Please join us for Sheldon Gala 2022, featuring Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Heather Headley.

The Sheldon’s 2022 Gala is chaired by Lori and Ted Samuels, with honorary chair, Barbara Konneker Webster.

The evening will celebrate the re-opening of The Sheldon’s premiere event space, renamed The Konneker Room (formerly the Louis Spiering Room), in tribute to longtime Sheldon supporters, the late Wilfred and Ann Lee Konneker.

The success of the annual gala is crucial to the operation and preservation of The Sheldon. In a typical year, The Sheldon hosts over 350 music, visual art and community events, and welcomes tens of thousands of students for music and art education programs. These programs are made possible in large part by generous individual, corporate and foundation support of the annual gala.

  • Anyone aged 12 or older, attending a ticketed event at The Sheldon, will be asked to show proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before time of entry into the event. Patrons should be prepared to show their vaccination card, or proof of negative COVID test, or a photo of their vaccination card or test results on their mobile devices, before entering The Sheldon. Self-administered tests will not be accepted.
  • The Sheldon will also maintain a flexible ticket exchange policy throughout the season to accommodate any health and safety-related concerns.

Click here for full vaccination and testing policy

Heather Headley’s Broadway career began in 1997 when she originated the role of Nala in Disney’s The Lion King, followed by her Tony-Award winning title role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. She has gone on to find success in the R&B and Gospel recording industry, with multiple Grammy nominations to her credit, including an Award in 2009 for her album Audience of One. Headley made her triumphant return to Broadway in 2016, taking on the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple, and can currently be seen as a series regular in Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias, as well as in a recurring role in CBS’ Chicago Med.

Gala Patron tickets and sponsorships include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, valet parking, preferred concert seating, a tax deduction and more.

Silver Individual:  $500
1 Gala ticket and a $345 tax deduction

Gold Individual:  $800
1 Gala ticket and a $645 tax deduction

Diamond Individual:  $1,000
1 Gala ticket and a $845 tax deduction

Platinum Individual:  $2,500
1 Gala ticket and a $2,345 tax deduction

Supporter:  $5,000
10 Gala tickets and a $3,450 tax deduction

Benefactor:  $10,000
10 Gala tickets and a $8,450 tax deduction

Producer:  $25,000
20 Gala tickets and a $21,900 tax deduction

Underwriter:  $50,000
30 Gala tickets and a $45,350 tax deduction

Don’t miss your chance to win one of these premium silent auction items, with proceeds benefitting The Sheldon’s 2022 Gala!

St. Louis Sports Fan Ultimate Experience

St. Louis sports fans will not want to miss out on this ultimate experience, including Cardinals, Blues, NASCAR tickets and more!

Generously donated by World Wide Technology, Inc.


Dinner and a Show featuring Brian Owens with curated menu by Chef Sarah Palermo

Treat your friends and family to a private in-home concert experience with acclaimed soul singer Brian Owens, and a chef-prepared meal for 10.


Arts Through St. Louis

A package for arts lovers of all kinds! Enjoy the best of St. Louis music and visual art with gifts from some of St. Louis’s favorite institutions.


Signed Herman Leonard Silver Gelatin Photographs

This pair of photos from The Sheldon’s collection capture Tony Bennett, who helped open the Sheldon Art Galleries in 1998. Both prints are signed by Leonard, and one includes a note from Tony himself – this image was used as the cover art for the Essential Tony Bennett CD released in 2002.


Bidding opens March 30 at 10 a.m. and will remain open through 8 p.m. on April 2, 2022.

Auction bidders do not have to attend The Sheldon’s Gala to win.


Steward Family Foundation
Michael and Noémi Neidorff

Engelhardt Family Foundation
Paradowski Creative

Edward Jones
Ted and Lori Samuels

Advertisers Printing
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
David and Barbara Gifford
Ward and Carol Klein
Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg
Northern Trust
SPACE Architecture + Design

Diamond Patrons:
Dick and Patti Marriott
Jim and Mindy Watson

Gold Patrons:
Sandy Blasingame and Gary Hall

Silver Patrons:
Christy Beckmann
Ryan Easley
Rob Endicott
Jeffrey Hall and Blair Miller
Abagale and Richard Hearn III
John McClelland
Jerry and Marietta Miller
Peter and Sarah Palermo
Maurice Quiroga
Dr. Thomas and Cynthia Siler
Ashley and Brian Swartzbaugh
Peggy Walter Symes
Michael and Christina Williams

David Mason Associates
Mark Halton
Myles and Elaine Kelly
Michael and Corinne Manchisi
Pete Noonan
Laura Slay
Robert and Stephanie Will

Design by Paradowski Creative

As of February 3, 2022

Gala Host Committee:
Gail Childs
Jean Kennedy
Ward Klein
Kathryn Miller
Lori Samuels
Mary Unnerstall
Tara Raeber Vail
Jim Watson
Ted Wight

Honorary Committee:
Kim and Tim Eberlein
David and Miran Halen
Paul Reuter and Janet Brown
David and Thelma Steward