If that is the case, Joplin Bright Futures must have made a lot of money from the fifth annual Joplin Bright Futures Kimble Anders Celebrity Golf Classic held June 26 at the Eagle Creek Golf Course.
Bills submitted to the Joplin R-8 Board of Education for its approval at its Tuesday, July 28, meeting show $13,492.98, including $1,500 to three-time pro-bowl fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs Kimble Anders, who has been the face of the golf tournament since it was first held in October 2010.
-$1,500 for Kimble Anders appearance fee
-$224 for signs from Sign Designs
-$3,793.95 to Downstream Casino for a dinner held the evening before the tournament
-$6,105 to the Eagle Creek Golf Course
-$340 to Dugout
$1,100 to Bright Futures director Melissa Winston, which appears to be a reimbursement for prizes
-$400 to Bothwell-The Saxton Group for a golf tournament lunch
However much money was raised from the golf tournament and other fundraising efforts, as well as donations, it appears that Bright Futures Joplin has evolved from meeting student needs by supplying shoes, clothing, and basic supplies, to something much, much more.
This month's bills, though Bright Futures is not mentioned, includes three unusual appropriations for "student need."
-A $500 payment to Empire District Electric Company
--$300 to Hull Plumbing
-$714 to Brown Property
Is Bright Futures now paying for rent and utilities for needy families? And if so, who makes the decisions on which families receive this type of assistance?
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