Stranger Than Fiction Raises Funds for Library Programs

SLPL Foundation Raises $188,540 for St. Louis Public Library

Fairytale-themed Event draws 400-Plus Library Supporters

ST. LOUIS –The St. Louis Public Library Foundation hosted 400-plus Library supporters at downtown’s Central Library November 21st for its 2015 fall fundraiser, Stranger Than Fiction: Into the Woods. (photo captions below.) A total of $188,540 was raised to support literacy programs at the St. Louis Public Library.


For one night, Central Library was transformed into a fairytale world with projected lighting and characters costumed as Prince Charming, Cinderella and the Witch. Guests were greeted by the Gateway Mens Chorus performing a medley of songs from the popular musical. Themed fare was provided by Butler’s Pantry Catering, Magic Potion beverages were served, and a myriad of performers and activities filled the festive evening.  The Witch and other mystics looked into crystal balls, read palms and tarot cards and attendees had fun searching for the themed rooms for their own book to swap or take home. Guests created their own “flip book” dressed as various fairytale characters. The evening was topped off by MADCO dancers performing as Cinderella and Prince Charming who then kicked off the dancing to tunes provided by DJ Crucial.


Co-chairs for the event were Alissa Duel and Devon Fischer.

Major sponsors included:  Wish Makers: Ulrike and Tom Schlafly, Spell Casters: Emerson, Alison and John Ferring, Monsanto, Isabelle and Jean-Paul Montupet, Nestle Purina Petcare, Westmoreland Associates, LLC, Glass Slippers: BSI Constructors, Inc., Dowd Bennett, LLP, Hope and Julian Edison, Edward Jones, Stifel Nicolaus, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, Friends of the Forest: Ameren Missouri, Barbara Bryant, Commerce Bank, DFC Group, Lisa and Matt Hall, Lashly & Baer, P.C., Anonymous, Willert Home Products, Magic Beans: AT&T, Bank of America, Catherine and James Berges, Buckingham, Lisa and Tom Carnahan, Barbara and Charles Cook, Dielman Sotheby’s International Realty, Carolyn and Scott Dolan, Deborah and Bob Dolgin, Anonymous, Carolyn and Jim Eiseman, Anonymous, Anonymous, Fox Family Foundation, Jenni and Richard Gemberling, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., Kellie Hynes and Bob Guller, Patricia and Mark Hillis, Linda and Jesse Hunter, Joni and Drew Karandjeff, Ann Liberman, David Mason & Associates, Millstone Foundation, Cindy and Sandy Peters, Polsinelli PC, Quest Management Consultants, Sue and Joe Rechter, Ellen Sherberg and Jerry Rosenblum, Dana and Barry Sandweiss, Mary Anne and Joe Sedey, Mary Ann and Andy Srenco, St. Louis Antique Lighting, Margaret and Jerry Thomasson, Laura and Matt Villa, Sheila Greenbaum and Gary Wasserman, Mary Ann Wymore.


Special thanks to: 100 Percent Wine, Julie and Todd Baur, Gateway Men’s Chorus, Anonymous, MADCO, The MUNY, Neiman Marcus, Pasta House Company, Pearl Vodka, Schlafly Beer, and the Stranger Than Fiction Party Committee.


The St. Louis Public Library Foundation’s 2015 event raised funds to support literacy and after-school programs offered at multiple Library locations throughout the City of St. Louis. Programs funded include; Homework Helpers, Read It Forward, Reading Pays and Summer Reading Club. For information or to donate click here .


About the St. Louis Public Library

The St. Louis Public Library has 17 locations across the city and sees more than 2.3 million visitors each year. The Library has more than 3 million books and items in its collection and more than 83,000 library cardholders. For more information about the St. Louis Public Library and its services, visit


About the St. Louis Public Library Foundation

Created in 1989, the Library Foundation supports the St. Louis Public Library’s programs and services through advocacy, fundraising and building relationships with others who share a passion for the library’s work. For information or to learn how you can support Central Library, visit click here or call Liz Reeves at 314.340.2403.