AREA -- In March Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace was elected chairman of the Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors.
Pace said this is a two year position. She has served on the board of directors five years.
The Foundation Board of Ozarka College was founded in 1991. "This is a separate entity from the college and our board is a not for profit organization," Pace said.
She said the four main counties Ozarka serves are Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Stone counties. "The Foundation is made up of members of the communities in those counties that are interested in education and willing to be advocates for the college and students of Ozarka," Pace said.
The college currently has three campuses, at Melbourne, Ash Flat and Mountain View.
Pace said the board was formed to assist with the development and enhancement of programs and facilities at the college.
"The board encourages gifts of money and property and manages these gifts to maintain or increase their value, with all endeavors focusing on expanded educational opportunities and services to the college's students and communities," she said.
The foundation holds several major fundraisers a year with the largest being the Gala Dinner held every spring at Melbourne. A golf tournament is also held at Melbourne and the Harold Crawford Golf Tournament is held at Cherokee Village yearly, to raise funds for a scholarship in the name of the former Sharp County Judge.
"We also have three or four concerts every year with proceeds from the concerts going to the college." Pace said. She said the next concert is planned for Aug. 18 and will feature Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. Pace said all the concerts are organized by Son Lamb of Melbourne.
"Currently, the main focus of the foundation's fundraising efforts is adding endowment scholarships to further enhancement opportunities for Ozarka College students to afford to attend college," Pace said.