2023 Cooking for Kids

19th Annual Tribute Dinner & Auction
Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

You're invited to join us!

“Cooking for Kids” is LESA’s largest annual fundraising effort to support and sustain the future of Lutheran Christian education in the St. Louis Metro Area. Last year’s “Cooking for Kids” raised $300,000+ for need-based scholarships and educational resources such as STEM programs, professional development and curriculum guides.

This year’s event includes a live auction, scholarship fund-a-need, 50/50 drawing and special tributes to our Lutheran luminaries including LESA’s 2023 Heritage Club Honorees and the 500 Lutheran educators who have been teaching students in-school throughout the pandemic.

Tickets are $100.

Since 2004, LESA has awarded more than $7.5 million in financial assistance to families of all faiths in St. Louis and southern Illinois. To help advance that mission, the Lutheran Legacy Foundation, one of three of our endowment partners, has pledged to provide a generous match for endowment gifts and pledges made at this event. Thanks to a generous family, there is a $100,000 match for scholarship gifts.

Tickets on sale in February

Auction Catalogue TBD

Orlando's Event Center, 2050 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights, MO 63043


Other news will be added here:


All proceeds benefit Lutheran students.

Special Guests

2022 Master of Ceremonies

Jim Dankenbring

2022 Auctioneer

David Drewes

2022 Heritage Club Honorees

John & Marilyn Brickler

2022 Student Christian Leader

Chase Duncan
Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Charles

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Presenting Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs.
Eugene Lehr

2022 Gold Sponsors

John & Marilyn Brickler

Paul Himmelsbach, CFP

Marvin Lohmann
in loving memory
Karen J. Lohmann &
Lois & Hugh McCall

Vernon & Joann Schroeder

2022 Silver Sponsors

Tom & Suzanne Hough

Lorna Kottmeyer

Paul & Jean Niewald

Stephen & Shirley Rauh

Carol Walton

Rev. Dr. & Mrs.
David Wollenburg

2022 Bronze Sponsors

Ken & Sandra Balsters

Ken & Gail Bickel

Jim & Millie Diehl

Rich & Jackie Edinger

Rev. & Mrs. Peter Kirby

Lutheran Trust

Steve & Sandy Siepman

The Torbeck Team
with Coldwell Banker-Gundaker

Sponsorships are still available. Click to learn more.