RETRO RED 2023–A Mardi Gras Ball

Posted February 18, 2023
DOORWAYS   |  1101 N. Jefferson Avenue   |  St. Louis MO 63106

RETRO RED 2023–A Mardi Gras Ball Was Held February 18 at the Hyatt Regency Arch


St. Louis – February 18, 2023    A New Orlean’s-style marching band and parade launched the event, which welcomed more than 500 people ready to celebrate and support DOORWAYS! Each year this gala raises more than $400,000 for DOORWAYS programs and services to support individuals and families battling poverty, homelessness, and chronic illness from HIV. 

In addition to purchasing event tickets, supporters can host a table, become an event sponsor, participate in the raffle baskets, donate during Fund The Need, or join the live auction. 100 Golden Tickets for the live auction sold out days before the event. The winner in the drawing selected their package, and the remaining packages were sold during the live auction. We are grateful to all DOORWAYS friends who donated these auction items!

Following dessert, the audience heard from DOORWAYS President and CEO, Opal M. Jones who introduced a video, donated by Once Films, highlighting a client success story. To view Cory’s story, click here.

Special thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors, donors, and guests who make this event possible. Sue and Tony Potts and Kim Bouldin-Jones with Mike Reardon served as gala chairs. Michael Brave and Christopher Lintz managed the raffle and auction. For a full list of Dinner Committee members, the agency’s board of directors, and all event volunteers, please view the program by clicking here. 

Special thanks to our RED 2023 Presenting Sponsor:  Wells Fargo Advisors. Additional corporate sponsors included Advantage Capital, Ameren Missouri, BJC HealthCare, BSI Constructors, Busey Bank, City Wide Facility Solutions, Commerce Bank, Edward Jones, Enterprise Holdings, Mercy, Slalom, SSM Health, Stifel, Vivent Health, and Washington University School of Medicine.



DOORWAYS offers housing and supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people battling homelessness and illness from HIV and other chronic conditions resulting from a life of poverty. Medical research has led to the development of medications that can render the virus undetectable. An undetectable virus is untransmittable, ending new cases. However, it is nearly impossible for an individual to manage an HIV healthcare regimen without stability within the social determinants of health: housing, nutrition/hunger, income/employment, education/skills-building, community, etc. In response, DOORWAYS has evolved over the years to provide assistive, emergency, flexible, and permanent housing programs; Metro and Outstate subsidies programs to prevent homelessness for those in their own accommodations through rent and utility assistance; and empowerment programs offering food security, pharmacy delivery, behavioral health counseling, employment/income assistance, self-development programming, one-on-one goal management, and linkage to resources. In fiscal year 2022, we served 3,184 men, women, and children in the St. Louis bi-state region. For more information visit:

Karen Carpentier 314-328-2704 |