Join Lost & Found Grief Center at our annual Evening of Hope on January 27, 2024. Start the new year beautifully by connecting with our community at this meaningful dinner and auction. Our generous sponsors and guests change the lives of children and families in southwest Missouri.
Guests enjoy an evening of delicious dining, unique auction items, and heartfelt programming. Thank you for supporting our grieving friends and neighbors.

Support for Children & Families

Lost & Found Grief Center provides invaluable grief support for children ages four and up and their families. We use our expertise to support grieving people and educate the greater community on how to help those grieving around them. Generous donors who recognize the difficult work of grief make our services possible.
Our annual fundraising gala, Evening of Hope, helps us offer these vital services to the community. Experience an elegant evening of hope and healing as community advocates come together to recognize the need for accessible grief support. All proceeds from the gala help individuals receive therapeutic grief support throughout the year.

For information about sponsorship or how to attend this sold out evening, please email

Schedule of the Night

  • 5:30 pm • Check-in, 52 Card Raffle Sales, Squares Game Sales, Cocktails, & Silent Auction
  • 7:00 pm • Main Silent Auction Closes
  • 7:15 pm • Dinner Service Begins
  • 7:45 pm • Premier Silent Auction Closes
  • 8:00 pm • Heart-Felt Program Begins
  • 8:30 pm • Sponsor a Child, 52 Card Raffle, Squares Game and Live Auction
  • 9:30 pm • Check-out opens


Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad

Smoked Almonds, Goat Cheese, and Champagne Vinaigrette

Duet of Filet Mignon and Halibut

Center-cut Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Rodney Strong Red Wine Demi -Glace

Pan-Seared Halibut with Mango Citrus Vinaigrette

Truffle-Scented Yukon Whipped Potatoes, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

White River Signature Rolls – White and Wheat

Dessert from Amy Cakes

Zebra cake – two layers vanilla almond cake, two layers chocolate cake filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream. Decorated with white buttercream rosettes, chocolate ganache drizzle, dark and white chocolate curls.

Supporting Lost & Found Grief Center at Evening of Hope

Silent Auction

We will have over 80 packages to bid on because of our generous community. An exclusive section of premier items are valued at over $600 and will be available for guests to bid on longer than the main silent auction.

Sponsor a Child

It costs $1,000 to provide therapeutic grief support to one child for a year. For $83 a month you can cover this cost. Our Sponsor a Child Program allows us to provide support at no cost to families.

52 Card Raffle

For $200, you have the chance to win your choice of our live auction items. Our live auction packages value up to $10,000, so this is a steal. This raffle always sells out fast, so come early to grab your chance to win! Playing cards go on sale at 5:30 pm. The runner-up won’t go home empty handed as he/she will receive an item donated by Maxon Fine Jewelry.

Squares Game

For $50 a square, you can write your name in on one of the 100 squares on the board. If the square with your name in it is selected during the Live Auction, you will win a brand new Tag Heuer watch! Sponsored by Maxon Fine Jewelry.

Live Auction

Our live auction items value at $2,000 and up. We will have exclusive trips and experiences for you to choose from. View our Live Auction items below.

Ultimate Kansas City Sports Package

- 4 tickets on the 20 yard line to a Fall 2020 Chiefs game
- Tailgating experience with food and drinks before the Chiefs game
- Signed Patrick Mahomes jersey
- Entire suite for 20 to a Kansas City Royals game in 2020

Wine Cellar Progressive Dinner and Tour

- Three-home Wine Cellar Tour with Wine, Appetizers, Dinner, and Dessert
- Limousine service included

Bourbon Tour at Independent Stave

- Exclusive bourbon (or wine) tour and tasting for 10 guests at Missouri Cooperage in Lebanon
- Limousine service provided between Springfield and Lebanon
- Includes basket of Bourbon

Inlet Beach, Florida Vacation Home

- Oceanview home, 600 yards from Rosemary Beach
- 6 nights/7 days
- Sleeps eight guests - Four Bedrooms (1 King, 1 Queen, Twin Bunk Beds, Twin Bed Trundle) / 2 Bathrooms

Harvest Dinner

- Dinner for 8 at Harvest with Chef Craig von Foerster

Labrador Retriever Puppy

- 9 week old yellow female Labrador Retriever. Grand-dog of the Cabela’s spokes-dog.

Kansas Speedway Hot Pit Experience

- Hot Pit Passes for 4 in May

All For The Hall Nashville

- 4 tickets to the February 10, 2020 "All for the Hall" benefit concert with Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Lauren Daigle, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Ingrid Andress, Brothers Osborne, Luke Tenille Townes and Tanya Tucker
- Chris Stapleton autographed guitar

All-Sports Package

- St. Louis Blues Hockey: 4 tickets in a private suite at Enterprise Center St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars. February 29, 2020
- Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball: 2 tickets in a private suite and a parking pass to OKC Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets. March 20, 2020
- St. Louis Cardinals Baseball: 4 field box tickets and UMB champions club passes to a 2020 regular season home game
- Sporting KC Soccer: 4 tickets to a game of choosing for the 2020 season.
- Mizzou Basketball: 4 tickets behind visitors bench for a game in the 2020-2021 season
- University of Arkansas Football: 4 tickets in a loge box to the Arkansas vs. Tennessee game. October 31, 2020

Best of Both Worlds

The best of both worlds are coming together for two dinners with two amazing chefs, Nicola Gilardi of Nicola’s Ristorante and Pat Duran of Metropolitan Grill.
The first dinner will be for 10 at Metropolitan Grill, with Nicola and his wife Monica joining you with their selection of wines.
The second dinner for 10 will be at Nicola’s with Pat and his wife Cheri joining you with their favorite wines.

Chillaxification Package at Busch Stadium

- 6 tickets for the Chillaxification Stadium Tour with Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium June 13, 2020. Access to indoor/outdoor seating and all the food and drinks you can handle through the exclusive UMB Champions Club
- 3 hotel rooms at The Westin St. Louis the night of June 13, 2020