80s cover band Members Only highlights Rockin’ Roll Bike & Music Festival

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Just a few years ago, Julie Cassity saw a need and had a vision.  Working as a music therapist for many years in Springfield, she was well aware of the struggle many faced to afford music therapy services.

She decided to form a nonprofit with the intention of generating scholarship money to pay for music therapy services for individuals, and it led to the birth of Music Therapy of the Ozarks.  Soon after, the organization teamed with the area’s largest sports fundraiser, the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Now, the two organizations are collaborating to host the areas first cycling and music fundraising event.

The inaugural Rockin’ Roll Bike & Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Not only will it feature afternoon bike rides of 40, 20 and 10 miles, but also an evening concert featuring the popular 1980s cover band, Members Only.

It’s a fundraiser for Music Therapy of the Ozarks as well as the other 49 charities of the PCCC. Registration is at BIKEANDMUSICFEST.ORG.

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“We are so excited to be putting on The Rockin’ Roll Bike and Music Festival, making this vision a reality! We want cyclists and music lovers to come out and enjoy this inaugural event and help us raise money to help individuals in our community,” Cassity said.

In recent years, Music Therapy of the Ozarks has applied its PCCC dollars toward scholarships, ensuring kids can attend the clinic and benefit from the powerful benefits of music therapy services.

Currently, the scholarship fund is affecting the lives of children and families impacted by a variety of developmental factors including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and various learning disabilities. Most recently, MTO has been able to grant funding to Cox Hospital NICU for work with babies in the unit.

Over the winter, Cassity, an avid cyclist, approached the PCCC about creating a bike ride. That became a reality this spring and is approaching quickly.

Rides of 40, 20 and 10 miles are set for 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on Oct. 13. The concert and dinner begin at 5 p.m. with The Shandies opening ahead of Members Only, who are scheduled for 7 p.m.

It’s $50 for an entry fee from Sept. 14 to Oct. 12, and $55 on race day. The event features kids and family rates – with those 12 and younger only $15, and a family rate of $100 (two adults, two kids under age 18).

Adult cyclists receive a long-sleeve event logoed tech shirt, snacks, refreshments, and live music at rest stops, as well as admission to the concert, which includes a buffet dinner, two adult beverage drink tickets and complimentary products from Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper.

Not a cyclist? This event is for everyone! Concert tickets are available for $25, which includes dinner, two adult drink tickets and the opportunity to hear The Shandies and Members Only.

“We hope the community will support this important event,” said Jerald Andrews, Executive Tournament Director of the PCCC. “It truly offers something for everybody.”


Event details


When: Saturday, October 13

Where: Starting & Ending at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive in Springfield.

Rides & Times: 40 miles, 2 p.m. * 20 miles, 3 p.m. * 10 miles, 4 p.m.

Registration: $50 from Sept. 14-Oct. 12), $55 day of

Kids & Family rates: 12 & younger — $15; Family of 2 adults, 2 kids under 18 — $100

Music Festival only: $25 (includes buffet dinner, 2 drink tickets & concert)

Goodies: Adult long-sleeve event logoed tech shirt, buffet dinner, two adult beverage drink tickets, admission to concert, complimentary products from Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper, on-route snacks & refreshments





A September Sunday under the stars: Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice

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The idea of a food-and-wine gala under the September stars – in order to fundraise for Ozarks children’s charities — came to longtime culinary professional Phil Daniels of Springfield and a select committee a few years ago. And, for Daniels, it was right up his kitchen, er, alley.

After all, savory bites by world-trained chefs and specialty cocktails on a picturesque setting of white-clothed tables, white chairs and white linens seemed the perfect way to aid charities of the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Now the Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice is celebrating its fifth annual event on Sunday, Sept. 23 on the driving range of Highland Springs Country Club. It all starts at 5 p.m., and Daniels has lined up chefs representing 12 restaurants, including a food truck.

Tickets for the event are $500 a couple, or $1,850 for a sponsorship table of eight. The night includes silent and live auctions, and can be viewed through a smartphone at BIDPAL.NET/PCCCHARVESTMOON. All guests will receive a cheese & wine board, too, to take home. To sponsor your table, call 417-887-3400.


The menu is derived from concepts that guests cannot normally access in the Springfield market. Even better, all items are “small plate” concepts so guests can sample new dishes without feeling overly full. Beverage offerings include great wines, local brews and specialty drinks hand-crafted Jennifer Pierson of Big Whiskey’s Bar & Grill. In essence, there is something for everyone.

“Oddly enough, culinary people like doing it,” said Daniels, who worked 25 years for nationally recognized food service, marketing and culinary firms and who now has a farm that provides produce to Farmer’s Gastro Pub. “Many restaurants are closed on Sundays, and this allows the chef to do something for charity. You’d be surprised how many of them say, ‘This is the most fun I have all year.’ And these are people who work 15 hours a day.”

Participating are Daniels of Chateau Celine, Mike Jalili of Flame/TouchBlack Sheep, Mike Halbert of Highland Springs Country Club, Jerry DeMoro of Salvatore, Vito Palmietto of Vito’s Kitchen, Travis Meeks of The Order, Reinhart Foodservice Culinary Team, Elie Ghanem of That Lebanese Place, Andy Hampshire of Farmer’s Gastro Pub, Stephanie Holmes of Big Cedar Lodge/Top of the Rock and Clint Gray of The Finley, a new restaurant opening soon in Ozark.

The elegance of the Harvest Moon Festival cannot be topped, if you ask those who attend some of the Ozarks’ other elite food-and-wine events.

“We’re proud to do anything for the community, but the biggest thing is the fact is it benefits local children’s charities. This is a little part of that pie,” Beth Yarbrough said. “We don’t attend any other fundraisers that are like this.”

Dwayne Holden, owner of Custom Metalcraft, echoed those comments. He and Yarbrough also are key members of the Harvest Moon committee.

“It’s done under the stars. It’s totally different than some place confined, in an auditorium,” Holden said.

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2018 Event Menu

The Small Plates

Phil Daniels – Chateau Celine

  • Pan Seared Diver Scallop with Roasted Red Pepper Purée and Basil Pesto Aioli
  • Glazed Doughnut Bread Pudding with Woodford Bourbon Maple Syrup

Lou Rice – Reinhart Foodservice

  • Coffee Stout Beef Short Ribs
  • Butternut Squash Bisque Shooters with Quinoa, Maple & Chevre
  • Pumpkin Profiteroles

Jerry DeMoro – Salvatore’s

  • House-made Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese & Brown Butter Sauce
  • Pepperoni Chicken with White Wine Sauce over Casarecce Paste
  • Tiramisu Cups

Vito Palmietto – Vito’s Kitchen

  • Arugula, Fennel & Goat Cheese Salad with Fig Preserve Vinaigrette
  • Eighteen Hour Sausage with Double Corn Polenta
  • Torrone – Italian Nut & Honey Nougat Confection

Travis Meeks – The Order

  • Kampache Crudo with Lobster Cream, Trout Roe, Dual Tobiako Caviar, Red Onion, Ginger & Lime
  • Pork Two Ways: Crispy Pork Trotters with Sweet Potato Risotto & Sherry Soaked Raisins and Whey Braised Pork Belly with Sticky Pork Jus
  • Flourless Chocolate and Candied Bacon Torte

Stephanie Holmes – Big Cedar Lodge/Top of the Rock

  • Carnitas Pork Tacos with Cilantro & Avocado Salsa
  • Pan Seared Lamb with Mint Vinegar & Garlic Grits
  • Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake with Whipped Cream

Andy Hampshire – Farmer’s Gastro Pub

  • Blackened Shrimp with Caramelized Carrot Purée and Tomato & Bacon Gravy
  • Fried Chicken with Salsa Verde and Charred Corn Gremolata
  • Cold Brew Irish Coffee with Nutmeg & Cinnamon Whip

Clint Gray – The Finley

  • Cast Iron Skillet Duck Canape with Watermelon Ginger Jam
  • Charred Smoked Maple Glazed Pork Belly with Sweet Potato & Roasted Corn Succotash
  • Single Barrel Jack Daniel’s Whisky Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Float with Caramel Crème & Dark Chocolate Shavings

Elie Ghanem – That Lebanese Place

  • Chicken Shawarma Pita with Tahini Yogurt Sauce
  • Fattoush Salad with Zesty Lebanese Vinaigrette
  • Kanefe Uthmaliya Pastry Soaked in a Rose Water Syrup

Mike Halbert – Highland Springs Country Club

  • Fried Short Rib Fritters with Sharp Cheddar Fondue & Pickled Peppers
  • Smoked Salmon Rillette with Caper Berry Salad & Grissini
  • Whipped Cheesecake with Balsamic Berries & Toasted Graham Cracker Crumbs

Robert Stricklin – The Keeter Center

  • Smoked Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Jalapeno Cheese Grits
  • Maple Brined Chicken with Sage Sausage, Wilted Arugula & Blue Cheese Foam
  • Miniature Savarin with Orange Chardonnay Syrup, Tropical Fruit Salsa & Chantilly Cream

Bill Jalili – Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes

  • The Black Sheep “Food Truck” will be on-site featuring hand-made Gourmet Burgers with their unique array of condiments & sides

The Specialty Drinks

Jennifer Pierson – Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar

  • Four Roses Limeade – a seductive blend of Kentucky Bourbon, lime juice, Honey, Lavender & Ginger Beer
  • Harvest Moon Lavender Lemonade – a fusion of Lavender Syrup & Lemonade with a hint of Angostura Bitters for a fresh clean finish