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A Moment with Board Member and Event Chair, Tom Hartnagel

A Moment with Tom Hartnagel

A sit down chat with Angels’ Arms Board Member and Fall Event Chair, Tom Hartnagel 

A yearly auction has been an important part of Angels’ Arms history since the organization was founded 21 years ago. The momentum that turned that event from a simple auction into a magnificent gala came from one of Angels’ Arms Founding Fathers, Tom Hartnagel, who has chaired the auction for each of those 21 years. Let’s take a look back and discover how the auction grew and evolved into the “must attend” event of the season!

Learning about foster care

Tom’s wife Dana taught school with Bess Wilfong (founder and Executive Director of Angels’ Arms). After having dinner with Bess and several other couples “we learned more about foster care, and Bess’ vision to create an organization to assist foster parents and keep sibling groups together. That’s when we began to formulate a plan to make this vision a reality. I’m proud that Dana and I were founding board members. Dedication to the cause, for me and so many people, started as a commitment to help Bess achieve her vision. Now it’s blossomed into a passion for me, and so many other Board members, volunteers and community supporters.”

When he agreed to chair the first auction, Tom may not have known that this was a “permanent” assignment. This is the 21st Stepping Out for the Angels’ event, and Tom is proud to have served as chairman for all of these years.

“I have always enjoyed planning parties and social events—whether it was family gatherings, or as far back as social chairman for my fraternity in the early ’90s. Couple that with doing something that can generate dollars for a good cause, and it’s a win-win. It’s been a way to build strong friendships with many volunteers and donors.”

It started with a bike

Tom was actually a newcomer to the auction scene. “I had never planned an auction before, in fact, the first event was actually a fashion show, with the help of my wife, and then fellow board member, Colleen Stein. We hosted this at Greenbriar Country Club, with 85 guests in attendance. It was a nice dinner, followed by a fashion show. Someone contributed a bicycle, and at the close of the evening, I stood up to auction it off.” He raised $600 for that mountain bike—and the rest is history.

“The next year we held a fashion show, but we had a room where we hosted cocktails with about 25 baskets. The event has blossomed quite a bit since then, as we now have almost 200 items in our silent auction, and a substantial selection of live auction items.”

The auction goal: creating awareness

“The goal of the first auction was simply to create mindshare—share our vision and tell a story. We worked with local TV personality Katie Jamboretz, who acted as emcee. Later, Katie created a compelling video that was used to show potential donors what Angels’ Arms was all about.”

Unique themes, unique venues

Each year brings a new theme or concept—and with that comes new creative ideas to execute. Whether it was a massive blow-up planet earth at America’s Center, eye-catching jelly fish at Kemp Auto Museum, or French, Asian, or Italian flare and cuisine—each gala presented something fun and new. “We have hosted the event at five different venues, each with special experiences and fun times. The funniest, most poignant moments typically happen on the stage—whether it’s an exchange with Katie Jamboretz, Al Hrabosky, Dan McLaughlin, Kelly Jackson, or Heidi Glaus. There is bound to be a funny exchange with a foster child selling his or her artwork, or the auctioneer (Tom)—losing track of the live auction current bid.”

While many aspects of the gala remain the same, the importance and growth of sponsors have really propelled the gala forward. “Our loyal sponsors who have supported us for years, as well as new sponsors who are just learning about Angels’ Arms – these are the secret sauce to any event. You can have the most delicious dinner, an abundance of cocktails, and the perfect venue, but it’s the sponsorships and fund-a-need donations that truly fuel the engine and provide the support needed to keep our homes and families thriving.”

Tom’s goal now is to maintain a fun-filled, innovative event, that ultimately generates tremendous revenue for the Angels’ Arms mission. “What might have been a successful traditional dinner auction for two decades, might not be the perfect equation for the future. We don’t want things to be stale, so we evaluate after the event takes place.” Because of Covid, “the virtual event of 2020 actually created a unique way to view fundraising. Time will tell what the future holds for our donors and supporters.”

A Special Recipe – love for the mission

“We have an amazing group of supporters who truly understand the mission of our organization. Many attendees come back year after year, evangelizing the unique story of Angels’ Arms. That keeps this event alive and thriving. We have a special recipe for delivering a fun-filled event, along with a room full of individuals who care greatly for their community. In some way, everyone has a connection to the board and other volunteers – and most importantly, they have caring hearts to support the foster parents and the children in their care.”

And most importantly for Stepping Out for the Angels, we have Tom Hartnagel – master auctioneer and chair of our Gala, whose heart if all about the kids!

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WINNER ANNOUNCED: Groceries for a Year Raffle

UPDATE: November 14, 2020
Congratulations to KEVIN DOLL on winning the 2020 Dierbergs Groceries for a Year raffle. Thank you to everyone for helping us sell out the raffle. We raised $20,000 in support of our foster families.



In honor of our 20th Anniversary, raffle tickets are ONLY $20 EACH and only 1,000 tickets will be sold.

One lucky winner will be selected at random on 11/14/2020 and will take home $5,200 in Dierbergs gift cards. Don’t forget to share this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with your family and friends!

*100% of all raffle ticket proceeds will benefit Angels’ Arms.
*For raffle rules and regulations, contact Jasmina@angelsarms.org

Lots of Groceries

Check out what last year’s winner has to say:
“We were very surprised when our name was called and very happy to know that we had supported this great organization and actually won something, especially something this big. Angels’ Arms is such a great organization and we never thought we would win but we wanted to take a chance and support a fantastic cause.  I would encourage anyone to buy a ticket for the chance to win but even better to support the many foster kids that are being helped in our area. We were elated to have won the gift cards and we’ve even used them at times to buy food for donations.” – Bill C.

Special thanks to our raffle sponsor:

dierbergs Frito Lay Logo  sara lee

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Bingo is their Game-o

This week, the Angels’ Arms Junior Board took the many fundraising setbacks they have faced this year due to COVID and turned them into something positive! Jordan Shelton, Angels’ Arms Junior Board president, designed fun Bingo Cards for our Junior Board to post on their Social Media and help raise funds for Angels’ Arms foster children. 
 

“Typically Angels’ Arms Junior Board hosts three happy hours that help raise money to fund activities for the foster children living in Angels’ Arms homes,” says Angels’ Arms Event Coordinator, Maria Chandler. “Sadly, this year, because of the pandemic, we couldn’t. So we had to get creative on how to recoup those lost funds. The Junior Board quickly jumped right into action to make up the difference!”

Example of a Bingo card post from one of our Junior Board members.

 
Over the last week, The Junior Board posted on all Social Media outlets raising awareness for Angels’ Arms and raising an incredible amount of money!! Their one week total of posting the Bingo Cards raised nearly $2,500! Far exceeding what they would have raised traditionally at their Happy Hours. 
 
“We are so thrilled that our families and friends have really stepped up this week to help us raise additional funds for the Angels’ Arms families,” says Jordan Shelton, Angels’ Arms Junior Board President. “When we started this fundraiser we set what we thought was a lofty goal and we have already surpassed that thanks to our amazing Junior Board and supporters!”
 
“To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how this fundraiser was going to go but once we got started it was so fun,” says Lindsey Van Duyne, Angels’ Arms Junior Board Vice President.  “Seeing the fellow JB members filling up their cards and trying to fill mine up as fast as I can (because everything is a competition) was so satisfying! Very rarely am I speechless but I am completely blown away by the amount of love from my family and friends! With all of the crazy going on in the world it was nice to see that there is still so much good as well.”
 
“This is just another example of how blessed we are to have these young professionals on our Junior Board, constantly advocating for our foster children and foster families, plus it shows how amazing our supporters are,” says Maria.
 
The Angels’ Arms Junior Board is comprised of 20+ young professionals in St. Louis, Missouri. If you’re interested in getting involved, please visit https://angelsarms.org/join-the-junior-board/ and fill out the Junior Board application today! 
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Upcoming December Events

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
Time: 5:00pm

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!

 

 

 

Saks Fifth Ave. Soiree & Profit Share Weekend

Date: December 12 – December 14

Enjoy an exclusive shopping experience during Saks’ December Gift Card Event. There will be live music, light bites and cocktails.
 
Can’t make the soiree? No problem! Saks Fifth Avenue St. Louis is proud to donate 10% of sales to Angels’ Arms all weekend long – Thursday, December 12 to Saturday, December 14. This is the largest percentage Saks has given back all year, and we are so beyond grateful.
Learn more here!

 

 

Guy Phillips at Vin de Set

Date: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
 
Join KTRS The Big 550 on-air personalities Guy Philips and Heidi Glaus for a happy hour at Vin de Set as they broadcast The Guy Phillips Show LIVE on location. Come and treat yourself to some beautifully crafted cocktails and yummy French-inspired eats. A percentage from the happy hour will benefit Angels’ Arms! 
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19th Annual Stepping Out for the Angels recap

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.

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Upcoming events

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

 

 

 

Anthony D’Amato Concert

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!

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Bar Bounce 2019 Recap

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 abbey@angelsarms.org.

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$500 Visa Gift Card – 454037
Beats Headphones – 428268
Mizzou Tickets – 480159
Soulard Bundle – 428137
Booze Bundle – 624077
Great Grizzly Happy Hour – 428513
 
*winners must have their raffle ticket in order to claim their prize – pick up for raffle items starts tomorrow (10/8) at the Angels’ Arms office from 9am-5pm. Must claim by next Friday (10/18)*
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Bar Bounce Information!!

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.

  1. Read the Bar Bounce 2019 FAQs and make sure all of your team members have read and signed the Bar Bounce Waiver 2019
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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You’re invited to the 19th Annual Stepping Out for the Angels!

You are cordially invited to the 19th Annual Stepping Out for the Angels: Moulin Rouge

Stepping Out is Angels’ Arms’ signature fundraising event, directly benefiting the foster children living in our thirteen Angels’ Arms homes. Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, exclusive silent and live auction packages, gourmet seated dinner and a moving presentation from our youth.

Cocktail Attire – Complimentary Valet Parking
Wireless silent auction bidding via OneCause

$175 per person (tables of 8-12)
Tickets: http://bit.ly/SteppingOut19Tickets

Dierbergs Raffle – Groceries for a YEAR!
Are you feeling lucky? We’ll be drawing the winner of the “Dierbergs Groceries for a Year” raffle at the auction.
Prize valued at $5,200! Raffle tickets – $50 each
(only 400 tickets will be sold)
Winner selected on 11/16/19
Raffle Tickets here: http://bit.ly/DierbergsGroceriesforayear

Join the Facebook event page to let your friends know you’ll be attending!

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Can You Help with our Silent Auction?

With our largest fundraiser only two months away, we want to keep everything smooth sailing. This year, we are trying to get our silent auction baskets done early, but we could use some help!

 

Do you frequent Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx or Target?

We need items to complete our baking and home decor baskets. Anything from kitchen utensils, pots/pans, serving platters/dishes, dish towels, etc. would be a great addition. Also, any home decor items such as frames, candles, throw blankets/pillow and lamps would work. Check the clearance aisles!

Are you animal lover and frequent local pet stores/boutiques?

Help us build awesome doggy/kitty baskets with items such as leashes, bowls, food, tags, crates, accessories, grooming certificates, etc.

Not a shopper but you are a season ticket holder of Cardinals, Blues, Mizzou, Billikens tickets?

We could use tickets to complete some of our sports baskets. If you are willing to donate a pair of your tickets for the 2019/2020 seasons, we would LOVE that! All donations are tax deductible.

 

For my ideas for what we need for baskets, click the Basket Theme Ideas 2019 PDF and peruse the list of basket ideas until you find one that’s right for you! The deadline to enter the raffle by donating anything to the auction is September 20th! Please have any and all contributions to us by that date in order to ensure the item(s) will be included in the baskets! Can’t get to the store to look for items? No worries! We have an Amazon Wish List for items we need for the auction; just a couple clicks, and you’ve helped more than you can imagine!

 

If you are able to get any of these items for us, contact Maria Chandler at 314-842-8400 or maria@angelsarms.org to coordinate drop off/pick up times.

 

Thanks in advance for your help!