Rams Start Season with Kickoff Luncheon

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Just before the season home opener, the St. Louis Rams partnered with the team sponsor, Edward Jones, to benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Just before the season home opener against the Minnesota Vikings, the St. Louis Rams partnered with the team sponsor, Edward Jones, to benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis.  The annual Kickoff for Charity Luncheon, that took place at Union Station, attracted a crowd of more than 600 fans and corporate partners.

The event began with a welcome from Steve Savard, the voice of the St. Louis Rams.  Much like how the Rams charge the field on game day after the opening video, the 2014 Rams marched into the ballroom following Head Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead.

Invocation was delivered by Reverend Matt Miofsky from The Gathering here in St. Louis.  Lunch was accompanied with conversation as fans had a chance to interact with a player and get to know him on a personal level.  The players presented the attendees at their table with an autographed item.  Higher-priced tables received a football or mini helmet for each attendee.

The Rams chief operating officer/ executive vice president of football operations, Kevin Demoff spoke briefly about his faith for this year’s season.  Right before the players went back to work on the field, Savard sat down with Head Coach Fisher to discuss the upcoming season.

Also during this event, United Way announced their new fundraising goal.  The 2014 United Way of Greater St. Louis Campaign Chair Scott Schnuck and Co-Chair Mike DeCola revealed a $72.5 million goal.

The event concluded with an auction and raffle drawings. Raffle prizes were a Chris Long authentic jersey; a Tavon Austin autographed football ; and four terrace level tickets and pregame field passes for Monday Night Football when the Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers on October 13, honoring the Super Bowl XXXIV Championship team.  Auction items included pregame field passes and a suite for 12 during the Rams vs. Broncos game, a road trip to Arizona on the team charter as the Rams challenge the Cardinals, and two tickets to Super Bowl XLIX in February.  All of the proceeds from the luncheon, raffle, and auction benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis.