Supporters don Derby attire for charity
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 3:00 am
An evening of Kentucky Derby-inspired fun and fundraising generated $35,000 for the Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri.
About 130 people decked out in traditional Derby attire to attend the alliance’s first Kentucky Derby Party and Benefit, which featured a silent auction and mouse races.
Those attending the benefit, held May 6 at St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Louis, included Bill Coppel, David Butsch, Allen Icet, Rachel Keller Brown, Kathy Fulton, Kat Cunningham, Judge Jimmie Edwards, Shonagh Clements, Eric Felty, Brad Wright, Keith Brooks, Angela Brooks, Tony Palazzolo and Kristin Lappin.
Peter Franzen, the alliance’s new director of development, was on hand to meet many supporters for the first time. The evening featured a presentation by board member Edward R. Weber III.
Tom Sudholt, who was the weekday morning drive announcer for KFUO-FM, was the emcee for the evening. The proceeds will go toward programs that offer financial aid and training for parents of children with special needs.