The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2011 Joplin tornado

April 18, 2012

Legal groups 'chip' in on rebuilding Joplin

Local organizations behind an upcoming “Building with Justice” golf tournament and silent auction have raised $30,000 already and are hoping to double that or better to help build a house or two in Joplin.

The April 28 event is being sponsored by the Jasper County Bar Association, the Jasper County courts and juvenile and prosecutor’s offices, and area law enforcement agencies.

“We’re hoping to raise at least $50,000 to build a home,” said Jessica Floyd, an organizer with the Tracey Martin law firm in Joplin. “But if we get more than that, we’ll put it toward a second house.”

The legal system groups behind the event are teaming with the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, which recently took up Gov. Jay Nixon’s challenge of Missouri sports organizations and residents to build 35 homes this year in Joplin. The challenge seeks to help the community recover from the devastation of the May  2011 tornado.

Scott Clayton, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity, said the “Building with Justice” event should provide a good  start to meeting the governor’s challenge. Habitat for Humanity has built 13 houses in Joplin since the tornado, with 13 more currently under construction. The governor’s challenge seeks to add 35 more to those, he said.

“Only through the kindness of others and the grace of God will we be able to continue to build houses with our partners for families in need of them,” Clayton said.

The tournament will be an 18-hole four-person scramble at the Schifferdecker Golf Course with flights starting at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost of playing is $75 per person or $300 per team. Floyd said there is still time to register to play, and that golfers do not need a team to enter.

“We’ve had some people register without teams,” she said. “We can put them on teams.”

The entry fee covers the round of play, a cart and a T-shirt.

The bulk of the $30,000 already raised by the effort has come from local sponsors. Three platinum sponsors — Downstream Casino, Tamko and the Hershewe law firms — contributed $5,000 each. Diamond sponsors contributing $1,000 each have included Blood Tax Service, EFCO, Joplin Urgent Care, Joplin Sports Authority, the Metz law firm, the Gulick law firm and the law offices of Buchanan, Williams and Stilley.

Floyd said some $750-level and $500-level hole sponsorships are still available to local businesses and professionals. She said people also may contribute by purchasing $20 tickets to the silent auction to be held at 7 p.m. the same day at the Kitchen Pass, 1212 S. Main St. There will be hors d’oeuvres and music provided by the band Sober as a Judge.

For more information, people may call (417) 782-5900. Floyd said people also may send donations or money for silent auction tickets or tournament registration fees to “Building with Justice,” 310 W. Sixth St., Joplin, MO 64801. She said people sending money must specify if it is for tickets or the tournament.

 

 

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