Talk Toast Taste 2021
Friday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
STL 50/50 Charity Raffle
STL 50/50 Charity Raffle holds one raffle per month featuring a different charity each time. 50% of raffle sales will be awarded to the person with the winning ticket and 50% will be given to a charity improving our region. It’s a win-win!
As one of the last locally-owned newsrooms, we are rooted in the community on which we depend for support. We succeed only to the extent that we enrich the lives of listeners, inform and educate the community about important issues, reflect the rich diversity of our audience and engage them in meaningful conversations.Get Tickets
Host and Executive Editor of The World
Marco Werman is the host and Executive Editor of the The World from PRX, WGBH and the BBC. Marco leads a team of producers, reporters and contributors who, every weekday, explain the unsettling events and diverse people of the planet for an audience hungry for perspectives from outside the US. On a daily basis, Marco might be talking to a refugee in Syria, a protestor in Hong Kong or Ronan Farrow, artist Ai We Wei or John Kerry in The World’s Boston studios.
Marco was part of the team that created The World and since then has won an Emmy award in 2006 for his Frontline documentary about political changes in Libya. He has reported around the globe in dangerous situations and spent years covering West Africa for the BBC and other news organizations. He also plays jazz and blues violin, and is currently writing a novel based on the life of his grandfather.Our Special Guest is sponsored by the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Star of New York’s Production of Hamilton
Don’t miss your shot to see a performance by Miguel Cervantes during Talk Toast Taste and bid on a chance to see Hamilton live in New York!
Our live program will feature an exclusive performance from Miguel Cervantes, currently starring as Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production of Hamilton in New York. THEN join the live auction to bid on a pair of tickets to the return of Hamilton on Broadway, including an on-stage meet and greet with the stars and more!Our Musical Guest is sponsored by Tom & Sally Cohn and the Ellenwood Fund.
Our Virtual Auction is sponsored by Emerson.
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“Don’t Throw Away Your Shot” New York, NY Broadway Package
“Can’t contain myself!” Experience St. Louis’ First Container Home
A Glen Echo Country Club Golf Experience with Diane Sher
Hand-Crafted Blue Geode Guitar
Carol House Gift Card
Butler’s Pantry Holiday Meal package
Southern BBQ Kit with Chef Tregaye Fraser
Mixology with Ian Phillips
Gnocchi Making with Chef Michele Ragussis
Plates of Persia with Chef Penny Davidi
Romantic Bali Escape “Bali Hai may call you” Amed, Bali
Bahia Cabo Luxury Boutique Hotel on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Fairmont Banff Springs
Calistoga Getaway in Napa Valley
We have gathered so many exciting auction packages for the St. Louis Public Radio annual gala, Talk, Toast, Taste! But any one of these could be yours if you buy a golden ticket! $100 gets you a 1 in 100 chance to win the auction item of your choice!
Our Golden Ticket Raffle is sponsored by Carol House Furniture.Sold Out
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
For 50 years, Diane Katzman has been a passionate public radio ambassador. She has served St. Louis Public Radio as Board Chair, and she co-chaired the station’s Capital Campaign. She has served on nearly every board committee, organized station events, and pitched on-air fund drives. A 2007 Golden Microphone honoree, Diane Katzman Design, created branded jewelry and accessories for NPR and St. Louis Public Radio, as well as hundreds of other non-profits and Fortune 100 companies. Diane’s commitment to St. Louis is evident in the boards she serves and the art she creates for local institutions. She is a founding board member of the Touhill Performing Arts Center, ACLU’s Liberty League, Planned Parenthood’s Women’s Leadership Circle, and Concordance Academy of Leadership.
Golden Mic Award Winner
Shanti Parikh, Ph.D., is Associate Chair of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and a Fellow with the Institute of Global Health. As a feminist scholar, writer and activist, Professor Parikh is a highly acclaimed researcher, consultant and speaker of racial justice, gender inequalities, and community empowerment.
Dr. Parikh’s dedication to justice and rights-based causes dates to her high school and college days, when she was a leader in the local NCAACP youth chapter, in the student anti-Apartheid activities on her college campus, and in designing a community participatory manual as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in in Kenya. Since moving to St. Louis 20 years ago, she has been an active player in racial, reproductive and economic justice. She served as the Board Chair of Planned Parenthood, Vice Chair of St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Financial Chair of the Deaconess Foundation, Board Chair of Professional Organization of Women, and on the boards of St. Louis Public Radio, Safe Connections, Clayton Community Foundation, and the Danforth Plant Science Center Leadership Council.
Originally from Maryland, Dr. Parikh received her B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia and a PhD from Yale University in sociocultural Anthropology. She was the first Black woman to be promoted to tenure in Arts & Sciences at Washington University. Her husband Jason Wilson owns Northwest Coffee Roasting Company and is on Clayton’s Board of Education, and they have two sons Jason (13 years old) and Julian (11 years old)
Vantage Credit Union
Golden Mic Award Winner
Vantage Credit Union has been a sponsor of St. Louis Public Radio for the last 5 years. Their initial sponsorship was $16,000, however since then they have increased their sponsorship with their 2020 total being $30,000. In 2019, they sponsored the first Photojournalism Prize event. Since the beginning of their sponsorship in 2016, they have given a total of $110,580 net. As a credit union, it’s part of their mission to support and give back to the community. (‘People Helping People’ is the credit union philosophy.) For Vantage specifically, their core stated purpose is ‘Enhancing your life, strengthening our community.’ Their employees and members come from all walks of life, regardless of their race, gender or socio-economic background.
Jia Lian Yang
Mary Edwards Award for Staff Excellence
Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast. Previously, Jia served as the Public Programs Manager at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
2021 Event Co-Chairs
John Brase & Ed Giganti
Elizabeth & Ian Larson
Katherine & Dan Mauzy
Anne & Brad Bishop
Sara & Joseph Bosco
Erika & Anthony Brown
Sally & Thomas Cohn
Michelle & Peter deSilva
Chris & Tom Eschen
Molly & Steven Frank
Jason Hall & Justin Kern
Karen Handelman & Marc Hirshman
Rachel & Jake Hirshberg
Peggy & Mark Holly
Linda & Michael Honigfort
Molly Hyland & Curt Ittner
Diane & David Katzman
Megan & Paul Kohnen
Ida & Jake Kohut
Charlotte & John Martin
Keri & Matt McBride
Stacey & Stuart Morse
Libbyanne & John Nguyen
Eriko Clevenger & Anthony Pope
Nancy & Al Rose
Claire Schenk & Richard Greenberg
Jenifer & Willem Schilpzand
Pam & Andrew Schlichter
Patricia & Ken Schutte
Gina and Travis Sheridan
Cristy & Emery Skolfield
Rochelle & Jonathan Smith
Sarah Smith & Dick Fleming
Kristin Sobolik & Scott Peterson
Susanne Franza Valdez
Phyllis & Terry Weiss
Patricia Whitaker & Dick Miles
Miriam Wilhelm & Eric Friedman
Jennifer Williamson & Allan Connolly
Kiley & Tim Yeaglin
As of February 25, 2021