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In 2002, a frightened and crying four-year-old girl was brought into St. PJ’s Emergency Shelter, along with her six-year-old brother. Due to severe abuse and neglect, they had to be removed from their home. While the case manager was comforting her, she noticed that the little girl was wearing red glittered shoes. When asked, “Where did you get those?” the little girl responded, “My grandma gave me these shoes because someday I am going to go home.”

Those little red shoes, our inspiration for our Red Shoes Gala, have served as a reminder that each child dreams of a special, safe place called home. This year, St. PJ’s will be celebrating its 14th Annual Red Shoes Gala on Friday, May 5th, 2017.

“Home” is how abused and neglected children in our community have referred to St. PJ’s for over a century. While no longer a long term care facility, St. PJ’s reputation ion the community has been built upon the incredibly high level of love and care given to each child during their stay, whether it be for a couple weeks or a couple of months.  As a short-term, emergency care facility, St. PJ’s is home to San Antonio’s children during a very difficult and traumatic time in their young lives.  It is our goal that each child who spends a night at St. PJ’s knows that they are in a safe and loving environment where they can trust that they will be well taken care of. St. PJ’s takes care of hundreds of children each year, and each child that is brought to us is in need of the basic daily necessities that most of us take for granted.

Will you consider helping some of the most vulnerable members of our society in 2017? As a community leader, you can help St. PJ’s make a significant difference by providing a gala sponsorship at the Presenting level: $25,000, Gold level: $10,000, Silver level: $5,000 or Bronze level: $2,500.

You and your guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. Held at the beautiful Rosenberg Sky Room at the University of Incarnate Word, the 14th Annual Red Shoes Gala promises to be a fun-filled and memorable evening. We hope that you will take this opportunity to help the children of St. PJ’s find their own “red shoes” and a way to a safe and happy home. Please take a moment to review the enclosed information. Thank you, in advance, for helping to raise money to care for the children at St. PJ’s.

Thank you to everyone who made 2016 a success! Check back soon for information for 2017!

Become a Sponsors

Check here soon for information on becoming a sponsor for 2017!

Thank you, in advance, for helping to raise money to care for the children at St. PJ’s. There is no greater need and no greater joy than helping a child! Please call Angie Hernandez at 210.222.1294 or email her if you have any questions.

FAQs About the Red Shoes Gala

1) Where does the money go? At least 66% of each individual reservation and 75% of each table sponsorship goes back to the programs for the children of St. PJ’s. St. PJ’s makes the majority of our revenue on the silent and live auction which is why you should bid…and bid often.

2) I don’t make very much to donate.  Even if you donate only $25 to our mission, you are collectively supporting our children. Every.Dollar.Counts.

3)  Are children allowed at the event?  We prefer that children under 18 stay at home where they will have more fun.

4) I know I’ll have more questions later, who should I contact about the event? There are several people at St. PJ’s Children’s Home who are happy to help you!  Call us at (210)222-1294 and ask for Angie Hernandez.