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Red & Black Gala


Derby Dreams and Dinner- Donated by Mike & Maureen Moore

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Saddleback Stables, a working thoroughbred farm. Discover the effort it takes to raise high quality racehorses while getting up close and personal with these beautiful horses and foals. Bourbon and starters in the barn, followed by a gourmet dinner for 10 donated and prepared by the award-winning chef of Edwardsville's Cleveland-Heath Restaurant.

Estimated Value: $1,500

Live Painting by Artist Jennifer Hayes 

Donning bright and bold colors, artist Jennifer Hayes specializes in both figurative and abstract works of art, that are recognizable in the texture, color and curves on the canvas. Her piece at this years Red & Black Gala depicts the beautiful St. Louis Skyline view from across the river; a perfect portrait for any home or office. Each piece is unique and one of a kind. Visit her website to view her works of art at:

Estimated Value: $6,000

Dinner with Chancellor Randy Pembrook and Dr. Mary Jo Pembrook catered by the executive chef at Mike Shannon's; Donated by The Pembrook Family

You and seven of your closest friends have been invited to join Chancellor Randy Pembrook and Dr. Mary Jo Pembrook for a private in-home dinner. Experience for a night what it's like to have your own Private Chef. Enjoy a four course fine-dining dinner prepared by the Executive Chef at Mike Shannon's while enjoying your company free of any distractions.

Estimated Value: $1,500                                                  

1-Week Stay in Townhome in Breckenridge, Colorado (April 15-Nov. 15); Donated by Craig and Jane Louer

Stay in this luxurious townhome, featuring three bedrooms plus loft accommodations. This Tyra Summit townhome is the perfect place to experience true ski-in/ski-out access. The popular 4 o'clock ski run is located just steps from your back door with access to skiing in the winter and hiking/biking trails in the summer. Featuring a spacious floor plan, large dining area, fireplace, and flat screen televisions in all of the bedrooms, this unit is perfect for larger and multiple families looking to have an unforgettable experience. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, on-site pool/hot tub facilities, garage parking for two vehicles and an open yard with two private balconies. Bedrooms include: Master (King), second (queen), third, (two twins), and loft (trundle bed – 2 twins). 

Estimated Value: $5,000

DogWatch SmartFence; Donated by Alan Grammer

The DogWatch SmartFence is a true revolution to pet containment. This smart fence keeps you connected to your dog and your system in a whole new way through advanced wireless technology. Monitor your system 24/7 when you're at home or on the go. This underground fence system is used and recommended by veterinarians all over the world.

Estimated Value: $2,100

Lake of the Ozarks Condo; Donated by Kerry & Jenny Baugher

Need a little rest and rejuvenation? Look no further! Enjoy a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks in a 7-day, 6-night stay at a Porto Cima Country Club condo. The condo includes 2 kitchens, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths that sleeps 6 comfortably, with the option to sleep up to eight.  Additionally, this condo comes with the use of the Porta Cima Golf Course. A Jack Nicklaus "Signature" golf course – the only one in the state of Missouri. Porto Cima is the ultimate lakefront private club experience for you and your guests!

Estimated Value: $5,000

Getaway Tour of Grafton Wine Country; Donated by Tom Gerdes/Southern Bus Tours

Raise a glass to good times, good friends and great wine! Plan a one-day getaway for you and up to 11 of your closest friends and head to Grafton Wine Country. Includes bus, driver fee, gas, and $300 in gift certificates to local wineries. Trip can be anywhere from 3 to 12 hours long.

Estimated Value: $2,500

The Three Sixty Experience; Donated by Bridgette Kearbey 

Get together with 11 of your closest friends and head up to the Three Sixty Rooftop Bar. This 2-hour reception features a food & beverage party that includes 8 selections from the small plates menu and beverages which include open premium bar selections along with non-alcoholic beverages. Soaring nearly 400 feet above downtown St. Louis, Three Sixty is the ultimate rooftop bar! Located atop the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, Three Sixty offers sweeping views in all directions – including a bird's eye view into Busch Stadium. With a cocktail in hand and a tasty bite to savor, it is the perfect perch to take in Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch, the mighty Mississippi and the surrounding site of St. Louis – both near and far.

The stunning 6,000 square-foot space features indoor and outdoor seating, accommodating guests ear-round with its flexible layout. With a giant outside bar, indoor bars, and open kitchen, a dramatic wine wall, flat-screen TVs, fire pits and contemporary styling, its sleek, urban vibe is a perfect addition to the downtown entertainment scene. Already known for its stellar location and first-class amenities, the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark has now been crowned with a rooftop bar on par with the best in the country and world!

Estimated Value: $1,500 

Live like a Pro - A Day at the PGA! Hosted by Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt

You and seven of your closest friends are invited to spend the day with Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt at Thursday's first round of the 100th Annual PGA Championship. Watch history in the making right before your eyes, and see some of the most prestigious golfers of all time live. Eight grounds passes included with tournament admission. Private transportation for you and your group to and from with food and drinks included on the way to the tournament. After watching the pros you may be inspired to play like a pro. Eight rounds of golf will be included from Gateway National Golf Club along with $500 in gift certificates to Mike Shannon's for you and your guests that can be used any time before December 20th, 2018.

100th Annual PGA Championship - Bellerive Country Club, Thursday August 9th, 2018.

Estimated Value: $2,500

Behind the Scenes Trip to Vegas with SIUE Men's Basketball

Join the SIUE Men's Basketball team for a vacation you'll never forget. This behind the scenes trip for two will help you witness first-hand what it is like to be a coach and player on the road. Head out to Vegas to cheer on the Cougars in the Las Vegas Classic as they compete against North Alabama, Northern Colorado and/or Cal State Northridge. Get behind the scenes access to watch the men practice. Go to film with the team as they prepare for their opponents and after it's all over, fly back with the coaches. Included in this package is roundtrip airfare for two, lodging accommodations at the Orleans Hotel, tournament game access & meals. In your free time, take in all that Vegas has to offer. Just minutes from the strip in the heart of the city, there is plenty to keep you busy!

Trip Dates: December 20th-23rd

Estimated Value: $5,000

Mini Australian Shepherd; Donated by Linda Fleming & Friendship Farms

They are commonly referred to as a man's best friend, and we have your new best friend with this adorable Mini Aussie! This 9-week old Mini Australian Shepherd is a purebred, registered American Kennel Club blue merle male. Mini Aussies are rapidly increasing in popularity due to their compact size weighing between 20 and 30 pounds when full grown. Their level of companionship, un-wavering love and happiness makes it virtually impossible not to adore them. A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself and this four legged friend will be sure to do just that! 

Estimated Value: $2,000