LEF Events

ANNUAL SPRING GALA

SPORTS TAKE CENTER STAGE

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When the decision was made to focus the LEF's Spring Gala on physical education and sports programs in the district, the 2018-19 school year had just begun, and no one knew how many championships Ladue Schools teams would win this year. Ladue Horton Watkins High School saw its football team and Girls' Swim/Dive Team win state championships (the first time in 43 years), in addition to a Class 3 Wrestling state championship by Jake Mann (the first time in 53 years). 

In addition, the LHWHS Boys' Basketball Team went to the Final Four for the first time in school history, ultimately taking third place in the state finals. In fact, the keynote speaker for Innovation Celebration, Ben Newman ('97) worked with the basketball team in preparation for their tournament. "I am so proud of this team," Ben said. "This is such a great, great group of kids and their hearts are so big...they inspire me!" Ben is a highly regarded Performance Coach, International Speaker and Best-Selling Author, whose clients include Fortune 500 companies and professional athletes in the NFL, PGA, NBA, MLB, UFC and NCAA. Ben is looking forward to speaking at the LEF gala, commenting, "I love the opportunity to give back to Ladue."

As farsighted as the LEF's choice of theme for Innovation Celebration may seem, the foundation's decision to focus on athletics was simply a testament to the excellence of physical education and sports programs in the district. These teachers, coaches and programs have been consistently supporting Ladue Schools students for years. Physical education is offered five days a week in all Ladue School District elementary schools. As medical research continues to demonstrate the importance of physical activity on both healthy growth and academic performance, the LEF is proud to shine a light on the excellent programs in the district.

We hope you'll join us on April 12!

INNOVATION CELEBRATION: SPORTS EDITION

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:30-11 p.m.
Jewish Community Center Sports Arena
2 Millstone Campus Dr., Creve Coeur, MO 63146
 

INNOVATION CELEBRATION: SPORTS EDITION PROGRAM

  • Cocktails and Dinner

  • Games and Entertainment, featuring the LHWHS Pep Band and the Laduettes

  • Nutritious Smoothie Tasting with the LHWHS Catering Club

  • Pop-up Shop with State Championship Football and Just ’Due It Gear

  • Silent Auction

  • Live Auction, Assisted by Ladue Schools Athletes

Dress Code: Cocktail or Creative Sports Attire (anything from dresses to jerseys!)

Click here for information about sponsorship opportunities.

PURCHASE TICKETS

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The Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association (LEF) invites alumni, parents and the community to celebrate and support innovation in Ladue schools. This year, we highlight sports and physical education at our annual spring gala, “Innovation Celebration: Sports Edition.”

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:30-11 p.m.
Jewish Community Center Sports Arena
2 Millstone Campus Dr., Creve Coeur, MO 63146

As medical research continues to demonstrate the importance of physical activity on both healthy growth and academic performance, the LEF is proud to shine a light on the excellent programs in the district. 

INNOVATION CELEBRATION: SPORTS EDITION PROGRAM

  • Cocktails and Dinner

  • Games and Entertainment, featuring the LHWHS Pep Band and the Laduettes

  • Nutritious Smoothie Tasting with the LHWHS Catering Club

  • Pop-up Shop with State Championship Football and Just ’Due It Gear.

  • Silent Auction

  • Live Auction, Assisted by Ladue Schools Athletes

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Ben Newman, Ladue School District alumnus (‘97), a highly regarded Performance Coach, International Speaker and Best-Selling Author, whose clients include Fortune 500 companies and professional athletes in the NFL, PGA, NBA, MLB, UFC and NCAA.

Dress Code: Cocktail or Creative Sports Attire (anything from dresses to jerseys!)

Click here for information about sponsorship opportunities.
 

PURCHASE TICKETS

DR. CHUCK MCKENNA TO BE HONORED BY LEF

When Ladue School District retiree Dr. Chuck McKenna was promoted from Administrative Assistant to Superintendent in 1971 after eight years at the district, he had big shoes to fill. His predecessor, Dr. Ivan Nicolas, was in that role for 29 years, which was an unusually long tenure for a superintendent in any school district. But in 2000, when McKenna retired, it was 29 years later, completing for him a 37-year career at Ladue. “I didn’t set out to stay that particular length of time,” he says, “but being there was such a wonderful opportunity, I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. Ladue was unbeatable. I participated in many superintendent groups across the country, and in my opinion, there was no place better to be.”

McKenna says he feels fortunate to have been affiliated with Ladue, a district he calls a wonderful place to work. “It was really ideal,” he says. “I feel forever grateful to have had that opportunity. I was fortunate to be in a school district with not only talented teachers, but also talented students.” While he is especially proud of the 90% college-bound graduation rates that Ladue School District boasted during his tenure, he is also pleased about the non-academic programs the school offers, which he feels affords students a well-rounded education. “I attended hundreds of musicals and debates and thousands of athletic events,” he says, which he considers some of the highlights of his career. According to McKenna, the programs, as well as the academic offerings, gave students opportunities they might not otherwise have had if they had gone a non-public route. “Ladue loses students to non-public schools, and while people may see the smaller class sizes as a benefit, the programs Ladue has been able to offer often encompass a broader scope. We have high-level courses in math and science as well as many more extracurricular options, like the pep band or the student musicals, which I looked forward to seeing every year.”

McKenna is proud of the level of excellence the district was able to maintain during his time there, and notes that that distinction has not changed since his departure. What has changed, however, is the high school campus, which he is looking forward to seeing when he comes back on Sept. 29 as the Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association Breakfast’s honorary guest. “To quote Harry Carey, it is a magnificent edifice! The success of the new high school is so wonderful for our district," he believes. McKenna’s legacy is being played out in even more ways than the bar he set for the district in his role as Superintendent—his youngest grandson is a freshman this year at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, keeping the McKenna tradition at the Ladue School District going strong!

For Annual Breakfast information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit our website.