Making Waves Gala

Making Waves Gala

Our inaugural Making Waves gala was held on Thursday, November 18th at Union Station and the St. Louis Aquarium. It was a wonderful celebration of the Aquarium Foundation mission of inspiring marine science education and free Aquarium admissions and programs for underserved audiences. Thanks to our gala sponsors, auction donors, attendees, volunteers, and fund-a-need donors, we raised $388,000! The amazing evening included themed cocktails, animal encounters, after-hours access to the Aquarium, dinner among friends, and an inspiring presentation from our special guest, Fabien Cousteau.

A special thank you goes to our event chair, Linda Hunter, for her support and dedication to making this inaugural event OTTER-ly successful and FIN-tastically fun!

Thank you to our 2021 Making Waves Gala Supporters!

Tidal Wave Sponsors
Hunter Family Foundation

Ocean Shore Sponsors
Corporate Flooring Group

Rising Tide Sponsors
Anne & Doug Albrecht
Ameren Missouri
American Electric & Data, Inc.
Susan & Terry Block
Edward Jones
Fixture Contracting
Robert & Melissa Merlin and the Ray B Marglous Family Foundation
Midwest Elevator Company
Melissa & George Paz
PGAV Destinations
Saint Louis University
Western Specialty Contractors
Harlene and Marvin Wool Foundation
World Wide Technology


Coral Reef Sponsors
Ad Creations
Jay and Heather Brassell
Angelia Cavaness
Susan Lewis
Dr. Charles and Dr. Liz Schmidt
Stray Rescue of St. Louis
Trane Technologies
Virgil and Sandra VanTrease
Nanette Wendel
Daniel Wolfe and Stephanie Turnipseed


Silver Anchor Sponsors
Client Services Solutions
Helen & John Costello
First Bank
Sam & Marilyn Fox Foundation
Frederic Roofing
Bob & Carolyn Guest
Enterprise Bank & Trust/Laura & Jim Lally
Metro Lighting
Jane & Orville Middendorf/Middendorf Holdings
Jane and Thom Sehnert
The Staenberg Group
The Wagner Family


Live Auction Donors
Fabien Cousteau
Explore Green
JiaMin and Michael Dierberg
Georgia Aquarium
Eric Heckman
Linda and Jesse Hunter
Narwhal’s Crafted
Salt + Smoke
St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station
St. Louis Blues


In-kind Donors
Advertisers Printing
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Carol Daniel
Ironman Sound Industries
Lodging Hospitality Management
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Gala Committee

Linda Hunter

Robert O’Loughlin
Steve O’Loughlin

Sarah Bundy
Alissa Duel
Emily Fondahn
George Ladd
Laura Lally
Alex Lee
Melissa Merlin
Rob Merlin
Peggy Ritter
Maggie Skeffington
Nancy Suelflow
Sunny Unnerstall.
Kellie Vahey