Skaggs Legacy Endowment awards nearly $600K to improve health and wellness
19 projects made possible through Skaggs Legacy Endowment grants
During a special presentation Friday at Armstrong McDonald Nursing Simulation Learning Center at College of the Ozarks, Skaggs Foundation awarded nearly $600,000 to local agencies committed to improving health and wellness throughout Taney and Stone counties.
Skaggs Legacy Endowment is a restricted endowment fund made possible by a generous gift from CoxHealth in 2013. Since that time, Skaggs Foundation has awarded more than $3.5 million to organizations dedicated to improving lives in Stone and Taney counties.
“This year, we are honored to award 19 grants to local organizations truly making a difference in our community,” says Meghan Connell, Skaggs Foundation president. “Through these grants, we’ll impact the lives of more than 25,000 people in our community – from children who have never been to a dentist receiving dental care, and new mothers struggling with postpartum depression receiving needed services to senior citizens having the equipment they need to exercise safely. It’s an honor for Skaggs Foundation to be a part of so many healthy futures.”
Among grant recipients is Ozarks Technical Community College. OTC was awarded $21,500 to purchase simulation mannequins, software and support equipment for the college’s Table Rock Campus.
“This is great news for our students, the healthcare providers that rely on our skilled graduates and for the Table Rock area economy,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor. “Providing our citizens with advanced training opportunities will improve the health and wellness of our local communities.”
Skaggs Foundation’s volunteer board of directors manages the endowment, utilizing only the investment proceeds of the Legacy fund to support health and wellness initiatives in Stone and Taney counties.
Nita Jane Ayres, grant committee chair and member of the Skaggs Foundation board of directors, describes the projects being funded by Skaggs Legacy Endowment as outstanding.
“Each of these 19 projects focus on improving the health of the communities we serve, which is at the heart of everything we do at Skaggs Foundation,” Ayres says. “We firmly believe we are partnering with some of the best agencies in our community to make a positive impact on thousands of lives in the Ozarks. Together, we can and will make a difference for generations to come.”
2017 grant recipients include: Cox Medical Center Branson for the Stone & Taney Counties Substance Abuse Initiative; College of the Ozarks for Senior Nursing Student Scholarships; Cox Medical Center Branson for Healthier Mothers, Healthier Babies; Stone County Health Department for Healthy Bundles; Fordland Clinic, Inc. for School Based Dental Services; CoxHealth for Health Guides; Taneyville School District for School Nurse and Community Outreach Program; Jesus Was Homeless for Community Connections; Ozarks Technical Community College for Advancing Healthcare Education through Simulation; Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation for Dental Assistance; Branson-Hollister Senior Center for Forever Fit Seniors; Branson School District for Cents of Pride; The Salvation Army for Pathway of Hope; Gift of Hope for Cents of Pride – Forsyth Middle & High Schools; Children’s Smile Center for Handpieces; Bradleyville School District for CPR/AED/First Aid Ready; Branson Parks and Recreation Department for Youth Sports Scholarship Program; Christian Action Ministries for Access to Eggs in Eastern Taney County; and Galena-Abesville Elementary School for Hydration Refilling Stations.
About Skaggs Foundation: Skaggs Foundation continues the tradition of caring established in 1950 by M.B. and Estella Skaggs who provided the financial support necessary to establish the area’s first community-owned hospital. Since its origin in 2002, Skaggs Foundation has developed a strong base of caring and generous donors who provide support to our local hospital, its patients and the Tri-Lakes Area. Today, the foundation improves health and wellness for the residents of Taney and Stone counties in two important ways: 1, By supporting community programs, projects and initiatives that improve the health and wellness of area residents and 2, By assisting Cox Medical Center Branson in providing high-quality health care services in our area.
Skaggs Legacy Endowment grant recipients are joined by Skaggs Foundation Board of Directors and Grant Committee members following an awards ceremony Friday afternoon.