One of the most successful partnerships in the Rural Schools Partnership hit a new level over the weekend. For the third consecutive year, the Reeds Spring R-IV Education Foundation had its own special night at Branson’s Dixie Stampede attraction. The program primarily helps establish matching funds for the Foundation’s scholarship program. Tickets–usually more than $50–are specially priced for the event and proceeds from the night are donated to the Foundation. This year, foundation president Jim Holt said the event was a near-sellout, with more than 1,000 people attending the Friday night show. The Foundation was presented with a $35,000 check from Dixie Stampede, with other miscellaneous donations still coming in.
Scholarships are a big priority for Dixie Stampede and owner/creator Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, Holt said. “I think that’s what Dolly and the DS management want us to do with it,” he said, though a portion of the money will help fund the foundation’s mini-grant program for Reeds Spring teachers and classrooms.
As part of the festivities, former St. Louis Cardinals football star Jackie Smith was a featured guest. Ticket-buyers at the $50 level were able to meet with Smith prior to the event, Holt said. All other tickets were $25, less than half the usual price for a ticket to Dixie Stampede.
From the Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation
The Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation enthusiastically accepted a check for $35,000 from their host, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Theatre. Friday, March 8 at the beginning of the 8:00 p.m. show, Dixie Stampede Director of Sales and Marketing, John Richardson presented the Reeds Spring School Foundation Board with a check from the ticket proceeds of Pack Night. All of the proceeds from the Dixie Stampede show were donated to the Foundation which provides college scholarship opportunities for students and mini-grants to teachers in order to enhance educational excellence in the classroom.
With over 1,000 in attendance, those present were not only able to see the 2013 Dixie Stampede show but were treated to an appearance by NFL Hall of Famer Jackie Smith. This five-time Pro Bowl Tight End for the St. Louis Football Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys spoke about working hard for one’s life goals prior to the start of the show. For those purchasing the “Red” VIP tickets, Jackie Smith also attended a meet-and-greet reception and signed autographs.
The Foundation Board is extremely grateful to General Manager Ron Jett and the team at the Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction for making this opportunity available for the students of Reeds Spring Schools. This is the third year for this event. In 2012 over $36,000 was awarded in student scholarships to assist with higher education.
The Foundation reached out once again with a co-branded scholarship opportunity inviting businesses and organizations to join with Dixie Stampede in offering dedicated scholarships. The Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to these Gold level sponsors: The Miller Family, Branson Dental Center, Dynatek Laboratories, Inc., Kimberling Vision Center, People’s Bank of the Ozarks, The Track Family Fun Parks, the Kimberling City Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Table Rock Lake, the Reeds Spring Athletic Booster Club and Jim and Linda Holt.
Silver level sponsors for 2013 included: Lakeland Pharmacy, Metropolitan Bank, Stoneridge FlooringDesign, White River Valley Electric Co., Netwatch, Stiles Roofing Co., Empire District Electric Co., Table Rock Community Bank and the Anglum Family. Bronze level sponsors were: Allphin Veterinary Clinic, Pizza World, Max’s Power and Lawn, IMAX Theaters, the Titanic and Phoenix Home Care.