The Ladue Education Foundation hosted its annual spring fundraiser at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on April 28, 2017. This year’s event was entitled Innovation Celebration and brought together approximately 250 Ladue School District parents, alumni and community members to celebrate and support innovation in the district.

This year’s featured speaker was Jim McKelvey, Ladue Horton Watkins High School class of 1983, an entrepreneur best known for co-founding the mobile payments company, Square. Jim is also the founder of Third Degree Glass Company, co-founder of Cultivation Capital, and the founder of the nonprofit LaunchCode Foundation, which addresses the worldwide shortage of programmers.

The event also featured an “Innovation Corridor,” composed of interactive booths to showcase innovation in the St. Louis region — including work done by Monsanto, Climate, 39 North, and Arch Grants, as well as by district students and staff.

Guests were also treated to a live music performance by the band Los Hacienda Boys, comprised of Ladue School District parents.

Proceeds generated by event sponsorships, raffle sales, and a live auction will be used to help enhance educational programming and opportunities in all district schools.