SCC's 2nd Annual Rhythm and Ribs to Raise Funds for College Scholarships, Programs

Friends and neighbors will return to campus to “Eat, Drink, Rock … for education”

April 25, 2011

Live music, food, friends and fun are on tap for the second annual St. Charles Community College Foundation's Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, May 20, on the college’s campus in Cottleville.

SCC's 2nd Annual Rhythm and Ribs to Raise Funds for College Scholarships, Programs

Smash from Smash Band and Scooter McCougar, SCC’s mascot, at last year’s Rhythm and Ribs.

“This year’s theme, ‘Eat, Drink, Rock … for education’ really says it,” said Kasey McKee, executive director of foundation and alumni relations at SCC. “SCC has educated more than 75,000 students since residents first created the community college. Rhythm and Ribs really gives people an opportunity to come onto campus and be a part of that change first-hand, helping to develop and ensure a sustainable future for the college and for the community.”

Local groups will serve up the food and fun, with Smash Band live on the main stage at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the St. Charles West Jazz Ensemble. Guests will enjoy ribs from Ethyl’s Smokehouse and Saloon in O’Fallon and Mannino’s Market in Cottleville, and additional “eats” from Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts and Quintessential Catering. Drinks will include Anhueser-Busch products by Krey Distributing Co., beer from O’Fallon Brewery, teas and lemonades from Red Robin and wines from Terra Firma USA. The event also will include a raffle for donated, themed baskets such as a Cardinal’s ticket package from U.S. Cellular and a movie/music/game basket from Slackers.

“It’s encouraging to see community support grow as more people get involved with the event and realize the direct link between the success of our students and the success of our community as a whole,” said Julie Zust, finance manager for Boeing Research and Technology and event co-chair. “We’re so pleased to offer increased food and drink options this year, and to welcome many new local business and individual sponsors.”

In addition to Zust, the Rhythm and Ribs event co-chairs are Cindy Elking, owner of Quintessential Catering, and Chuck Pilliod, CFO at Krey Distributing Co.

The three Main Stage sponsors are Ameren Missouri, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital/Progress West HealthCare Center and SSM St. Joseph Health Center/SSM St. Joseph Hospital West.

A complete list of sponsors can be found at

Tickets are $5 for general admission, which includes live entertainment; $25 for the Music and More package, which includes live entertainment and food, drink and raffle tickets; and $50 for the VIP package, which includes unlimited beer/wine, food and raffle tickets, indoor restrooms and reserved seating.

For more information on tickets and events, contact Elly Busick, special events coordinator, at 636-922-8278, or visit Event sponsorships are still available, with packages ranging from $150 to $10,000.

The St. Charles Community College Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, raises funds to support student scholarships and educational programs for the college. For more information on the SCC Foundation and its vision to transform lives and strengthen communities, visit

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit

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