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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation to host second gala

ST. LOUIS — The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation will play host to its second annual Fundraising Gala on Thursday, Oct. 30, as supporters lace up their sneakers and don their evening attire to raise awareness and funds for the foundation and the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center.

The special evening of “Sequins, Suits and Sneakers” will showcase the center’s programs and the families benefiting from them, while raising funds to assist the center in its mission to provide youth, adults and families with the resources to improve their quality of life.

The Gala, which is sponsored by Ameren, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, St. Louis Cardinals and the East St. Louis Community Fund, will be hosted by Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the Hilton at the Ballpark, with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner and the program starting at 7 p.m.

The JJK Center supports the foundation’s vision to be recognized globally for its comprehensive, youth-driven, education, athletics, spiritual and community-building programs in the Greater East St. Louis region. Today, the center is a safe haven for learning, athletics and play. It provides services to thousands of families and youth in the metropolitan St. Louis area. The center also hosts community meetings and informational seminars, including a financial literacy program and job training for parents and citizens of the Metro East.

The winner of six medals in four consecutive Olympic Games, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. Sports Illustrated Women voted Jackie Female Athlete of the 20th Century, and ESPN named her one of the 50 Greatest Athletes. Since January 2000, the JJK Center has helped fulfill her promise to enhance the lives of children, particularly those in the East St. Louis community, with thousands of individuals served.

Individual Patron Tickets for the Gala are available for $250, Relay Sponsorships cost $1,000 for four guests, and Team Sponsors can secure seating for 10 guests for $2,500.

For more information, additional sponsorship opportunities or to make reservations, contact Michelle Sherod at (314) 749-5606 or Barbara Freeland at (314) 922-3071 or visit

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