Rich Crowell spends multiple hours a week involved doing volunteer work and providing food for non-profit organizations. He has been an active member in the Branson community since he took the position as General Manager of the Branson, MO location. He is a member of Branson Rotary, District Marketing Council with the Chamber, Lions Club, Moose Lodge and serves as a board member of Branson Veteran's Events just to name a few.
This past year Golden Corral received Rotary Club's Business of the Year award for the first time in Branson. This distinguished award is given to the business that gives the most back to the community in volunteer work and providing help in fundraisers.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 honored Rich on May 5th of 2012 the “In Service To America” award in appreciation for our contributions for the success of the Vietnam Veterans. The Vietnam Veterans hold their meeting at the Golden Corral monthly. They consider Rich like a member of their family.
The Brothers of the Third Wheel Gave an award for our donation for trike week 2011. Thanking Golden Corral for our support in making the event a success for their 29th Anniversary. We have helped make a difference.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Gave a Certificate of Appreciation to Golden Corral for supporting their safe boating mission.
Rich knows the importance of the education of our youth. He is involved in fund raising events with not only the Branson School system but many other local schools including Reed Srpring, Sparta, Hollister, Forsyth, Blue Eye, College of the Ozarks, Lowry City and many others. He is involved with Project Graduation. This is an event after High School Seniors graduate. It is a supervised all night lock in that provides food, fun and games for the graduates as an alternative to unsafe after graduation practices. We do many auctions and fundraisers throughout the year to fund Project Graduation.
Rich is a huge supporter of many military organizations including being a board member of Branson Veteran's Events which is a non-profit organization that organizes events for veterans and their families. Rich personally escorts members of AVAST while in Branson. AVAST is Amputee Veterans of America Support Team. He has donated food and time to such groups as USS Cronin, the VFW, the Purple Heart Recipients and the Bob Hope Memorial just to name a few. Rich Crowell dresses like Uncle Sam on Military Appreciation Monday and visits with all the veterans in the restaurant.
Rich has volunteered time and donations to “Jesus was Homeless”. This organization provides meals to the hundreds of homeless in the area every Thursday night. Rich has gone on ride alongs to not only pass out these meals but, talk to the less fortunate about their situation. He helped with “Loaves and Fishes” in the Winter. The organization provides food for people out of work during the Winter months. Branson is a tourist town that only provides jobs for 10% of the community during the winter months. This leaves a large number of residents unemployed during 3 months of the year. Rich has also helped with “Project Homeless”. Rich has donated to the YMCA to help send 100 kids to Summer Camp. He has helped with the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Rich has been a huge supporter of Kids Across America whose mission is to “build christian leaders by encouraging,equipping and empowering urban youth and their mentors through sports camping”. Rich also is a supporter of Hospice COMPASSUS, he did a chocolate extravaganza for this event, it was a huge success. This organization helps people who struggle with end-of-life issues. He has been a supporter of Relay for Life which all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to try and find a cure for cancer. Stone County emergency services which is 911. Providing the public with the highest quality centralized emergency dispatch in the United States of America. The theodosia volunteer fire department proceeds were used to better serve the community. Branson senior center. The funds raised were used for Home bound meals and other services. Wright county children's home. The proceeds went to help provide food,shelter,clothing and recreation for the unfortunate boys and girls in their care. Kiwanis pancakes with Santa. The proceeds went to pregnancy lifeline. Also for pancakes with the Easter bunny. The proceeds went to Gift of Hope. Options Pregnancy clinic. Their mission is to empower individuals to make life-affirming decisions regarding pregnancy and sexual health. National Institute of Marriage. Inspiring couples toward greatness. Childrens Miracle network. Children's Hospital. OACAC. Helping families in need. Boys Ranch Town. Parenting homeless or troubled boys.
Rich is also a huge supporter of Missouri Baptist Childrens Home. Foster care in Taney county. Crossroads Ministry. For their food pantry which helps families in need. Cedar Ridge Baptist Church. The proceeds went to send children to church camp. New Beginning Baptist Church. To help families in need. First Baptist Church. Proceeds went to the cooking school. Skyline Baptist Church. A growing together dinner. Stockton Assembly of God Women's ministry. To help with missions. Faith Life Ministries. To support their service.