Check presentation ceremonies were held earlier this month at Camp Barnabas near Purdy from a variety of local charities.

The camp has been in place for over 24 years and has two locations in Barry County and another located near Shell Knob.

The camp has welcomed over 75,000 campers and focuses on "changing lives through disability ministry."

Aurora Rotary Members Debbie Weathermon and Kim McCully-Mobley presented a check for $250 to Krystal Simon, chief development officer, while touring the camp on May 11. Weathermon's son, Jansen, is a regular visitor to the camp, which has undergone a variety of improvements, including the addition of a putt-putt golf course, a water park and a fully-equipped clinic staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses.

Eleven-year-old Jansen Weathermon was last year's Honor Camper. He will be attending camp this year the week of the Fourth of July. Aurora Rotary Club President Jake McCully said the Aurora Rotary Club is happy to support the camp with its efforts to improve the lives of those with disabilities. "The folks at Camp Barnabas do a great job and serve as phenomenal ambassadors for southwest Missouri, and Jansen is a great ambassador for Aurora," he stated.

Checks for $250 each were also presented by representatives of Dodge for a Cause and Nora Grace Memorial Golf Tournament.

Jesse Weathermon and his wife, Debbie, along with David Mais and his wife, Jaclynn, host a dodgeball tournament each spring to raise funds for a variety of local charities in the Aurora and Marionville communities, including Camp Barnabas, Bright Futures and local scholarship funds.

Chad and Hailey Vaught hosted the Second Annual Nora Grace Memorial Golf Tournament earlier this month at Honey Creek Golf Course. They have raised money for Camp Barnabas, Aurora Pregnancy Care Center, First Steps, On Angels Wings and the Presbyterian Church programs.

On hand to present these checks were Weathermon and Hailey Vaught, Cohen Vaught and Simon, who expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support from the Aurora community as workers and volunteers prepare for camp visitors for Summer 2018.