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The 50th Gala

Join us at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, May 20, 2022 for our annual gala. This year we will celebrate St. Louis Public Radio's 50th anniversary with fun entertainment, lively conversation, a delicious meal, and special guest Glynn Washington!

6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
999 N 2nd St, St. Louis, MO 63102

Glynn Washington

Host of Snap Judgement

STLPR is excited to welcome Glynn Washington to St. Louis as our special guest to the St. Louis Public Radio 50th Gala.

Before creating the Snap Judgment radio show, Glynn worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot stomper.

Glynn composed music for the Kunst Stoff dance performances in San Francisco, rocked live spoken word poetry in Detroit, joined a band in Indonesia, wrote several screenplays, painted a daring series of self portraits, released a blues album, and thinks his stories are best served with cocktails.

Enjoy an opportunity to meet Glynn in person during the 50th Gala dessert reception.

Our Special Guest is sponsored by Emerson.
Special Guest Glynn Washington
the Red and Black Brass Band performing in St. Louis

Red and Black Brass Band

In the midst of the pandemic, the Red and Black Brass Brand has spread joy and positivity throughout the St. Louis region. And they're bringing that same joy and positivity to the 50th Gala with an exciting performance during our dessert reception.

The Red and Black Brass Band is sponsored by Twain Financial Partners.

Pinnacle Sponsors

Additional Sponsors

Carol House Furniture Emerson Polsinelli Twain Financial Partners Twain Financial Partners Rubin Brown, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants UMSL The Hawes Law Firm P.C.
Charlotte and
John Martin
John Brase and
Ed Giganti

Live Auction

Year-Round Family-Fun Getaway in Lake Tahoe

Spend seven nights creating priceless memories at one of three incredible lodgings while participating in the endless adventures Tahoe has to offer. Redeem in the winter to enjoy backcountry skiing, moonlight snowshoeing, and ice skating— with the chance to ski the California Nevada border and visit the Olympic Museum at High Camp OR spend a week of your summer kayaking, jet skiing, waterfall hopping, paddleboarding, and so much more.

Experience Cabo in Presidential Style!

Spend a week at the 5-star Pueblo Bonita Rosé Resort in the Presidential Suite! With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room and living room, you’ll be right at home just steps from El Medano beach on one of the most pristine stretches of Baja California. Walk into Cabo to enjoy the restaurants and shops, make an appointment at the resort spa, or just relax on the beach. This beautiful suite is ideal for a family of four or two couples

This auction package is available January 16-23, 2023 or January 23-30, 2023.

The Ultimate Introduction to Plant-Based Dining with rootberry!

Enjoy a delectable dining experience for 10 people showcasing how amazing plant-based food can be! Presented by rootberry, this exclusive private evening with your friends will begin with a selection of appetizers, followed by a 4-course sit-down dinner curated and prepared by rootberry’s Food Experience Leader and Executive Chef, Chuck Friedhoff, in the winning bidder’s home.

Event to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable date for up to 10 guests. This auction package also includes a gift card for $100 toward rootberry delivery meals.

Farm to (Your) Table and Custom Cocktails

Host a private party, at your home, featuring a specialty cocktail-making class taught by the experts of STL Barkeep and paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres from Chef Ryan McDonald of Farm Spirit.

Event to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable date for up to 10 guests. Auction package also includes a pair of tickets to an upcoming Farm Spirit dinner on Such and Such Farm.

The Lucky Accomplice

Exclusive Dinner with Wine and Cocktail Pairings

Enjoy a custom, multi-course meal prepared by Chef Logan Ely with wine and cocktail pairing at critically acclaimed The Lucky Accomplice. Named as Riverfront Times 2021 best new restaurant, The Lucky Accomplice is chic yet comfortable with an elevated, locally driven menu.

Event to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable date for up to eight guests.

Spend an Evening in the Brass Bar Loft

Transport yourself to the dimly lit, cozy bistros of Paris with this evening of classic French indulgence. You and five guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner with wine pairings in the cozy loft space within Brasserie by Niche’s Brass Bar, expertly curated by our executive culinary team, who will step away from the kitchen and off of the floor throughout the meal to engage and educate about technique, flavors, and tasting notes of our favorite dishes and libations.

One-of-a-Kind Local Guitar

Crafted in St. Louis of Salvaged 1,500-Year-Old Redwood

Hand-crafted by local luthier Dan O’Grady, the design of this electric guitar combines the core DNA of the iconic Fender Telecaster with the offset body style of a Fender Jazzmaster to create maximum playability and inspiration for the player. The redwood tonewood top wood was salvaged from trees cut over a century ago in the N. California coastal forests. These were the legendary 1,500 to 2,000-year-old giants that grew to 20' diameter and over 400' tall. The stumps from these trees, and the occasional trunk section left in the forest, stayed perfectly preserved over the past century and the wood is of distinctly high quality. A matched set of Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele pickups accommodate a variety of musical styles. The finish is a hand-applied, oil-based varnish that highlights the beauty of the wood grain. Hard case included.

The Live Auction is sponsored by Polsinelli.

Golden Ticket

This year the winning Golden Ticket is good for one of these exclusive packages available ONLY to the lucky drawing winner! Any one of these could be yours if you buy a golden ticket!

Get the ticket!

Gaylord Texan Golf Package

  • 3 nights for 2 adults
  • Deluxe accomodations at Gaylord Texan Grapevine
  • 2 rounds of golf
  • 1 round at Tour 28 Dallas
  • 1 round at Cowboys Golf Club
  • $200 resort gift card included

Explore Tuscany

  • 6 nights for 2 adults
  • Private apartment in Cortona, Italy
  • Dinner show and wine for two with a private chef
  • Wine education and local wine tasting with four varietals of local wine

Napa Valley

  • 3 nights in Napa for 2 adults
  • Enjoy 4 star hotel accommodations in the heart of Napa Valley where fine dining and wine is available around every corner

Costa Rica All Inclusive

  • 5 nights for 2 adults
  • Deluxe accommodations at a beachfront resort (Riu Guanacaste, Occidental Tamarindo, Barcelo Tambor, Occidental Papagayo)
  • All meals, drinks (including alcohol), gratuities and non motorized activities included

Exquisite Tuscany Wine

  • 3 bottles of Cupano
  • 3 bottles of Flaccianello
  • 3 bottles of Brunello Montalcino Fattoi
  • 3 bottles of Bolgheri Superiore
The Live Auction is sponsored by Carol House Furniture.

Event Co-Chairs

  • Maureen and Charlie Hoffman
  • Keri and Matt McBride
  • Gina and Travis Sheridan

Event Committee

  • Jane Arnold
  • Anne & Brad Bishop
  • Sara Yang Bosco & Joseph Bosco
  • John Brase & Ed Giganti
  • Sally & Thomas Cohn
  • Sarah & Jerry Dow
  • Chris & Tom Eschen
  • Molly & Steven Frank
  • Karen Handelman & Marc Hirshman
  • Nancy Hawes
  • Peggy & Mark Holly
  • Linda & Michael Honigfort
  • Russell Jackson
  • Audrey Katcher
  • Elizabeth Pippert Larson & Ian Larson
  • Lyah LeFlore-Ituen
  • Charlotte & John Martin
  • Katherine & Daniel Mauzy
  • Sultan Meghji
  • Harvard Muhm
  • Suzie Nall
  • Libbyanne & John Nguyen
  • Claudia Ochoa-Espejo
  • Eriko Clevenger Pope & Anthony Pope
  • Nancy & Al Rose
  • Claire Schenk & Richard Greenberg
  • Jenifer & Willem Schilpzand
  • Pam & Andrew Schlichter
  • Pat & Ken Schutte
  • Rebecca & John Sheehan
  • Diane Sher
  • Cristy & Emery Skolfield
  • Kristin Sobolik & Scott Peterson
  • Susanne Franza Valdez
  • Daniela Velázquez
  • Jennifer Williamson & Allan Connolly