Friends and Young Friends of St. Louis Children's Hospital
With a gift of $50 or more annually, you can be recognized as a Friend or Young Friend of St. Louis Children's Hospital. Over the years, Friends and Young Friends have contibuted millions of dollars and volunteer hours to help improve the quality of life for children, adolescents and their families.
Friends and Young Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital share the same goal: reach the community and share the mission of the hospital through service projects and fundraising events. Friends events include Holiday Tea and Table Tops Annual Spring Event. Young Friends focus on Cocktails and Clowns, Family Nights at Children’s Hospital, and evening happy hours. Both groups work on Love Light and Play Date. If you have questions about which group is the best fit for you, contact Dina Althardt at 314.286.1549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Friend or Young Friend! CLICK HERE to make your gift.
The following 2015 fundraising events and service projects are hosted by Friends and Young Friends members each year. Proceeds help kids receive quality medical care with a compassionate touch at St. Louis Children's Hospital regardless of the family's ability to pay.
- Tabletops Annual Spring Event: Thursday, April 16
Unique luncheon and shopping experience, featuring magnificent tabletop displays from St. Louis' finest florists, decorators and merchants.
- Cocktails and Clowns: Friday, March 27
A fun and festive cocktail party to benefit the Clown Docs program at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
- Play Date: Saturday, November 21
Guests are invited to be kids again at this totally-not-boring fundraising event.
Service and Advocacy Projects
In addition to raising necessary funds for treatments and programs, the Friends and Young Friends enjoy projects where they can reward volunteers, impact legislature and interact with patients and families.
- Jane Spoehrer Memorial Scholarship
Two SLCH student volunteers are rewarded each year for their service.
- Advocacy Day in Jefferson City for Friends of SLCH: March or April
Each year, Friends members join Children's Hospital staff for a trip to Jefferson City, MO to talk with legislators about policies and ballot initiatives. Your voice as a volunteer and voter makes a difference. No political experience is required. For more information please contact the Foundation office at 314.286.0988.
- Love Light Festival: Tuesday, December 1
Being in the hospital is no child's idea of a magical holiday, but the Friends work hard to bring fun and joyful memories to kids in the hospital during this special time. The Love Light Festival features food, holiday music and entertainment from local sports professionals, celebrities, costumed characters and other performers. Santa and Mrs. Claus deliver goodies and gifts to all patients, while family members enjoy a festive meal. The evening ends with an inspiring ceremony and the lighting of the hospital's thousands of twinkling holiday lights. Hundreds of gifts for children of all ages are needed each year. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact our Foundation office at 314.286.0988.
- Do It in a Day
From time to time, Friends and Young Friends do a variety of small, but important projects to benefit patients and families at SLCH. Activities include serving dinner to families, assembling family care bags for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and other projects.
- Friends Volunteer Shift at Ronald McDonald House Family Room in St. Louis Children's Hospital
If you are interested in becoming more involved, please consider joining one of our Event Planning Committees by contacting Dina Althardt at email@example.com or volunteering at an upcoming Children's Hospital event or program. A calendar of Volunteer Opportunities can be found by CLICKING HERE.