This year's Kookin' for Kids event was held on Sunday, August 21st at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet. As always, it was a star studded event that featured fantastic food from some of St. Louis' best restaurants!
Many thanks to the generous Kookin’ for Kids sponsors: Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, Hauck Foundation, Laclede Gas Company, SVHC Board of Trustees, Sisters of Christian Charity, St. Anthony’s Medical Center and the Marian Foundation.
Our local media, news, and political talent came out once again this year to support the event and keep things fun and exciting! Thank you to our Honorary Chair and Master of Ceremonies Doug McElvein of KMOX. Also, special thanks to John Knicely of KMOV Channel 4 News; Paul Schankman, Angela Hutti and George Sells of FOX2; Steve Potter and Don Marsh of KWMU Radio; Bill McClellan and Byran Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch;Dan Gray, KPLR News 11; Ellen Futterman, Editor of the Jewish Light; Janice Denham, Lifestyle Editor of Suburban Journals; Suzanne Corbett of PrimeLife Circuit and West News Magazine; Debbie Baldwin of the Ladue News; Tom George, Chancellor of the University of Missouri – St. Louis; Senator Joseph Keaveny; Senator Jim Lembke; Senator Robin Wright-Jones; Representative Chris Carter; Representative Chuck Gatschenberger; Representative Stacey Newman and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
Each celebrity was paired with a local restaurant to serve our guests. This year's food was truly exceptional, as we had 7 new restaurants as well as many seasoned ones that bring us their best year after year. We would like to thank the restaurants that supported this event, as we truly could not do this without you! Thank you to 1904 Steak House, Alaska Klondike Coffee Company, Barcelona Tapas Restaurant, Bocci Bar, Companion, Deaver's Restaurant and Sports Bar, Delmar Restaurant & Lounge, Ferguson Brewing Company, Glen Echo Country Club, Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen, LoRusso's Cucina, Maggiano's, Missouri Athletic Club, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, PRP Wine, Quintessential Catering, Serendipity, Homemade Ice Cream, The Mad Tomato, The Melting Pot, Three Kings Public House, Thyme Table Café and Whole Foods-Brentwood.
There are so many people that put their heart into this event to make it a success year after year (20 and counting!). Our committee members come together to gather auction items and skilled logistical support in order to raise money for St. Vincent Home for Children. We thank our committee for being so dedicated to this event and our mission. Thank you to Barb Behlmann (Co-Chair), Marie Furrer (Co-Chair), Jennifer Schaefer (Co-Chair), Joe and Terry Booth, Jennifer Chickey, Loretta Donovan, Don and Pat Durand, Ben Edison, Sr. Mary Ann Eultgen, Erica Furrer, Millicent Johnson, Mike Kickham, Lisa Kleeschulte, Miriam Paris, Anita Radcliffe, Donna Reese, Ashley Turigliatto and Linda Wofford.
We would also like to give a very large thank you to all of the volunteers that assisted in making this event a success! Thank you to the groups from Monsanto, Enterprise, GenNext, Brown Shoe and Barry-Wehmiller as well as all of our individual volunteers.
Also, thanks to all of the businesses, vendors and individuals who contributed to the live and silent auctions this year. We had more items donated than ever before and we appreciate all of your support.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THE 20TH ANNUAL KOOKIN’ FOR KIDS SUCH A GREAT SUCCESS!
St. Louis County Children's Service Fund
Awards Money for New Programs!
In November 2008 voters passed a quarter of a cent sales tax to generate revenue to fund mental health services and improve outcomes for St. Louis County Youth. As a result, St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, "Keeping Kids First" was created and this spring put out its first request for proposals for funding. $35 million was available and $72 million in proposals were received. The competition was rigorous but in the end, 44 agencies were selected to provide programs and services to benefit the children of St. Louis County. The funding cycle began on August 1st and continues until December 31, 2011.
St. Vincent Home for Children is proud to announce that we were funded for three new programs through the "Keeping Kids First" initiative, totally nearly 1.7 million dollars! Temporary Shelter Services, Respite Care Services, and a home-based program, SMART Parenting, recently began providing services to St. Louis County children and families. Staff worked very hard to develop sound programs that meet some of the current unmet community needs and were rewarded for their efforts by receiving this funding. We will share our outcomes as these programs progress and look forward to having some great success stories to share with you!
Please see our Programs and Services page for more information.