With silent and live auctions, awards, speeches and more, the SouthSide Early Childhood Center’s Champions for Children Gala squeezed a lot of activity into just one night in early March. The elegant bash at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis in that municipality’s downtown made a beautiful way for supporters, friends and guests to show their support for the center’s mission. The SouthSide Early Childhood Center aims to improve the lives of metro area children, many of whom are living below the federal poverty level, by focusing on the four pillars of education, health, connection and advocacy.
“SouthSide’s annual gala provides much-needed funding for our programs and wraparound services for the 140 children and their families that we serve each year," Executive Director Katie Rahn says. "We are so grateful to have the support of our incredible attendees and longtime donors, who truly make such a difference in the lives of our families at SouthSide.”