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Helping Wings of Hope to fly

Marilyn and Jay Rickmeyer, Paul and Lisa Rolwes, Jeff Rickmeyer                       (Photo courtesy of Blacktie-Missouri)

Marilyn and Jay Rickmeyer, Paul and Lisa Rolwes, Jeff Rickmeyer (Photo courtesy of Blacktie-Missouri)

On Saturday, Oct. 11, at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Wings of Hope honored the many supporters, donors and volunteers who help the 52-year-old humanitarian charity make a real difference in the world.

The themed celebration was called “On the Road to Wings of Hope,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 1940s-era Bob Hope/Bing Crosby “On the Road” comedies. Hope, along with his wife, Delores, were among the first members of Wings of Hope’s honorary council.

About 200 guests enjoyed a buffet of global culinary treats prepared by Wings of Hope President Doug Clements and other staff members.

The crowd then danced the night away to the big band sounds of Gateway City Big Band. Traditional Nepalese dancers added to the night’s international ambience.

Wings of Hope delivers humanitarian programs to the poor in 47 countries, including the U.S. Its domestic Medical Relief and Air Transport Program helps thousands of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses access specialized care at the country’s top medical facilities.

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