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$35,000 raised for Children's Education Alliance of Missouri



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Kevin and Patti Short, residents of the Central West End, enjoy a night of Kentucky Derby-inspired fun at a fundraiser hosted by the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri. The event generated $35,000 for the alliance. (click for larger version)
June 03, 2011
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An evening of Kentucky Derby-inspired fun and fundraising generated $35,000 for the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri on Friday, May 6. About 130 people arrived in traditional Derby attire for CEAM's first Kentucky Derby Party and Benefit, which featured a silent auction and mouse races.

Tom Sudholt, the weekly morning drive announcer for KFUO-FM, was the emcee for the evening. The silent auction items included artwork by students from Churchhill Center, the School for Learning Disabilities and Logos Schools, as well as a three-course Italian wine dinner at Remy's Kitchen and Wine Bar and a cocktail party at the home of Kevin and Patti Short.

CEAM is a non-profit organization focusing on ways to improve and expand on high-quality education choices for Missouri children, with an emphasis on those who do not learn in a typical classroom setting. Proceeds from the event will go toward CEAM programs that offer financial aid and parent training programs for parents of children with special needs.

Peter Franzen, CEAM's new director of development, was on hand to meet many CEAM supporters for the first time. The evening also featured a presentation by CEAM board member Edward R. Weber III.

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