St. Louis Fundraiser: $1M Raised for U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team


St. Louis Fundraiser: $1M Raised for U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team

For the seventh consecutive year, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team celebrated its annual fundraising event in St. Louis, Missouri. This remarkable occasion was graciously hosted by Ron Kruszewski, the CEO of Stifel Financial Corporation, alongside his partner, Amanda Perkins. Each year, this fundraiser becomes a staple in St. Louis, drawing a substantial gathering of several hundred generous donors committed to providing vital support to the U.S. Team’s athletes. The event held on September 23, 2023, achieved a remarkable milestone by raising a record-breaking sum of over $1 million.

The theme for this year’s fundraiser was “Mikaela’s Roadhouse,” an homage to the legendary skier Mikaela Shiffrin. To add a touch of uniqueness to the event, the hosts, Ron Kruszewski and Amanda Perkins, embraced the theme by donning head-to-toe black leather outfits, reminiscent of a high-end motorbike gang. The venue’s decor was a sight to behold, with a prominent Route 88 sign gracing the surroundings, symbolizing Mikaela Shiffrin’s astonishing achievement of 88 World Cup victories.

Mikaela Shiffrin (left) with the hosts Ron Kruszewski and Amanda Lewis. | Picture: Mikaela Shiffrin Instagram

The evening glittered with star power as it featured an impressive lineup, with country sensation Dierks Bentley taking center stage. Joining him were none other than the illustrious U.S. Alpine Team athlete and two-time Olympic champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, alongside the 2022 world champion, Hanna Faulhaber, and the celebrated two-time Olympic medalist, Alex Ferreira, both hailing from the esteemed Stifel U.S. Freeski Team.

The event drew the presence of numerous prominent figures from the world of St. Louis sports. Notable players from the St. Louis Blues, the Cubs, and the Cardinals graced the occasion, adding to the star-studded ambiance.

As a delightful surprise for the audience, Mikaela Shiffrin even shared the stage with Dierks Bentley for a captivating rendition of “I’ll Be the Moon.

The Route 88 decorations at Mikaela’s Roadhouse. | Picture: Mikaela Shiffrin Instagram

What an extraordinary event unfolded in St. Louis this year! I honestly couldn’t have imagined it surpassing the greatness of last year’s gathering. My heartfelt congratulations go out to Ron Kruszewski, Amanda Lewis, and the entire Stifel Financial team for achieving the remarkable feat of raising over $1 million! A heartfelt thank you goes to the St. Louis community for their unwavering support once more.

The St. Louis Event: A Vital Fundraiser for U.S. Ski & Snowboarding

St. Louis plays host to the grandest annual fundraiser for U.S. Ski & Snowboarding, an event of paramount importance. Every dollar generated during this gathering will be dedicated to supporting the U.S. Ski & Snowboard teams. It’s worth noting that the United States does not receive federal funding for its snowsport athletes, necessitating alternative means of financial support. Much of this backing comes from generous corporate sponsorships and the success of fundraising initiatives. The impressive achievement of raising $1 million is poised to make a substantial impact, bolstering the prospects of U.S. athletes as they prepare for the upcoming 23/24 World Cup season.

Infograph on Athlete Funding in the USA. | Picture:


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