Excited children dressed in preppy outfits and party dresses joined their families and friends for a Big Bear Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton. Executive director Barbara Westland welcomed the sell-out crowd of 550 guests who raised more than $50,000 to benefit WINGS: The BJC Palliative Care Program. A silent auction, a raffle for outfitted Build-A-Bear teddy bears, arts and crafts projects, and a dance party provided a sleigh- full of fun activities for everyone.
Special appearances by Fredbird, Batman, Captain Jack, Ariel, Cinderella, and others provided little visits and photo opportunities for the children. Jennifer Williams of the presenting sponsor, Saint Louis Closet Co., was the honorary chair. Co-chairs were Christi Johaningmeyer, Caroline Korybut, and Kelly Becker, with Mandy Murphy of Fox2 as emcee.