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Paying for garbage? Absolutely! (Especially if it benefits homeless services)



Want a way to start your August off with a bang? Well The Salvation Army knows exactly how to do that with our upcoming Garbage Bag Gala on August 2. The Garbage Bag Gala is a fashion show that benefits The Salvation Army’s homeless services and emergency social services.  The evening’s highlights include models in creations made of garbage bags and duct tape and an after-party on the roof of the Moonrise Hotel. We already have the models, the designs, and yes, the garbage bags. But we’re missing just one ingredient to make this night perfect and that’s you!

Tickets are discounted right now and the tickets range from $25 for admission to the show to $50 for admission to the show and after-party access. Just ONE day left to get these half-off prices to the Garbage Bag Gala.

Grab your tickets now while prices are still discounted until July 19at midnight. Hope to see you at the Moonrise Hotel on August 2 from 7-11 p.m.

Where is Your Spirit?

CFD Flyer 2013

The Great Midwest Football League has started its 7th season and is coming to Mehlville High School. St. Louis Spirit will be playing against MO Valley Pitbulls on June 8 for Family Christian Weekend. Dedicating their 2013 Spring/Summer season to alleviate homelessness in the St. Louis area, St. Louis Spirit is partnering with The Salvation Army to help the community.

St. Louis Spirit is an adult amateur football team in the Great Midwest Football League. The team is invested in community support and devotes each season to a specific charitable effort. The team is unpaid for their time but playing for St. Louis Spirit allows the players to strengthen their skills to possibly advance to a college or professional football career while also helping the community.

In an effort to “Sack Homelessness,” St. Louis Spirit will hold six events this season: Armed Forces Day, Christian Family Day (6/8), Fatherhood Celebration (6/22), Youth Celebration Day (7/6), Sack Homelessness (8/3), and Ladies Night (7/20).

Christian Family Weekend will be on June 8 at Mehlville High School. This event will be full of fun with a live Gospel Concert and football game. The concert will begin at 1:30 PM and kickoff between St. Louis Spirit and MO Valley Pitbulls will be at 3:30 PM. St. Louis Spirit is partnering with The Salvation Army for this event. If you donate a canned good to The Salvation Army, you will get a free drink. Tickets and information can be found at

Shattering expectations (in a good way)

From left to right: Mark & Stephanie Schnuck, Majors Patty & Lonneal Richardson, & Marian & John Wuest

From left to right: Mark & Stephanie Schnuck, Majors Patty & Lonneal Richardson, & Marian & John Wuest

The Salvation Army’s inaugural Behind the Red Shield Gala has been hailed a great success by organizers as more than 400 guests gathered May 10 to raise $284,600 for the Army’s year-round programs and services.

“For a first-time effort, I feel that the event was an overwhelming success,” said Marian Wuest, chairperson for the event. “We were very fortunate to have good participation in sponsorships and table sales that will allow The Salvation Army to carry on the numerous services they provide to the community.”

Gala guests were greeted at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark by veterans who have benefited from the Army’s new Veterans Residence, as well as children who attend the local Temple Worship and Community Center, setting an inviting and personal tone for the evening.

“It created a very welcoming atmosphere that many individuals made sure to comment upon,” Wuest said. “They said they had never felt so welcomed at an event of this type.”

Guests participated in a silent auction prior to the gala’s program, with 30 unique items that raised more than $10,000. A spirited live auction held at the conclusion of the program raised more than $42,000. Items up for bid ranged from a French Laundry Style Dinner for eight that raised $3,500, to an opportunity to travel with the St. Louis Rams to an away game that raised $3,200. When invited to participate in a “Dutch auction” – where guests placed personal bids to benefit The Salvation Army – 40 individuals stepped up to the plate and raised $19,000.

Organizers said the gala was imperative to the Army’s mission, allowing the public to get a closer look at the services the Army provides and meet individuals who are directly affected by its work.

“We felt strongly that there is a significant segment of the St. Louis giving community that is not aware of just how many ways the Army touches the community,” Wuest said. “This event gave valuable exposure and provided an excellent venue to share the Army’s story with the community.”

In addition to highlighting the Army’s significant role in St. Louis, the gala also provided the opportunity to recognize Ameren and Ron and Midge Krueger with “Red Shield Award,” recognizing them for their immeasurable contributions to the Army’s mission.

Mark Schnuck served as Honorary Chair for the event, with Carol Daniels – a St. Louis columnist and motivational speaker – serving as emcee for the evening. Sheila Hoffmeister served as co-chair.

“Several things contributed to the success of the evening, including a strong, well-known honorary chairperson, as well as a very engaged and well-connected committee who gave generously of both their time and their treasure,” Wuest said.

Committee members included Lelia and David Farr; Norma and Carl Fitzwater; Kathy and Bob Fulstone; Carol and Steve Higgins; Janice Rohan and Phil Hulse; Celeste and John Kennedy; Rebecca and Kevin Kerwin; Nancy and Ken Kranzberg; Midge and Ron Krueger; Kathy and Bob O’Loughlin; Joan Quicksilver; Peggy and Jerry Ritter; and Marsha and Bill Rusnack.

Overwhelmingly blessed by the St. Louis community’s generosity and success of the gala, organizers have already begun preparations to make the Behind the Red Shield Gala an annual event.

You Tweeted WHAT?!

#tweetthemostgoodIf you’re going to spend your free time on social media anyway, why not tweet for good? Come out to the Rooftop Terrace Bar at the Moonrise Hotel on May 21, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., #TweetTheMostGood alongside Social Media Club St. Louis, and hear Don Hutcheson from Panera Bread talk about the Meal of Shared Responsibility. Learn how St. Louis-area bakery-cafes are helping to fight local food insecurity one Turkey Chili Sourdough Bread Bowl at a time! Tickets are only $5.00, fully donated to Salvation Army of St. Louis, and free appetizers will be served until 7:00 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit

Can’t make it but would still like to help? Visit our page to make a donation but we’d love to see you there!

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