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Thank you for being part of Celebration for Children on Saturday!

Together, we raised over $200,000, and every dollar will help provide children facing adversity with the strong start necessary to enter kindergarten on track with their peers. Over 50% of Cornerstone children are from low-income households that pay less than $26 per week in tuition. Nearly 90% score on target or better when compared with peers nationwide. YOU make this possible. When you give, you provide a child with a path to a brighter future.

If you raised your paddle during the event but have not yet checked out, we will be reaching out personally in the next few days to fulfill your kind pledge. If you won an auction item and have not yet picked it up, we will be sending certificates in the mail and reaching out personally to coordinate pickup or mailing of physical items.

Please consider taking 3 minutes to complete our post-event survey. Your responses will help us plan next year's Celebration. We appreciate your feedback!



Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

BJC Healthcare
Carrollton Bank
Centene Charitable Foundation
Gazelle Magazine
Joseph Epplin & Peggy Zapf
Lucie & David Dempsey

ARCO Business Services
Cigna Foundation
Dale Lewis & Julie Gammack
Husch Blackwell
PGAV Destinations
Scott Thomas & Dani Smith
The Daniel & Henry Co.

Andy & Andrea Bredemeyer
Beis Plumbing
Busey Bank
Carmin & Adolph Pruitt
Chris & Emily Ann Brown
Commercial Bank
Darcy Hardwick Smith
Eric & Amy Holland
Jenni & Rob Ladage
Karen Lucy & David Doyle
Maggie & Mike Gallagher
Memorable Transportation
Metro East Industries
Production Products
Prudence & Marc Kramer
Saint Louis Bank
Sandberg Phoenix
Tammy & Andrew Schmaeng
US Bank

Alpha Brewing Company
Azar Printing
Craft Republic
Heartland Coca-Cola
John D. McGurk's
Lasco Foods
Titos Handmade Vodka
2nd Shift Brewing

Celebration Chairs and Committee Members

Co-Chair | Carmin Pruitt, Centene Corporation
Co-Chair | Tammy Schmaeng, Centene Corporation
Robin Baima, Carrollton Bank
Chris Brown, Missouri Circuit Court
Tricia Gooden, Urban Sprouts Child Development Center
Donna Hynes, City Academy

Kate Ledden, Husch Blackwell
Erin Mueller, Planhat
Alicia Murray, World Wide Technology


Additional thanks to our emcee, Calvin McClain, and auctioneer, Erin Williams!

Donate Now

Help our cause by contributing to our fundraising efforts.

And don't forget that Cornerstone has 50% YOP Tax Credits available for eligible donations of $2,500 or more!
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$200,000 Goal


Total Raised

Hosted By

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning
Questions? Please contact Dani

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Join us Saturday, October 1st, 5-8:30 p.m. for the 28th Annual Celebration for Children!

We are excited to again offer an adults-only interactive outdoor soiree. Guests will sip, snack, and stroll across our historic Shaw neighborhood campus enjoying eclectic eats, local libations, live auction, and immersive experiences that showcase the ways you make a difference for Cornerstone children.

Saturday, October 1st, 2022, 5-8:30 PM
Entry beside Jack's House at Cornerstone Center · 3910 Castleman Ave.

Help us honor a combined 80+ years of service by retiring educators:
Debra Clark · Doris Leachman · Vanessa Anthony

Parking Details:
Complimentary lot parking at 3999 Castleman Avenue (with thanks to our friends at St. Margaret's of Scotland)

Schedule of Events:
Check-in & cocktail welcome: 5-5:35 p.m.
Guided stroll: 5:35-7:30 p.m.
Stage program: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Casual cocktail (This event is fully outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.) 

COVID Protocols: 
To ensure the health & safety of all of our guests, Cornerstone has met with the City of St. Louis Department of Health and will implement the following recommendations:* (1) Our event will again be hosted outdoors and spread widely across Cornerstone's campus to allow for social distancing. (2) Food and drink station staff will wear masks. (3) We also ask that each guest take a personal inventory of their health before the event, and not attend if they are experiencing any irregular symptoms that could indicate Covid-19.
*May be subject to change based on guidance from the CDC and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.