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This Year’s Theme: Tales of Adventure

This Foster Hope Day, November 8th, embark on a grand adventure to support the healing journey of children impacted by foster care. Families reach out to us with urgent needs, and you, valiant supporters, answer their call without delay.

At the heart of this journey lies a child’s simple yet profound wish: a loving family. As they yearn for belonging, families too seek the warmth of a caring community. Let’s turn these hopes into reality.

Join us in crafting a story of change. Your generous contribution not only paves the path to healing but also grants you a chance to win incredible raffle prizes. With your time, voice, and compassion, let’s script a transformational tale, where every child finds their family and dreams come true.

About Foster Hope Day

What Is Foster Hope Day?

Foster Hope Day is a fun, virtual day of giving to benefit children impacted by foster care and the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition.

When Is Foster Hope Day?

All day on Wednesday, November 8th.

Where Is the event?

This is a fully-virtual, online event. We will be streaming live throughout the day on our Facebook page, and you can make a donation to benefit the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition at

Partnership with STL Black Authors

In honor of this year’s theme, Tales of Adventure, when your day-long gifts total $75 or more, a book will be donated to a child in foster care. Thank you to St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature for partnering with us!

Raffle Prizes

Donate each hour (minimum of $10) to enter to win an exciting raffle prize! Hourly prizes include a weekend at Innsbrook, a basket of the finest wines, a magical evening of entertainment at the Fox Theater, and more!

Hourly Raffle Prize Rules:

Between 8:00 a.m. and 7:59 p.m., each time you make a minimum donation of $10 at, you will receive a prompt for one of two hourly raffle prizes. Click your choice, and you are automatically entered. Only one entry per hour will be considered, so multiple donations during an hour will not help your chances. Make sure to plan ahead!

8:00 am

  1. Weekend Getaway to Innsbrook
    • In only 45 minutes, you’ll be at the perfect 2-night getaway at Innsbrook. This well-appointed, 3-bedroom, 3-bath chalet on Cardinal Lake is a true retreat from the mundane. At any time of the year, Innsbrook has so much to offer! In the cold months, warm up next to the fireplace, sink into a cozy chair to read a book, enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine, or take an invigorating hike on seven scenic nature trails. New outdoor covered living space with fireplace and adjacent hot tub! Available January-December 2024, excluding holidays, on a mutually agreeable date.
  2. Designer Bag and Two Tickets to Hope in a Handbag
    • This package includes the stunning Kate Spade New York Sam Icon ombre sequin small tote bag! Plus, enjoy 2 VIP tickets to the ultimate girl’s night out at the ‘Hope in a Handbag’ event. Don’t miss out on this chance for a glamorous evening and a stylish new accessory!

9:00 am

  1. Aquarium
    • Win four tickets to the enchanting St. Louis Aquarium! Immerse yourself in a world of underwater marvels, from playful otters to majestic sharks. Let the vibrant corals and graceful fish captivate your imagination. Perfect for a double date or a family day.
  2. Blues Tickets
    • Immerse yourself in the electrifying energy of the ice rink as you witness the St. Louis Blues carve their path to victory! Feel the adrenaline surge through your veins as you cheer alongside the devoted fans, making memories that’ll last a lifetime.  Tickets are for Saturday, December 16, vs. Dallas Stars Sec 114 Row M.

10:00 am

  1. Mission Taco Party
    • Party time! Have a birthday coming up, or just want to throw a taco party with friends but don’t want to cook? This Mission Taco Joint party for 20 is perfect for you! Enjoy their popular taco bar, including up to 3 proteins, taco toppings, sauces, tortillas, chips, salsa, and sides, plus two gallons of MTJ Margarita.  *To be picked up from one of the restaurant locations at an agreed-upon time.
  2. SLU Tickets
    • Score big with two slam-dunk tickets to an action-packed SLU basketball game, then chill out with a gift card to Narwhal’s, the coolest spot for boozy slushie fun!

11:00 am

  1. Free Suit/Fitting
    • Get suited up in style with a chance to win a free suit and fitting, along with a $250 certificate. Give now for the ultimate wardrobe upgrade!
  2. Wine Basket
    • Indulge in the rich, velvety flavors of the finest wines, carefully selected to transport your taste buds on a sensory escapade. From the crisp notes of Chardonnay to the bold richness of Merlot, this basket promises an exquisite journey through the world of bliss.

12:00 pm

  1. Hermannhof Stay
    • A $400 gift card for a weekend escape to the enchanting Hermannhof Inn, a historical retreat nestled in scenic surroundings. Enjoy a complimentary basket of delightful snacks, wine, and goodies as you unwind and create unforgettable memories. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a truly rejuvenating and memorable getaway!
  2. Old Herald Basket
    • An exclusive alcohol basket from Old Herald featuring a premium selection of their finest spirits, complemented by a generous gift card to enhance your libation experience.

1:00 pm

  1. Wine Basket
    • An enchanting wine basket filled with carefully selected wines tailored to please even the most discerning palate. Stay excited as we unveil the lineup of wines that will make your moments extra special. Enter now for a chance to add a touch of sophistication to your wine collection!
  2. Ultimate Beer Package
    • Gear up for the ultimate beer lover’s dream! Win a premium 4 pack from 4Hands Brewery and 2nd Shift, alongside a top-of-the-line RTIC 20 QT Hard cooler, a YETI 12 oz Rambler, and the BruMate hopsulator slim can coozie and insulated bottle cooler. Enter now for a chance to elevate your beer game and keep your drinks cool and in style!

2:00 pm

  1. Cards Tickets
    • Win four field box tickets good for one St. Louis Cardinals game in the 2024 season! This package includes four passes to the Champions Club, VIP parking, AND the honorary first pitch! Go CARDS! *Mutually agreeable 2023 regular season game.  Opening Day and the season’s final game are the only dates not eligible.
  2. Bourbon Basket
    • Set off on a rugged expedition through the depths of Bourbon Country. Delight in the smoky aromas and nuanced flavors of the most sought-after small-batch bourbons, each sip revealing the storied heritage and craftsmanship of the finest distilleries.

3:00 pm

  1. Wine Basket
    • Enter for a chance to win a tantalizing wine basket, including a selection of handpicked wines that are sure to delight your taste buds. With a variety of flavors and styles, this basket promises to elevate your evenings.
  2. Dinner and Theatre
    • The ultimate date night package! Enjoy a delicious dinner at Big Sky with a gift card, followed by a captivating evening at The Repertory Theatre of STL with a $150 certificate for their next three must-see shows. Don’t miss this opportunity to create lasting memories with your special someone!

4:00 pm

  1. Date Night
    • Date night with champagne, wine, and a Kitchen Conservatory Gift Certificate. Embark on a culinary odyssey as you and your partner explore the art of cuisine together. With a delectable wine selection to elevate your dining experience and a Kitchen Conservatory Gift Certificate to unlock a world of culinary possibilities, prepare to create a saga of flavors and romance or a fun night for friends.
  2. Beis Weekender and Stanley
    • Ready to travel in style? Donate now for a chance to win the coveted Beis weekender travel bag in the sleek color slate, along with a dependable Stanley tumbler for your on-the-go beverages. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your travel game with these must-have essentials!

5:00 pm

  1. Wine Basket
    • Celebrate life’s moments with a chance to win a luxurious wine basket meticulously curated to offer an unforgettable tasting experience.
  2. Dinner at Award-Winning O+O
    • A delectable four-course dinner for two with a chef’s special tasting menu and perfectly paired wines at the award-winning Olive + Oak. Don’t miss out on a chance to savor a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds!

6:00 pm

  1. Chef’s Table at Edera
    • Indulge in a gourmet experience for six at our exclusive Chef’s Table in Edera. Savor exquisite dishes paired with fine wines. Give now for a chance to treat your taste buds to an unforgettable culinary journey.
  2. Date Night with Fox Tickets
    1. You deserve it!  Grab your honey or a bestie for a night out. This package includes two bottles of wine, a gift card for dinner, AND a gift card to the Fox Theatre! A perfect weekend treat.

7:00 pm

  1. Rose Basket
    • A delightful rose basket, a perfect treat for the senses! Brimming with the finest and freshest roses, this basket promises to brighten your day or make a heartfelt gift for someone special. Don’t miss this opportunity to add a touch of beauty and elegance to your life!
  2. Cigars and Alcohol Basket
    • Take a chance on our luxurious alcohol basket with a premium selection of cigars! Indulge in a handpicked assortment of top-shelf spirits like Johnny Walker Blue Label and high-quality cigars, perfect for a sophisticated evening of relaxation and enjoyment.

Sponsor Happy Hour

We are excited to offer our sponsors a family-friendly in-person happy hour again this year! Join us at The Hall by Olive + Oak, where a realm of wonder awaits you. Our valiant supporters will enjoy craft cocktails, delicious wine, beer, and exquisite cuisine prepared by Chef Jesse Mendica. This happy hour event will honor the exciting day and include attendance prizes throughout the evening and a performance from a local storyteller, Kenya Ajanaku. Kids will enjoy fun activities and O+O’s signature kids’ burger + mac and cheese. Doors open at 6 pm. Your sponsorship not only grants you entry but also brings hope and change to these young lives. Take a step towards making a lasting impact – sponsor now and be a part of their incredible story. All sponsorship levels include tickets to the happy hour.

Happy Hour Timeline

6:00 Doors open; cocktails and drinks served

6:15 Appetizers passed, and the buffet opens

6:45 Opening remarks followed by storyteller, Kenya Ajanaku

7:15 Honoring KSDK for 500 children who found A Place to Call Home

7:30 Thank you for coming!

Kenya Ajanaku is a nationally known drummer and storyteller whose talents have captivated his audiences for over 26 years. His signature program, “Rhythms and Folklore of Africa,” is a unique combination of storytelling, drumming, and dance.

Kenya started his career as a professionally trained jeweler, but after some travel and reflection, he discovered his calling as a performing artist. He soon became a percussionist for the world-renowned Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe. He sharpened his skills as a dancer with the master West African drummer Mor Thiam in the dance company Cosaan. He also developed his stage presence as drummer and vocalist with the InFra-Red Rockers, a reggae band.

Master storyteller Bobby Norfolk introduced Kenya to the art of professional storytelling. Today, Kenya performs nationally, combining storytelling, drumming, and dance in unique, unforgettable performances.

Kenya also devotes his talent and energy to his community – serving as founder and Executive Director of Harambee Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes personal and social development through experience in the cultural arts.

Learn more:

Contact Felisha Smith at with all happy hour related questions!

Thank You to Our Compassionate Sponsors




Tina Amrein

Donald & Elizabeth Cobin

Mike & Laura Lueken

Jim & Kathy Martin



Wendy & Paul Dyer

Katherine & David Kirby

Vrunda Paranjpe

Melanie Scheetz & Bruce Reed

Alexandra Schnarre

Stifel Bank & Trust

Visory Health


Joe & Aimée Bergan

Cass Information Systems

First Bank

George & Barb Giudici

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Mission Taco Joint

Music that RECLAIMs

Tim & Debra Niemann

John & Jennifer Phillips

David & Christina Schoemehl

The Raley Family


Hadi & Laura Al-Shathir

Joe & Marcia Ambrose


Jared & Urmila Baumann

David & DeAnn Bell

Christine & James Cocayne

Patty Corum & Brent Underwood

Enterprise Bank & Trust

Mary & John Gunther

Mark & Julie Kiehl

Midwest BankCentre

Jennifer Lynch

Jackie Olinger Rochelle & Michael Rochelle

JP & Jaime Perry

Tom & Pam Noack

Mike & Julie Normile

Mike Normile Sr. & Christine Normile

John & Leah Stroup

TOTA Investment Anthony AG Angel

Cari & Brandon Wegge

Become a sponsor, and watch as your benevolence crafts a new chapter in the lives of these young adventurers, shaping their future with the power of compassion.

Immerse yourself in the pages of an extraordinary journey that supports the dreams and aspirations of children in foster care.

Benefits include:

  • 20 exclusive VIP tickets with a reserved section to the sponsor happy hour
  • Name and logo featured on 6,400 invitations
  • Name, logo, and link featured with a banner on the website and in our Coalition Connection newsletter (online circ. 24,000+)
  • Name highlighted weekly in event social media promotion
  • Plus benefits from all levels below

Indulge in the adventure of storytelling and the transformative power it holds.

Benefits include:

  • 10 exclusive VIP tickets with a reserved table to the sponsor happy hour
  • Name and logo on all donor notification emails
  • Plus benefits from all levels below

Step into a fantastical world of enchantment.

Benefits include:

  • 8 exclusive VIP tickets to the sponsor happy hour
  • Name and logo included in hourly raffle promotions
  • Plus benefits from all levels below

Discover a realm filled with wonder and endless possibilities.

Benefits include:

  • 6 exclusive VIP tickets to the sponsor happy hour
  • Name and logo prominently featured on event website
  • Plus benefits from all levels below

Explore a world of hope, resilience, and unwavering support for children in foster care.

Benefits include:

  • 4 exclusive VIP tickets to the sponsor happy hour
  • Name and logo prominently featured on event website
  • Plus benefits from all levels below

Unlock your imagination and embark on a whimsical adventure where fantasy merges with reality.

Benefits include:

  • 2 exclusive VIP tickets to the sponsor happy hour
  • Your sponsorship will provide a one-to-one match on Foster Hope Day
  • Name featured on event website
  • Name featured in our Fostering Hope newsletter (circ. 7,000+)
  • Name and link in our Coalition Connection Newsletter (online circ. 24,000+)
  • Name listed on the Fostering Hope Giving Society wall
  • Name listed on our Coalition website

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