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The Dan McLaughlin Charity Golf Tournament and Auction is Just Days Away

Special Education Foundation Golf Ball

We are now just a few days away from the 21st Annual Dan McLaughlin Charity Golf Tournament and Auction, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be part of this event!

While the deadline to donate through payroll deduction has passed, there is still time for SSD staff to participate in the SEF's Kid-to-Camp Challenge by donating on our website.

When $50 is donated, you receive Pretzel Boys coupons (a local favorite!); $100 will earn a one-of-a-kind SEF T-shirt that coincides with the theme of this year's tournament, "Get in the Spirit"; donors of $250 or more receive a $25 gift certificate to the Giannino's Restaurant group.

Thank you to the more than 230 SSD staff who have already donated over $13,000 to support SEF and help send kids to camp!

Purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win 100 Missouri Lotto Scratch-Offs. The SSD school that sells the most raffle tickets will win a delicious lunch provided by the Special Education Foundation and the Red Apple Trophy!

If you would also like to purchase raffle tickets, click here to complete your entry online. Tickets are one for $5 and three for $10. If you have any questions, please contact Events Manager Jill Salinas at (314) 394-7072 or

Eats, Drinks, and Prizes

Be part of the Happy Hour event and your chance to win amazing prizes! Attendees will be greeted upon arrival at 4:00 PM, where they can bid on carefully curated auction items by Tournament Coordinator Patty Benner and other golf committee members. There will also be one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia items to bid on provided by Dan McLaughlin.

Dan will welcome all the golfers and attendees, share a brief tournament history, and thank our participating sponsors. He will then put on his auctioneer hat for the exciting Live Auction! This is definitely something you won't want to miss– there is still time to purchase a ticket to join us! Click here to register for this year's Happy Hour Buffet and Live Auction now!

Prizes Aplenty and Up for Bidding

Here are just a few fantastic items up for bidding. Whether you want a chance to win a weekend getaway, tickets to exciting sporting events, or the chance to dine at some of St. Louis' finest restaurants, you can't win if you don't play.

  • The Taste of St. Louis Package is sure to be a hit on October 9th. The winner of this item will take home 4 all-inclusive seats to a St. Louis Blues Hockey game, various gift cards to exquisite restaurants in the city, and a wonderful night's stay at the Hotel St. Louis. The Special Education Foundation's Women Leaders' group generously donated the gift cards that are included in this package. This group not only runs their own fundraisereach spring, but have been great supporters of the tournament throughout the years.
  • A luxury suite at Busch Stadium infuses the thrill of watching the Cardinals with the elegance of first-class entertainment. The moment you step into the suite, you're greeted by an ambiance that exudes luxury and comfort. This package is more than just attending a game itself; it's a chance to build connections and create lasting memories in a rare setting.

Want more sports? A few other items for bid this year are a Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers experience at Lambeau Field, a Golf Cart Pub Crawl on the Hill package, and and plenty of sports memorabilia.  

We are also excited to bring back our Pappy Van Winkle 10-Year Bourbon raffle, a crowd favorite!

Valued at $1,500 and from a distillery known for its exceptionally aged bourbons, Pappy Van Winkle has achieved legendary status among connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

Purchase your raffle ticket for a chance to win a bottle of Pappy 10-Year here.

You can also bid on this rare bourbon by joining us on the day of the tournament as a Happy Hour guest. We will have amazing baskets to bid on in our silent auction and incredible experience packages in our live auction. Click here to purchase your ticket today!

We look forward to a fun-filled event this Monday! Every dollar goes back into SEF programs and helps fund students in need, teachers' innovative classroom projects, and school projects to help enhance student learning and ways to gain more independence. Come out and support a great cause!