Rock and Rev Event Raising Funds for Taney County

February 2, 2018

For Immediate Release

Rock and Rev Event Raising Funds for Taney County

Branson, Missouri – The Rock and Rev Charity Car Raffle and Live Music Event wrapped up its third year with a live event on January 26, 2018 at the Branson Airport. While the centerpiece of this fundraiser was a car raffle, the funds will benefit the programs of Dignity Now, Inc. (an agency of Developmental Connection) and Branson-Hollister Rotary club. “We will use our portion of the proceeds to purchase additional equipment for the expansion of our MOVE program. MOVE is a therapy program that uses mobility devices to help people who are wheelchair-bound develop core muscles, learn to bear weight on their legs and increase their interactions with other people by allowing them to stand eye-to-eye as they communicate,” said LaDella Thomas, Director of Marketing and Development for Developmental Connections.

The event raised over $25,000 and featured live music by northwest Arkansas classic rock band, Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, as well as a BBQ dinner catered by Gettin’ Basted and dessert from Hurt’s Donuts. Throughout the night, big prizes were also raffled off, including a stay in a Presidential Suite, dinner and brunch for two at the Chateau on the Lake Resort, movies for two once a week for a year plus concessions from the IMAX Entertainment Complex and dinner for two for a year from Fogle Enterprises (which includes the Great American Steak and Chicken, Cici’s Pizza, Burger Shack, Fall Creek Steakhouse and Pasghetti’s restaurants. The evening culminated with Max Lytle, the Executive Director for Developmental Connections, pulling the winning ticket for a pristine, lava red convertible Chevrolet Camaro. For the first time in the events three years, the winner, Dawnell Codon of Branson, was present at the event.

Dignity Now’s event co-host, the Branson-Hollister Rotary Club, is the largest in the area, with nearly 100 members. Their proceeds will go toward funding charitable giving throughout the year. In their over 75 years in the community, they have 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, and club members have provided thousands of service hours to the community.


“Keeping this event alive and raising money for important programs has been successful because of our community partnerships,” said Thomas. “Thank you to Youngblood Auto Group, Forsyth Family Dental, Tri-Lakes Redi-Mix, Buchanan Materials, Pinegar Branson, Tri-Lakes Ford, Branson Airport, Branson Tri-Lakes News, White River Valley Electric Cooperative, Round the Clock Storage and Shine for the Stars Auto Detailing.”


LaDella Thomas

Director of Marketing and Resource Development


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.