Local Charities Benefit from Golf Tournament That Never Took Place

Thirty-two local charities were surprised on Monday morning when they were told that a non-existent golf tournament was still going to bless them with much needed funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

O’Reilly Auto Parts had to cancel their annual Charity Golf Classic for 2020 because of the pandemic. Instead of leaving the charities in the high rough, O’Reilly and their partners chipped in for a big save: 32 grants for different charities ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

“It’s very evident at O’Reilly that the giving spirit is alive and well,” Julie Gray, vice president of corporate services, said in a statement.

O’Reilly’s tournament sponsors, including title sponsor DMA Sales, contributed their commitments despite the lack of tournament, recognizing the need of many charities who are facing significant downtowns in donations because of the pandemic’s impact on the finances of many families.

The top grant of $25,000 was given to Ozarks Food Harvest to provide a full year of meals for 82 students in the weekend backpack program.

“No one has to do what we do every day, but the fact is that we do it, whether there is a pandemic or not,” Ozarks Food Harvest President and CEO Bart Brown said. “Thank you for building a better foundation for a better community.”

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