through community service projects. For the teens, each facility has a separate Teen Center with activities and field trips strictly with them in mind. The Clubs open at 3 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Clubs close at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. At a very affordable price of just $25 per semester and $50 for the entire year, the Boys & Girls Clubs provide a great service at a cost that’s tough to beat. For those struggling in these tough economic times, a limited number of scholarships are available.
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What makes the Boys & Girls Clubs a unique youth agency is the core programs offered at each Club including: Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; the Arts; and Education and Career Development. Higher learning is very important to the Boys & Girls Clubs, which is why there are many scholarship opportunities available for members to go to college. The most notable scholarship offered is a $12,000 Youth of the Year Scholarship, along with the O’Reilly Scholarship Fund. If parents or guardians are looking for a positive, safe place for their kids to spend time after school, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield is the place to be! The after school program begins on September 6th and registration will begin the first week of August. Membership is on a first come first served basis so sign up early.
Fulfilling needs large and small for school children living in poverty
For many of our children, the
chairs, Care to Learn meets the needs of students so that they
first day of school comes with
can be successful in school.
the excitement of a new class-
Care to Learn works closely with school district per-
room, a new teacher , and the
sonnel to identify the needs of students. The commu-
smell of crayons and freshly
nity's generous donations allow Care to Learn to
sharpened #2 leaded pencils.
provide immediate funding so that the problem is usually solved
Unfortunately in Springfield,
before the end of the school day. Care to Learn has docu-
with the first day of school also
mented a 5% increase in school attendance in the population
comes the realization that
they serve as well as a 1 point increase in grades. Dr. Norman
more than half of our children
Ridder, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, also cred-
are living in poverty. Their
its Care to Learn with preventing over 100 students from drop-
school supplies have been pro-
ping out of school.
vided by the Victory Mission or
Founder Doug Pitt is proud of the work of Care to Learn, but is
Salvation Army. They will soon
Care to Learn founder Doug Pitt
adamant in the philosophy that there will never be a poster
receive a voucher so they can
child for Care to Learn. While he is active in the daily opera-
get a new pair of shoes from
tions, he has never met a recipient of funds. He hopes that his
the Sertoma Shoe Bank and their parents will complete a form so that
work and the work of Care to Learn allows "Kids to just be
they can receive free and/or reduced lunches.
But what about their other needs? What if they don't have a coat for win-
For more information or to make a donation, please contact
ter? What if they need transportation to a doctor's appointment? What
Morey Mechlin, Executive Director, Care to Learn, 411 North
if they need hygiene products or underwear and socks? What if they get
ShermanParkway, Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-7771 or
head lice or don't have a way to do laundry?
Care to Learn was founded in 2008 by local businessman Doug Pitt to im-
mediately fund emergent student needs in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene. In just three years, Care to Learn has fulfilled over 69,000 needs in Care to Learn Chapters in Bolivar, Nixa, Ozark, OTC, Republic,
Scan me with your smart phone QR reader app to get more information about Care to Learn.
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Looking Back: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Beginnings
Match Highlight: Patrick & Grant Grant and Patrick have been
By: Matthew Evans
This week I had the opportunity to sit down with two former staff members
2011. Sharing many common
of Big Brothers Big Sisters: Becky Farris and Vivian Bruner. The stories and expe-
interests, this match has en-
riences they were able to share with me allowed me a better insight to our agency
joyed watching sci-fi movies
and the rich history is has had in the Ozarks. I hope reading their memories of
together a couple times a
Big Brothers Big Sisters and its past will be a benefit to you as well.
month. They’ve also been
An Aurora native, Vivian was one of the first staff members of Big Brothers Big
able to enjoy Springfield Car-
Sisters of Springfield of the Ozarks. After graduating from college, in 1982 Vivian
dinals baseball and bowling
was approached to become a VISTA worker at CODAC (Community Organization
together. Coming from a single parent home, Grant has been able to benefit from
for the Development of Adults and Children). She felt lead to become a part of
having Patrick as a positive male influence in his life over the last several months.
the organization and spent the next year compiling and developing a Service De-
A Letter from our Joplin Office
livery Model and agency Policy and Procedures to obtain a provisional membership to Big Brothers Big Sisters. After her time as a VISTA was completed she began as the first case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield of the Ozarks.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Joplin
After leaving the agency in 1985, Vivian came back in 1989 to help the program
and our local Big Brothers Big Sisters families.
out for a couple of years. At this time, Becky Farris was hired a case worker. She
We are continuing to work with our fami-
worked for the organization for six years, implementing the Empower Program,
lies to ensure that their needs are being
which educated participants on Sexual Abuse and Prevention.
met and that they are able to find any
Both Vivian and Becky were part of the first Big Brothers Big Sister’s Bowl For Kids’
needed resources. As for the agency,
Sake in Springfield. This took place on a Sunday afternoon at Cherokee Lanes on
we have temporarily relocated our
South Campbell. Now, over 20 years later, Bowl For Kids’ Sake continues to be a
office to the United Way building in
flagship event for the agency and boasts participation from four bowling alleys
Joplin due to the damage our office
over four days.
sustained during the May 22nd tornado. It has been a long road and we have
From the beginning, the agency focused on making matches and helping children
an even longer road ahead of us in rebuilding, but we are not victims, we are
by providing them positive role models. Becky and Vivian agreed that the match-
survivors. We have survived the tornado and we will continue to survive until we
ing process was always superiorly important. Making sure the Big and Little were
have rebuilt bigger and stronger than we were.
compatible has been, and still is, a big part of the program.
If you would like to help or have a donation for our families, or the office, please
When asked what they remembered most about their time at Big Brothers Big
give us a call at 417-626-9244. Thank you again for your support.
Sisters,Vivian said it was how “excited and anxious the kids were when they were
Don Greenlee, Program Director
meeting their match for the first time.” Becky shared that for her it was “the im-
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks - Jasper & Newton Counties
portance of role models for kids. The dependability of having a positive role model in their lives; So many kids lack that.” Remembering back to their time as case workers, Becky and Vivian both said the impact that was made through the program had long-lasting impacts in the lives of the Littles. Each of them still see participants from the program in the community and the success of those Littles continues their belief in the program. Becky shared a story about one young boy who was matched with an attorney.They spent time together for a number of years. When the attorney married a ballet dancer, she began to give the little lessons. He went on to become a professional performer and eventually returned to his hometown to teach others the talent that had been made possible because of the relationship cultivated through the program. Over the years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield of the Ozarks has moved from a small space at Smith Park, to an office at the Downtown YMCA, and is currently known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks in a building of its own. Becky and Vivian still express strong beliefs in the program and are impressed with the organization and how it has been improved and grown over the years. As the interview concluded Becky made a statement that really put the past 28 years in perspective. “We get so much out of volunteering ourselves, and if children (can) grow because of that…then we are doing good.” 14
Tax Credits Now Available
Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to offer State of Missouri Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Tax Credits to our contributors starting July 1, 2011. If you are liable for Missouri taxes (individuals & corporations) you could take advantage of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ status as a YOP approved organization. Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded YOP Tax credits to qualified organizations that broaden and strengthen opportunities for positive development and participation in community life for youth, and to discourage such persons from engaging in criminal and violent behavior. Big Brothers Big Sisters contributors will receive 50% of their monetary contribution in tax credits to offset their Missouri state tax liability, with up to a 5 year carry forward. The benefit also provides great impact as the contributor’s tax credits redirect his/her tax dollars back into our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters has $59,105 in credits which will leverage $118,210 in contributions to support our mission of providing children with positive adult role models. If you are interested in learning more about YOP tax credits contact Sophie Pierpoint, Director of Development at (417) 889-9136.
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The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research, to enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, communicate and carry out daily activities. If an individual with Alzheimer’s has no other serious illness, the loss of brain function itself is ultimately fatal. This tragic disease not only robs individuals of their precious memories and ability to function, it also affects the lives of their family members. Since 1987, the Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has been working tirelessly to combat the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Our programs and services are designed to assist families and care partners in meeting these challenges and improving the quality of life for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Our programs and services include:
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boards. The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide an online community for persons with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.
Resource library. Our library provides audio tapes, videocassettes, DVDs, books, activity kits, and free brochures for families, care partners, students and others wanting information about Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. Multilingual information is also available.
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We face a defining moment in our journey to a world without Alzheimer’s disease. The baby boomer generation is growing older – and age is the greatest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s. One in eight boomers will develop the disease, rapidly adding to the estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today. We must act now to stop this crisis. Since 1989, we’ve mobilized millions in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now, we ask you to register for Walk to End Alzheimer’s™, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Join us by signing up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s near you. Register today at www.alz.org/swmo.
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Weekend Backpack Program Starts September 2nd For one in five Ozarks children, back-to-school means back to no longer worrying about where the next meal is coming from. Ozarks Food Harvest provides backpacks with child-friendly food for students to take home over the weekends, when they do not have access to free and reduced breakfasts and lunches at school, or evening meals and snacks at afterschool feeding programs. The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program™ begins Friday, Sept. 2, in 30 area schools, including 13 in Springfield. Food insecure children are identified by school counselors or principals and given a backpack, provided by The Food Bank, each Friday afternoon to take home over the weekend. The food bag contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and snacks. Students return the bags, which look like any other student’s backpack, and volunteers refill them for the following weekend. Volunteers will fill nearly 30,000 backpacks this school year. Ozarks Food Harvest launched the program in 2003 in Marshfield,
risville, Rueter, Theodosia and Thornfield, adding schools to the list each year. All benefitting schools have free and reduced meal rates of 50
greater—some schools are as high as 95 percent. The Food Bank provided child food bags to three summer school sites in Joplin, following the tornado devastation. After summer school ended, OFH served Emerson Elementary in Joplin. Individuals can sponsor a backpack for a child in need for $300 annually or $150 per semester. Donations can be made securely online at ozarksfoodharvest.org. Corporate sponsorships are also available. To learn more about the Backpack Program, contact Director of Member Services at Ozarks Food Harvest, Mary Zumwalt, at (417) 865•3411. Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America® food bank for southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches 20,000 individuals weekly and distributes one million pounds of food monthly. OFH was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org and at facebook.com/ozarksfoodharvest.
Ozarks Food Harvest Backpack Program Participating Schools County Bissett Elementary (Springfield)
Watkins Elementary (Springfield)
Bowerman Elementary (Springfield)
Boyd Elementary (Springfield)
Weller Elementary (Springfield)
Campbell Elementary (Springfield)
Westport Elementary (Springfield)
McGregor Elementary (Springfield)
Williams Elementary (Springfield)
Portland Elementary (Springfield)
York Elementary (Springfield)
Robberson Elementary (Springfield)
Surrounding Area Schools Bakersfield Elementary (Bakersfield)
Lutie Elementary (Theodosia)
Columbian Elementary (Carthage)
Mallory Elementary (Buffalo)
Emerson Elementary (Joplin)
Marion C. Early (Morrisville)
Fair Play Elementary
Mark Twain Elementary (Rueter)y( )
Richards Elementary (West Plains)
Central Park Elementary (Monett)
Edwin P. Hubble Elementary
Mt. Vernon Elementary
The American Cancer Society Lodging Program
The American Cancer Society lodging program is a combination of our Hope Lodge and Guest Room programs for patients. In the United States there are 31 Hope Lodge locations that are willing to help cancer patients in every way possible. Missouri is home to two Hope Lodges - one in St. Louis and another in Kansas City. There are currently 15 hotels that partner with the Society throughout southern Missouri to provide Guest Room lodging to patients in need. A cancer diagnosis can be challenging for patients that have to travel for treatment; that’s why the American Cancer Society created the Hope Lodge. It is a free and temporary home for cancer patients and their caregivers while getting treatment. The Lodge has a home-like environment that also offers resources and information about research and cures. Hope Lodges are designed to provide guests with the services and necessities to make their stay more comfortable. In each room there are two twin beds, a large bureau, a private bath and a phone with voicemail included. A kitchen is located within the building that is fully equipped with refrigerators, freezers, and food storage areas. There is also a spacious dining room for special dinner occasions and visiting friends
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located on each floor to make that process simple for guests. Patients and family members can also relax with cable television offered in every room or in one of the quiet areas reserved for activities like reading a favorite book. For patients with lodging needs in areas where a Hope Lodge is not available, the Society has worked to establish partnerships with local hotels to provide patients with a free place to stay while traveling away from home for cancer treatments. Locations for this Guest Room program vary and are dependent on current partnerships. These hotels provide an amazing lifesaving service to our patients. During the 2011 fiscal year, patients in southern Missouri and their caregivers have been provided with 6,302 nights worth of free lodging through our two programs. That equates to roughly $630,000 in savings for patients in this area. It also provides them with a means of completing treatment and a lot of hope for the future. Mary, a cancer survivor and Hope Lodge guest knows first hand how important the program is. “I found out I had cancer on a Thursday and was told I would be leaving for St. Louis the next day to begin treatment for a rare form of cancer. My doctor shared that I should expect to stay there for four to five months. They made arrangements for me to stay at the American Cancer Society Hope lodge. Because of the support of my friends, family and the American Can-
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cer Society, beating cancer was doable.”
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is Gearing Up Cancer touches more than just the people diagnosed. It has an impact on everyone around them. That's why the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk unites communities to celebrate people who have battled breast cancer, educate people about ways to reduce their risk, and empower communities to join the fight. Every dollar you raise and every step you take will save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against breast cancer. Since 1993, nearly 7 million walkers have raised more than $400 million to help fight breast cancer through participating in the noncompetitive, 3- to 5-mile events. This will be the 3rd year for the event in Springfield, MO. The event has grown significantly with 2,500 people attending in 2009, 4,500 in 2010 and we are hoping the 2011 event will be our biggest yet. In 2010 the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event raised over $126,000 to fight this disease. The team that raised the most funds was â€œFirefighters Fighting Back.â€? Their team of 18 raised nearly $5,000! With great motivation and team effort our community is fighting breast cancer and joining the movement to create a world with more birthdays. This could be the year you join in the fight.
Here are three easy ways you can be involved with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Southwest Missouri event: Start a Team Team leaders are the heart and soul of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Sign up online to start your team and invite your friends to join you. Then, using the tools in your Personal Participant Center, ask friends and family to support your effort with a donation to help save lives from breast cancer. Join a Team When you sign up to join a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team, you are committing to share your passion to raise funds to help save lives from breast cancer. Your team leader will guide you through the process, and together you'll ask friends and family to support your effort with a donation to help create a world with more birthdays. Walk as an Individual You may sign up as an individual, but you will not be alone. Individual walkers are part of our nationwide community of Making Strides participants and fundraisers. We'll be here with you every step of the way as you ask friends and family to support your effort to save lives with a donation. And on the day of the walk, you'll stand side by side with others who share your passion Teams are starting to form. Visit us at www.makingstridesswmo.org or call 417-447-1485 to sign up today! Event Details: October 15, 2011 Jordan Valley Park Registration starts at 8 a.m. Walk starts at 9 a.m.
HIGHLIGHTING FOOD IN THE SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY THAT BENEFITS OUR PEOPLE AND OUR PLANET
Food Safety and Community Food safety has become top of mind with source-of-origin concerns
One indication of risk of a food being less safe because of additives
with issues such as e-coli outbreaks and the rapid rise of food
is the ingredient list you find on packaging. Does it have a lot of
allergies. Factors which affect food safety are the additives to
ingredients? When foods are needed from the “center aisles” of
foods, the way the foods are produced (i.e., whether harmful
the grocery store, in other words, canned, frozen or packaged foods
chemicals have been used in the agriculture or the processing of
which require processing and distribution, a good rule of thumb is
the food), the feed stock and supplements the animals are fed, and
to look for foods with the fewest ingredients and are produced and
the way the foods are handled and stored during production, post
packaged as near as possible to the point of sale.
production, and in distribution.
When buying milk and
In the Ozarks, we’re fortunate to have the largest “producers only”
meat products, it is
farmers market in Missouri—the Greater Springfield Farmers’
wise to buy milk from
Market. “Producers only” means the foods and goods in the
cows that have been
market have not been resold and shall not be resold. Everything
raised with hormone-
you find at the Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market comes straight
free diets and meats
from the producer to you—whether it be milk, eggs, bread, fruits,
vegetables, meat, jewelry, plants, goat’s milk soap, or dog biscuits!
The benefit to you from this “producers only” market atmosphere
free diets. Memory Lane
is the elimination of the middle man. You know where your food
Dairy is an example of
comes from and who grows it. The foods are fresh, which means
a local dairy which has
they have not been stored for any length of time. They have been
made the commitment
made by hand, processed by hand, grown by a local neighbor and
to avoid use of synthetic
delivered by the farmer, directly to the marketplace, so they have
hormones in their cows. Memory Lane milk is sold in glass bottles
not been altered by any third party process or exposed to industrial
at Price Cutter and Harter House.
machinery. The foods have not traveled far, so the risk of harm from
Children especially seem to be the victims of the growing epidemic
distribution is also very limited—basically, the fewer the steps, the
of allergies to eight types of foods: peanuts, milk, tree nuts, eggs,
less chance of contamination.
fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. If you’re concerned about food
Wouldn’t it be great if we could do all our grocery shopping at the
allergy issues, foods that you know have natural composition and
farmers market? Of course, but it’s not reasonable to expect this.
handling, like those you can find at the farmers market, are less
So what do you look for when you’re purchasing food items in a
likely to pose safety risk of contamination from processing.
traditional grocery store?
Winston Riley, CIA Graduate and Founder of Smart Group Smart Group is a local marketing agency that’s focused on food companies which have a social or environmental mission. Learn more by visiting www.smartgroupteam.com or calling 417.425.7596.
Your Greater Springfield Farmersâ€™ Market is at the Battlefield Mall location Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, as well as a new time on Tuesday evenings! In addition, the market is at the downtown location, next to the Discovery Center, on Thursday afternoons.
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Volunteer, Mend a Heart, Make a Difference You can see the children growing and working through their own grief, and you know that in some small way you have helped them along this journey and it feels amazing,” says Anna Abrams Radford, group facilitator at Lost & Found. Lost & Found Grief Center is a local nonprofit that provides grief support services, at no charge, to families grieving the death of a loved one. Groups are led by professional counselors who are supported by trained volunteer facilitators, like Anna Abrams-Radford. At the end of the Spring session, 243 children and adults were enrolled in their support groups, a 76% increase over the same time last year. As the organization prepares for the Fall session, the number of families served will only continue to grow. According to U.S. Census data, 1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent before the age of 18. In the 15 counties Lost & Found serves, that means 10,000 children are grieving the death of a parent. These numbers do not include those grieving the death of a sibling or primary caregiver other than a parent. As the number of families served grows, so does the need for volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of Lost & Found’s program. Each group has volunteer facilitators who assist with discussion and activities designed to help participants explore and address the complex issues of grief. No prior counseling experience is required, as each group is led by a professional counselor and the volunteers are required to attend a two-day professional training session. To provide stability to Lost & Found families, facilitators are asked to make a one year commitment to a group that meets twice a month. “Volunteering for Lost & Found has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing individuals that live in the Ozarks. Their strength and courage truly amaze me,” says Jamie Bell, group facilitator. Lost & Found facilitators support children and families through the grieving process. Unresolved grief can result in physical and mental health problems including anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and weakened immune system, academic and behavioral problems, dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency, and substance abuse. “There’s a huge value in Lost and Found for me. Without Lost & Found, I don’t know really what road I would have gone down or if I’d be sitting here today without Lost & Found. I was very, very depressed,” says one teen participant.
Lost & Found Facilitator Training Friday, September 9th 5:30pm-8:30pm Saturday, September 10th, 8:30am -4:00pm
Lost and Found has a forward-moving model. Participants work to get through their grief to find a new normal. “Every night we see progress in our families, and although it is a sad situation that brings them here, Lost & Found is not a sad place. The bonds and friendships that are created make it a wonderful place for children and families,” says Karen Scott, Executive Director. “The children are so eager to share their stories of their lost loved ones and I feel privileged to share in their memories. It is amazing to be able to see the children grow from when they first come to group and when they are ready to close," says Daphne Mack, group facilitator.
Contact Julie Brady at (417)865-9998 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published on Aug 1, 2011
Published on Aug 1, 2011
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