Monday, March 27, 2017

Skaggs Foundation, CoxHealth to host Community Summit on substance abuse

Event begins at 9 a.m. April 13 at the Hughes Brothers Theatre

Marietta Hagan
Project Coordinator
Skaggs Foundation and CoxHealth invite the community to join them Thursday, April 13, when Dr. Bill Geary, a national expert on substance abuse prevention and community coalitions, will facilitate a discussion on proactive approaches the communities of Stone and Taney counties can take to combat substance abuse. The Substance Abuse Initiative Community Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hughes Brothers Theatre in Branson.

“At this event, we want to bring together community members and leaders from Stone and Taney
counties for an opportunity to learn about the Substance Abuse Initiative,” explains CoxHealth Project Coordinator Marietta Hagan. “Substance abuse has been identified as a top concern by residents of both Stone and Taney counties. Together, CoxHealth and Skaggs Foundation have stepped up to the plate to invest the resources necessary to lead this initiative.”

Hagan explained that the goal of the initiative is to support the region’s social and economic prosperity by engaging key stakeholders around the topic of local substance abuse, identifying community resources, encouraging collaboration of those resources and implementing proven prevention efforts.

During the community summit, Dr. Geary will present the results of a recent community assessment and share his recommendations as to how the community can move forward. In addition to Dr. Geary’s presentation, local substance abuse experts will share their experiences and insights on the topic and area agencies will highlight existing programs and efforts already underway.

“People from all sectors of the community will benefit from attending the summit,” says Hagan. “Whether you live or just work in Stone or Taney counties, the success and prosperity of the region depends on the community’s willingness to join together to keep the Ozarks a safe place to live, work and play.”

The Substance Abuse Initiative will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 13, at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, 3425 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson. For more information about the upcoming summit or the Substance Abuse Initiative, call Hagan at 417-335-7333 or email

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Skaggs Foundation accepting grant applications and concept papers

Skaggs Legacy Endowment dedicated to supporting health and wellness initiatives
Cedarcreek Volunteer Fire Protection District
was a 2016 Helping Hands grant recipient

Now through April 28, Skaggs Foundation is accepting grant applications and concept papers from organizations wishing to receive funding from Skaggs Legacy Endowment. Skaggs Legacy Endowment is a restricted fund made possible by a generous gift from CoxHealth in 2013.

To be considered for Skaggs Legacy Endowment funding, programs must be health and wellness related and serve Stone and/or Taney County residents. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit with current proof of 501(c)3 status, a school or governmental agency. Priority will be given to collaborative initiatives that address dental care, substance abuse/tobacco, unhealthy body weight, mental health, child and family safety, improve access to care and community health workers.

“Through Skaggs Legacy Endowment, we are investing in the health and wellness of our community today, knowing that the impact of good health will last for generations to come,” says Skaggs Legacy Endowment Grants Committee Chairman Nita Jane Ayres. “Through these grants, we’ve impacted thousands of lives in Stone and Taney counties and look forward to seeing more great projects from our community.”

There are currently two levels of grants available:
  • Helping Hands grant awards range from $1,000-$5,000 and are one-year grants. Full applications are due April 28.
  • The Priority Health Needs grant award floor is $5,001 with no award ceiling. Requests may be made up to a three-years period, although funding is committed for one year at a time. Future funding is contingent upon program results and funding availability. Programs that are collaborative in nature and address a top identified health need are of high priority. Concept papers are due April 28.
In October 2016, Skaggs Foundation awarded 14 grants to local organizations.

Among the grant recipients was Cedarcreek Volunteer Fire Protection District which received a Helping Hands grant to purchase a CPR Manikin and AED training package.

Stone County Health Department received for the third year a Priority Health Needs grant for its Healthy Bundles program. Healthy Bundles provides free home visits to families with newborns and free newborn case management in an effort to prevent and address child abuse and neglect.

For more information on these or other projects funded through Skaggs Legacy Endowment or to access Skaggs Legacy Endowment forms, visit or call Mindy Honey at 417-335-7340.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Branson’s Skaggs Classic returns June 9-10

Charity golf tournament offers opportunity to play two great Branson courses

Branson’s Skaggs Classic charity golf tournament will return June 9-10 this year with the incredible opportunity for golfers to enjoy not just one beautiful Branson course, but two.

“Branson has so many wonderful courses and we decided this year to give our sponsors the opportunity to try a couple of the courses during one fun-filled weekend,” says Skaggs Foundation President Meghan Connell. “We will kick things off on Friday, June 9, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. That main day of play includes free lunch, snacks and beverages for all of our players as well as appetizers, a silent auction and an awards ceremony. On Saturday, June 10, our sponsors of $5,000 or more will be treated to a second day of play, this time at Branson Hills Golf Club.”

Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500 with team sponsorships starting at $1,000. All proceeds raised during Branson’s Skaggs Classic will help support Skaggs Foundation.

“Every year, millions of visitors come to the Ozarks to enjoy our lakes, shows and attractions, but at Skaggs Foundation, we recognize that our greatest resources are the people of our community,” Connell says. “Our mission is to protect that resource by supporting community initiatives dedicated to improving health and wellness throughout Taney and Stone counties.”

Here are just a few of the ways Skaggs Foundation is improving health and wellness:
  • Jan Harper Cardiac Rehab Fund provides financial assistance to patients who have suffered a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, but are unable to afford recommended rehabilitation services as part of their recovery process. 
  • Feel Better Baby is a program designed to equip, educate and empower parents and caregivers of children 0-3 years old to treat common childhood ailments at home and know when and where to seek medical treatment when needed. This program provides 1,000 kits – kits that include a digital thermometer, pain reliever, saline drops, bulb syringe and easy-to-read information – for families in our community. 
  • Since inception in 2002, Skaggs Foundation has awarded more than $280,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing careers in the medical industry. At Skaggs Foundation, we believe there is no better way to ensure the health care industry in our area has a bright future than by supporting education today. 
  • Skaggs Legacy Endowment is a restricted endowment fund made possible by a generous gift from CoxHealth in 2013. The foundation awards grants annually to local agencies dedicated to improving health and wellness in Taney and Stone counties. More than 85,000 lives are expected to be impacted by current Skaggs Legacy Endowment grants. 

To learn more about Skaggs Foundation or to get involved in Branson’s Skaggs Classic 2017, visit or call 417-348-8998.