25th Annual Turkey Trot
Join Dr. Brad Bradshaw and Ned Reynolds at the Springfield-Greene County 25th annual Turkey Trot! The 25th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run is held rain, snow or shine on Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m., at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St., in downtown Springfield.
Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest timed 5K run/walk of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting more than 7,000 participants a year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Turkey Trot also serves as one of the largest one-day food drives of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest, with more than 6,500 meals donated at the event last year. Bring the whole family including the family dog and join in on the Thanksgiving morning fun!
VICTORY MISSION’S 25TH ANNUAL VICTORY RIDE
“We are thrilled with the turnout of this year’s Victory Ride and the relationships we are building with our community through this event. By exceeding our goal, we are able to provide 1167 shelter nights for men seeking restoration.”
"Thank you again to our generous sponsors like Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC) and Brad Bradshaw, M.D., J.D., L.C."
Mindy McClaskey, Marketing & Special Events, Victory Mission
SPRINGFIELD, MO––Victory Mission’s 25th Annual Victory Ride on Saturday, October 5th exceeded this year’s goal in raising funds to support restoration in Springfield, Missouri. This year’s event raised $17,500.
Victory Mission began in 1976 when Rev. and Mrs. Everett Cook saw the needs of the homeless in Downtown Springfield. Their initial efforts included the distribution of sandwiches and coffee from the back of their station wagon. Today the Outreach arm of Victory Mission includes a food pantry, evening feeding program, senior luncheon, Thanksgiving/Christmas baskets and back-to-school supplies.
Over the years, the organization has moved beyond outreach to focus on empowerment through intentional programs and emergency shelters. Victory Square provides a safe space for individuals facing homelessness with the help they need to get back on their feet through recovery programs and job training. SingleMomzRock provides resources for single parents and encouragement to a network of women through monthly meetings and occasional special events.
A number of social enterprises helps to create employment opportunities for members of Victory Mission + Ministry’s programs. These ventures not only provide hands-on experience and fair living wages for different individuals, they also allow Victory Mission to become more sustainable as an organization.
Taco de SOMO
Taco de Somo is a special event put on by the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. This year $29,500 was raised through Taco de SOMO.
Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO) is a local nonprofit headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. DCO's mission is to provide infants, children, and adults, who have developmental or physical disabilities, or developmental delays, as well as those who do not, with the resources and support to be as successful and independent as possible. DCO does this through pediatric early intervention therapies (First Steps Therapy), inclusive early childhood care and education/kindergarten readiness, adult day care, adult learning center, community learning for adults, and employment services. 100% of all proceeds stay local and help your family, friends, and neighbors in Greene, Christian, Stone, and Taney Counties.
"More than 850 people attended our fourth annual Springfield Coffee Fest in Park Central Square in Downtown Springfield.
Thank you to Elite Promotions, BluCurrent Credit Union, Brad Bradshaw and St. George's for sponsoring this event!"
Coffee lovers united for the fourth annual Springfield Coffee Fest, an event benefiting Safe and Sober. Local coffee shops provide samples of their best coffee to earn awards in various categories. There were giveaways and live performances by local musicians throughout the morning.
Safe and Sober is a non-profit organization that delivers outcome-based educational programs designed to empower young people to make safe choices. Safe and Sober provides free video-based programs to students and their parents statewide.
Sertoma Chili Cook-Off
Free Chili Samples from over 70 cooking teams!! 2 stages of the Ozarks Best Bands and Musicians!! All proceeds from the Sertoma Chili Cook-Off benefit The Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield.
The Sertoma Clubs are non-profit organizations that focus on raising money for charity, primarily sponsoring children charities in the Springfield and surrounding community. The organization is a member of Sertoma Inc. The organization has made great strides in giving back to the community through various activities and has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. Each club has a set of officers and a board of directors to oversee and guide the club’s activities and pursuits. The word Sertoma is an acronym for “SERvice TO MAnkind,” and the Sertoma Clubs exist for the “high and noble purpose of benefiting mankind at large.”
The Springfield area Sertoma Clubs focus on the needs of at risk youth in Southwest Missouri.