The Special Education Foundation hosted its twelfth annual Dianne Arbeiter Benefit on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ladue mansion of Dave and Suzie Spence. This year’s event paid tribute to two exceptional women: Dianne Arbeiter and JoAnn Tierney Sauer. Each woman dedicated her life to student with disabilities—Dianne to students who are deaf and JoAnn to students with intellectual and physical challenges. Each gave tirelessly of her time and resources to students with special needs through the Special School District.

The highlight of the annual benefit was the presentation of the four John Cary Scholarships, each in the amount of $5,000. An additional scholarship, donated by Dave and Suzie Spence, was given in JoAnn Tierney Sauer’s name. JoAnn was the mother of Suzie Spence. Proceeds from the event go for the purchase of hearing aids for children who are deaf and for programs and scholarships for children who have intellectual and physical challenges.