Annual Gala

Kentucky Derby Attire Recommended (Optional) or Business Casual

Join us for our 11th annual fundraising gala event, “Lighting The Way…At The Races”. a Kentucky Derby styled event.

Date:  April 6, 2017

Time:  5:30 – 9:30 pm

Place: “Randall Gallery” click for directions


5:30 p.m. – Doors open.  Heavy
Hors d’ouevres & Cocktails

7:00 p.m. – Race #1 & #2

7:30 p.m. – Race #3 & #4

Silent Auction Section #1 Closes

7:45 p.m. – Silent Auction Section #2 Closes

8:00 p.m. – Live Auction

Fund-A-Need – 7 levels:  $2500, $1000, $750, $500, $250, $100, $50

8:00 p.m. – Silent Auction Section #3 Closes

8:45 p.m. – Race #5

9:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks


Cocktails & Heavy d’oeuvres

Bourbon Pull:  $30/each

Wine Pull: $20/each

Champagne Raffle:  $20/each – win a chance for a $300 gift certificate to Lordo’s Diamonds.

Vintage Horse Races:

5 races
Up to 25 chances per horse
3 horses with highest points win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes 75 prizes in total.

1 horse = $20
2 horses =$40
3 horses = $50

Our goal for this event is to raise more than $100,000 for disadvantaged St. Louis area children.  Donations from the gala directly support these children with a safe place to stay after school, healthy meals and specialized training.  Combined these programs lead to healthy, more successful children and better life outcomes.

Specifically United 4 Children programs:

  1. Ensure that 1,377 children with special care needs have access to childcare.
  2. Guarantee that 8,739 nutritionally challenged children receive healthy meals each day.
  3. Keep 3,760 kids off the street and in a safe place after school.

See our generous Lighting the Way Gala Sponsors below.  Please contact Deanna Finch if you would like to help sponsor St. Louis area disadvantaged children.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Light Sponsor – $15,000
Silver Light Sponsor – $10,000
Bronze Light Sponsor – $5,000
Spot Light Sponsor – $2,500
Glowing Light Sponsor – $1,000

Individual tickets for the event are only $125.00 and may be purchased here.

For additional event  information please contact Deanna Finch at 314-531-1412, Ext. 47 or

Click here to view information for our 2016 Lighting the Way Gala.

We look forward to Lighting the Way with you!

Gold Light Sponsor

Silver Light Sponsors

Bronze Light Sponsors

Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation

 Spot Light Sponsors

The Mueller Family

Glowing Light Sponsors

Fox Family Foundation

The Families of Sobule & Coyne