Posted on: May 2, 2016

City participating in CFO's Give Ozarks to raise funds for Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower

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Nearly 150 nonprofit agencies will participate in Give Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks' 24-hour online giving day Tuesday, May 3. The City of Springfield is participating in Give Ozarks to fundraise for the planned Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower as part of the Route 66 Plaza streetscape project at College Street and Broadway Avenue along Historic Route 66, which the City will break ground for this summer to kick of the sixth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 12-14.

The estimated cost for the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower is about $55,000.

In addition to the 24 hours of fund raising, Nathan P. Murphy's in downtown Springfield will host an evening of jazz, blues and classic rock to benefit the project. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the lineup includes local blues performer King Clarentz, Brenda Meyer Band, Roots 66 and street performer O'Neal. The cover charge is $10 for those 21 and over, and $14 for those under 21.

Saturday, April 30 marked the 90th anniversary of the telegram sent from Springfield proposing U.S. 66 as the name for the new Chicago-to-L.A. highway, which is why Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of the iconic "Mother Road."

Route 66 meandered across Springfield from Kearney to Glenstone to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.

Springfield is currently redeveloping the College Street portion of Route 66 through Springfield.

While the City is implementing certain infrastructure improvements along the College Street stretch of Historic Route 66 between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway, it must leverage its investment in the project with private donations and other sources of funding. A larger plan to revitalize Historic Route 66 through other parts of Springfield could roll out in phases, as the City gauges interest and potential funding.

The City broke ground May 22, 2014 for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park near the intersection of College Street and Fort Avenue.

"We hope to make Springfield THE stop along the famed, historic byway," says City Manager Greg Burris.

About Give Ozarks
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and BKD Wealth Advisors are presenting this region-wide effort to raise awareness of philanthropy, encourage online donations to participating nonprofits and offer prizes and matching funds.

These nonprofit agencies will work to raise online donations from midnight to midnight on May 3 at giveozarks.org for a variety of needs that will improve services and opportunities for Ozarks residents.

This is the second year for Give Ozarks; in 2015, the first region-wide online giving day raised more than $1 million for about 150 nonprofit agencies.

Making a secure donation is simple. From midnight to midnight on May 3, donors can log onto giveozarks.org and search for a specific nonprofit or a cause they support to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

“Although philanthropy and charitable giving know no season, we are very excited for the opportunity to focus on a day to emphasize giving,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “The dollar benefits might accrue only for a day, but the possibility of new awareness of our non-profits, a new understanding of the good things they do, and an appreciation of charitable support should grow throughout the year.”

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is hosting Give Ozarks with presenting sponsor BKD Wealth Advisors and platinum sponsors The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney.

Founded in 1973, CFO has grown to include 45 affiliate community foundations and more than 2,700 charitable funds.

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For more information about Give Ozarks, please contact Louise Knauer at 417-864-6199 or lknauer@cfozarks.org; or Matt Lemmon, 417-864-6199 or mlemmon@cfozarks.org. For more information about the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower project, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Saturday marks 90th anniversary of telegram sent from Springfield naming Route 66

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Route 66, also known as the “Mother Road” and the “Main Street of America,” was conceived 90 years ago Saturday in downtown Springfield.

On April 30, 1926, a group of businessmen led by Cy Avery of Tulsa and Springfield’s John...Read on...

View telegram.
Posted on: March 22, 2016

2016 Route 66 Festival to offer three days of cars, motorcycles, concerts and family fun

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The City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners KY3, Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. and Ozarks On Two Wheels announced the 2016 festival event lineup at a press conference at the historic Gillioz Theatre March...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2016

Press conference 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Gillioz to announce Route 66 Festival event schedule

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Please join us for a press conference at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 22 at the historic Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, as we announce the featured attractions of the 2016 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.

Last year’s festival drew a...Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2015

City staff, neighborhood to build Route 66 pop-up plaza tonight at College and Broadway

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Route 66 Festival attendees are invited to come out to the corner of College Street and Broadway Avenue at 7 p.m. tonight to see what the new Route 66 streetscape will look like when it's built.

The City of ...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

23,000 pack downtown for Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

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Approximately 23,000 people visited downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the 5th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, presented by KY3/KSPR/CW and Aaron Sachs & Associates.

City of Springfield Dir...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Route 66 Parade: tips for navigating through Springfield Friday evening

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Attention motorists: Expect delays at locations intersecting with St. Louis Street between Glenstone and Campbell Friday evening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Parade. The parade kicks off at St. Louis and Glenstone at...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Route 66 Festival to include memorabilia and musings with Mother Road aficionados at Old Glass Place

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A gathering of authors, artists, collectors and associations affiliated with Route 66 will be at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16.

These folks will have displays with ...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2015

Full lineup of Birthplace of Route 66 Festival events announced

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Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 14-16 at the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. This year's festival promises to be the best yet!

Events will include a Route 6...Read on...

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival to feature live concert simulcast at Park Central Square

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The Birthplace of Route 66 Concert, featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils at the Gillioz Theater Aug. 9, has sold out. In partnership with the band, the City of Springfield will present a live simulcast of the concert at Park Ce...Read on...