Thegot a head start on Sunday's Academy Awards with a red carpet theme of its own Friday, as members gathered at the for the chamber's annual auction.
Partygoers entered via a red carpet, where they were treated to pictures courtesy of .
Once inside, there were more than 150 items to bid on in live and silent auctions. There were autographed hockey pucks, sticks and jerseys from T.J. Oshie, David Perron and Yarolslav Halak, along with some creative experiences, like a children's birthday party at a firehouse.
Former local TV news anchor Rick Edlund was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Edlund is now Communications Director for the Show-Me Institute.
In a change from previous years, the event also included awards for the Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year from both Creve Coeur and Olivette. Those honors have traditionally been given around Creve Coeur Days festivities.
This year's recipients are:
- Creve Coeur Fire Captain Mark Foster, who's use of CPR while off duty saved the life of a woman who suffered an aneurism at the station in September.
- Captain Don Kayser, who played an important role in the department's pursuit of CALEA certification and the improvement of several department policies.
- Captain Todd Walters from the Olivette Fire Department, who saw a car spin out and rollover near Interstate 64 and Lindbergh in November while off duty. Walters stayed at the scene, even wiggling inside the vehicle to help calm the driver and retrieve personal belongings.
- Sergeant William Miller from the Olivette Police Department was recognized for his work in the department's school resource and traffic units.