Our 2014 Lighting the Way dinner and auction gala was a festive occasion highlighting the contributions of Missouri State Representative Jill Schupp and Peabody Energy. Consistent with the vision of United 4 Children, our honorees advocate for a strong, healthy, and inclusive community where children and youth have enriching environments to reach their fullest potential.
Honorary Gala Chairs, Mr. and Mrs. Voss of Ameren, Gala Chair Valerie Anders of AT&T Mobility, Gala Co-Chair Rhonda Liesenfeld of Edward Jones, and our generous guests witnessed firsthand the benefits of youths whom participate in non-school programs through a Jazz Combo from the St. Louis Public School’s Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Proceeding dinner, attendees enjoyed an exclusive Wizard of Oz performance featuring the Stray Dog Theatre and Arts-In-Mind students.
Board Chair Jerry Schaefer did a fine job of thanking the audience for their support of United 4 Children and all of our major sponsors for the event: Slay Industries, Ameren, Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, Emerson, GCB, Edward Jones and First Bank.
It was indeed, a festive and memorable evening. The funds raised from the event will allow United 4 Children to continue to improve the quality and access of services for children and youth by empowering and inspiring families, professionals and the community.
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United 4 Children’s Second Annual Quarter Auction
Thank you to everyone who threw their quarters in and paddles up! We hope everyone had as great of a time as we did. Special thanks to all of our vendors and donors who helped make this an enjoyable evening. Congratulations to all the winners, especially the winner of our 50/50 drawing and those who won 4 box seats to a Cardinals game, the HP deluxe all-in-one printer and a one night stay at the Renaissance Hotel! We look forward to seeing you all at the next United 4 Children Quarter Auction.
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Inaugural Golf Tournament
A day of spectacular golf and scenery awaited participates in the United 4 Children Inaugural Golf Tournament, July 17th at Norman K. Probstein in Forest Park Golf Center.
The tournament featured several exciting contests with outstanding prizes including a car for the hole in one courtesy of West County Nissan. It was an exciting day for the over 100 golfers starting with the lunch provided by Pasta House, beer provided by Summit Distributing, cigars for every golfer, and flowing Arnold Palmer and John Daly drinks. Don’t know what Arnold Palmer or John Daly drinks are? You’ll have to join us in 2014 to find out.
A special thank you to our major sponsors…
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“Lighting the Way Gala”
Our biggest event of the year, The Lighting the Way Gala was held Thursday, April 11th, in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of the Grand Renaissance Hotel and turned out to be an unbelievably inspiring evening. The reception was filled with the Jazz performance by the amazing Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Jazz ensemble students from the St. Louis Public Schools. While our vocalists and musicians were performing our guests chatted and perused the many generously donated silent auction items. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Katie Jamboretz, began the evening by bringing our large crowd into the dining area. During desert guests were given a heartwarming performance by Stray Dog Theatre’s after school program that brought our crowd to a standing ovation. The children were from Woerner Elementary School and participate in the After School for All Partnership program. Guests then sat back and learned more about United 4 Children via a video which can be viewed by clicking here. The video was made through the generosity of AmerenUE and featured the St. Louis Muny Kids actors who were also present in the audience during the evening. (And thanks to our talented actors for giving up an entire day to shoot the video!) Our Gala Chair, Valerie Anders, then took the stage to help in the fund raising of the event that assists United 4 Children in the quest for sustainability. A heartfelt speech by Lisa Eberle-Mayse on why Inclusion is an important part of United 4 Children and her passion for making sure all children are included left few dry eyes in the crowd. After her talk there was no doubt in our guests’ minds of the dedication and experience of our staff. The evening ended with award presentations to two very deserving collaborative partners: St. Louis Mental Board and Chris Krehmeyer of Beyond Housing.
Such a successful event doesn’t occur without the help of many. We would like to personally thank our Board members, Staff, Gala Chairs and especially one very dynamic volunteer, Kayla Slay.
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