The 2019 Heart & Soul Annual Gala took place at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights on February 9th and was a delightful evening of inspiration, food, fun, and friendship! With the support of 230 guests and 29 volunteers, this year’s Gala proved to be the most successful to date, raising more than $154,000 to make an immeasurable impact on the 4,500 children and families who receive our services throughout Southern Illinois.
View photos from the 2019 Heart & Soul Gala
SAVE THE DATE: 2020 Heart & Soul Annual Gala will be February 8, 2020!
Honorary co-chairs for the 2019 Gala were Bob and Susan Hoff, founders of Fontebella Maternity Home, which merged with Caritas Family Solutions July 1, 2018. Guest speaker Kristen Cleveland, one of the first mothers to live at Fontebella, shared how she first arrived there and how the services she received changed her life. After hearing her story, gala attendees donated $56,525 through the fund-a-need portion of the evening so that Caritas can continue to develop the Fontebella program. We are speechless in the face of this generosity and grateful for Kristen’s courage to let others see into her experience.
Other noteworthy moments from the evening included the addition of mobile bidding in the silent auction, the Corks for Kids wine pull and the gift card and trip raffles. Thanks to broadcasting veteran Steve Jankowski who provided entertainment and wit as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, and to Kent Miller for being our live auctioneer. Phil Elmore’s Mobile Music Machine provided the sound and music during dinner and the program.
Special thanks to all of our committee members, volunteers and staff for their hard work in creating a beautiful and successful event! We also thank our incredible sponsors:
Jim & Barbara Calandro
Cardinal Buick GMC
Sandra Haas and Paul Kersens
Jim’s Formal Wear, LLC
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
George A. Paletta, Jr., MD, MBA of The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis
Thompson Coburn LLP
Bank of Belleville
Benjamin F. Edwards – Janet Bone
Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.
Mutual of America
Bowersox Insurance Agency
Mary and Jim Kelley
Merrill Lynch – Tim Warner, Financial Advisor
Pat, Dale and Alexandra Vecchio
Zonta Club of Mascoutah Area
We hope to see you at next year’s gala on Saturday, February 8, 2020!!