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Members Ring in the Season With “Wild Lights”

Lions and tigers and bears oh my not to mention a million lights! That’s what members and guests found at this year’s Holiday Social.

Held at the Saint Louis Zoo on Dec. 11, the 81 members and guests celebrated the season, which included a stroll through the zoo’s holiday wonderland. A million lights and holiday decorations for the annual Wild Lights made for a festive walk through the zoo.

Of course, the social included a scrumptious buffet in the McDonnell Center at River Camp, along with beverages. Members and guests also enjoyed hot chocolate and cordials for dessert.

We did not forget the reason for the season, either, by helping others in need.

Chapter President Jeff Touchette presented a check for $1000 to Heat Up St. Louis. “Winter is the deadliest time of the year, as many house fires are caused by unsafe methods of heating homes,” Jeff noted during the presentation. “There will be an increase in some home energy sources this winter. In addition, many area seniors, the disabled, and households with small critically ill children in the St. Louis region have had high electric bills this past summer.”

The Rev. Earl E. Nance Jr., Chair Emeritus and Treasurer, and Gentry Trotter, Executive Director of Heat Up St. Louis accepted the donation for this great organization. This marks the sixth consecutive year for supporting this organization that helps our region’s less fortunate stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Many thanks to Kristie Gabel with Elite Cuisine and our Special Events Chair for organizing the festivities. It was the perfect setting and way to celebrate the season.