It's Time to Ring Out Hope
Ring Out Hope guests represent an exclusive group from our community coming together to significantly improve mental health statistics by advocating, learning about, and investing in MHA-EM’s dream for our community. Because of guests like you, we are changing the way mental health conditions are talked about and treated.
Your attendance and participation at Ring Out Hope is what ensures the St. Louis community can move forward into a future that breaks the pervasive stigma surrounding mental health and grants access to critical resources for those looking to improve their wellbeing. We look forward to having you as our guest!
What to Expect
Count on MHA-EM’s Ring Out Hope to be a night you won’t forget! A cocktail party with scrumptious appetizers, live entertainment, and networking kicks off the night. You’ll then enjoy a delicious dinner, an engaging program, and more dancing with live entertainment. You’ll leave filled with renewed hope that we are all doing our part to break the stigma that surrounds mental health that MHA-EM programs continue to be a source of hope for our community.
Did we mention this is your chance to network with like-minded individuals? Our guests are respected members of the St. Louis community who come from a variety of industries that share one common value: prioritizing mental health. Whether that be their employees, family members, friends or themselves, they are setting the stage for how we break the stigma personally and professionally.
Meet Our Gala Chair
Sierra Thompson serves as Vice President of Business Development at Evntiv, an event design and production agency based in downtown St. Louis. As Vice President at Evntiv, Sierra and her team partner with dozens of nonprofits each year to help them raise much-needed funds while designing an unforgettable guest experience. Over the years, she has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for the Mercy Health Foundation, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, BJC Healthcare, Washington University in St. Louis, Arch Grants, Concordance, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas, Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, and many more.
Levering her strategic nonprofit event production background coupled with her passion for philanthropy, Sierra also raised her hand to volunteer on our very own MHA Gala Committee. Two years later, Sierra and the committee, have transformed our annual gala into what is now known as "Ring Out Hope" - focusing on our mission and unique identity in the mental health space.
Now, we're pleased to share that Sierra is stepping into a new role - Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri's Gala Chair!
"Outwardly, it's clear how much I love and believe in the power of in-person celebrations. However, what many may not know is the "why" behind my passion. After losing my younger brother, Jordan Preavy, to suicide in 2012, I found that my coping mechanism was to seek out transformative opportunities to change my hardship into healing. Along with my family, I did this by dedicating myself to focusing on building communities including founding multiple nonprofits in my late brother's name as well as writing and passing a law in the state of Vermont where we were born and raised. Now, ten years later, having the opportunity to serve as Gala Chair for MHA feels like a sign from Jordan that we're still on the right path."