2011 Love Grows Here Gala a Success!

May 8, 2011


The annual Love Grows Here Gala Dinner & Auction was held Saturday, April 30th at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event was emceed by Monica Adams of Fox 2 News and featured a video presentation and speech by Michael McLaughlin.

280 guests enjoyed cocktails and music by Two Times True during the silent auction. During dinner, two blackboard auctions provided an exciting opportunity to bid on even more items.

Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company was honored with the 2011 Herman T. and Phenie R. Pott Child Advocacy Award. The Pott Child Advocacy Award is given annually at the gala to an individual or company that exemplifies the spirit of the Pott Family in promoting FRC’s mission. Watlow was selected for its long years of support to FRC. Since 1995, the company has provided significant financial and operational support to FRC’s efforts to break the cycle of child abuse. Tom Ferris, Watlow’s Treasurer, has served on the Governance Board and has chaired the FRC Golf Tournament for many years.

After the dinner and presentations, guests enjoyed a rousing live auction, which included everything from vacations to hot air balloon rides to a yellow Labrador puppy.

Sponsors and guests raised over $148,000 this year. These donations will be used to help “love grow” in the lives of abused children.

Thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors, and volunteers who made this event possible!

To see pictures from the event, click here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Edward Jones
Goldstein & Pressman, PC
St. Luke’s Hospital

Delta Dental

Additional Sponsors
Acropolis Investment Management
Ameren Missouri
Ron and Mary Ann Barnes
Brown School at Washington
University in St. Louis
Steve and Barbara Burrows
Gailbrielle Carrera
John and Eleanor Heithaus
Christine and Scott Homan
Husch Blackwell
Leo and Lauren Ming
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Sumner Group/Datamax
Thompson Coburn
Towers Watson
US Bank

Special thanks to:
Monica Adams, Emcee
Phyllis Hoff, Gala Chair and the 2011 Gala Committee
Michael McLaughlin, Speaker

Anna and Walt Beck, Tonya Booker, Emily Clark, Jennifer Cook, Laura Dalpiaz, Sean Dunlin, Christine and Scott Homan, Missi Jacobson, Jim Jeske, Mike and Corrine Manchisi, MICDS Students, Midtown Printing, Mary Clare Monahan, Mike Nelson, Portia Peterson, Portialyn Peterson, Audrey and Zach Schmook, Two Times True, Donnie Vaughn, Katie Ward,and the Staff of Family Resource Center