Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to Perform Free Concert at McAuley Hall

Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to Perform Free Concert at McAuley Hall

The Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestras will perform “Celebrate Your Story”, on May 1st at the Center for Nonprofits @ St. Mary’s in Rogers, Arkansas at 7:00 pm and at Rogers Heritage High School on May 8th at 7:00 pm.


Classical music has the power to transform lives and storytelling adds another layer of connection to the original work that deepens appreciation, gives hope and insight, and encourages us to thoughtfully consider our own story.  


The song selections chosen for this season by OPYO Music Director/YSO Conductor Mr. Jesse Collett all share a rich history and storyline and have added to the musicality of some 130 developing musicians who have met up every Monday evening since January at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers Arkansas to practice.


Among the pieces that will be performed, the audience will experience the nuances of several emotions; In Elgar's Enigmas Variations: Nimrod, we are filled with gratitude for a friend who lifts the composer up during personal turmoil; in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, we hear the resistance and forced nature of oppression; and in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila, we are taken on a magical adventure where everything is possible.


The Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is dedicated to the advancement of music students through superior music education, personal growth through community engagement, emphasizing cooperation and mutual respect in a supportive environment, and by offering the only full symphonic experience for youth in Northwest Arkansas. 


More information on The Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra can be found on their website at OPYO.org, and you can reserve a seat(s) via the RSVP form on the website’s homepage. 



Chari Cross

OPYO Executive Director






Tom Galyon and the Walk to Defeat ALS

Thanks to the popularity of the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS has become one of the most well-known non-curable diseases in the world. Using funds from recent donations, The ALS Association has made recent progress in the fight for a cure. One of the ways local northwest Arkansas residents can help find a cure for ALS is by participating in local ALS fundraisers in partnership with the ALS Association of Arkansas.

The ALS Association of Arkansas hosted an outstanding event at the Compton Gardens in Bentonville last Saturday, August 27th titled "Walk to Defeat ALS."

Pictured here is Tom and his wife, Sally, along with our COO, Mike Gilbert.

Pictured here is Tom and his wife, Sally, along with our COO, Mike Gilbert.

We'd like to give a huge shout-out to the ALS Association of Arkansas for their fantastic event for the Walk to Defeat ALS. Our meeting space consultant, Tom Galyon, was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago and has vigorously fought to bring awareness toward this devastating disease. Tom and his team won several awards at the Walk to Defeat ALS including:

Largest Team – Tom’s Troopers
Best Shirt Design – Tom’s Troopers

2016 Hero Award – Tom Galyon


“A HERO is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles” – Christopher Reeve


The ALS Association of Arkansas is a partner with the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's. For more info about their local chapter of this nonprofit or to make a donation, click here. 

Rogers National Night Out 2016

Last evening we had the honor of hosting Rogers Night Out at the Center For Nonprofits @ St Mary’s.  The Rogers Police and Fire Departments brought a host of vehicles and personnel, letting us climb in their vehicles and learn more about how they perform their jobs.  It was a wonderful evening of interacting with our local police and fire departments.  The look on the faces of children sitting in the driver’s seat of a fire truck was priceless.


Many, many thanks to Sgt Keith Foster and the Rogers Police and Fire personnel, Great Plains Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Bimbo Bakeries, M & M Mars, Sheepdog, who did a fabulous job of cooking & serving  hotdogs as well as set up and tear down, Matthew Tice from Mars who had us all jamming to the tunes, Cemers Painting for cotton candy, Kendrick Fincher Hydration, Epic Rentals for the Jungle Bounce House and Jim Huddleston from Experience Works for doing everything else to make this evening memorable..

This is an annual event that you do not want to miss.  Mark your calendar for next August 2nd!  Please see the photos posted in Rogers Night Out 2016.

Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

At noontime luncheon on Wednesday, July 2nd, leaders in the nonprofit community gathered with city and regional leaders to recognize the contribution of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. 

The honored guest at the event was Representative Steve Womack who said, "The organizations that are housed in the Center for Nonprofits carry on the mission of the hospital that used to call that facility home by providing essential health, education, and human services to the people who live and work in Rogers and the surrounding communities.  I am always proud to see how people within our community find ways to better themselves and give back.”

Congressman Steve Womack

Congressman Steve Womack

Rogers Mayor Greg Hines

Rogers Mayor Greg Hines

Jones Center CEO Ed Clifford, Jones Center COO Mike Gilbert, Jones Trust Director Susan Barrett

Jones Center CEO Ed Clifford, Jones Center COO Mike Gilbert, Jones Trust Director Susan Barrett

Webb Memorial Children's Park Ground Breaking Ceremony

A ground breaking ceremony was held Friday, March 1 for the Webb Memorial Children’s Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits @ St. Mary’s in Rogers.  The ceremony was emceed by Dick Trammel and included special remarks by Jones Trust trustee Dennis Smiley, Rogers Mayor Greg Hines and Charles Mary Phillippy.   The Webb Memorial Children’s Park will be built on the site of the former residence of Charles and Mary Ila Webb.  The Webb’s daughter, Charles Mary Phillippy, was there with her husband, daughter and grandchildren to celebrate the new playground.

According to a Board Member of the Jones Trust, “We have over 40 nonprofit organizations located at The Center for Nonprofits @ St. Mary’s providing essential health, education and human services to the people living in this region, many of whom are low income with few resources.  We estimate over 500,000 visitors come to the Center annually, and these organizations have a major impact in the region, serving those in need.  Many of the folks who come here for these services are children or are parents who bring their children with them.  This playground will be a great place for these kids to play, and will also serve as a community playground for the families living in Rogers.”

The Webbs were longtime residents of the city, where Charles was active in civic affairs, such as the Chairman of the Rogers City Planning Commission and owned a successful insurance agency in the city.  Mary Ila was a well-known and respected educator with the Rogers Public School System.