Laumeier Sculpture Park hosted its annual fall fundraiser, The Big Dinner, on Sept. 18. Nearly 200 guests gathered outdoors on Laumeier's beautiful grounds and enjoyed a charming cocktail hour and luxury picnic table dinner by Ces & Judy’s Catering, followed by live music by The Grooveliner.
This year's theme was "Glamp Out," a rustic-meets-luxury concept, where guests donned comfortable party attire with some glamorous edge while walking, socializing and dining on the expansive grounds of the park. The event was held entirely outdoors, and guests dined at tables with their chosen companions to prioritize safety and follow current COVID-19 recommended precautions.
The co-chairs of The Big Dinner were Jim Kemp and Michael Slawin, Jamie and Jeff Ryan, and Carlos Zamora. Stephanie Copp Martinez and Gina and Travis Sheridan served as honorary chairs. Jeff Ryan, Zamora, Copp Martinez and Travis Sheridan all serve on Laumeier's board of directors.
The Big Dinner 2021 raised more than $140,000. All proceeds support Laumeier’s dedication to creativity, community connections and the restorative benefits of art and nature.
Nancy and Ken Kranzberg and Emerson were the leading sponsors of The Big Dinner, with the Ferring Family Foundation and Kerrin and David Kowach as contributing sponsors. The Entertainment Sponsor was Christner Architects, and table sponsors included Ameren Missouri, Anders CPAs + Advisors, Barrett Barrera Projects, Christner Architects, The Estate Planner and Mary Ann and Andy Srenco. Schlafly, Dierberg Estate Vineyard, Star Lane Vineyard and Saint Louis County Parks were in-kind sponsors.