Held in the Khorassan Room of the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel St. Louis
450+ Guests | Gourmet Plated Dinner | Exclusive Live Auction Items | Fantastic Silent Auction Items

Come Join Us

Wings of Hope is very pleased to present the Soaring to New Heights Gala on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

The Gala is the largest fundraising event for Wings of Hope, providing critically needed funding for each of Wings of Hope’s programs.

We will once again gather in-person at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel St. Louis to celebrate and raise funds for our mission to “change and save lives through the power of aviation.”

Event Timeline


Doors Open
& Registration


& Silent Auction




Special Presentation
& Live Auction

2022 Gala SPONSORS

Wings Of Hope is Thrilled to Welcome 5 On Your Side's Rene Knott as our Emcee & Auctioneer!

Rene Knott
You can contact Rene at rknott@ksdk.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Rene Knott is the co-anchor on Today in St. Louis. He started at 5 On Your Side in 2004 as sports director, and moved to the morning show in 2016.

“I consider our morning TISL team family. They’re some of the best people I know,” said Rene. “Another reason I love working in St. Louis is the people who live here. I enjoy telling their stories and getting to share their experiences.”

Rene was born in Hollywood, and after playing football and earning a degree from Southern Oregon State College, Rene landed his first job at KDRV-TV in Medford, Oregon. After leaving Oregon, he made stops in Mobile, Alabama and Washington D.C. before moving to St. Louis.

Rene says he’s enjoyed every stop along the way, but St. Louis is special.

“We have a sports scene with traditions and expectations,” said Rene. “But most of all, St. Louis has community. I am happy to be here.”

Throughout his career Rene has earned three Emmys and covered many memorable stories, but he says the most exciting thing he’s done was travel to South Korea to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“I got to see and do so much, and I felt being able to tell the stories of the athletes and culture was tremendous,” said Rene.

Host Committee

Host Committee Co-Chair

Host Committee Co-Chair

Holly Berthold
Patrick Bowen
Tim Brunette
Amy Cole Buehler
Matt Clark

Bret Heinrich
Adam Kruger
Don and Maria Kukla
Kelley Lamm and Gordon Montgomery
Lena Pak

Kate Schneider
Fred Meyland-Smith
Matt Temple
Beverly Wrobel

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* Wings of Hope Statement regarding COVID: Wings of Hope is monitoring COVID-19 conditions and will provide updates to this space as needed.

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