Good morning.

My friends are throwing a benefit to raise money for victims of violent crime, and to raise awareness about crime/crime prevention in the city of St. Louis, and I am hoping maybe you can help me.

I guess I’ll start from the beginning,

Two weeks ago my best friend was shot in the head at Lafayette and Grand.
An article about it can be found here:

She’s been in the ICU at SLU since it happened.
We’ve decided to hold a benefit to raise funds for not only her, but for other victims of violent crime. We want our community to come together and discuss solutions to the problem of violence, instead of leaving it for someone else to solve.

Residents and local government need to come together for once and work on a solution. We’re hoping that this event might light a spark within people to get more involved in their local neighborhoods, or at the very least, have a serious discussion about violent crime, and how we can work with our local politicians, to make the city a brighter, safer place for its residents.

A representative from the Crime Victim Advocacy Center will be present to answer questions and hand out information.

Alderman Fred Wessels (13th Ward, Bevo area), Alderwoman
Jennifer Florida (15th Ward, Tower Grove South area), Alderman Stephen Conway (Ward 08, Shaw area), and Alderwoman Marlene Davis, representing the ward Laura was shot in, will be coming by to show their support. Jeanette Mott-Oxford, representing St. Louis in the Missouri House of Representatives will also be stopping by.

I would like to cordially invite you to our benefit. Novak’s Bar & Grill was kind enough to offer their space to us on June 2, from 12-6. There will be a raffle, silent auction, live music, and drink specials (Novak’s will be donating a portion of the drink sales to the cause), among other things. If we have people coming in who are working within the community to make St. Louis a better place, we hope light a spark within other people to actively engage in crime prevention, even with an act as simple as getting to know your neighbors. The event will be really informal. Once an hour, we’ll get on the microphone, make any announcements about who’s in attendance, and if you’d like to speak out about community involvement you can, but if not that’s okay too! Just your presence alone would be really appreciated.

We want to put up a poster with a list of things people can do to get involved in crime prevention. If you have any contributions to the list, I would really appreciate it. As someone who paid very little attention to the crime rate in St. Louis until now, I’m probably not the best person to create this list.

I’m attaching the event flyer, and the event page is located here:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 314.401.6075 or email

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Erica Threnn