Classic Rock, a Revved Up Car and BBQ for a Great Cause

Classic Rock, a Revved Up Car and BBQ for a Great Cause

Fundraiser to benefit children with special needs

The Rock and Rev Charity Car Raffle and Live Music Event kicks off its second year in 2017 and this year’s grand prize is a hot throwback to the American muscle car! The event will feature the return of music from classic rock band, The Professors and Maryann, as well as a BBQ dinner and dessert from Famous Dave’s, cash bar, dancing and big prizes throughout the night.

Held at the Branson Airport on March 30 at 6pm, the event will benefit the charitable programs of Dignity Now, Inc. and Branson-Hollister Rotary Club. Last year, the event raised over $11,000 that was shared between Dignity Now, a non-profit serving children with developmental disabilities, and the charitable efforts of the Branson-Hollister Rotary Club.

“Our great partnership with the Branson-Hollister Rotary Club has given us the opportunity to grow this event and spread our message,” said LaDella Thomas, Director of Marketing and Resource Development for Developmental Connections (parent agency of Dignity Now). “Last year, Dignity Now was able to fund scholarships for children with special needs to attend summer school. This year, we are focusing on expanding our music therapy program to include all of the children with special needs who are currently on a waitlist. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for this program in 2017 and this event will get us much closer!”

The Branson-Hollister Rotary Club is the largest in the area, with over 100 members. Their proceeds will go toward funding charitable giving throughout the year. “With over 75 years in this community, our Club has donated more than a million dollars to programs like Boys and Girls Club, Tantone Industries, Salvation Army, Gift of Hope, Boy Scouts and Skaggs Foundation, “said Jeff Bilberry, Club President. “Additionally, our club members have provided hundreds of service hours to the community. Proceeds from Rock and Rev will help us to further fulfill our mission of ‘Service Above Self.’”

“We hope to build on this event and keep it coming back as an annual party,” said Thomas. “The support from sponsors has been great. Thank you to Forsyth Family Dental, All-Tech Energy, Branson Airport, The Track Family Fun Parks, Cambridge of Branson, United States Pilots Association, Branson Tri-Lakes News, White River Valley Electric Cooperative, SwiftShots and Shine for the Stars Auto Detailing.”

The event finale includes raffling off the grand prize—a 2013 Dodge Challenger STX Coupe. This car is a real tribute to classic American muscle, and looks the part in white with a red strobe stripe kit and black leather interior.

Raffle tickets, which are $20 each or 6 for $100, go on sale February 1 through and are also being sold by Branson-Hollister Rotarians. Event tickets, which include a BBQ dinner of chicken, pulled pork and all the trimmings, a decadent dessert, cash bar and live entertainment, are $25 per person if purchased by March 22, or $30 through March 30 and at the door. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

About Developmental Connections and Dignity Now:

The SB40 Board (Developmental Connections) is a political sub-division of the county, empowered to collect a county-wide property tax for the establishment and/or operation of a sheltered workshop, residential facilities and/or related services for the care or employment of Taney County residents with developmental disabilities. The Board’s goal is to assist and support local nonprofit agencies in the development of resources to enhance the lives and opportunities available to persons with developmental disabilities in Taney County. Our vision is that Taney County residents and families of individuals with developmental disabilities will look upon Developmental Connections as a central resource of information, referral and support for services and the development of opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.


Dignity Now, Inc. participates in 2nd Annual Give Ozarks Day

Dignity Now, Inc. participates in 2nd Annual Give Ozarks Day

Every donation, big and small, matters to the children served.

The numbers are impressive: Eighteen one-week summer camp scholarships, twenty-five Project Lifesaver tracking bracelets, 203 sessions of music therapy, 917 specialized nutrition classes or 122 sessions of Therapeutic Horseback Riding. After participating in the first-ever Give Ozarks online day of giving on May 5 of last year, Dignity Now Inc., an agency of Developmental Connections, was able to raise over $10,000 to fund the programs and services mentioned above for children with developmental disabilities like Autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.

“Through a robust social media and email campaign, we were able to break it down for our donors as to how much money it would take to provide each of our services,” said LaDella Thomas, Director of Sales and Marketing for Developmental Connections. “$500 to send a child to summer camp, $350 to outfit a child with Autism with a Project Lifesaver tracking bracelet, $50 for music therapy or $10 to send a family through specialized nutrition classes. Every dollar really matters!”


Dignity Now will participate in the second annual Give Ozarks 24-hour online day of giving on May 3, 2016. From midnight to midnight on May 3, Dignity Now will supporters to visit to make a donation to fund scholarships for children with developmental disabilities like Autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy, to participate in Camp Barnabas and Wonderland Camp, Project Lifesaver, Horseback Riding Therapy and Music Therapy programs.

Making a secure donation is simple. On May 3, donors can log onto to complete a basic credit card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

May 3 is Give Local America Day when community foundations across the country will be holding similar online fundraising events to boost resources for their local non-profits, encourage new donors and raise awareness of philanthropy in general. Online giving days, a growing movement in the philanthropy field, have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations over the past six years.