pictured: Silver Ball Chairwoman Peggy Northcott and Honorary Chairwoman Alice Ludmer


Whether supporting those fighting their everyday battles with arthritis or advocating on the steps of Capitol Hill, the Arthritis Foundation is leading the way in the fight for the cure. The foundation has served communities in chapters throughout the U.S. for more than 70 years. “The foundation really puts its money where its mouth is, and that’s very admirable,” says volunteer marketing chair Sherrie Wehner.

In Missouri alone more than 1.3 million people are affected by arthritis, and it had been shown to be a leading cause in work place absences in the U.S. The foundation’s mission is to fund research to help find a cure and to help people who are suffering live their lives to the fullest. It also seeks to educate people on the wide-spread, but seldom truly talked about, disease.

“[Arthritic affects] a huge number,” Wehner confirms. “It’s big, it’s painful and it’s expensive. It’s something everyone hears about and knows about but doesn’t really understand the impact until it touches them personally.”

39th annual Silver Ball:

The Arthritis Foundation Silver Ball will be held at the newly renovated Grand Hall at Union Station on December 7 from 6 p.m. to midnight. One of the longest-running charity galas in the area, the Silver Ball chose to move to a new location this year.

“When you think about a charity gala that has been around for almost 40 years you think of history and tradition,” Wehner explains. “Moving to this beautifully renovated piece of history just made sense.”

The foundation will host both a silent and live auction during the night as well as present three awards: Alice Ludmer will be awarded Honorary Chair for her personal experience with rheumatoid arthritis; Dr. Austin Dalrymple, DO, pediatric rheumatologist, will be awarded the Medical Champion award; and the Leon Neuman Distinguished Service award to Wehner and her husband Bruce.

Wehner encourages all who are able to do so to attend the fundraising event. “We look to educate people and have a fun night to help us with our mission … to cure arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation Missouri Chapter, 9433 Olive Street, Suite 100, 314-499-8452, arthritis.org/missouri


Arthritis Foundation 39th annual Silver Ball

Saturday, Dec. 7

6 p.m. to midnight

Grand Hall at Union Station, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis

Join the Arthritis Foundation at the beautifully renovated Grand Hall at Union Station for cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions. This fundraiser goes toward helping the foundation research a cure for arthritis and for programs to better the lives of people suffering from the disease. Register online at arthritis.org/silverballstl