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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Ten women are being honored as Remarkable Mothers of the Ozarks Friday, May 6 at a special event hosted by Camp Barnabas at the Savoy Ballroom.
Keynote speaker is honorary chairperson, Brenda Warner, a mother of seven, philanthropist, New York Times bestselling author and wife of former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, Kurt Warner.
Nominated by members of the community, the Remarkable Mothers have all overcome obstacles to raise their children or encourage other mothers who face challenges in parenting.
“In our work with children with special needs and chronic diseases, we encounter incredible women who meet the circumstances of their lives head on,” says Barnabas co-founder Cyndy Teas. “And by hosting this event we are recognizing the achievements of those who walk through difficult circumstances, grow stronger and then share their strength and encouragement with other mothers.”
Remarkable Mothers of the Ozarks for 2011 include Shayne Lawrence-Brock of Nixa, Hope Harder of Aurora, Erin Mashburn of Bolivar, Lynn Neidigh of Willard, Teresa Givens of Branson, and Elizabeth Obrey, Lisa Slattery, Lisa Humphrey, Beverly Roberts Jackson, and Ginnie Nelson, all of Springfield.
The evening, which begins at 7 p.m. at 224 E Commercial Street, is themed “Tapas and TopHats.” The tapas, a sophisticated Spanish cuisine where patrons combine different tapas to make a full meal, will be served by Camp Barnabas Hospitality Coordinator Billie Walters and include Asian, American, Mexican, Cajun and traditional Camp Barnabas fare. Music will feature hits from the classic musical movie era when top hats were distinct fashion attire.
All proceeds will benefit the Camp Barnabas Scholarship Fund. Camp Barnabas provides life-changing opportunities for children with special needs and chronic diseases in a Christian summer camp setting. Over 60 percent of the children who attend receive at least a partial scholarship.
With eight sessions at the main campus near Purdy, Missouri and four additional sessions in other locations around the country, the organization will serve almost 1,400 campers in 2011. They are assisted by over 2,200 volunteers and 110 summer staff.