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Light Up the Night at our Inaugural Lotus Ball with Rick Ankiel

Keynote Remarks by Cardinals Come-Back Player Rick Ankiel

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Cardinals pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel reclaimed his life and his pro-sports career after years of challenges preceded by a childhood of domestic violence. Rick’s story is one of tenacity, self-acceptance, and hope that’s sure to inspire.

Join us for premium cocktails, a beautiful light show, dinner, live painting with Megan Rieke, an oral auction (including a signed jersey from Rick) and dancing at the elegant Union Station Grand Hall, one of the city’s finest historical venues. By attending, you are helping us connect to the funds and awareness necessary to end domestic and sexual abuse here in St. Louis.

  • When: Friday, November 3 | 7-11 p.m.
  • Where: Union Station (map it)
  • Reservations: $175 per person/$1,750 Table Sponsor for 10 guests
  • VIP: $250 per person includes an exclusive meet-and-greet reception with Rick Ankiel including a photo with Rick and a signed copy of his book, The Phenomenon
  • Parking: Complimentary valet at the main entrance on Market Street.
  • Contact: Allison at 314.646.7500 x122 with any questions

Who You Are Helping

By being a part of the Lotus Ball, you are helping local survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and past childhood family trauma. Your donations and support allow us to continue to provide counseling and 24-hour crisis care for survivors and award-winning violence prevention programs for local youth—all at no cost to those who count on us.

Last year’s 40th Anniversary Gala was an absolute blast! With more than 330 people in attendance, we raised more than $100,000 that directly supported Safe Connections’ programs. Safe Connections listened to our gala guests and has foregone our Voices Ending Violence fall fundraiser for a new beginning, the Lotus Ball. We are excited to offer this new weekend event, a positive and hope-filled night for our guests! View event photos from 2016.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

The Marc and Marjorie Seldin
Philanthropic Fund






















Husch Blackwell | The Lawrence Group | Philadelphia Insurance
Cannon Design | McMahon Berger | Stonebridge Senior Living | ISC Contracting

For information on becoming a sponsor or to be sent sponsorship benefit levels, contact Deb at 314.646.7500 x101.