The St. Charles Community College Foundation’s fifth annual Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser, with live music, food and dancing, is set for 6-10 p.m. Thursday, June 5, on the college’s campus in Cottleville.
Smash Band will return, live on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the St. Charles West Jazz Ensemble. At 7 p.m. the rhythm revue hour will include a feature performance by the popular St. Charles-based acoustic/rock band, “Clockwork,” with Jordan Slone (guitar/vocals). Performances by A Big Sad Whale and Matt Wynn also will entertain the crowd. All three groups feature SCC students and/or alumni. Wynn won the college’s own “SCC Idol” competition last fall, and received a scholarship from the SCC Foundation.
“We’ve moved the event to June this year, and invite all our friends and neighbors to join us in kicking off the summer with mouth-watering barbecue and live music,” said Betsy Schneider, SCC director of development. “It’s the best party in town, and we are so thankful to everyone who supports this event and helps us provide much-needed scholarships and academic programs to area students.”
Rib vendors will include Ethyl’s Smokehouse and Saloon, Mannino’s Market and Stumpy’s House of Bar-B-Que and Catering. Other fare will include chicken from Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, gourmet nachos and veggie burgers by Quintessential Catering. Drinks will include Anheuser-Busch products by Krey Distributing, soda by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, lemonade by Red Robin, wine by Terra Firma USA and water by Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles.
“We’re really excited to enhance the ‘rhythm’ side of the event this year and to showcase some of the talented musicians from SCC,” said Mark Baker, vice president at Warrenton Oil Company. “Supporting the students is what this event is all about, and we are fortunate to have so many community members turn out each year who believe in keeping education affordable and accessible.”
Baker, along with Eric Henderson, UPS central plains district area HR manager, and Scott Lewis, Cottleville city administrator/chief of police, are this year’s Rhythm and Ribs committee co-chairs.
The five Main Stage sponsors are Ameren Missouri, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital/Progress West HealthCare Center, Mercy, SSM St. Joseph Health Center/SSM St. Joseph Hospital West and KTRS the Big 550 AM.
Volunteers from UPS, a “Rock Star” sponsor, will help with set-up. Other “Rock Star” sponsors include Acropolis Investment Management, Commerce Bank, Enterprise Bank and Trust, Fastlane Convenience Stores, General Motors, Krey Distributing and NHC HealthCare & Rehabilitation. “Ribster” Sponsors are American Eagle Credit Union, First State Bank, Bates CPAs, P.C. and Hochschild, Bloom & Company LLP CPAs.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, which includes entry to the event/live entertainment; $25 for the Music and More package, which includes live entertainment and food, beverages and raffle tickets; and $50 for the VIP package, which includes unlimited beverages, unlimited food, raffle tickets and reserved seating.
For more information on tickets and events, contact Schneider at 636-922-8473, email@example.com, or visit www.rhythm-and-ribs.com. Event sponsorships are still available, with packages ranging from $1,000 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. In 2013, the SCC Foundation awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to SCC students. For more information on the SCC Foundation and its vision to transform lives and strengthen communities, visit www.stchas.edu/foundation.
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 www.stchas.edu.
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