The Delta Gamma Center, a Richmond Heights-based nonprofit, recently hosted its fundraising event under a heated tent at the Shining Light Tree Lot on Rock Hill Road. The annual Holiday House event typically takes place inside a festive home but this year went outdoors and featured dinner, raffles, a whiskey pull and an online auction. Delta Gamma Center offers family-centered, specialized services and community support to help children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential. It was founded by alumnae of the Delta Gamma sorority from Washington University, with the tree lot started by the first board members, tree lot chair Bettie Stupp Kohl and sales chair Pat Gilbert.
“[Delta Gamma Center] works with the doctors when a baby is first born, or when [parents] first find out that [their kids] have visual problems,” honorary chair Betty Smith says. “We have occupational therapists, and physical therapists, and speech therapists and teachers of the visually impaired – and they have such a heart for that [work].”