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GALLERY: Justice for All Ball pulls in record crowd

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Attorneys Mike Downey, founder of newly-created Downey Law Group, and Tom Weaver, a partner at Downey's former firm, Armstrong Teasdale, chat at the Justice For All Ball Saturday night at the Hyatt in downtown St. Louis. The gala event, marking the 25th anniversary of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, drew its biggest crowd ever. Standing at right is Beth Downey. Photos by: KAREN ELSHOUT

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St. Louis License Collector Mavis Thompson, on left, persuades St. Louis County Bar Association Executive Director Jill Lang, on right, to bid on wine at the Justice For All Ball on Saturday.

Justice for all ball

St. Louis divorce attorney Tom Lang, on left, and Dan Glazier, executive director of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, are interviewed by Wes Murrell of Coolfire Studios at the Justice For All Ball Saturday night. Lang is the originator of the event.

Justice for all ball

Emerson general counsel attorneys Nicole Cameli, Lainie Gault, Danny Thomas, and Jennifer Lorentz talk during the silent auction before the Justice For All Ball dinner Saturday night. On the far left is David Harris, of Greensfelder, and Michele Lowe.

Justice for all ball

Joyce Capshaw, a principal at Carmody MacDonald, and criminal defense attorney Scott Rosenblum enjoy a drink together at the cocktail hour prior to the event.

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8th U.S. Circuit Judge Ray Gruender and his wife Judy discuss the timing of the auction close.

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Thomas and Toni Douaihy take a selfie with Oscar at the Justice For All Ball.

Justice for all ball

Thompson Coburn Chairman and former Dancing with the St. Louis Stars contestant Tom Minogue twirls his wife Becky on the dance floor Saturday night at the 25th anniversary Justice For All Ball .

Justice for all ball

Saint Louis University Law School Dean Michael Wolff and Crista Hogan, of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, enjoy the tunes of the Charles Glenn Band on the dance floor.

Justice for all ball

Patti and Richard Dowd bust a groove on the dance floor.

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Armstrong Teasdale writer and editor Gail Appleson and her date, Guillermo A. Rodríguez., dance to the Charles Glenn Band.

Attorneys Mike Downey, founder of newly-created Downey Law Group, and Tom Weaver, a partner at Downey's former firm, Armstrong Teasdale, chat at the Justice For All Ball Saturday night at the Hyatt in downtown St. Louis.  The gala event, marking the 25th anniversary of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, drew its biggest crowd ever.  Standing at right is Beth Downey.  Photos by: KAREN ELSHOUTSt. Louis License Collector Mavis Thompson, on left, persuades St. Louis County Bar Association Executive Director Jill Lang, on right, to bid on wine at the Justice For All Ball on Saturday.St. Louis divorce attorney Tom Lang, on left, and Dan Glazier, executive director of  Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, are interviewed by Wes Murrell of Coolfire Studios at the Justice For All Ball Saturday night. Lang is the originator of the event.Emerson general counsel attorneys Nicole Cameli, Lainie Gault, Danny Thomas, and Jennifer Lorentz talk during  the silent auction before the Justice For All Ball dinner Saturday night.   On the far left is David Harris, of Greensfelder, and Michele Lowe.Joyce Capshaw, a principal at Carmody MacDonald, and criminal defense attorney Scott Rosenblum enjoy a drink together at the cocktail hour prior to the event.8th U.S. Circuit Judge Ray Gruender and his wife Judy discuss the timing of the auction close.Thomas and Toni Douaihy take a selfie with Oscar at the Justice For All Ball.Thompson Coburn Chairman and former Dancing with the St. Louis Stars contestant Tom Minogue twirls his wife Becky on the dance floor Saturday night at the 25th anniversary Justice For All Ball .Saint Louis University Law School Dean Michael Wolff and Crista Hogan, of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, enjoy the tunes of the Charles Glenn Band on the dance floor.Patti and Richard Dowd bust a groove on the dance floor.Armstrong Teasdale writer and editor Gail Appleson and her date,  Guillermo A. Rodríguez., dance to the Charles Glenn Band.

Planners rolled out the red carpet and set up an overgrown Oscar statuette for the 25th – and largest so far – Justice for All Ball in St. Louis.

More than 730 people registered for the Feb. 21 dinner, dance and silent auction at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, a fundraiser for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, according to information provided by the organization. That’s the largest attendance in the history of the ball, which also got the most sponsorships it had ever received, LSEM Executive Director Dan Glazier said in an emailed statement.

In previous years, the event was held in the Chase Park Plaza and 680 was the maximum attendance for the venue.

Planners tied the ball and silent auction’s silver anniversary to a “silver screen” theme, offering photos and video interviews in a “red carpet area” sponsored by ALIVE Magazine and Grayward Entertainment.

Red carpet hosts Melanie Moon of Fox 2 News and St. Louis designer Laura Kathleen Baker, a finalist in the ninth season of “Project Runway,” also chose “best dressed” winners (men, women and couple) from the red carpet attendees.

Coolfire Studios took the video and will edit it to be put on YouTube. Photos also will be posted in online galleries and attendees will be able to download them. LSEM’s Facebook page will have links to the galleries.

The silent auction of 180 items raised more than $35,000, with the biggest ticket item – a week in a private vacation home in Destin, Florida — going for $2,400. Other high-dollar sales were a week in a Current River cabin donated by the family of Rory Ellinger, a lawyer and state representative who died last year, which sold for $1,925; and a bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye whiskey, which sold for $1,000. Overall, the event is expect to raise more than $100,000 for Legal Services.

The 2015 event committee co-chairs are Stephanie Dorssom and Priscilla Murray. Auction co-chairs are Judy Gorin and Deborah Smiley.

Twenty-one law firms, legal organizations and individuals that contributed a cumulative $6 million over the past 20 years were designated honorary chairs of the event.

High-dollar auction items sales

  • $2,400: Week in a private vacation home in Destin, Florida
  • $2,200: Use of Thompson Coburn suite in Busch Stadium for a game
  • $1,925: Week in a Current River cabin
  • $1,900: Broadway weekend
  • $1,000: Bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye whiskey
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