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Pictures of Garbage

The Garbage Bag Gala was great success, and we raised almost $13,000 for our hunger and homeless services! So may we now present to you… Pictures of Garbage (fabulously designed, of course)!


Aaron Perlut gets into character in June Grieg's design

Aaron Perlut gets into character in June Grieg’s design


Erin Willmann and Bryanna Hampton model their garbage bag designs with a new Fiat from our sponsor, Lou Fusz

Erin Willmann and Bryanna Hampton model their garbage bag designs with a new Fiat from our sponsor, Lou Fusz

This lovely model sports Project Runway Season 8 star AJ Thouvenot's Garbage creation
This lovely model sports Project Runway Season 8 star AJ Thouvenot’s Garbage creation


For all other pictures, check out our Flickr page.



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.

This Week: Garbage Bag Gala at Moonrise Hotel

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

Erin Kilfoy works on one of her Garbage Bag Gala creations with model Andreea Cojocariu.

We’ve been hard at work on this event for months now and this week, we get to see all of our hard work come to fruition.

This Friday night, 17 models and designers will feature their casual and formal creations made out of garbage bags and duct tape on the runway (grand staircase) at Moonrise Hotel! Some of the creations we’ve seen are absolutely awe-inspiring – from trash bag wedding dresses to mermaid-inspired creations.

These models and designers have been hard at work for the fun of it – and also because they believe in the cause – Salvation Army homeless shelters in the St. Louis region. Check out this blog from model Andreea Cojocariu for more on why she’s so supportive of this event and The Salvation Army in Missouri.

This week only there are several online specials for discounted tickets, but if you have it in your budget to purchase at full price, remember that the proceeds go to support our homeless shelters in O’Fallon, Alton and St. Louis. Come out and enjoy an amazing show, entertainment from Rob Cruse and DJ Epic and delicious eats from Eclipse Restaurant.

Lindsay Toler models one of her Garbage Bag Gala outfits. Lindsay is one of three models from

This event was made possible by incredible sponsors and partners such as Hardees, Moonrise Hotel, Eclipse Restaurant, Cruse Entertainment, Yelp and

Special room packages are available at the Moonrise Hotel for attendees. Their “Get a Night, Give A Night” promotion will donate $53 from your stay to The Salvation Army’s shelter program. Book now, they’re going fast!

Give a Night, Get a Night

Special Room Package at Moonrise Hotel for Garbage Bag Gala

By: Elizabeth Koch, Midland Divison

Booking a room at the Moonrise Hotel for the night of Garbage Bag Gala on July 27 not only provides guests with a place to crash after the event, but also a donation to The Salvation Army’s shelter program thanks to the Give a Night, Get a Night promotion.

To continue the theme of raising awareness about homelessness, The Moonrise Hotel, the venue for Garbage Bag Gala, will donate the equivalent of what a one-night stay in a Salvation Army shelter would cost to The Salvation Army Shelter program. This rounds out to $53, or about a quarter of the overall cost of a one-night stay at The Moonrise.

“Give a Night, Get a Night” only applies on the day of Garbage Bag Gala, July 27, and capacity is limited, so hotel guests are encouraged to make reservations as quickly as possible.

The luxury boutique Moonrise Hotel is unlike any other hotel in St. Louis, with a modern one-of-a-kind design. Guests have much to see and explore at the Moonrise Hotel including a color-changing wall and staircase in the main lobby that lead to the lunar-themed artistic displays at Eclipse Restaurant. Guests also can travel up to the eighth floor to the Rooftop Terrace Bar and enjoy the breathtaking view of The Delmar Loop under the world’s largest man-made moon.

To do your part and raise awareness about homelessness in St. Louis, purchase a ticket for Garbage Bag Gala on July 27 and reserve a room for that evening at the Moonrise Hotel before it’s too late.

Designers Needed for Garbage Bag Gala

By: Elizabeth Koch, Midland Division

Those with a knack for fashion design are needed to showcase their creativity
at the Moonrise Hotel on July 27 at the Garbage Bag Gala.

Each designer will design a casual and evening wear look out of garbage bags and duct tape for the model they are paired with. No other materials can be used, and stitching is not allowed. At the end of the night, a panel of judges will choose which designer and model combination is the best, and the winners will receive a prize.

Prizes from Loop businesses will be up for grabs, including gifts and gift cards from Blueberry Hill, Fitz’s and The Pageant. Two tickets to the Aug. 4 Cardinal game against the Milwaukee Brewers also will be available. In addition, designers will be publicized in The Salvation Army’s press releases and social media posts for the Garbage Bag Gala.

The Garbage Bag Gala allows attendees to give back to the organization that continues to do the most good in St. Louis – The Salvation Army. The evening will raise awareness about homelessness and educate people about The Salvation Army’s homeless services.

Food and beverages from Eclipse Restaurant will be available during the event, and room packages at the Moonrise Hotel also are available. To learn more about Garbage Bag Gala, visit The Salvation Army’s summer series website, or buy tickets today.

For more information about Garbage Bag Gala or participating as a designer, contact Angie Merseal at 314-646-3193 or

Salvation Army Night at the Ballpark Tickets Available

By: Elizabeth Koch, Midland Division

Come out and watch the St. Louis Cardinals challenge the Milwaukee Brewers while giving back to the St. Louis organization that continues to do the most good — The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Night at the Ballpark will be at the 6:15 p.m. baseball game August 4 at Busch Stadium.

Tickets are located in the Lower Right Field box, sections 127-132. Each ticket is $45, saving baseball fans more than $30 on the initial ticket price and service fees.

The first 25,000 game-goers ages 16 and older also will receive a 1982 World Series Game 7 Replica ticket, sponsored by (restrictions apply).

All ticket sales contribute to The Salvation Army’s efforts in helping the people of St. Louis. By attending the Salvation Army Night at the Ballpark, baseball fans not only enjoy watching the Cardinals, but are doing it for a good cause.

Tickets can be picked up at The Salvation Army at 1130 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63139, or can be mailed up to one week before the game.

For ticket information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Salvation Army Night at the Ballpark website, or contact Angie Merseal at 314-646-3193.

12 Months of Giving

We were inspired by a great idea from Jenni Ragland, Associate Director of the Community Relations Department at The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters. She created a 12 Months of Giving calendar which listed a new way to give back to Alaska communities each month of the year.

“It’s received a very positive response here! A local TV station prompted the idea by asking about how people could keep the spirit of giving alive through the year”, she said. “One of our Board members that owns a print shop is printing buck slips for each month that we can have to mail or hand out.”

Want to check it out? Click Here for Jenni’s Calendar!

We liked her idea so much, we decided to create a 12 Months of Giving calendar that can be used by anyone. Keep the Christmas spirit alive all year long and check it out (thanks again, Jenni!):

January: The Salvation Army loves re-gifting! As you clean out to make room for gifts received at Christmas, remember The Salvation Army Family Stores need your gently used clothing, household goods or cars to support the Adult Rehabilitation Program, as well as other Salvation Army services.

February: The coldest month of the year means those without coats are those with the most need. Consider sorting through your coat closet and parting with the unworn – somebody will be very thankful for your donation! With more than 12 sites in metro St. Louis, The Salvation Army can certainly find someone in need. Call us to see where you can deliver your donation at (314) 646-3018 or visit to find your nearest location.

March: Adult residents in Salvation Army Transitional Housing have a variety of needs based on their circumstances. Your in-kind donations certainly help them through this tough time. Common donations include: toiletries, bedding, pillows, gift certificates for food, plates, silverware, clothing and toys.

April: April showers bring…well, flooding! We pray that natural disasters don’t happen, but if they do, The Salvation Army is almost always among the first to respond. By visiting our “Ways to Give” section on our website, you can designate your donation to a specific disaster campaign, helping those who are struggling in the aftermath of natural disasters.

May: Give back in small ways during National Salvation Army week, May 7-13! Click here for a number of ideas as to how you can “Do the Most Good” for everyone in your life during this week and beyond.

June: Send a kid to camp! Salvation Army summer camps offer fresh air, exercise and new friendships to children from low-income families. By donating $175, you can ensure a fun-filled week of sports, camping, arts & crafts, music development and many more adventures, for someone who would otherwise miss out.

July: Donate food! With school out for the summer, we see an increased number of families that need food assistance at Salvation Army food pantries. Help stock our shelves by organizing a canned food drive.

August: It’s back-to-school time! Help disadvantaged children in your community return to school with the right tools for success and confidence in the classroom. Donations include school supplies, backpacks and clothes. Find out what your local Salvation Army needs and then hit up the store to help out a local family in need!

September: School has officially started and Salvation Army afterschool programs will be looking for tutors and volunteers! Lend a couple hours after school, an ear and a helping hand to a child in need.

October: There are many homeless families enrolled in Salvation Army Family Service programs and who reside in temporary or long-term housing because of financial struggles. Consider lifting their spirits through gifts or basic necessities.

November: Ensure a disadvantaged child or senior experiences Christmas joy by adopting an angel through The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree program.

December: Donate your spare change and say Merry Christmas to your local Red Kettle bell ringer! Interested in volunteering your time? Sign up as a volunteer bell ringer through your local Salvation Army unit.

Happy Giving, Everyone!

Reposted from Salvation Army USA blog.

The best meal of the day… and a brilliant fundraiser!

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

As part of our series on unique and fun fundraiser ideas that supporters can take on to support The Salvation Army all year ’round, we turn to the best meal of the day… breakfast!

Hosting a breakfast event to benefit The Salvation Army can be extremely simple to coordinate and fun for all who attend. Some proven and profitable ideas for breakfast fundraisers are listed below:

  • Ice Cream for Breakfast: Partner with a local ice cream shop or host the event in your church’s fellowship  hall. Offer DIY ice cream sundaes for breakfast with a variety of breakfast-themed toppings! Maple syrup ice cream with crispy bacon on top, waffle cones made with real waffles! Have a photo booth set up where people can take pictures with their ice cream creations and hand out prizes for most creative concoctions.
  • Breakfast with __________: This perennial theme is popular for a reason – it’s highly attended and those who attend often make it an annual tradition. Serve up breakfast fare of choice with Santa, the Easter bunny, or the whole crew from Sesame Street! Reach out to your local costume store for character options. You can also use this as an opportunity for breakfast with a local celebrity or the mayor. Sell tickets, take pictures and have fun while sharing the work of The Salvation Army.
  • Envelope Breakfast: Find a local chain restaurant with a busy breakfast seating and get their permission to set out envelopes that say, “Please support the work of The Salvation Army in Missouri and Southern Illinois by donating generously during this Envelope Breakfast.” Waitresses or managers can check the envelope after each seating and deliver donations at the end of the shift. This can be done for one meal or all day, depending on the wishes of the restaurant.
  • Breakfast with the CEO: Auction off a breakfast with your company’s CEO to employees, vendors and the general public. You can go as simple as an internal memo, and as big as a press release, depending on how well known your CEO may be. Social media is an easy promotion vehicle as well! The only out-of-pocket cost for this event is breakfast!

If you, your family, business or organization decide to plan one of these events, email Danni Eickenhorst at and The Salvation Army will be happy to promote your event. Thank you for your support!

New Year, New Fundraising Idea: Video Game Dance-Off

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division Content Specialist

This year, we’re going to feature fundraiser ideas that you, our wonderful supporters, can organize to support The Salvation Army the whole year through. Today’s idea? (Drumroll, please) The sure-to-be-a-classic VIDEO GAME DANCE OFF!

If you’re the champion of Just Dance 2 in your house; have perfected your “Smooth Criminal” forward lean in The Michael Jackson Experience for Wii; have worn your Dance Dance Revolution floor mats just plain thin, or have mastered the rumba in Zumba for Wii (like this blogger), then maybe your should take your moves public all in the name of do-gooding!

There are several ways you can coordinate a fun video game dance off to raise funds for The Salvation Army:

1 – Dance ‘Til You Drop: Ask participants to get donations for increments of time spent dancing, then let them go to town, dancing until they drop!

2 – Serious Salsa: Get judges – if your event is big enough, get local celebrities – to judge the style of dancers. Songs should be selected randomly, but remember to take the audience into consideration and choose something with appropriate lyrics. Take scores and style into consideration and give bonus points for dressing the part! Charge a participation fee at the door. Crown a champion, or hand out donated prizes!

3 – You Asked For It!: Have teachers at your local school, or news anchors in town, or other local people of note agree to participate in a dance-off in front of an audience in exchange for paid admission at the door – or a minimum amount fundraised.

If you, your family, company or organization decide to take on this idea as your new year project, let us know and we’ll do our best to help you plan and promote! We’ll even come out to take pictures!

Thanks to all of our supporters for being so active all year ’round!

Skyview Drive-In to Host Joplin Fundraiser Friday 7/8/11

The Skyview Drive-In, the St. Louis Metro area’s last Drive-In Movie Theater, announced plans for the observance of their Anniversary. The Skyview Drive-In has been in operation continuously for the last sixty-two years since it’s opening on July 8, 1949. The celebration will take place Wednesday, July 6 through Sunday, July 10, 2011. 

There will be free miniature train rides and free hayrides all five nights.  On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, we will roll back the admission price to the original cost of $ .60 for the drivers of the first 60 cars each night. On Friday and Saturday nights, Creative Sound Entertainment will spin tunes from all decades for your listening enjoyment. Put on your dancing shoes and join us on the patio. On Sunday evening, the admission price will be $10 per car. 

Friday, July 8th will be Fox 2 Night at the Skyview.  John Pertzborn is scheduled to be there to greet the customers.  The evening will also be a night to remember the devastation of the Joplin, Missouri tornado.  The Salvation Army will be there to collect donations of relief supplies.  Items needed include non-perishable foods like canned fruits, vegetables, and meats; infant items like diapers, baby wipes and formula; sports drinks, batteries and personal hygiene items. Since this is Fox 2 Night, the Skyview Drive-In will donate $2 of each adult ticket to the Salvation Army for disaster relief in Joplin, Missouri.

The box office will open each night at 7:00pm with movies starting at 9:00pm.  Screen #1 will show “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Super 8” while Screen #2 will show

“Cars 2” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.

 For additional information, call 618-233-4400 or visit our website at

 (if the media requires additional information, they can call Steve Bloomer at 618-444-5210.)

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