This year’s event will be a virtual event with a private concert and heartwarming video clips. Winners of the three raffles will be drawn. More information is forthcoming.

You can register for the event or sign up for a sponsorship online now.

All proceeds from the event will support SEF and its mission to give children who are deaf or hard of hearing the gift of sound, thus helping those students served by Special School District (SSD) achieve success in and beyond the classroom.

Dianne Arbeiter was a 25-year SSD employee who headed the deaf and hard of hearing program. She lost her battle with cancer in 2001. Her dedication to students with hearing disabilities inspired her co-workers and family to organize an evening to honor Dianne’s commitment to the students she served. The “Gift of Sound” event promises to be an exciting evening of fabulous entertainment and great food. Rumors Acoustic Combo, featuring Paula Berner, will perform and Billy G’s will provide delicious, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets to attend are $100, and all proceeds benefit SEF.

For more information, contact Jeanine at 314-394-7030 or email

These prizes will be available to win in the raffle:

West End Weekend – Value $500
Deluxe room for two at the fabulous Chase Park Plaza Sonesta Hotel, dinner for two in The Tenderloin Room, movie passes, and more.

The Big Chill – Value $400
Large Lucite ice chiller filled with premium liquor, fine wine, and craft beer.

Designer-Inspired NecklaceValue $300
Handpainted beaded necklace.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event.