Every year, the Kiwanis Club of the Ozark Coast present the "Peanut Award" to a club member who was the most instrumental in the annual "Peanut Day."
This year's "Peanut Day" was held on May 24 and raised more than $6,000.
Carol Schien played a huge role in the fundraiser's success and was chosen as the winner of the 2013 "Peanut Award."
"Carol spent hours on the street, even after a leg injury, promoting Kiwanis Peanut Day. Her spirit exemplifies her dedication to make the day a success," chairperson Dave Creel said.
The proceeds from the fundraiser after subtracting the cost of the peanuts benefit lake area charities. Last year alone, the Kiwanis Club of Ozark Coast made contributions totaling more than $40,000 to local programs such as CADV, Wonderland Camp, Hope House, Kids' Harbor, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the YMCA, Lake Regional Hospital Pediatrics Unit, Burns Recovery Support Group, various school programs and their annual scholarship program. The Kiwanis Club also provides emergency assistance to children and families in need.
Creel mentioned that there are some peanuts still available. A box full of 100 bags of fresh peanuts cost $50. The Kiwanis Club of Ozark Coast has served Osage Beach, Lake Ozark and the surrounding lake area since 1988. They meet every Thursday at noon at the Ozark Yacht Club in Lake Ozark.
For more information about the club or how to purchase peanuts, visit www.ozarkcoastkiwanis.org.