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Holiday party to benefit kids will continue in St. Louis

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Courtesy: Bar Assocation of Metropolitan St. Louis Courtesy: Bar Assocation of Metropolitan St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- For 25 years the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis has put on a holiday party for kids who have been impacted by the justice system. It started in a church basement, but in the early 2000s, the Rams got involved.

The event moved to the Dome where Rams players would come and mingle with the children, take pictures with them and have a good time. But the Rams departure to Los Angeles has now created a void.

Where will the 25th annual party be?  It can’t be at the Dome because there are no Rams players to mingle with the kids.

Well, at Ballpark Village the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues and Saint Louis University Billikens announced they would all partner with the Bar Association and keep the holiday party going.

“It’s a great group now to pick up the slack and keep that thing going,” Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III said.

It will be December 10 from one to four in the afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.  Former Cardinals players will be there (possibly current players depending on who is in town), former Blues players (since the team is on the road that day) and current SLU Billikens.

“It really was easy to say yes to because Cardinals Care’s mission is the kids.  And this is something that directly benefits kids.  It was easy for us to fold it into their mission as well as the parent Cardinals mission.  It was an easy one to take on,” DeWitt said.

Officials say the event started 25 years ago in a church basement and they just could not justify going back to a church basement after more than a decade in a location like the Dome. 

There was even concern the event would go away altogether.

“I think people were very worried about it.  There are six thousand members of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and many of them were calling and talking about it saying what are we going to do,” Bar Association President Ed Dowd said.

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