The St. Charles Community College Foundation is doubling the rhythm and the ribs for its third annual fundraiser, Rhythm and Ribs, set for 6 to 10pm on Fri., May 18, on the college’s campus in Cottleville.

Smash Band will return, live on the main stage at 8:30pm. Doors will open at 6pm with the St. Charles West Jazz Ensemble, and at 7pm, a new rhythm revue will include ‘80s, pop, rock, jazz, a capella, country, fiddlers, oldies and more.

“It will be a rockin’ good time for all, but more importantly, we’re excited to celebrate the growth of the college and being a part of this vibrant community for 25 years,” says Kasey McKee, associate vice president for foundation and alumni relations. “The dollars raised help keep a college education within reach for thousands of area students, especially as we continue to feel the impact of the economy.”

New rib vendors, including Bandana’s Bar-B-Q and Stumpy’s House of Bar-B-Que and Catering, will join favorites like Ethyl’s Smokehouse and Saloon and Mannino’s Market. Chick-Fil-A, MO Kettle Corn and Quintessential Catering will serve up other fare, and beverages will include beer by Krey Distributing and O’Fallon Brewery, wine by Terra Firma USA and specialty teas and lemonade by Red Robin.

“It’s great to be involved with this event and so encouraging to see it grow,” says Scott Lewis, Cottleville city administrator/chief of police and event chair. “With more music, food and drink vendors, we hope even more folks will come out to SCC’s beautiful campus.”

Lewis, along with Chuck Pilliod, CFO at Krey Distributing Co., are this year’s Rhythm and Ribs co-chairs.

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.

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, and access to the VIP tent.

Event sponsorships are still available, with packages ranging from $100 to $10,000. For more information, contact Betsy Schneider, foundation and alumni relations manager, at 636.922.8473, or visit

St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, Mo.,

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