We Can’t Hardly Wait…Today is Our Derby Date!

There are thousands of disadvantaged children who struggle with challenges they need help to overcome.  We need your help to provide them with a brighter future.

Our goal is to raise $115,000 at this exciting Kentucky Derby styled event.

Donations from the gala directly support children by providing:

  • safe places to stay after school
  • healthy meals
  • social-emotional training
  • inclusion services

Combined our programs lead to healthier, more successful children and better life outcomes.  $115,000 will impact more than 1000 children.

Will you join us in Lighting the Way to a brighter future for our children?

Click below to register!





Pre-Party $50
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The VIP Pre-Party:  is a stand alone event that you can attend if you are not able to stay for the rest of the gala.  You can also purchase a ticket for the VIP Pre-Party and gala for $175.

This special party features:

Private performance by local jazz musicians Joe Mancuso & Dave Black.  Award-winning vocalist Joe Mancuso earns critical and popular acclaim for his powerful and dynamic range of baritone jazz stylings.  You don’t want to miss Joe’s intense, raw energy delivered with complete control at our special VIP Pre-Party!

Join us for our version of the “Bourbon Trail” – free tasting of our Board Members’ favorite bourbons, whiskeys, and wines.

Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres & Cocktails, first chance for bourbon pull and wine spin with one free mulligan, auction preview with first option to buy now, priority checkout at the main gala event, and private photo opportunity with “Colonel Sanders”.  This fun event is Kentucky Derby Inspired Attire.

For additional event information please contact Deanna Finch at 314-531-1412, ext. 47 or finchd@united4children.org.

Click here to view photos from our 2017 Lighting the Way Gala.

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

Click here to learn How to Become a Sponsor.



Cheryl Gusewelle

Chuck and Janet Mueller

Fox Family Foundation