The St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation helps provide housing and support services to low-income and at-risk seniors in the St. Louis area, including seniors of retirement communities who have exhausted their financial resources. Each year, the organization serves over 5,000 people and provides more than $1.5 million in charitable care.
This year’s Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans Gala, held on November 6th at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, was especially vital to the foundation’s mission due to the live auction matching challenge gift of $50,000 by long-time St. Andrew’s board member Marvin Wool and his wife Harlene. We are happy to report that Ageless Gala attendees met the challenge, helping to fund the foundation with an additional $100,000 to the nearly $265,000 that this year’s gala raised. See this year’s Ageless videos…
The gift represented the second significant contribution made by the Wools during 2011. In February, the Wools presented St. Andrew’s with a $500,000 charitable gift annuity which was used to create the Harlene and Marvin Wool Legacy Circle.
“We continue to be blessed by the generosity of the Wools,” said Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. “This challenge grant opportunity was not only a highlight of our 2011 Ageless Gala, it will forever be remembered as a highlight of our organization’s 50th anniversary year. It was truly incredible to witness our Ageless attendees opening their hearts on the spot to meet the Wool’s challenge. We thank them and the Wools for coming together to raise a remarkable $100,000 that will help St. Andrew’s continue to serve the ever-growing population of underprivileged seniors in the St. Louis community.”
“My wife and I greatly admire the work of St. Andrew’s and its dedication to providing outstanding care to seniors in the St. Louis area,” said Marvin Wool. “This is why we feel it’s so important for us to continue to lend our support to the organization. It was great to see our $50,000 challenge match met, and we hope many area seniors benefit from the $100,000 that was raised.”
Read the full press release announcing the matching gift here. To learn more about the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation, the Ageless-Remarkable St. Louis Gala or for information on how to make a contribution to St. Andrew’s, call 314-726-0111 or visit www.standrews1.com