CORE’s Annual Golf Tournament Scores Big!

CORE’s Annual Golf Tournament Scores Big!

On May 16th, Tri-Lakes golfers gathered to elevate CORE’s annual golf tournament to new heights. Held at the stunning Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, the event was a resounding success, boasting impressive fundraising and enthusiastic participation.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort, consistently voted “Best in Branson,” provided a breathtaking backdrop for the day. As the early morning rain showers cleared, the course glowed with a vibrant green that would make the historic links of St. Andrews envious. The verdant beauty was enhanced by deer, woodchucks, and various critters emerging from the forest, along with waterfowl swimming in the lakes. Participants and spectators alike marveled at the pristine conditions and scenic beauty of the course.

The tournament has grown significantly since 2022. From 76 golfers, this year’s event saw 112 competitors, underscoring its rising popularity and importance on the community calendar. Teams from various local businesses and groups participated, including the Branson Police Department. Friends of CORE also fielded teams, all displaying camaraderie and sportsmanship, contributing to a fun and friendly competition!

This year marked the first all-day event, as the large field of golfers made an afternoon-only schedule impractical. The extended day also allowed participants to attend CORE’s Dinner and Live/Silent Auctions later that evening.

Participants received complimentary swag bags filled with CORE-logoed golf towels, balls, tees, ball markers, and divot tools, along with sunglasses and tasty snacks for the match.  The top six teams in two flights received cash prizes ranging from $400 up to $1,200.  Prizes were awarded for hole competitions, too.

A highlight of the event was the grand prize for the hole-in-one contest: a stunning $70,000 Chevy pickup by Pinegar Chevrolet Buick GMC. Though no one claimed the prize, the challenge added excitement and anticipation to the day. Kyler Patterson, head of the Pro Shop at Thousand Hills, reported that one golfer came tantalizingly close, just two feet from a hole-in-one!

Another high point was the impressive Jeep brought by Pink Jeep Tours, not for off-roading on the course but to showcase a really exciting, alternative way to experience the Ozarks’ magic.

Gather & Graze, another event sponsor, provided a delicious lunch spread that received rave reviews. The gourmet offerings from this famous charcuterie bar ensured everyone was well-fed and had happy tummies.

All proceeds from this year’s tournament support CORE’s mission to provide effective alternatives to substance abuse and aid those affected by it. This event not only offered a day of entertainment and competition but also made a meaningful contribution to combating this critical issue within our community.  CORE is very grateful for all of the participants and sponsors, and we hope this cherished tradition continues for years to come!

A Night of Generosity: CORE’s Record-Breaking Fundraiser!

A Night of Generosity:
CORE’s Record-Breaking Fundraiser!

On May 16th, our community gathered at CORE for an unforgettable evening filled with food, fun, and philanthropy. This year’s annual dinner and auctions surpassed all expectations, breaking records and garnering unprecedented support for CORE’s mission. The evening featured a delectable dinner, a 50/50 raffle, and both live and silent auctions that kept the auditorium buzzing with excitement. It was the most successful charity event in our organization’s history, providing important support for our cause.

Publicity and Preparations

Having hosted this event for years, we prepared for a certain number of guests based on past attendance. With history in hand, our people set up CORE’s auditorium to accommodate several hundred people. However, this year’s turnout exceeded our wildest dreams. As dinner progressed, more and more supporters arrived. For the first time, our usually overprepared kitchen sold out of dinners, and additional tables were brought in to accommodate everyone. We had never seen such a large turnout!

We attribute this record-breaking attendance to our presenter, Ozarks Dynacom, whose popular family of radio stations masterfully promoted the event. Our publisher, Image Works, Inc., also played a significant role by creating beautiful ads distributed on our website, electronically, and in print.

A Feast to Remember

CORE’s culinary team set the tone for the evening with a sumptuous dinner. Guests enjoyed a mouth-watering spread featuring roast pork and chicken, accompanied by classic sides like potato salad, coleslaw, and pit beans. The culinary delights continued with a variety of scrumptious desserts, ensuring no one left unsatisfied.

The dinner was not only a feast for the palate but also a time for attendees to connect, have fun, and share their commitment to CORE’s mission.

Silent Auction Treasures

While dinner was underway, a silent auction featuring about 30 exceptional items drew significant interest and competitive bidding. The diverse selection included cozy home goods, gift certificates to local eateries, tickets to live shows and theaters, handcrafted items from local artisans, and luxurious “staycation” packages at nearby resorts. There were also certificates for local services, ensuring something for everyone. The silent auction really highlighted the generosity of our local businesses and artisans.

The Thrill of the 50/50 Raffle

The excitement ramped up with the drawing for our 50/50 raffle, which generated thousands of dollars in ticket sales at $5 per ticket. The room was electric as the winner was announced, adding a thrilling element to the night while supporting a great cause.

Live Auction Extravaganza

The highlight of the evening was the live auction, which began on a sweet note with the auctioning of pies and cakes. These homemade delights sparked intense bidding wars, setting the mood for the rest of the evening. Cakes and pies fetched hundreds of dollars apiece as generous bidders competed to support our charity. The excitement continued as the auction transitioned to larger, highly coveted items.

As an example, one standout item was a limited edition football donated by the Kansas City Chiefs, drawing a winning bid of over a thousand dollars. Additionally, a blade made by “Forged in Fire” champion Davy Wilson and a hand-built AR-15 also brought in several thousands more.  Entertainment and staycation packages, a kayak, and a unique fishbowl filled with money were among the other highlights. Remarkably, the winner of the fishbowl donated the money back to CORE, embodying the evening’s spirit of generosity.  In all, over 50 items went up for bid at the auction.

A Record-Breaking Success

During the evening, our CEO Cary McKee took the stage to thank all attendees, sponsors, and those who donated auction items. He was overwhelmed (for good reason!) by the sincere generosity of everyone who contributed. By night’s end, the combined proceeds from the dinner, raffle, and auctions marked this event as CORE’s most successful fundraiser to date. The overwhelming turnout and enthusiastic participation surpassed all expectations, reflecting the community’s deep commitment to CORE’s mission.

A Heartfelt Thank You!

From all of us at CORE, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended, donated, and supported our event. The outpouring of generosity is a testament to the bonds within our community and our shared dedication to helping individuals escape a life of substance abuse. CORE’s mission is to provide the most effective recovery program available, and the funds raised at this event will greatly further our efforts in 2024!