Concordance Academy of Leadership, led by president and CEO Danny Ludeman, raised $1 million at its third annual gala, “A Halloween Soiree,” held at The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis on Saturday.

Guests in attendance to this Hollow’s Eve inspired event came decked out in the most fanciful attire. In addition to raising money for the organization, gala attendees were treated to live music from one of St. Louis’ top party bands, Griffin and the Gargoyles. Randi Naughton of FOX-2/KTVI served as emcee for the event for the second year in a row.

The organization provides a holistic, evidence-driven approach to assisting individuals returning from prison, with the aim of significantly reducing reincarceration rates. Concordance is on track to serve 250 individuals annually.

The event was underwritten by Fox Family Foundation, World Wide Technology Foundation, Steward Family Foundation, Centene Charitable Foundation and Wells Fargo Advisors, ensuring that every dollar raised will support the organization’s efforts. Event co-chairs were Mary and Bill Clarkson, Catherine and Tad Edwards, Kerrin and David Kowach.