Guests dressed in all white enjoyed a beautiful evening in downtown St. Louis’ cherished Kiener Plaza to support Urban Sprouts Child Development Center’s Gala En Blanc. The “Miami Nights”-themed event raised more than $270,000 to support the University City-based center. During a cocktail hour sponsored by Rémy Martin, guests decorated their tables while listening to the sounds of DJ Nune and We Are Root Mod. After the awards ceremony and live auction, guests danced and relaxed in the Club Miami cigar lounge hosted by Midwest Cigar Social.
Co-chairs of the event included St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and Erica and Herschell Randall. Jones also presented a proclamation naming Sept. 11 as Ellicia Lanier Day in St. Louis.
“Gala En Blanc is the signature soirée benefiting Urban Sprouts Child Development Center," says founding executive director Ellicia Lanier. "Every September, the community comes together dressed in white to dance the night away while raising funds to support the over 67 percent of our children and their families who would otherwise not have the means to attend Urban Sprouts. Urban Sprouts provides children with a nurturing environment that fosters a lifelong love of learning … Our goal is to support every child’s development as a socially capable, creative and inspired citizen.”