The outpouring of love that our families have received in the past week is overwhelming. We had over 40 companies and individual donors who adopted our families in order to ensure they were taken care of this holiday season. Joy, laughter and love are three words that simply describe how we felt seeing the support for our families. From all of our at Angels’ Arms, including our families, staff and board members, we wish you a happy holidays.[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”10″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]
We are dubbing this Thursday, December 12th the unofficial “Angels’ Arms event day.” There are THREE, that’s right three, events supporting Angels’ Arms on Thursday; read below to find which one (or two) you’d like to join us at!
Junior Board Karaoke Happy Hour
Date: Wednesday, December 11th
Regular Happy Hour Deals at Double D’s are 5:00pm-7:00pm. With a purchase of a bracelet, an individual will get an extra hour of the deals ($2 off draft, $1 off well/bottles).
Check out the Facebook event page for more details!
Date: December 12 – December 14
Guy Phillips at Vin de Set
Last week, Bess and Cat took one of our youth, Faith, to meet with MOHELA (Missouri Higher Education Loans Association) to discuss how she may go about furthering her education. Faith talked about some barriers that have hindered her from dedicating as much time as she should be to her studies; her car payment itself was causing her to work multiple jobs, which takes away time that could be used completing homework. To our amazement, MOHELA said they could pay off the rest of her car payments! This caused the tears to flow. “Do you realize this is changing my entire life?!” exclaimed Faith. She will now be able to forgo one of her multiple jobs in order to focus more on her studies.
But the good news didn’t stop there.
They asked what else some of our college-aged youth needed that they could help with. Cat mentioned that one of our other youth, Josh, was in a rent predicament; the person he was splitting rent with moved out suddenly and he couldn’t afford to pay double. MOHELA, without hesitation, said they were more than willing to help pay half of Josh’s rent for the next seven months! Our jaws hit the floor.
MOHELA has a fund set aside in order to give back to the community. The truly are changing the lives of our youth one step at a time. We now have a great partnership with them, and they are willing to help with other school-related needs of the youth who are seeking to further their education. We cannot thank them enough for their support!
Thank you to all the attendees, sponsors, volunteers and donors who made the 19th Annual Stepping Out for the Angels auction the most successful to date! Over 500 guests filled the River City Casino & Hotel and enjoyed an evening of gourmet eats, festive cocktails, gorgeous and fun Moulin Rouge decor, a plethora of silent and live auction items, live French entertainment and a moving presentation by our Angels’ Arms youth! All of the Angels’ Arms house parents were in attendance and received a touching standing ovation. Special thanks to our emcee Heidi Glaus for joining us, and kudos to Event Chairman Tom Hartnagel for pulling off another magnificent event for the 19th year in a row! Photo credit: Jim Heidorn Photography.[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”9″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]
The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund interviewed our Founder and Executive Director as a part of their Grantee Profiles. We are so grateful they continually support our Life Launch program, which helps the youth ages 14-21 living in our homes. We appreciate this group’s desire to know more about what we do and how their contributions directly impact Angels’ Arms.
You can view Bess’s Q&A at the link below:
Craft Boorito Foundation Event
Join us at Side Project Brewing on Friday, October 25 (5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) for Craft Burrito Foundation’s fourth annual charity bottle share! This will be a ticketed event benefiting Angels’ Arms. For more information and tickets, click here
On Friday November 8th (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), singer and songwriter Anthony D’Amato will be preforming at Undivided Wealth Management in Chesterfield MO. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Angels’ Arms! For more information and tickets, click here
Circle 7 Ranch/ Tito’s fundraiser
From November 15th – December 15th, Circle 7 Ranch has partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to benefit Angels’ Arms all month long! For a whole month, $1 from every Tito’s drink sold will go directly to Angels’ Arms! More information about this will become available November 1st!
Did you know that you can make your charitable dollars ($1,000 and up) stretch further by using Missouri state tax credits for contributions to Angels’ Arms? You can donate twice as much, at less out-of-pocket expense to you!
To check eligibility and to reserve credits, contact Jasmina Schue at 314-842-8400 or email email@example.com.
Download Tax Credit Flyer below:
**IRA Charitable Rollover Donations to Angels’ Arms
If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make tax-free donations from your IRA to Angels’ Arms.
Benefits to donors:
– Funds rolled over directly from your IRA account to Angels’ Arms will not be recognized as gross income for federal tax purposes. Keep in mind, the funds transferred also will not qualify for a charitable deduction.
– If you have not yet taken your required minimum distribution, you can satisfy your required minimum distribution in whole or in part by having the funds transferred directly from your IRA to Angels’ Arms.
– The funds can be used to satisfy a pledge or to make a new gift to Angels’ Arms. (Unfortunately, the law does not permit the funds to be used to establish a charitable gift annuity or other planned gift.)
For more information, contact us at 314-842-8400. We encourage you to consult with your tax advisor or accountant if you are considering making an IRA charitable rollover gift to Angels’ Arms.
We had such an amazing time on Saturday at our 14th Annual Soulard Bar Bounce! There were over 1,000 bouncers on over 70 different teams with each team having a different shirt color! Thank you all for coming out and helping to raise OVER $52,000 for the foster children living in Angels’ Arms homes. St. Louis is an amazing community! We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors, bouncers, Junior Board, bars and the wonderful Soulard community. If you have any more pictures you’d like to share with us please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”7″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]The winners of our Bar Bounce raffle have been drawn!!
Hello all you wonderful Bar Bouncers; there are over 900 of YOU!! Wow, there’s going to be a lot of people bouncing around Soulard on October 5th. Before the fun begins, there are a few steps of preparation.
- Read the Bar Bounce 2019 FAQs and make sure all of your team members have read and signed the Bar Bounce Waiver 2019
- Make sure your team captain knows they have to pick up your packet (including t-shirts, route, etc.) from Great Grizzly Bear on Wednesday (10/2) or Thursday (10/3) from 5 to 8 P.M.
- These are the ONLY days and time slots you will be able to pick up your teams t-shirts and packet. Packets and t-shirts will NOT be available on the day of the Bar Bounce. No exceptions!
- On the day of the event, go straight to the first bar on your route. Sometimes, it helps to meet your group before and all come together.
- Don’t forget to use #BarBounce2019 for all of your posts and photos! We can’t wait to see everyone out there!
P.S. – It’s supposed to be absolutely BEAUTIFUL weather!