On January 23, 2016, nearly 300 guests gathered at the Four Seasons St. Louis to show their support for Covenant House Missouri during the 8th Annual Stan Musial Hall of Fame Gala.
The elegant evening raised more than $227,000 net for the organization’s important mission. Through holistic, individualized programs including mental health, education and career development, residential and community outreach services, Covenant House Missouri is empowering youth 16-21 years old to design their own paths to independence.
Co-chairs Cheryl & Jon Nienas welcomed the attendees and introduced Sue Wagener, Executive Director of CHMO. Sue shared the great progress Covenant House Missouri is making and also highlighted its three-year strategic plan for elevating the important work of CHMO.
Janet Musial Schwarze, Martin Schwarze and Jeff Musial presented the Stan Musial Hall of Fame Award to two Covenant House Missouri alumni, Saudi Crudup and Cindy Dixon. Crudup is now a naval reservist and foster father to his two younger sisters. Dixon recently graduated from University Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree and is working at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer Dave Schumacher led the live auction, which featured a VIP kart experience at Gateway Motor Speedway, a drive in a Tesla Model S, and a personalized boxing glove from Evander Holyfield, who as a guest at the Gala.
Following a moving video featuring CHMO graduate Caleb, Schumacher then led the Fund-A-Youth portion of the live auction. Guests raised their paddles to donate to important programs and services designed to empower youth.
Wagener then returned to the stage to honor Dan Woods with the Lillian Musial Beacon of Hope Award. Woods has served as a board member for nine years, offering his wisdom and insight through various committees and strategic initiatives.
Following the conclusion of the gala program, guests enjoyed the music of Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes.
Photos from the event are available online. We are grateful to Town & Style St. Louis and Ladue News for also capturing moments from the evening.
Covenant House Missouri thanks its Gala sponsors:
Jeanne & Rex Sinquefield
The Compardo Team at Moneta Group
Amy & Curtis Francois
Doreen & Tom Gilliam, Sr.
Shevon Harris, Esq. – The Harris Law Firm
Marty & Andrew Hereford
Donna & Paul Kindl
Lori & Jim Klimt – Duke Manufacturing, Inc.
Kopytek/Commercial Bank of Westport
Cheryl & Jon Nienas
Northwestern Mutual-St. Louis – Gerard M. Hempstead, Managing Partner
Laura & Brad Partridge
Judy & Dave Smith
Julie & Dan Woods