For many organizations and nonprofits, annual galas are a major source of funding that are mostly impossible to make happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But one St. Louis hotel has a new solution.
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is now offering a package that allows would-be gala guests to participate in an organization's festivities from the comfort and safety of their own home. The "Gala To-Go" features some of the most key aspects of a typical gala: a three-course meal, wine pairings and instructions on how to participate in virtual auctions to raise funds in a socially-distanced way.
“For many organizations and non-profit groups, annual galas are essential in raising money to fund efforts for the year while connecting with local supporters,” Kristen Swidrak, director of catering and conference services, said in a press release.
Each gala to-go is created when an organization sits down with the Four Seasons team to curate a menu for their digital event. Then, the organization can pick up the packages, which come in a black Four Seasons box, and deliver them to participants, or participants can pick them up via drive-thru from the hotel. For those who want an extra-special experience, the menu can even be curated by Gerard Craft and the team at Cinder House, the hotel's restaurant.
“We are a full-service option for celebration; whether it be an intimate gathering in-person, hybrid to-go option, or fully virtual event. Our talented team can deliver an unforgettable experience for a group of any size,” general manager Alper Oztok said.
Organizations who want to book a gala to-go can reach out to Swidrak for a consultation.
999 N. Second St., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.881.5759, fourseasons.com/stlouis