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.


2nd Annual Give Ozarks Kicks Off On May 3!

2nd Annual Give Ozarks Kicks Off On May 3!

Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving day to benefit children with special needs

Dignity Now, participating in Give Ozarks, a 24-hour online fundraising marathon taking place on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to fund services for children with developmental disabilities like Autism, cerebral palsy or Down’s Syndrome in Taney County.

About 200 Ozarks nonprofit agencies are participating in this event to raise both money and awareness of philanthropy in our region. Dignity Now will raise funds for camp scholarships, respite care, music therapy and other children’s services that currently have wait lists.

You can support Dignity Now’s efforts by making a secure donation at anytime from midnight to midnight on May 3, 2016. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS and we welcome gifts of any amount.

“This year is very exciting for us. To help us reach our goal of raising $10,000, we have worked to secure support from a number of area businesses and residents in the form of match gifts,” said LaDella Thomas, Director of Marketing and Resource Development. “So your donation, however big or small could be doubled on May 3.”

Give Ozarks is one of dozens of crowdsourced nonprofit online fundraising marathons being hosted by community foundations across the nation on May 3, which is Give Local America Day.

Dignity Now Inc. is an Agency Partner with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which is hosting Give Ozarks along with presenting sponsor BKD Wealth Advisors; platinum sponsors, The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney; and numerous other sponsors.

Please follow our efforts and help share our story on social media on Facebook at /DevelopmentalConnections and @devconnmo on Twitter and Instagram.


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.

It’s not Black Friday or Cyber Monday…It’s #GivingTuesday and it’s better for your soul.

It’s not Black Friday or Cyber Monday…It’s #GivingTuesday and it’s better for your soul.

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. #GivingTuesday has become a day that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy during the holidays.

#GivingTuesday relies on the generosity of people in our community to bring about tangible change. It encourages those simple, small acts of kindness.
This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Dignity Now Inc. and Developmental Connections are participating in #GivingTuesday.

We invite you to join the movement and to help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 this December 1. Some ideas include:

  • Challenge your workplace to collect donations for #GivingTuesday.
  • Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday on social media. “Share” our posts and encourage your friends and family to donate; even a few dollars will go a long way! “Like” our Facebook page here.
  • Join our email list here to receive updates and event invitations.
  • Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about Dignity Now and the causes you support.

All of the money we raise will go toward programs like scholarships to Camp Barnabas and Wonderland Camp, therapeutic horseback riding, music therapy, Project Lifesaver bracelets and the many other programs funded by Dignity Now. Find more information on our programs here.

It’s a great opportunity to get in those last-minute tax write-off, too! Dignity Now Inc. is a 501(c)3 and we would be happy to provide you with a donation receipt. What a great way to end the year!

Dignity Now and Developmental Connections serves nearly 300 adults and children with developmental disabilities in Taney, Stone and Ozark counties. For information on Developmental Connections, visit our website.