RETRO RED 2024 Raises $400,000+

Posted February 10, 2024
DOORWAYS   ~  1101 N. Jefferson Avenue   ~  St. Louis MO 63106

RETRO RED 2024 – A Disco Ball – Welcomed More Than 500 Guests


St. Louis – February 10, 2024    In its 23rd year as the primary fundraising event for DOORWAYS, the 2024 RED Gala welcomed 500+ guests in glittering attire inspired by flashy retro fashions of the iconic New York City night club, Studio 54! The success of the event relies upon the mix of options for guests to select. This includes purchasing event tickets, hosting a table, or becoming a corporate sponsor. The event offers raffle baskets, a fund the need effort, and a live auction. 100 Golden Tickets for the live auction are sold in advance. The winning ticket secures the auction item of their choice. The remaining items are presented during the live auction.

The evening kicked off with a grand reveal of the dazzling Khorassan Ballroom where guests enjoyed a 3-course meal followed by the drawing of the Golden Ticket. The winner took home a trip to Competa, Spain. Fierce bidding then followed with much attention on the highly coveted Taylor Swift ERAS Concert auction package. 

Following dessert, the audience heard from DOORWAYS President and CEO, Opal M. Jones. Each year this event debuts a client success video created by ONCE Films. This year’ video introduced us to Michael and was titled  “I Needed To Be Addicted To Something.” Follow this link to view the video. The guests are now invited to make donations during the Fund the Need challenge, after which the party goers enjoyed Studio “35,” a Studio 54-influenced disco dance party closing the evening’s celebration of the agency’s 35th anniversary year. 

Special thanks to our RED 2024 Corporate Level Sponsors:  Advantage Capital, Ameren Missouri, BJC HealthCare, BSI Constructors, BOCA Pharmacy Group, Centene Charitable Foundation, City Wide Facility Solutions, Commerce Bank, Edward Jones, Enterprise Mobility, Husch Blackwell, Mercy Hospital, Moore Computing, Paul Davis Restoration, Slalom, SSM Health – St. Louis University Hospital, Southampton Community Healthcare, Stifel – Goldberg Zeldin Wealth Management Group, US Bank, ViiV Healthcare, Vivent Health, and Washington University School of Medicine.

Thanks also to Accenture, Busey Bank, Cushman Wakefield, and Gateway Clippers for their support as table sponsors.

Furthermore, this event would not be possible without the volunteers who run everything behind the scenes for months before the event and throughout the evening. Thank you to the event co-chairs Sue and Emma Potts and Ron Jagels and Tim Bahr. The RETRO RED Raffle Committee co-chairs were Rudi J. Bertrand, Michael Brave, and Chris Lintz. Members of the Raffle Committee included Lynn Abernathy, Lynda and Mitch Baris, Kim Bouldin-Jones and Mike Reardon, David Echele, Kylah Green, Jonah Houts, Sandra and Bruce Meadows, Gilberto Pinela, Emma Potts, Sue Potts, tracy Stone, and Neil A. Sturomski.



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 |