Proceeds from the Ladue News Show House will go to four St. Louis nonprofits: Angels’ Arms, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Dozens of volunteers from the nonprofits, as well as the National Charity League’s St. Louis Chapter, have donated their time to help prep the home and will serve as docents during the tour. “They will really help bring to life the vision of the designer for each room,” says volunteer chair Lisa Malone.
A number of local companies also have donated a day of volunteering to the project, including Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Modern STL and Neiman Marcus. “People love to volunteer because they love to be a part of their community and feel like they are part of something bigger,” Malone notes.
Here’s more about the LN Show House’s charitable beneficiaries:
Because of Angels’ Arms, many local foster families have a roof over their heads and access to a multitude of life-changing resources.
The organization, which began in 2003, provides nine homes throughout St. Louis—from North and South counties to Ballwin and St. Charles. Foster parents and up to six foster children—babies to college-age—are supported in each home, allowing sibling groups to stay together. Additionally, the organization’s staffers and its thousands of volunteers aid the families with daily expenses and extras.
Proceeds from the LN Show House will help the organization with house payments, maintenance and family resources. “The need is so great,” says executive director and founder Bess Wilfong. “We need more properties that aren’t just houses, but homes that allow children to be part of a family.”
The privately funded organization is supported by community fundraisers, including its largest, Stepping Out for the Angels Dinner Auction, that annually draws 500 attendees and raises $200,000. This year’s event will be Nov. 17 at Kemp Auto Museum. Additional fundraisers this fall include Bar Bounce Soulard on Oct. 6 and The Angels’ Arms Fall Classic on Oct. 22 at WingHaven Country Club.
Animal Protective Association of Missouri
Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APAMO) is celebrating its 90th year of animal adoption and education. The Brentwood-based organization cares for 10,000 animals each year through its shelter and veterinary clinic. “We pride ourselves on being customer-service-friendly to make good matches for the animals and their new owners,” says executive director Steve Kaufman. As one of the smallest shelters in the area, the exposure from this project will help make the community aware there are many pets that need good homes, Kaufman adds. In addition to adoption services, the organization offers animal welfare and safety classes for all ages at its shelter and throughout the community.
Funds from the LN Show House will go directly to animal care—helping APAMO feed and care for the animals who are housed anywhere from a few days to even a year. “While they’re here, we want them to be well-taken care of,” Kaufman says.
APAMO has 27 staff members and about 15 volunteers who care for 250 to 300 animals each day.
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center annually treats 200,000 children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
“They come to us with illnesses—from the flu to life-threatening cancers and heart disease—that need the expertise and support of our world-class pediatric, faith-filled hospital,” says Dan Buck, executive director of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. Buck adds that the medical center treats the child, as well as the whole family. “It’s hard for parents and siblings to see their child struggle, and we give them the hope and faith they need to get through it.”
LN Show House proceeds will help the foundation fund the medical center’s new $6.5 million radiology center, which is set for completion in January. The center’s cutting-edge MRI and CT imaging will deliver significantly lower doses of radiation, minimizing harmful side effects for children. “A key to great health care is great imaging because it leads to better results in the operating room,” Buck notes.
The medical center’s foundation is supported by more than 30 annual community events. “Many of the events are put on by grateful families—their level of gratitude pushes them to want to give back,” Buck says. “And we could not do this without the generous support of our community.”
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (SFSL) is one of only a handful of live theater groups in the nation making art accessible to audiences by offering free shows.
The organization has annually produced a William Shakespeare play in Forest Park for the past 12 years. “We provide high-quality professional theater experiences for free,” says executive director Rick Dildine. The performances are put together by 575 volunteers and draw 60,000 attendees—3,000 people per night during each production’s four-week run.
SFSL also provides year-round programming in 125 schools and in the streets of St. Louis. During the year-round education tour, the organization reaches 40,000 students with two 50-minute Shakespeare adaptations or scenes and a 50-minute workshop based on the time, history and language of the Bard. The group also has used Shakespeare plays to develop an anti-bullying workshop.
LN Show House proceeds will help the organization fund its 2013 production, Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s comedies. The nonprofit is supported through community contributions, including its largest fundraising event, The Tempest Ball. “We are truly an organization that is funded by the people and for the people,” Dildine says.