Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks 19th Annual Taste of the Ozarks is Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Oasis Convention Center at 6PM. Doors open at 5:45PM
While you're enjoying the variety of TASTES from our local restaurants, browse our silent auction items as well as bid on our live auction items. Enjoy our inspirational program that celebrates the value of mentorship to the youth in our community and don't miss the announcement of our $20,000 CASH raffle winner (need not be present to win).
**NEW THIS YEAR - ONE lucky candidate that receives the most votes gets to Kiss a Pig - LIVE on stage!**
We encourage YOU to attend and be the "key ingredient" to a child's successful future! All proceeds from this signature event support local matches who benefit from services provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. To attend, sponsor a table of 10 at $2,000. Seating is limited, please complete our sponsorship form (found on the sponsorship tab) to secure your table. If you are interested in individual tickets, please call our office at 417-889-9136.
A BIG thanks to our raffle sponsor, LaBelle Studio and Gallery! Each year Taste of the Ozarks features a raffle to win $20,000 CASH. Only 500 tickets are sold at the amount of $100 each. Drawing will be held at Taste of the Ozarks and you DO NOT need to be present to win.
Please refer to the 'Raffle' tab for rules and guidelines.
Powered by the passionate belief that everyone can achieve greatness and driven by the opportunity to spark significant, powerful change, Jimmy McMikle has dedicated his life to service. He regularly inspires audiences of children, college students, educators, parent groups and professionals alike, championing achievement and bridging the gap between current positioning and desired direction.
Jimmy is a respected leadership consultant, accomplished author and sought-after motivational speaker and life coach. Three simple, yet powerful words define his mission and direct his passion to equip people for success: Educate, Inspire, & Empower! He is President of the McMikle Group, LLC, a leadership training and development company based in Hartford, Connecticut. He shares the distinction of being a certified John C. Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Life Coach with a select group of phenomenal speakers worldwide, personally trained and mentored by global leadership expert Dr. Maxwell himself.
Jimmy’s latest book, DREAM NOW: 10 Steps to Accomplish the Extraordinary offers a detailed road map to obtaining the life that one desires. He challenges the reader to step out of an ordinary existence and live a life of extraordinary measure. His two children’s books, “Hey Big Boy” and “Hey Big Girl,” provide powerful life directional messages to youth of all ages. He is the founder of the D.R.E.A.M. NOW Program, an intensive youth leadership program whose mission is “to develop responsible, educated, adaptive minds for future leadership.”
Widely regarded as a leader among leaders, Jimmy McMikle serves in a civic capacity as the National Senior Vice President for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a 200,000 person service organization that performs youth leadership, youth education, social action and political action programming in over 400 communities worldwide. He also founded and chairs Kappa Alpha Psi’s “Learn 2 Live” National Community Policing Initiative, a collaborative effort with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), designed to educate and train young persons of color with regards to police encounters and interactions, while building bridges between law enforcement and communities of colors. His team has performed 120 forums in 100 cities, training 60,000 students since 2016. The initiative has garnered a wide variety of corporate support, sponsorships and award recognition.
Jimmy McMikle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University where he earned All Big-Ten Conference honors as a sprinter for the school’s Track & Field team. As a member of three indoor Big-Ten Championship and two outdoor Big-Ten Championship teams, Jimmy is still one of the current record holders for the University’s 4x100 meter relay team. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree. Jimmy and his family currently reside in Windsor, Connecticut.
Ava had always been a quiet kid, but when Julie was around, Ava could light up a room. Even after Ava and Julie’s match closed in 2016 when Ava moved to another state, they couldn’t stay apart! Julie made sure to stay in contact and the two visited each other every chance they had. A “little” distance couldn’t stop what was destined to be a lifelong friendship. They have been there for each other for some of their biggest milestones yet! Ava was in Julie’s wedding and Julie recently attended Ava’s graduation from high school. Congrats, Ava and Julie! Thank you for letting us be a little part of your “big” futures!
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