A crowd of nearly 700 packed into a Chase Park Plaza ballroom Saturday for the 24th annual Justice for All Ball, dining on beef tenderloin and prawns, dancing and bidding on nearly 250 auction items.The biggest ticket auction items for the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri fundraiser sold for $1,000 to $6,800 and included: a trip to London and Paris; a happy hour for 40 people at Soulard Irish pub McGurk’s; and the use of Thompson Coburn’s and Bryan Cave’s private suites for Cardinals games. Donors also dipped into private cellars to produce exclusive high-end wines for the auction, Dan Glazier, executive director of LSEM, said in a statement.
A card included in programs announced a shift in the date and venue for next year’s event, to March 14 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event — which holds a high rank on St. Louis attorneys’ social calendars — has been held at the Chase for more than 10 years and on the third Saturday in February since its inception.
The Hyatt didn’t have the February date available, and the event needs room to grow. The Chase can accommodate only 700 guests, with space for the auction, LSEM development director Courtney Simms said in a press release. The organization eventually aims to move back to the February date, the release said.