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‘Sweet Summer Soirée’ and golf tournament raises awareness for area charitable organizations and projects

Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:30 am

The Mountain Grove Area Community Foundation held its fourth annual “Sweet Summer Soirée” and golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Wedgewood Country Club with dinner at the Mountain Grove High School Cafeteria due to the weather.  Thirty-seven teams played in the two person scramble.  

“The 4th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament was very successful,” stated tournament director Jim Gunnels.  “The Board’s goal was to raise awareness and funds for area charitable organizations and projects.  The proceeds from the golf tournament and our generous sponsors will help us meet our goals of renovating the Ina Crandall Park and help other worthwhile community charitable groups,” said Gunnels.

The winners in the golf tournament competing for over $2,900 in cash and prizes were:  Championship flight:  1st Place- Jordan Slayton and Jim Gunnels (afternoon).   2nd Place – Jordan Slayton and Aaron Hawkins (morning). 3rd place – Dustin Hawkins and Jerry Dennis.  4th place – Ted Noirfalise and David Noirfalise.  A  Flight: 1st Place – Steve Moody and John Citron.  2nd Place – Dusty Schober and Rusty Chadwell. 3rd place – Harvey Ivey and Carolyn Ivey.  4th place – Jay Loveland and Lynn Loveland. Longest Drive (sponsored by Community First Bank): Women’s – Michele McDaniel.  Men’s – Ted Noirfalise.  Closest to Hole #2 (sponsored by Farmer’s Ag Center) – Anthony Crisp.  Closest to Hole #7 (sponsored by Mercy Clinic) – Ted Noirfalise.  Longest Putt Made Hole #9 (sponsored by McGownd Auto Sales) – Alan Keeling.

“I would like to personally thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, and entrants for making this our most successful event to date.  Without you we could not have had such a tremendous event.  We had 37 teams this year.  We are hoping for 50 teams next year that would raise even more money and allow the Foundation to even better serve our community”, stated Jim Gunnels.

Foundation Board members Kim Norris and Bridget Williams, organizers of the dinner, attributed the great turnout to strong community support for the Foundation.  According to Norris, “Even though it looked like the weather wasn’t going to cooperate, we still had people willing to golf and over one hundred people attended the dinner in the high school cafeteria.  Everyone had a good time, a great dinner, and at the same time supported the Foundation.  That is a winning combination.”  

The event was the Foundation’s main fundraiser for the year.  Dr. David Barbe, Foundation president stated, “The Foundation is one of our community’s greatest assets and one of the least well known.  Now in its 12th year, the 30 funds in the Foundation have returned well over $400,000 to our community through scholarships to area students and grants to local not-for-profit clubs and organizations.”  

Barbe noted that in the past two years alone, the Foundation has partnered with the City of Mtn. Grove by providing $6000 toward the rejuvenation of the Ina Crandall Park and with the new Mtn. Grove Care to Learn chapter through a $5,000 grant. In addition, significant grants have been given to organizations such the MG Arts and History Council, Unique Services, Pregnancy Resource Center, Tri-County Fair Board, Mtn. Grove Schools, American Legion, Mtn. Grove Senior Center, Norwood Pirate’s Pantry, and the STARS Foundation in Cabool.

The Foundation thanked the major sponsors and donors for this year’s event:  Community First Banking Co., First Home Bank, Town and Country Bank, Wehr Ford and RV, American Family Insurance, Shannon Heating and Cooling, Dr. David and Debbie Barbe, Whetstone Veterinary Clinic, Williams Cattle Co., Hoerning Farms, Great Rivers Distributing, S&H Farm Supply, the Penner Family, and the Mtn. Grove Schools.  Farmer’s Ag and Jack McGownd Auto Sales were thanked for hole sponsorships.

For more information about the Foundation, to make a donation or to establish a fund, contact Dr. David Barbe, 926-6111.