On arriving at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis in Clayton on March 6, guests at the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation’s Mighty Night gala first viewed photo portraits of heart defect patients (some proudly revealing their scars) and their families. That experience marked just the start of a meaningful, emotional night, as attendees supported the foundation, which provides financial and other support to the families of children with congenital heart defects. Lively silent and live auctions counterpointed the poignancy of stories of patients and their families, many of whom also attended.
“Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation is dedicated to supporting families who have children with congenital heart defects in financial, emotional and ways unique to their needs," said Becky Ortyl, co-founder and executive director. "We are so pleased with the response we have received regarding our second annual A Mighty Night gala! This was a night to create awareness around congenital heart defects, to illustrate how Mighty Oakes changes lives through the grants that we award and celebrate nine years of serving this community.”