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Hear The Future: STLPR's Annual Celebration

STLPR's Annual Celebration

Join us at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, April 28, 2023 for our Annual Celebration. This year we will celebrate with fun entertainment, lively conversation, a delicious meal, and special guest Juana Summers, Co-Host of All Things Considered!

Register in advance with GiveSmart to browse the Live Auction packages and pre-register your credit card for a quick check-in at the event.

6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner

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

Juana Summers

Co-Host of All Things Considered

Juana Summers is a co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, alongside Ailsa Chang, Ari Shapiro and Mary Louise Kelly. She joined All Things Considered in June 2022.

Summers previously spent more than a decade covering national politics, most recently as NPR's political correspondent covering race, justice and politics. She covered the 2012, 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, and has also previously covered Congress for NPR. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications across multiple platforms, including Politico, CNN, Mashable and The Associated Press.

In 2016, Summers was a fellow at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service. She got her start in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Mo., on the campus of the University of Missouri. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, and is originally from Kansas City, Mo.

Our Guest Speaker is sponsored by Lewis Rice.

All Things Considered host Juana Summers
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. In our new favorite tradition, they're bringing that same joy and positivity to our annual celebration with an exciting dessert performance!

Pinnacle Partners

Event Sponsors

BioSTL Carol House Furniture Dowd Bennet LLP Emerson FORVIS Gazelle Magazine Lewis Rice Polsinelli Rubin Brown Stinson LLP Twain Financial Partners the University of Missouri-St. Louis
John Brase and
Ed Giganti

Live Auction

Our live auction includes a number of exciting experiences.

Green lights shine in the sky behind some glowing evergreen trees.

Experience the Northern Lights at the Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

Do you know what’s better than seeing the northern lights? Seeing them while relaxing in the remote, wild Chena Hot Springs!

Spend an evening immersed in the natural wonders by combining bathing in hot springs with views of the northern lights. Soak in the geothermal, healing water and seek out views of the shimmering aurora borealis in the northern night sky.

Experience includes:

  • Dog sled tour
  • Snowmobiling
  • Aurora borealis tour
  • Ice fishing

Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

A night scene in Cabo. Buildings surround a pool with beautiful mosaic designs beneath the water.

Presidential Suite in Cabo San Lucas

Spend a week at the 5-star Pueblo Bonita Rosé Resort in the Presidential Suite!

  • Just steps from El Medano beach on one of the most pristine stretches of sand in Baja California
  • Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room and living room
  • 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
An aerial view of a resort in Belize.

Experience the heartbeat of Belize

A five-night stay for four in beautiful Maya Beach, just a short journey away from the quaint village of Placencia.

  • The resort offers on-site restaurants and a swim-up bar in one of Belize’s largest pools, a fitness center and full-service spa. Guests can enjoy paddle boards, kayaks, bicycles and volleyball on the Placencia’s private beach.
  • Explore Placencia Village by hopping on the complimentary area shuttle and visit the resort’s two-acre private island, Ranguana Caye.
  • This stunning package includes two-bedroom suite accommodations and a day trip to the beautiful private island, Ranguana Caye, for four guests at a small consignment fee.

Best of all, enjoy an opportunity before your trip to learn about Belize and get personal recommendations for your trip from Belizean Holly Edgell.

Public media journalist Holly Edgell also happens to be a citizen of Belize, where she was born. An old national slogan used to describe Belize as “the Caribbean beat in the heart of Central America.” Holly can attest to the slogan’s veracity and will share her experiences and suggestions for enjoying the country’s landscapes and seascapes, along with its cultural and culinary delights.

STLPR guests mingle outside of STLPR's headquarters in Grand Center.

STLPR’s VIP For a Year

You can be the STLPR VIP for a year! You and a guest can join us for exclusive, behind-the-scenes STLPR experiences AND you are guaranteed two reserved seats to ALL STLPR events that tickle your fancy!

Join the producers of St. Louis on the Air for a live show and spend a morning in the studio with Mike Schrand for a behind-the-scenes look at Morning Edition.

  • Enjoy breakfast with Nina Totenberg
  • Attend an author event plus exclusive meet & greet with Aisha Harris of Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • Host a MetroQuest team with up to 10 players
  • Get reserved tickets for our first ever Journalism Movie Film Festival
  • VIP access with preferred seating for all STLPR events through April 2024
    • The Story Collider event series
    • First Mondays with the ASQ
    • Best of Shorts
    • Theatre Showcase
    • Public Media Street Festival with VIP Patio access
    • And more…

Take advantage of any or all of these opportunities throughout the year!

A beautiful hand-crafted, nicknamed 'Mango Tango'.

One-of-a-kind hand crafted guitar by local luthier Dan O’Grady

This guitar has been designed to capture the tone and feel of the classic single cutaway, dual humbucker guitar of the 1950s and 1960s. Handmade in STL by luthier, Dan O’Grady.


  • Signed and numbered
  • Venetian cutaway-style body is African mahogany with a “sandwich” layer of curly maple between the core and top
  • All wood responsibly harvested per CITES regulations
  • Environmentally friendly waterborne clearcoat finish highlights the beauty of the wood
  • A matched set of Parsons Street humbucker pickups accommodate a variety of musical styles
  • All gold hardware, including a pigtail-style wraparound bridge with adjustable saddles, and Gotoh vintage-style tuners
  • A hard case is included

Arianna String Quartet Private Concert

This is an exclusive opportunity to bring the internationally acclaimed Arianna String Quartet into your home (or other venue of your choosing) for a private performance.

  • Formed in 1992, the Arianna String Quartet is recognized as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. They first garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
  • The Arianna Quartet has appeared in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and in South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians.
  • Since 2000, the members of the Arianna String Quartet have been the full-time string faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and offer an annual subscription concert series at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Additionally, the quartet performs a regular lecture series at STLPR called “First Mondays with the ASQ.”
Pieces of sashimi rest in a savory sauce. A cocktail with a candy flower is beside it.

Private Dinner at Sado with Award-Winning Chef Nick Bognar

Join award-winning chef-owner Nick Bognar of Nippon Tei, Indo, and Sado restaurants for a curated dinner at his newly opened restaurant.

  • Private dinner for 12 on a Monday night when the restaurant is closed to the public
  • Multiple course meal featuring sushi and sashimi
  • Wine and beer included

Chef Bognar has been nominated for and won multiple awards including being listed as one of Food & Wine’s 2020 Best New Chefs.

*Dinner to be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon Monday evening, availability starting in July.

The Live Auction is sponsored by Carol House Furniture.

Golden Ticket

The lucky drawing winner gets their choice an exclusive set of prizes!

Sold Out

The Golden Ticket is sponsored by Polsinelli.

Event Co-Chairs

  • Karen Handelman & Marc Hirshman
  • Suzie Nall
  • Kit Watson

Event Committee

  • Jane Arnold
  • Anne & Brad Bishop
  • Sara Yang Bosco & Joseph Bosco
  • John Brase & Ed Giganti
  • Deb Dubin
  • Chris & Tom Eschen
  • Molly & Steven Frank
  • Maria Gerritzen
  • Nancy Hawes
  • Maureen & Charlie Hoffman
  • Peggy & Mark Holly
  • Russell Jackson
  • Audrey Katcher
  • Diane & David Katzman
  • Elizabeth Pippert Larson & Ian Larson
  • Lyah LeFlore-Ituen
  • Charlotte & John Martin
  • Katherine & Daniel Mauzy
  • Keri & Matt McBride
  • Sultan Meghji
  • Libbyanne & John Nguyen
  • Claudia Ochoa-Espejo
  • Eriko Clevenger Pope & Anthony Pope
  • Claire Schenk & Richard Greenberg
  • Jenifer & Willem Schilpzand
  • Pat & Ken Schutte
  • Rebecca & John Sheehan
  • Diane Sher
  • Cristy & Emery Skolfield
  • Kristin Sobolik & Scott Peterson
  • Susanne Franza Valdez
  • Daniela Velázquez
  • Jennifer Williamson & Allan Connolly