It means very much to Rex and me to see so many people willing to lend their support and their generosity to St. Vincent Home for Children. I’m told that nearly 500 people attended the fourth annual holiday benefit, held Dec. 9 at the Chase Park Plaza, and they contributed almost $75,000.
As most of you know, Rex has been a long-time St. Vincent board supporter. The home has played an important part in his life. He and his brother, Jerry, lived at St. Vincent in the 1950s, after their family fell on hard financial times following the death of their father. St. Vincent, at that time, was a home for orphaned children. Today, it provides a variety of services for troubled children and their families
I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight a few key people who made the benefit such a success. Besides Rex and I, the holiday benefit was hosted by Rachel and Travis Brown of Pelopidas LLC; and Laura Slay of Slay & Associates. Their contributions to making this a successful event, four years in a row, are deeply appreciated by Rex and me.
Despite uncertain economic times, the benefit was a huge hit. The amount raised was 50 percent higher than any other year. Over the last four years, more than $200,000 has been raised for St. Vincent. Perhaps more importantly, the benefit has helped awareness of St. Vincent in general, thanks to the hundreds of people who have attended over the years.
Each year, the event has drawn more and more of the St. Louis area’s – and the state’s – top community, political and business leaders, and also is attended by hundreds of others who believe in the mission of St. Vincent.
And it looked to us as though everyone had a great time. There was an animated live auction hosted by former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and current announcer, Ricky Horton. Three other former Cardinals also helped out: Al Hrabosky, Mike Matheny and Jack Clark. Baseball was a dominant theme during the live auction, and a simultaneous silent auction. During the live auction, bidders anxiously worked to outspend each other for the prized items. It was fun to watch everyone get caught up in the action.
Best of all, the auction raised thousands for St. Vincent.
As usual, the food was superb at the Chase with hors d’oeurves, seafood, vegetables, prime rib, roast chicken, and various desserts. Many of the guests stuck around to dance the night away to music by Motown-sound band, Arvell & Company.
I want to thank everyone who came, along with the staff of Pelopidas and Slay & Associates who made everyone feel warm and welcome.
It was all for an incredible cause, one dear to our hearts. St. Vincent really is a crucial organization that is helping struggling families with troubled children stay intact. I hope to see all of you at next year’s benefit.
Photo captions (Left to Right):
The Chase from the outside looking in
Cindy and Tim Drury
Laura Slay, Nigerian arts ambassador Ibiyinka Alao, Bob Poli
Laura Slay, Rex Sinquefield, Jeanne Sinquefield, Bob Poli
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Jeanne Sinquefield
Chrissy and Marc Ellinger
Maggie and Ron Holtman
Travis Brown, Rachel Keller-Brown, Rex Sinquefield, Jeanne Sinquefield
Laura Sinquefield, Alan Dodds and Katie Sinquefield