Taste of O’Fallon to raise funds to help families affected by mental illness

O’FALLON – Karla Smith Behavioral Health (KSBH) will host the First Annual Taste of O’Fallon on Friday, May 10 at Gateway Classic Cars from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to raise funds to help families affected by mental illness.

“We are so excited to bring this one-of-a-kind fundraising party to O’Fallon,” said Mike Clark, KSBH Board Member and presenting sponsor Visionary Wealth Advisors. “Over 40 restaurants and businesses have already signed on to participate in the event to give back to our community.”

The Taste of O’Fallon will feature O’Fallon’s favorite restaurants, diners, pizzerias and bakeries who are preparing classic local dishes, specialty cuisines and inspired chef creations for party go-ers to taste throughout the four hour event.

“Whether it’s your friend, a family member, your neighbor or a customer, we all have a relationship with somebody that is struggling with mental health issues,” said Megan Pashea, owner of 1818 Chophouse. “It’s important for all of us to be aware and be able to help those around us.”

Restaurants are donating all of their food and services so that all proceeds from the evening go directly to help Karla Smith Behavioral Health provide mental health services to families experiencing depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.

“Over 85 percent of our clients receive financial aid to pay for professional mental health services at KSBH,” said Emily Smith, KSBH Executive Director. “Mental health is a community issue that requires all of us to join together to help lift each other up. We are so grateful to the businesses and individuals who are organizing this event which will help change lives and celebrate the best our city has to offer.”

Local band S.O.S. will be performing live throughout the evening all your favorite hits from Fleetwood Mac to modern day rock.  For more information about Taste of O’Fallon visit karlasmithbehavioralhealth.org.

Tickets may be purchased online at karlasmithbehavioralhealth.org for unlimited food tastings and beverages.  There are two levels of tickets: $50 for General Admission and $75 VIP Pass.

Sponsors of Taste of O’Fallon include presenting sponsor Visionary Wealth Advisors, Peel Brewing Company, The FOURCE Group, Pure 111 Medical Aesthetics, Victory Men’s Health, Delmar Mortgage, Professional Therapy Services, Inc., Ironhorse Resources, Jenie’s Hair Loft, CR Holland Real Estate, Foley Dental Group, Federico Family of Dealerships, Mike’s Automotive, O’Fallon Electric, Veterans United Home Loans, 1818 Chophouse, Bella Milano, Gia’s Pizza, Soooo Yummy TC’s Treats, Syberg’s, Sweet Katie Bee’s Sustainable Café, Sugarfire Smoke House, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Hemingway’s Zen Garden Bistro and Pub, Fezziwig’s Tea & Gourmet, Southern Hop House and Peonies and Milk.

Cub Scout Pack 49 has a need for speed at pinewood derby races

O’FALLON – Cub Scout Pack 49 recently held their annual Pinewood Derby competition at Gateway Classic Cars. The scouts had a great time watching their decorated cars speed along the track and determining who had the fastest car.

In the Lion group, made up of kindergarten students, Caiden Dobbs took first place, Liam Hoormann brought home second place, and Parker Kovell won third.

In the Tiger group, consisting of first grade students, Jack Montgomery won first place, Joshua Dettmann took second, and Nate Dorgan won third.

In the Wolf group, made up of second grade students, James Edwards won first, Lucas McLean won second, and Kai Bailey won third place.

In the Bear group, consisting of third graders, Blaine Chen won first place, Aiden Frasher took second, and Colton Brown won third.

In the Webelo group, made up of fourth graders, Daniel Clark won first place, Matthew Goldsmith won second, and James Schiffner brought home third place.

Finally, in the Arrow of Light group, made up of fifth graders, Stevie Branch won first place, Owen Griffith took second, and Jonathan Reed won third place.

24th Annual Salute to Scott Tribute and Business Expo and Purple Heart Community Recognition scheduled

The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of O’Fallon and Village of Shiloh are hosting the 24th annual Salute to Scott Tribute and Business Expo on Saturday, November 10, at Gateway Classic Cars in O’Fallon from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Last year was the first year the event moved indoors and was celebrated in conjunction with Veteran’s Day. The response was so positive, it was decided to continue at that location.

This year, in addition to all of the usual events, the Chamber and municipalities will be recognizing and honoring Purple Heart Recipients. Both communities have recently been designated as Purple Heart Communities. Congressman Mike Bost, Honorable Mayors Jim Vernier and Herb Roach will read a proclamation, recognize Purple Heart recipients in attendance, and unveil the associated signage to be placed in both communities. If you are a Purple Heart recipient, the Chamber would be honored to have you at this event and at this 10 a.m. ceremony.  Please RSVP to uspurpleheart@gmail.com by October 28. 

This event is organized by O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee to show appreciation for base personnel and to increase the awareness of the important relationships that exist between Scott Air Force Base, its families, and surrounding communities. Bring your military or government civilian identification card and get in free which gives you access to all the food, fun, and prizes. 

If you’re associated with Scott Air Force Base or an O’Fallon-Shiloh resident who directly supports the base, please bring your family and join the Chamber for free food, drinks, and activities.

Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be served 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Local restaurants will be on-hand to provide “A Taste of.”  The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a business expo from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The expo features displays from local businesses. These businesses, as well as all of O’Fallon-Shiloh, are happy to show their appreciation for those “who serve.” 

While the adults are enjoying the classic cars on display, the kids can have fun at the Kid Zone. There will be mascots on hand to visit and we even have FREDBIRD® from noon until 1 p.m. Come take your picture with him!  

Make sure you stop by the information booth any time from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and register for attendance prizes. Names will be drawn at the end of the event and winners notified. The Chamber have some great prizes again this year – don’t miss out!

For more information on the Salute to Scott Day event, contact the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce at (618) 632-3377. As the event gets closer,  the Chamber will have information on its website and Facebook page.

Gateway Classic Cars hosts Accelerate Fashion show to spotlight local designers

O’FALLON – Gateway Classic Cars held the Accelerate Fashion show and benefit on Saturday as the second event in their 2017 Community Events Series. Twelve local designers and boutiques, as well as designers from New York and Los Angeles, showcased their collections at the event.

VIP guests were treated to selections from Chevy’s Fresh Mex and cocktails from Global Brew before the show, which featured music from DJ Ray Hill. Swansea photographer Dawn Corwin did the hair and makeup for the models, as well as shot the event. Anthony Freeman served as the evening’s vibrant emcee.

Local designers included Kyra’s Kloset, Tanisha Blocker Creations, Connor Creations, Hats by DI-Anne, and O’Fallon boutique LouChi Style, which also had a vendor booth at the event. New York designer and former model Ola Hawatmeh opened the show with her creations.

Headliner Reggie Holliday with his line Demetri Faye was introduced by Sam Neal, head of Entertainment Marketing Services for Gateway Classic Cars. Neal thanked owner Sal Akbani for his vision in bringing the event to Gateway, and also spoke about 5 A’s Animal Shelter in Alton, who was the charity benefactor of the evening. A Gateway employee bought his pet from the shelter, and it caught Neal’s attention. A pet owner himself, Neal spoke to the crowd about costs for caring for the shelter animals and encouraged all attendees to donate.

(O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Angela Simmons)

Gateway Classic Cars and Sam’s Club raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Saturday

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O’FALLON – On Saturday, Gateway Classic Cars and Sam’s Club have partnered to put on the inaugural Cruisin’ for Kids Car Show and Cruise. All of the funds raised will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. The car show will feature cars from the 1960’s through today, as well as activities for children.
At 6:30 p.m., the cars will leave and go on a car cruise and parade through O’Fallon around Community Park.
To enter your car for in the show and parade, there is a $20 per vehicle charge.
“We’re really excited about this event and partnering with Sam’s Club to help the Children’s Miracle Network. Anytime we can bring together our love of great cars and the ability to help kids in need, its a win-win,” said Sarah Boothby of Gateway Classic Cars.

The car show and cruise is one part of a larger weekend long event taking place at Gateway Classic Cars. They have once again partnered with Collector’s Corner to host an exciting three days of baseball superstar signings.
Athletes will be available for signings on Friday from 3 – 8 p.m. Signings will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m. Then on Sunday, athletes will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Gateway Classic Cars of Saint Louis is located at 1237 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon.
Athletes attending the signing include: Roy Sievers, John Denny, Gary Mathews, Chris Carpernter, Andre Dawson, Bake McBride, Dick Allen, Willie McGee, Vince Coleman, George Hendrick, Orlando Cepeda, Scott Rolen, and Pat Zachary.