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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2008

First Heat-Up St. Louis Gala Benefit Raises $50,000
Starring Vocalists Kim Massie and Erin Bode

St. Louis, MO: With an anticipated increase of some home heating sources by more than 25%, Heat-Up St. Louis, a regional, not-for-profit energy assistance charity covering 17 Missouri and Illinois Counties, helping seniors, disabled and needy households with small children stay warm each winter, held its first annual community gala -- "The St. Louis Sisters, heating-up St. Louis." benefit this past weekend. Vocalists Kim Massie and Erin Bode donated their talents, and the Hyatt donated the Faust's/Pierre's space, food and beverages, and AmerenUE provided a small grant, so that 100% of all ticket sales will support the efforts of the all-volunteer charity. With only a three-week window, the sold out charitable event raised $50,000, which included a special auction hosted by chair emeritus J. Kim Tucci.
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