April 13, 2012
Bob Kehm

St. Louis Nonprofits Utilize Chaifetz Arena

Chaifetz Arena has hosted several events for local nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Journey Church and the St. Patrick's Center.

In between the intense Billiken basketball games and heart-pounding concerts, numerous St. Louis non-profits have utilized the flexibility of Chaifetz Arena as a multi-purpose venue for their events.

Hundreds of Girls Scouts in multicolor shirts stand with their arms outstretched on floor of the Chaifetz Arena. Colored dance lights and fog fills the air.
Girl Scouts dance on the floor of Chaifetz Arena to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary. More than 30,000 came out to join the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's celebration. Submitted photo

Highlighting the schedule was the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's 100th Anniversary Birthday Bash on March 31. Nearly 10,000 local girl scouts descended upon Chaifetz Arena and participated in team-building activities, tried on old girl scout uniforms from decades past and painted a Metrobus in the Fred Weber parking lot. The event concluded with a dance party on the Chaifetz Arena floor to celebrate the day.

"Chaifetz Arena has been an engaged community resource since we first opened," said Global Spectrum's Jim Wynkoop, general manager of the arena. "Chaifetz Arena allows local non-profit organizations to grow their events while increasing attendance and participation."

The girl scouts also flooded the concession stands, where Sodexo sold 2,199 hot dogs, 2,113 pretzels, 1,326 orders of nachos and more than 1,200 cups of Dippin' Dots ice cream.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is just one of many local organizations to host an event at Chaifetz Arena this spring. Most recently, Journey Church, an interdenominational Christian church with four area campuses, held their Easter service at Chaifetz Arena for the second straight year. The St. Patrick's Center held the "World's Greatest Sports Trivia Championship" and raised enough money to end homelessness for 71 local families. In February, Chaifetz Arena also hosted more than 500 youth wrestlers from the entire state of Missouri, who competed during the AAU Wrestling Championships. Earlier in March, 5,000 high school students enriched their faith during the Dare2Share two-day ministry conference, and future engineers of the world competed during the FIRST Robotics regional state championship.

Upcoming non-profits hosting events at Chaifetz Arena include:

Go! St. Louis Health and Fitness Expo, which was held Friday-Saturday, April 13-14. More than 30,000 people were expected to attend the Health and Fitness Expo organized by the GO! St. Louis organization, producers of the annual St. Louis marathon. This free event included vendor booths from companies and organizations that promote fitness and healthy living.

Showdown Drumline, taking place Saturday, April 21. The third annual historically black college and university drumline showdown features the nation's best drumlines including teams from Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Washington, D.C. Tickets are $15 and benefit the Showdown Drumline Organization of St. Louis.

A list of all upcoming Chaifetz Arena events can be found at TheChaifetzArena.com, and up-to-date information can be found by visiting the Chaifetz Arena Facebook page.

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