The "Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center" invites the public in joining them as they celebrate the 14th Annual Diamonds Gala. This year’s event titled “Partners for a Cure: A Friends Shindig" will be held from 5:30 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel, located at 1335 S. Lindbergh Boulevard in Frontenac, Missouri.
Since 2002, the Friends organization has held the annual Diamonds Gala in support of the world-renowned Saint Louis University Liver Center and the life-saving research and treatment they provide to patients from all over the world.
This year’s Diamonds Gala has a “Wild West” theme, and the evening’s festivities will include a cocktail reception, a sumptuous three-course sit-down dinner, raffle baskets and a live auction with fabulous prizes. The Friends are planning a special presentation highlighting two pediatric patients who had liver transplants. There will also be the 2016 presentations of the “Naomi Judd” and the “Volunteer of the Year” Awards.
Tickets for the 2016 “Diamonds” Gala are $250 per person, or a table of ten is available for $2,250.
The Diamonds Gala event is the annual signature fundraiser of the Friends organization, which supports the research efforts of the world-renowned Saint Louis University Liver Center for the treatment and cure of liver diseases, and promotes understanding and awareness of liver disease. All money raised by the organization stays in the St. Louis area to perform life-saving research and treat patients in St. Louis.
The Friends organization has raised and donated more than $3.6 million for the Saint Louis University Liver Center since its inception. The funds support the critical infrastructure of the Liver Center, from faculty salaries to visiting professorships and patient-oriented seminars and research.
By leveraging the donations of the Friends, the Liver Center is able to use the funds as “seed grants” for investigators to gather preliminary research data that in turn generates larger grants from outside sources. This seed grant process has generated $17.2 new dollars from outside the region for every $1 raised locally.