Taste of the Ozarks
Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks has postponed the 18th Annual Taste of the Ozarks to Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Oasis Convention Center. We hope you're ready for our BRAND NEW hybrid program. While you're enjoying the festivities, browse our silent auction with a live auction. We hope you enjoy our surprise new theme and inspirational program. In-person guests will and enjoy samples from the best restaurants the Ozarks has to offer, while our virtual parties will enjoy a full meal from their selected restaurant. We encourage guests to attend however they are most comfortable 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 8 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, Commerce Bank! 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 has been postponed, date to be determined. You DO NOT need to be present to win.
Please refer to the 'Raffle' tab for rules and guidelines.
Jeremiah was born and raised in Springfield MO. He attended Greenwood Laboratory School and Graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Accounting in 1993. He spent several years working in Kansas City but came back to Springfield. He is a Certified Public Accountant and owns Jeremiah Mee CPA & Advisors. He has one son, Parker, who attends college at The University of Chicago.
Jeremiah has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield since he 1983 when he was matched with Mike Cass, who was the Big Brother of the Year for 1984. Over the years, Jeremiah has volunteered as a Big Brother, Lunch Buddy and was on the board of the Organization.
In 1989, New Orleans-raised Aeneas Williams was a junior walk-on defensive back at Southern University. The next year, before earning a B.S. in Accounting in 1990, Aeneas tied the NCAA Division I-AA single-season interception record. He was drafted in the third round of the 1991 draft by the Arizona Cardinals and became a St. Louis Ram in 2001. During a remarkable 14-year NFL career - that included a Super Bowl appearance, eight Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections - Aeneas had chances to help some of his teammates through some of life's rougher patches. These opportunities led Aeneas to the realization that unhappiness doesn't come from the things in our lives. It comes from things missing from our lives.
Aeneas made his personal commitment to Jesus Christ during his junior year at Southern University and has devoted his off-field life to sharing the wisdom and understanding of the Word of God. He is a beloved St. Louis community leader and role model whose tireless service, outreach and personal counsel has changed lives. Pastor Aeneas has a love for people and a passion for helping each of us fulfill our full potential. In 2007, Aeneas and his wife of 23 years Tracy founded The Spirit Church in St. Louis, MO where he serves as senior pastor. Aeneas, Tracy, their three daughters Saenea, Tirzah and Cheyenne and son Lazarus live in Creve Coeur, Missouri.
On August 2, 2014, Aeneas was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
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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