Gala 2018-02-06T09:50:27+00:00


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6 PM

Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction

7 PM

Dinner & Live Auction

9 PM

After Party with Live Music!

Dear Friends,

What are you doing Valentine’s weekend? We hope you will consider joining us at our annual Hope Is Where The Heart Is gala. This is our single largest fundraiser for the Medical Relief & Air Transport (MAT) Program, and has become a Valentine’s tradition for many of us here at Wings of Hope. By far, the high point of the evening is meeting and celebrating the progress of some of the individuals we serve through our MAT Program. This year, we are pleased to introduce you to Elizabeth.

Born premature and with mild cerebral palsy, Elizabeth spent the first five years of her young life getting around using the “military crawl” – pulling herself around using forearms. Fortunately, Elizabeth’s family learned about St. Louis Shriners Hospital and Wings of Hope. Within six months of starting treatment with Shriners, Elizabeth began walking with a walker. We are happy that we have been a part of Elizabeth’s healing by flying her from her home in rural Kansas to St. Louis for surgery and ongoing treatment. Her aunt, who accompanied Elizabeth on her last few trips, says they couldn’t make the 1,100-mile round trip without Wings of Hope. She calls Elizabeth’s stunning progress “a miracle.”

Please join us in celebrating Elizabeth – and so many other MAT patients – at our 2018 gala. Your generous support makes their journeys to health possible.

Hope Is Where the Heart Is …

The annual Dinner Auction is our yearly fundraiser entirely dedicated to our domestic field base,
the St. Louis based Medical Relief & Air Transport (MAT) Program.

Details of the event:

  • Held in the prestigious Khorassan Room
  • 400-425 Guests
  • Upscale Plated Dinner
  • After Party with Music & Open Bar
  • Unique Live Auction Items
  • Over 350 Silent Auction Items
  • Kendra Scott Jewelry Pull

Your sponsorship provides great exposure for you and your business and allows us to maximize fundraising for our continued efforts in providing access to lifesaving healthcare to hundreds of children across the United States.

Take a look at some of the featured items at the Gala.
Click on this link to view list.

Adam Jokisch

Auctioneer: Adam Jokisch

Adam’s Auction and Real Estate Services, Inc. was founded by the current President and CEO, Adam Jokisch, over 29 years ago. Adam’s leadership, hard work, and determination have taken the company from its roots to its present-day status and continue to propel the company to new heights.

Consistent growth and success have been attained by the company’s aggressive, pro-active approach to the auction industry. Focusing on industry changes and trends, as well as changing client needs, Adam’s Auctions has continued to refine its offering of services.

Adam holds real estate licenses in Illinois and Missouri and auction licenses in Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Alabama and Arkansas. His level of expertise, experience and knowledge, combined with passion for his work, provide a strong foundation that has guided the company through a successful past and towards a bright future.

Interested in being a sponsor? Take a look at our Sponsorship Packet!

Presenting Sponsor: Fabick Cat


  • Rich & Melissa Ropp
  • Bob & Mary Leeker

Dinner Auction Council:

  • Karen Andrews
  • Steve & Elizabeth Akre
  • Gerry D’Angelo
  • Roger & Jan Debenport
  • Bret & Anne Heinrich
  • Laura Helling
  • Dick Horowitz
  • Jerry & Jeanne Jones
  • Don & Maria Kukla
  • Larry & Linda Lemke
  • Robby & Norma McGehee
  • Fred & Susan Meyland-Smith
  • Jim & Diane Moffat
  • Dick Mueller
  • Lee & Dale Naas
  • Jack & Crista Taylor
  • Angela Walleman

Event Managers:

  • Melanie Halley
  • Beverly Wrobel

Major & Corporate Sponsorship:

  • Ulrich Medical
  • Steve Akre & Elizabeth Sugarbaker Akre
  • Herman Companies
  • Jean-Paul & Isabelle Montupet
  • Kendra Scott
  • Duane & Joy Hercules
  • L&C Hunts
  • Luxco
  • Moneta Group
  • Repco Solutions
  • Samuel C. Hutchinson & Lorna Godwin
  • South Dakota Pheasant Hunters
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Tarlow Family Foundation
  • Taylor Excavating
  • UBS Wealth Management
  • Wells Fargo Advisors

Spirits Sponsors
True Fitness Technology – Frank Trulaske, Chris Carnahan, Jerome & Mary Doyle, Todd Emms

Patient Table Sponsor
True Fitness Technology – Frank Trulakse

Gala Memento Sponsor
True Fitness Technology – Frank Trulaske

Volunteer Green Room Sponsor
George & Dianne Garrison, Aero Performance

Catalog Sponsor
Pulver Packaging

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