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Imagine Gala to Highlight Why Literacy is Everything
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation invites you to follow the yellow brick road to the Imagine Gala on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. Dianne and George Garrison are honorary co-chairs for the signature fundraiser to celebrate the organization's early literacy and outreach programs serving well over 55,000 children annually.

"Literacy is everything, impacting every aspect of life. We are making a difference but want to do more to strengthen our community. Ultimately our dream is to eliminate the need to advocate for literacy," stated Kris Weidenbenner, Library Foundation Board President.

The Imagine Gala will feature themes from the Wizard of Oz to highlight the value of literacy and the significance of libraries to a community. St. Louis favorite restaurateur Kim Tucci is emcee and auctioneer for the evening.

A portion of each ticket purchase is tax deductible and benefits the Library Foundation's literacy initiatives. Individual tickets are $125 and seating for a table of 10 is $1,250. Tickets can be purchased online at

Proceeds from the Imagine Gala will allow the Library Foundation to serve more fragile families, at-risk youth and homebound residents through its Ready to Read, Books to You and Take 20 and Read programs and ultimately make a lasting impact in St. Charles County.

"Children who struggle with reading by the end of 3rd grade are less likely to graduate. We're working to help build the critical foundation of early literacy skills so children can succeed both in the classroom and throughout life," says Karen Englert, interim Executive Director of the Library Foundation."

Community partners for the 2015 Imagine Gala include: OVER THE RAINBOW Sponsor Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital; RUBY SLIPPERS Sponsors Streetscape Magazine and Ameristar Casino; and YELLOW BRICK ROAD Sponsors: Acropolis, Bax Engineering, CBIZ, Dianne and George Garrison, St. Charles County EDC, Meyer Realty, New Frontier Bank, Partners for Progress, Rx Systems, St. Charles Community College, St. Charles Sunrise Rotary and Thomson Printing.

Kids In The Middle Hosts "Magic In The Middle" Gala
ST. CHARLES, MO, ( - Kids In The Middle (KITM) will host its Gala 2015 "Magic In The Middle" on Sat., April 25, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ameristar Resort located at One Ameristar Blvd. in St. Charles, MO.

The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, an open bar, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. All proceeds from the gala will support counseling services for kids in the middle of their parents' separation or divorce.

KITM will present its Champion of Kids award to Michael Bystrom, Corporate Vice President of the Car Sales Division at Enterprise Holdings, Inc. The Champion of Kids nominating committee selected Bystrom for this prestigious award because of his considerable dedication to children in the community.

The event co-chairs are Kurt and Dawn Emshousen.

Reservations are required, and tickets are $175 per guest. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For further details about the event, call (314) 909-9922 or visit

KITM helps children and families transition to a new way of life before, during and after separation and divorce, for the sake of creating healthier futures for all involved. Founded in 1977, KITM is a nationally accredited non-profit agency that provides comprehensive and confidential counseling, education and support services focused on the entire family. KITM is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and is located at 2650 S. Hanley Rd. in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, visit their website at

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