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76 for 76 Golf Tournament raises more than $9,000

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Released 31 May 2012

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Audrey Esther

Community Relations Director

The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination

Office: (417) 862-5509 ext. 116

Cell: (417) 763-1357





Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army's Branson Corps

Panera Bread Check Presentation

Springfield, MO (May 31, 2012) On Monday May 21st, Panera Bread and dozens of charity-minded individuals and businesses helped raise more than $9,000 for The Salvation Army's Branson Corps during the '76 for 76 Golf Tournament'. The funds will be used to help the Branson Corps recover from the February 29th tornado and allow them to continue helping local residents in need all year long.

    "This donation is greatly appreciated and much needed," Branson Corps Officer, Major Robert Meyer, said. "The generosity shown by the many who spontaneously participated and the ambition shown by our friends at Panera Bread will make a meaningful impact on our ability to serve others in practical ways in Branson."  

     On February 29th, a powerful EF2 tornado tore through the Branson area causing damage throughout the community including at The Salvation Army's Branson Corps - where damage estimates total approximately $170,000. The storm ripped off part of the Branson Corps' roof, destroyed its passenger van, shattered several large windows and damaged food in the Emergency Food Pantry.

    "The efforts of all involved demonstrate true compassion and many lives will be blessed by these acts of kindness," Meyer said.

     During the Branson-area disaster relief efforts The Salvation Army provided more than 4,500 meals, drinks & snacks to first-responders, storm survivors and clean-up crews. Nearly 200 Taney and Stone county storm survivors were also provided with more than $15,000 worth of assistance - including vouchers for food, gasoline and to replace personal belongings. To hear directly from local residents who were helped by The Salvation Army during this disaster as well as everyday clients please visit

      The Branson Corps is still in need of the following items for its Emergency Food Pantry: peanut butter, breakfast cereals, canned meats, baby food and paper products. For more information about donating these items please call the Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434.

To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army Branson Corps financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army Branson Corps, P.O Box 1715, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting - 82¢ of every dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.

The Salvation Army and those we serve wish to thank every individual, business and organization that helped make this event possible - especially Panera Bread and Millwood Golf & Racquet Club!

American Diabetes Association

APlus Payroll

Atlas Security

Bank of America

Bank of KC Mortgage

Brown & Brown Insurance

Chaney & McCurry Law

Convoy of Hope

Flake & Kelly Commercial Real Estate


KUAT Innovations 

Mid-Missouri Bank

Midwest Family Broadcasting

Mt. Grove Ford

Mulberry Mill

Nationwide Transfer

Nixon & Lindstrom


The Fillin' Station

The Window Dudes

The Wooten Company

The Zellman Group LLC

Trust Company of the Ozarks

US Bank

Wehr Motors

Wendy's of Missouri

Whiteaker & Wilson P.C.

A&R Hood Cleaning, Academy Sports & Outdoors , Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, Arris  Pizza, Bass Pro Shops , Big Whiskey's American Bar & Grill , BJ's Trophy Shop, Branson Creek , Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili's, Clay Cooper Theatre, Colton's Steak House & Grill, Doubletree Hotel - Springfield, Heart of, America Beverage Co., HCW Development - Branson, Jimm's Steakhouse, Lambert's Café, LongHorn Steakhouse, Metropolitan Grill, Nakato Japanese Sushi & Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Re Rico, Romano's Macaroni Grill, SkyBox Grill & Lounge, Springfield Cardinals, Springfield Music, The Pasta House Co., TGI Fridays, The Argentina Steakhouse, Valence Massage



About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit


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