Carney’s Kids Foundation 14th Annual “Taste of Restaurant Tuesday” Halloween Spooktacular
Carney’s Kids Foundation, a locally based non-profit that raises money and awareness for children’s charitable organizations, held its 14th annual fall event, “Taste of Restaurant Tuesday Halloween Spooktacular,” Friday, October 25, 2013, 6:30 – 11:00 PM, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis – Clayton. The “Halloween Spooktacular,” comprises the largest fund-raiser Carney’s Kids Foundation coordinates during the year to support its charitable partners.
“Our goal from this event is to raise enough money to give financial assistance to regional children’s non-profits. All money raised goes directly to our charitable partners. The Foundation operates on 100 percent volunteer support,” emphasized John Carney, Foundation founder and chief executive officer, and The Big 550 KTRS personality and host to a midday show that airs from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. http://www.ktrs.com/shows/weekdays/john-carney.
The party had a particularly special significance since it served as a tribute to comedy legend Rahn Ramsey, who lost his struggle with cancer earlier this year. Comedians Dan Chopin, Jeremy Essig, Joe Marlotti, and Dan O’Sullivan performed killer stand-up sets, crediting Ramsey’s influence and perpetuating his memory. Never allowing a dull moment, John Carney and Claire Kellett, KMOV News 4, emceed the frivolity, and Kim Tucci handled the live auction duties.
John Carney’s affinity for fine cuisine and support of the local restaurant community meant no guest left the Halloween Spooktacular undernourished. The first part of the evening offered signature tastings from many St. Louis favorites, including:
- The Block
- Crushed Red
- Jax Cafe
- Lumiere Place/River City Casino
- Maggiano’s Little Italy
- Mike Shannon’s Steak and Seafood
- Pappy’s Smokehouse
- Pasta House Co.
- Sidney Street Cafe
Tickets cost only $75 per person because of the corporate sponsorship from The Otero Corporation,The Bourne Family, The Delmar Gardens Family, EPIC Systems, Inc., Johnny Londoff Chevrolet, SWITCH; Slyman Bros., The Big 550 KTRS, Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup, Joanie’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, First Community Credit Union, Carol House Furniture, McBride & Sons Homes, Esquire Sports Medicine, Flooring Systems, Inc., Red Brick St. Louis, Johnny’s Restaurant & Bar, Metro Lighting, Craig Martin Simon Design, and Superior Building Group. The net funds generated will benefit Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, Litzsinger School, Half the Sky Foundation, Delta Gamma Center, Rainbows for Kids, Ranken Jordan, Gateway Hemophilia Foundation’s “Camp Notaclotamongus”.
Carney’s Kids Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, through public events and media exposure, provides financial support and creates positive publicity for not-for-profit organizations whose primary goal remains to improve the lives of children.
The Foundation supports organizations seeking to enhance the quality of children’s lives by improving their health, both physical and emotional, offering educational assistance, upgrading the the environments of children living outside a family home or supporting families in need, and providing disadvantaged children with pathways to their own potential.
To learn more, please go to the Foundation’s web site located at www.carneyskids.org or call 314.567.6267.