Phelps County Bank (PCB) hosted an ice cream social Wednesday, July 26, to announce their totals for this year’s Take a Stand event. PCB President, J. Kent Robinson and Phelps County staff and Take a Stand organizer Linda Goff thanked the community for their helping in reaching this year’s totals.

Phelps County Bank (PCB) hosted an ice cream social Wednesday, July 26, to announce their totals for this year’s Take a Stand event. PCB President, J. Kent Robinson and Phelps County staff and Take a Stand organizer Linda Goff thanked the community for their helping in reaching this year’s totals.

“We have learned a long time ago…children are our future,” said Robinson. “If we don’t take care of our children, we’re not taking care of ourselves. We are very pleased and very proud to participate in the this annual project and we are so grateful for the hard work.”

Linda Goff presented awards for the stands that raised the most money over the weekend. The stands were separated into the Small and Large categories.

The small stands were, “wonderful, family run stands that worked really hard,” according to Goff.

The small stands that raised the most money were:

1) Robin Strange and Staff set up at Highway 72
2) The Harris Family, set up at Cooking from Scratch
3) Girls in Action, set up at JC Penny


The large stands were those run by businesses and organizations in the community. The top three stands in the category were:

1) Great Circle in St. James
2)Pathways

3) The Rolla Fire Department

Goff said the difference between 3rd and 2nd place was only approximately $5, and money was donated even after the stands closed down for the weekend.

Last year $33,000 was raised to fund various grants around Phelps County in order to benefit it’s children. Goff said this was a new high for Take a Stand. This year, she explained they needed to raise even more money to fully fund the grants they received.

“We needed to raise $35,000, we’ve never gotten that high before,” Goff said. “It was exciting and a little bit scary.”

Goff then revealed the total amount raised by this year’s Take A Stand, $36,042.31.

“Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of this community,” Goff said. “We started this 22 years ago. The folks here at the bank were looking at some child abuse rates and Phelps Couty was too high. it was something that needed to be fixed.

The money will be donated to Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN) who will then use the funds to support programs in the community who work to prevent child abuse.