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Upon entry below, two winners will each win a pair of tickets ($200 in value) to our upcoming gala at the The Crown Room in Ballpark Village in Downtown St. Louis on September 29! Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the Rafflecopter contest, or keep reading to learn more about Helping Hand Me Downs and all the details you have to look forward to as this amazing event draws nearer. You can also purchase tickets here.

When you hear “gala” or “fundraising event,” you might immediately think of an evening where ticket prices soar upwards of $500 and guests must endure a lengthy presentation from the organization’s leadership—but let us stop you right there. For starters, we have firsthand knowledge that our founder Stephanie Williamson (with four children in tow) has no time for anything of the sort, and that her primary goal is for all in attendance to enjoy food, drink, music and entertainment in celebration of a worthwhile cause. “It really is a super fun night. And I’m not standing up and boring everyone with a begging for money speech, or anything like that,” she says, laughing.

Secondly, tickets start at $100, which include cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvre, access to our silent auction and music from renowned St. Louis-based DJ Mike Gow (named Best Club DJ by the Riverfront Times), who has played high-end venues in the city for years to audience acclaim. Gow’s set will continue on all night long, with contemporary musical stylings that are sure to get you out of your seat and up on the dance floor.

You’ll also enjoy fresh culinary creativity from bartender Tony Saputo of the Moroccan-inspired restaurant The Benevolent King in Maplewood, yet another brainchild of St. Louis’ prolific chef/entrepreneur, Ben Poremba. Saputo even developed a specialty cocktail to commemorate the evening, which we’re calling “The French 75ish.”

Bump it up to VIP status for $150, which includes a reserved tabletop plus cigars and champagne, so you can really channel your inner Marlon Brando. It’s the perfect way to round out the summer with a last hurrah before fall settles in—so come decked out in your favorite old Hollywood glam, have a drink and let loose with us!

We first embarked on the adventure of throwing a gala last year, centered around celebrating the six years we’d been serving the St. Louis community and the extraordinary families we have had the absolute privilege of meeting along the way. We gathered together to honor our steadfast volunteers, moms, community partners and donors who gave in-kind gifts. And this year, it’s all about having fun.

[Image courtesy of Ash Edmonds]

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for your chance to win two tickets to this year’s Helping Hand Me Downs Gala on September 29. The entry period will close on September 27, and two winners will be chosen on September 28. We’ll contact winners by email on September 28. Be sure to bring a photo ID and tickets can be picked up the day of the event at check-in. Good luck!