What better way to raise money for a worthy cause than a night out with the girls? That’s what Chris and Scott Homan have done for three years running with Ladies Night Out, a gathering they host annually in their Ladue home.

A group of 65 women gathered in support of Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, which helps children throughout St. Louis and across Missouri through foster care and adoption services, youth mentoring programs, counseling and more. This year, the host couple was helped by a committee including Kati Connell, Lynn Kapp, Cindy Verseman and Karen Starnes. “Chris is a former board member and a longtime supporter,” says LFCS annual giving coordinator Gina Haney. “She and her husband are always looking for ways to help.”

Guests enjoyed wine, appetizers and live music by Big Band St. Louis pianist Steve Luhmann, along with a presentation by LFCS school counselor Byron Devrouax. The presentation was especially relevant because the counseling program is expanding, and currently exists in 28 public and Lutheran schools in the area. “The need for counseling inside the schools is growing,” Haney says. “A lot of schools have had to cut back their counseling staff, so LFCS now has a program where we can take our counselors on-site to help deal with issues like bullying or divorce.”

LFCS is a full-service adoption agency that facilitates domestic and international adoptions, and supports 25 licensed foster families, who provide foster homes for children from birth to 5 years old. It also operates a sliding-fee childcare facility called Hilltop Child Development Center.

The Ladies Night Out has been successful and grows every year, Haney says. “These women might plan a night out with their girlfriends anyway, and now that women know that we do it, they put it on their calendars,” she says. “It’s women from all walks of life— it’s low-key, reasonably priced and a fun way to support a local charity. But mainly, we really appreciate that they do it. We’re grateful for the fact that they put it together and chose us as the benefactors.”