Successful fundraiser help in St. Louis

November 27, 2017 by  

For the 16th year, STAGES St. Louis recently held its Applause! Gala to raise funds to continue its artistic and educational programs.

The effort raised almost $360,000, thanks to STAGES’ patrons, as well as people who love the arts, and in particular, musical theater. The fundraiser comes on the heels of the academy’s 31st season, a record-breaking year in which the organization sold in excess of $2m in tickets. The event’s presenting sponsors were Jerry and Judy Kent, with Jim and Merry Mosbacher serving as honorary chairs. More than 360 people attended the gala.

STAGES is an academy for performing artists that reaches more than 4,500 students every year through its outreach and education programs. Its Access the Arts program is designed to allow both adults and children with developmental delays, or cognitive or physical issues to take part in musical theater. In addition, its Urban Arts Initiative brings artists into classrooms and community centers throughout St. Louis, particularly in underserved areas.

Jack Lane, STAGES’ executive producer, said the money raised at the event will be used to support these programs, and for a new program called JumpStart Theatre; it will also support the upcoming season, as well as a new theater.

Efforts like this can continue to be successful if organizers work with a newsletter printing company to create letters for interested parties, keeping them updated on the organization’s work.