A local non-profit organization continues its mission of fostering friendships among members while contributing to humanitarian and charitable efforts in the region.
Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake, which currently consists of more than 230 women in the Stone and Thani area, has raised more than $500,000 for local charities over the past 20 years, according to an NFTRL press release. The organization’s primary annual fundraisers are the main Christmas tour, the Twilight Live and Silent Auction, the Villa Vista Benefit concert series and their sponsorship campaign. Last October, the organization also partnered with the Elks and Rotary Clubs area as part of the Table Rock Charity Fall Festival in Kimberling.
Kathy Connolly, head of NFTRL’s Ways and Means, who joined the organization in 2016, told Branson Tri-Lakes News that the organization started as a ‘welcome wagon’ in the Kimberling city area.
“The organization moved into what we know today as Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake, about nine or ten years ago, they joined the Community Foundation of the Ozarks,” Connolly said. “Our main Christmas tour is in its 21st year and is the biggest fundraising event, which takes place in December. We had the Twilight Live and Silent auction, it was the third weekend of October in the evening. This event lasted for seven years, and then when COVID shuts things down, we haven’t done it since. So it hasn’t been a fundraising factor since 2019. But it was very effective before that. When I came, in 2016, I joined the Ways and Means Committee and my focus is on the fundraising side.”
The organization opens grant applications from nonprofits each year. The application process is currently open until August 1, for them Funding Awards 2022-2023. The app contains some strict guidelines for receiving funding.
The agency must be an active 501c(3) organization or under the umbrella of an active 501c(3) organization.
Programs must be designed to meet current or emerging community needs. These must be sustainable programs that will provide vital services to the community.
The agency must serve Stone and/or Thani counties.
Programs that require clients/recipients to participate in religious training, practice a particular religion, or programs that have a political affiliation cannot be considered for funding.
NFTRL awarded more than $45,000 in funding in March. The agencies that received funds through the 2021-2022 applications are:
Branson Regional Council on the Arts received $5,000 for the Summer Youth Theater Institute and Disney’s musical performances at the historic Owen Theatre.
The Branson Police Academy Alumni Association awarded Citizens $2,500 to provide officers with financial assistance including meals. The funds will be used to supplement the cost of the annual awards banquet in December.
The Child Abuse Prevention and Elimination Foundation was awarded $3,000 to support treatment counseling funding to help treat child abuse survivors.
The Children’s Smile Center received $3,000 to fund dental care for local patients not provided by Medicaid.
– The Kimberling District Library was awarded $3,500 to pay the MO 2GO e-library which provides access to e-books available to all KAL sponsors.
– Kimberling Area Senior Center awarded $3,500 USD for supplying the salad bar with fresh vegetables and fruits and for providing coffee, tea and other beverages to accompany the meals served.
The Life-Song UMC Community Diaper Bank was awarded $2,000 to purchase diapers, wipes, and wipes delivered once per month.
Pregnancy Life Line was awarded $5,000 to support health, pregnancy and parenting classes.
The Southern Stone County Food Pantry was awarded $4,500 to provide hygiene products (laundry soap, toothpaste, hand soap, toothbrushes, and disinfectant wipes) to our families.
Stone County Citizens in Action was awarded $2,500 to provide food and water relief when SCSD MPs are in critical situations or investigative actions 24/7, SCSD Christmas Meal, emergency funeral costs, and Kevlar jackets.
The Tri-Lakes Humane Society was awarded $5,000 to replace the roof of a cat house.
Weekend Backpack Kids received $2,500 to purchase food to fill bags to distribute for complementary foods on weekends to hungry children.
Branson Hollister Senior Center received $1,500 to promote health, independence, and cognition for seniors in Taney County by providing chairs, coffee dispensers and brain teasers.
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks was awarded $1,400 to purchase approximately 9,100 nappies for distribution to families in need.
– MU Extension Stone County 4H is awarded $500 to families who do not have the means to pay the annual 4-hour membership fee.
Carolyn Spence Cagle, chief advertising officer for Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake, said the organization couldn’t help others without community support and Campiagn’s sponsorship.
“Once again, thank you for helping us help those in need across Stone and Thani counties who come to us for financial support,” Cagle said. “We look forward to another successful fundraising year to continue our charitable mission to those in need.”
Thanks to the efforts of all volunteers, donors and members, NFTRL was able to provide funds to all agencies that requested assistance for their 2021-2022 applications.
“This year we can fund every agency that asks for help,” said Anna Chance, co-chair of Branson Tri-Lakes News. “It was a team effort and I would like to thank the leaders who worked on the Ways and Means Committee, the Home Trip Committee, the Sponsorship Team, and the Party Coordinators for organizing, planning and executing this successful fundraising campaign. Thank you to all of you who volunteered your homes, time, energy and expertise to make this year a successful year for NFTRL “.
To learn more about neighbors and friends at Table Rock Lake, visit nftrl.org.