LUME Institute and UCCC's 12th Annual Concert and Event

Thursday, August 17

6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

Caramel Room at Bissinger's Chocolate Factory

1600 N Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102


Host Committee

Genny Cortinovis and Tom Schmidt

Sherita Haigler

Lea Luchetti

Tricia and Todd Spencer


Fairy Tales Can Come True

Are you unable to attend the concert, but would still like to contribute? Click the donation button below to give a contribution. 


Missouri State Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) tax credits are available to individuals or businesses for sponsorships and gifts of $1,000 or more. Contact Josie at or 314.726.0148 for more information or click here to download a sponsorship packet. We have added some fun and upgraded some of the perks of sponsorship so please check it out!


Year of the Teachers awards funded by:


Thanks to the Kemp Foundation, this is the first year LUME Institute has been able to formally recognize teachers who use their unique talents to focus on the emotional development of children during the crucial early years while committing to the practice of being a lifelong learner.


Join us in celebrating the Year of the Teacher at our annual Fairy Tales Can Come True Concert and Event, set to take place on August 17, 2017 at the Caramel Room at Bissinger's! 

This exciting event benefits UCCC's tuition assistance program and celebrates the LUME-trained teachers that partner with UCCC and the students they guide along the way. Enjoy cocktails, multiple music acts, speakers, and an awards ceremony-all ending with a big reveal. 

Below are the photos from last year's event. 

See you there! 

To view all of the photos from the 2016  event, click here (thank you to photographer Ryan Walsh). To view the photos from Ladue News click here

Proceeds from Fairy Tales Can Come True go directly to our robust Tuition Assistance Program, which makes it possible for UCCC to welcome children from all backgrounds. Thank you for joining us and giving the gift of high quality early childhood education to families who could not otherwise afford it.

2017 Sponsors


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Linda and Michael Honigfort



Leslie and Mark Hood

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First Chairs

Anne and John McDonnell

 Tricia and Todd Spener



Frank Marchiony and Mary Askey

Mark and Scott Bates in Memory of Janet Bates 

Celeste and Brent Baxter

Bertman Family

Lauren and Jeremy Brenner 

Jean and Lewis Chase

Bridget and Peter Desloge

Diana and Richard Fine

Josie McDonald and Jan Huneke

Frances Gershon Freiden Klein Fund

Lee C. Kling 

 Kristi and Dan Luechtefeld

Sandy and Jerry Mathews

Doug Rasmussen and Courtney McDermott

Linda and Michael Peterson 

Susan and Gordon Philpott

Leigh Pratter 

Suzanne and Paul Schoomer

Nina and Dan Spener

Friends of UCCC

Value Economics, LLC

Luanne and Steve Zwolak 


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A little history about the Fairy Tales Can Come True concert...
UCCC has developed a Tuition Assistance Program to help families afford high quality care. Through the Tuition Assistance Program, we support about 45% of our families with some form of tuition assistance. Full tuition ranges from roughly $12,000 to $17,000 per year per child, yet this number still does not cover our school's total cost of education and care. Our Tuition Assistance Program enables UCCC to fulfill our mission by providing socio-economic, cultural, and racial diversity which is critical for a rich learning community.