02/06/14 – Community Living, Inc. to Host 14th Annual Legacy Ball

Community Living, Inc. (CLI) is inviting area residents to join the organization for its annual Legacy Ball event, where it will once again recognize the many positive contributions made by a pair of local leaders to area individuals with disabilities in the St. Charles area and the community as a whole. The special fundraising gala, which will take place March 7 at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, will feature a travel theme designed to take guests around the globe. Attendees will enjoy a wine dinner, oral and silent auctions, live music from the band Separis!, and are encouraged to get into the spirit of the event by dressing in attire highlighting their country of origin. During the evening, CLI will also present its 14th annual Community Living Legacy and Community Volunteer of the Year awards. Proceeds from the event, which is one of St. Charles County’s premier galas, benefit the over 900 individuals with disabilities and their families that are served by CLI.

J. Todd Gentry, Special Needs Financial Planner with MetLife, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Community Living Legacy Award. The St. Charles native is being honored for his work to serve families in need of retirement and special needs planning assistance. Outside the office, his community involvement is highlighted by his service on numerous boards and committees, including the Down’s Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, the St. Charles County Roads board, the O’Fallon, Mo., Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Children’s Hospital Advisory Board.

During the gala, CLI will also present its Community Volunteer of the Year award to Patt Holt, founder of the Patt Holt Singers Group. A St. Charles resident since the 1960’s, Holt began her career as a teacher at St. Charles Borromeo, where the Patt Holt Singers were first formed. Over the years, members of The Holt Singers have toured the world and continue to entertain and perform for special needs groups, veterans, nursing home residents, retirement center residents and at fairs, festivals and conventions across the U.S. As a proud supporter of CLI, Holt has donated performances for CLI events and also donated shows to be used by the organization as auction items. She is being recognized by CLI for her generous contributions to the organization and the community at large.

“As one of the most distinctive and sophisticated galas in St. Charles County, the Legacy Ball is always a highlyanticipated event, and one that plays a a very important role in helping our organization continue our work to enrich the lives of people with disabilities in St. Charles County,” said Barb Griffith, President and CEO of Community Living, Inc. “We are looking forward to celebrating the remarkable contributions of J. Todd Gentry and Patt Holt, and invite and encourage the community to join us for this elegant night out for a good cause.”

Tickets for the gala are available at http://www.legacyball2014cli.eventbrite.com or by calling Barbara James, Annual Giving Coordinator, at (636) 970-2800. Now through Feb. 13, single seats are $100. After that date, tickets can be purchased for $125. Tables seat ten. While attendees may choose to dress in attire highlighting their country of origin, black tie is optional. A number of sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available. For information on tickets, sponsorships and other general event details, visit www.cliservices.org.

About Community Living Inc.

Enriching the lives of people with disabilities.  This mission has guided Community Living to be a premier provider of programs and services for people with disabilities in St. Charles County. Our mission and programs reach over 900 individuals and their families.  From children to seniors, Community Living provides people with disabilities the opportunity to learn, live, grow, and play in the community, which makes the community inclusive, diverse and a better place to live.  For more information about Community Living, visit www.cliservices.org.

For more information, contact:

Barbara James, Community Living, Inc., (636) 970-2800