The St. Louis University High community rallied to make this year’s Cashbah auction, themed SLUH Spectacular, a resounding success. The April 9-10 virtual event, led by auction co-chairs Megan Browdy and Susan O’Keefe, raised more than $1 million for the school’s financial aid program.
“We are extremely grateful to our many sponsors, benefactors and volunteers who supported Cashbah,” says President Alan Carruthers. “Their generosity and love for St. Louis U. High helped us to maintain our longstanding tradition of offering need-blind admission for young men from all walks of life.”
The auction culminated with a livestream presentation from the Si Commons on the evening of April 10. During the event, Carruthers recognized Tom Becvar, who retires this summer after an incredible 48-year career at SLUH. Becvar offered moving remarks before a tribute video was shown that included expressions of gratitude from alumni and colleagues.
SLUH Spectacular – presented by Platinum Sponsors Kathleen & Paul Matecki ’74 and Mary & Joseph Stieven ’78, and Gold Sponsors Ameren and Aon – featured stunning vacation packages, exquisite jewelry, distinctive furniture and much more. Generous sponsors contributed more than $440,000 to the event. In addition, alumni, parents and friends donated more than $400,000 for Fund-A-Bill, directly funding full tuition for 19 Jr. Billikens; John Schaefer ‘70 and Pamela Zilla led the way by funding four Bills.
SLUH is providing $4.4 million in direct financial aid to families this school year. All funds raised at Cashbah help to ensure SLUH can admit all students qualified to attend the school, regardless of their families’ economic circumstances. SLUH’s student body hails from 184 grade school and 92 zip codes in the St. Louis metropolitan area, on both sides of the river.