Rainbows for Kids celebrates 20 years with surprise announcement from Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation

Rainbows for Kids celebrated 20 years of an all-volunteer-run organization helping families of children with cancer in the Greater St. Louis Area. The Drury Hotels were the title sponsor and the St. Louis Cardinals also stepped up as a major sponsor. These two companies have been with Rainbows for Kids since the first event 20 years ago.

As a way to mark the 20 years Rainbows for Kids has been working with the City of Sunset Hills and the Sunset Hills Parks Department to raise funds for a wheelchair accessible playground– and the week of the gala, Kathy Dampier, of the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation contacted Rob Rains to let him know they were going to make a donation that would put them over the top of their goal.

Whitey abd Rob at Gala 2017“I have been friends with Whitey since our days in Kansas City, when he was the manager, and I covered the Royals for UPI so it is great to have him be the one that made us hit the goal,” said Rains “Whitey and Mary Lou are very generous and they live in Sunset Hills so it was a wonderful fit for them. Kathy Dampier of the Foundation worked with us to get this accomplished in time to announce it at the gala.”

Rains introduced Pat Fribis, the mayor of Sunset Hills who made the announcement.

RFK Gala Rob and Mayor FribisGerald Brown of Sunset Hills spearheaded the project with Rainbows for Kids. Herb Pyne was also instrumental in making it happen as were:   Crestwood Kiwanis Club, The Crestwood Rotary Club, The Kirkwood Optimists Club, The Crestwood-Sunset Hills Optimist Club, Sunset Hills Foundation, Renewal by Anderson, Steve and Ann Haupt, Dr. Mary Saale, Charlie Wolters, and many Rainbows for Kids supporters. Rainbows for Kids made the largest single donation and did so in the memory of founding board members Margie and Jack Tippett.

Brown and others were in attendance at the event.

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Amy Brown, Sally Rains, Gerald Brown, Phil Deaton (Mayor’s Husband), Mayor Pat Fribis

The Red Carpet Pre-Party featured the music of Proud Larry, known for playing at Ballpark Village.

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Guests were able to hold a genuine replica (same size, weight and design) Oscar and get their picture taken with it. Some of the families serviced by Rainbows for Kids were in attendance.

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One of the highlights of the party was the cake donated by Patty Cakes in Highland, IL. Pat Jacoby, owner of Patty Cakes designed the “Hollywood” themed cake which featured little film strips of actual Rainbows for Kids happenings.

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Butch Wax and the Hollywoods performed at the event.

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Party-goers were excited when special guest Theo People’s came out. People’s spends much of this time touring with both the Temptations and the Four Tops. He came out and played a set with Butch Wax and the Hollywoods. Gene Ackman, who heads up the band is a friend of Rainbows for Kids and was glad the band could perform for a charity he is involved in.

Howard Balzer did the silent auction. He is shown in photo below (center) with Todd Blackstock and Rob Rains.

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During the evening, there was an “Anniversary Dance” and the winning couple who have been married were Shirley and Charles Drury who have been married for 64 years. Fredbird was on hand and congratulated them The Drury Hotels have been sponsors of Rainbows for Kids for 20 years.

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There was a silent auction and a live auction at the event. Rainbows for Kids is a unique charity because there are no paid employees– everyone is a volunteer so all the funds raised by the event will go directly to the programs for the families.

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Special thank you to these sponsors:

We couldn’t have done it without you

Drury Hotels

St. Louis Cardinals

Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation; Whitey and Mary Lou Herzog

Ameristar Casino

John and Michele Carter Family

Slyman Brothers Appliances

Joanie and Alan Protzel, Joe Stone Memorial Golf

MG+M The Law Firm


Crestwood Sunset Hills Kiwanis Club

Steve and Ann Haupt Family

Ken and Karen Vonderahe Family

PASCO; Sandy Elfrink

Hammond Family; Crestwood Tubulars

Jan and Sam Orlando


Ralph and Marie Kelly

Giergana Gouneva




For more information about Rainbows for Kids CLICK HERE.




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