CFL’s signature event draws hundreds of attendees each year for hors d’oeuvres, libation, networking, live music and a champagne toast.

Community-conscious business professionals and philanthropists celebrate local giving this Friday with the leaders of the charities changing lives at Lake of the Ozarks.

The Community Foundation of the Lake hosts the 9th Annual Champagne Campaign from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29, at La Roca Club in Osage Beach. CFL’s signature event draws hundreds of attendees each year for hors d’oeuvres, libation, networking, live music and a champagne toast. 

Leaders from charity organizations highlight the event with keynote speeches about the good coming from the grants and relationships made through CFL.

“Kids’ Harbor is thankful for its partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lake. The support, guidance, training, and funding provided by the Community Foundation is instrumental in fulfilling our mission to provide coordinated response, healing, and prevention of child abuse in our community,” Kids’ Harbor Executive Director Cara Gerdiman says.

“Children, ages 0-18, and their non-offending caregivers often come to Kids’ Harbor in the midst of crisis. Our staff provides support through the often frightening criminal justice process and the opportunity to heal from the trauma they have experienced.”

“Without support and funding from the Community Foundation of the Lake, Kids’ Harbor could not continue to be a shining light through the storm of abuse for child victims in our community,” Gerdiman continues. “We are thankful for all the Community Foundation of the Lake does for the children of our community.”

Kids’ Harbor is one of many deserving organizations applying for grants every year through CFL.

Lake Area Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children develop supportive relationships with positive role models to make a direct and lasting impact on their lives. Children participating in the program are 89% more likely to avoid risky behavior. Littles matched with Bigs are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to use alcohol.

“The CFL grant has helped BBBS make it possible to carefully match 12 children in our program with adult mentors and provide the ongoing support that sustains those matches, helps provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better; forever, says Alison Martin, BBBS Program Coordinator.

Since its inception, the Champagne Campaign has funded more than $200,000 in grants to Wonderland Camp, the Camdenton School Foundation, Citizens Against Domestic Violence, Kids' Harbor, Medical Missions for Christ, Share the Harvest Food Pantry, Lamb House, Buddy Packs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Westlake Aquatic Center, the Lake Arts Council Children's Theater, the School of the Osage School Art Department, lake area senior centers, and more.

All proceeds from CFL’s Champagne Campaign stay local and are distributed as grants to non-profit organizations at the Lake of the Ozarks. Donations can be given in any amount, unrestricted to benefit community needs identified by the CFL Board of Directors or directed by donors for a specific program or purpose.

CFL’s mission is to build the educational, cultural, health and economic development of the Lake community. The board manages a variety of funds established by families, individuals, and corporations to support this mission.

The local organization is affiliated with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, headquartered in Springfield, Mo., allowing for low administration costs, resources, support and workshops to guide non-profit agency partners to success.

CFL was created and exists to be the focus of charitable giving in Miller, Morgan, and Camden counties.  

For more information about giving to CFL, setting up a charitable fund or foundation, or becoming a non-profit agency partner, visit CommunityFoundationoftheLake.com.

Groups, individuals and businesses can participate in the Community Foundation of the Lake by contacting President Amanda Fagan at 660-342-4713 or by mailing requests or contributions to Community Foundation of the Lake, PO Box 1413, Lake Ozark, MO, 65049.