To Our Entire Coalition Family, Thank You for Making Foster Hope Day Amazing

We just don’t know what to say. You helped us blow past our goal of $200,000 to raise $293,033. We couldn’t be more grateful that you made our first Foster Hope Day such a success. From our family to yours, thank you.

It’s been a tough year for every family in St. Louis, but families caring for kids impacted by foster care, as usual, have felt it more than most. But thanks to your support this year has not been a threat, but an opportunity. It’s been a chance to show kids who’ve experienced trauma that times of stress do not lead to neglect or abuse. You support us so that we can support families. And those families have helped kids heal from their pain during a profoundly difficult time. That’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, giving your gift today a lifelong impact.

And, because this is the Coalition, it was a ton of fun. Even though we would have loved to see you at Hope in a Handbag and Sizzle, we truly feel like this was the next best thing. We hope you had an amazing time today and are as full of hope and gratitude as we are!

Last but not least thank you to our phenomenal committee. These amazing raffles, activities, and celebrity cameos would not have come together without this generous bunch of advocates for kids in care. In a tumultuous year that never let us let our guard down, you put on an incredible event.

At the Coalition, one of our values is family. Specifically, the value reads: “We are family. We are connected and support one another in meeting the needs of our own families and the families we serve. We assume the best and are committed to each other.”

Today, once again, you have proven that when we come together for a single purpose, we can make big and important things happen. Thank you! And thank you for being part of the Coalition Family.

Foster Hope Day Sponsors


Dowd Bennett LLP


Edward Jones
Tim & Debra Niemann


First Bank
Growing More Opportunities
Laura & Mike Lueken
Colleen Raley
Renaissance Financial Corporation
Stifel Bank & Trust


Marcia & Joe Ambrose
Joe & Aimée Bergan
Pat & Jim Duft
Hindman Charitable Trust
Christina & David Schoemehl


Gunther Salt Company
Holly Blumeyer Interior Design
Mary & John Gunther
Katherine Kirby
Connie Lohr
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Mike Normile Sr & Christine Normile
Mike & Julie Normile
Jay & Angela Pazero
John & Jennifer Phillips
Saint Louis Closet Co.


Tina Amrein
David & DeAnn Bell
Ryan & Jessi Blackburn
Andy Cohen
Patty Corum & Brent Underwood
Karen DeStefane
Barb & George Giudici
Dave & Veronica Grimes
Jennifer O’Keefe
Rick & Christine Pennell
Stacey & Robert Sappington
Melanie Scheetz & Bruce Reed
John Schnarre & Mary McMath
David & Dale Steinberg
Diane & Peter Swank
Brandon & Cari Wegge


ASPEQ Heating Group
Megan & Gregory Burian
Sandra Burke
Peter & Susan Frane
Amy Giardino
Robert & Susan Hayashi
Carmen Hoeber
Mary Larner
Music That Reclaims
Tom & Pam Noack
Maurice & Marie Noellsch
Georgine O’Donnell
Emily Romines
Vihar & Katie Sheth
Mary Jo Sokol
Jennifer & Kirk Wippermann
Jessica Wubker