Friends and family – good afternoon. We wanted to pass along details as soon as possible regarding the Oakes’ celebration next Saturday, June 16th. We are planning a Catholic Mass at our church, Holy Redeemer, here in Webster Groves, Missouri at 10am Central. Holy Redeemer’s address is 341 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO, 63119. Becky and I will both be eulogizing Oakes during the Mass. We figure the Mass will last about 60 minutes or so. Then the fun begins……and we really want to see ALL of you who can possibly make it!
Although we have not finalized the venue, we expect the Celebration Party to be held at a St. Louis landmark and will likely take place from around 12pm Central throughout the rest of the day. It will be the best party your family attends this year!! It will be super-kid focused and fun for everyone else too. Although there are many helpers in the midst of planning and finalizing these details, here are the highlights we are hoping to provide:
· Fun, outdoor setting with plenty of room to run around (maybe even a pond nearby)
o Cover in case of rain
o Plenty of shade to get out of the sun
o Breezy area that we can supplement with fans or misters
· A bubble truck
· Face painter
· Balloon artist
· Bounce house
· Tasty food & delicious drinks for young and old alike
· Blood drive & organ donation sign up
· Special Edition Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation shirts for kids and adults of all sizes
We are in the process of getting blocks of rooms at three area hotels, but we have not finalized the rates just yet:
1. Spring Hill Suites by Marriott.
a. 1231 Strassner Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63144, 314-647-8400
2. Hampton Inn.
a. 5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110, 314-655-3993
3. Homewood Suites by Hilton.
a. 8040 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO, 63117, 314-863-7700
For immediate family, you may want to check with your airline for any type of bereavement fares they offer. If they ask for proof of death, we expect the obituary to run in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday or Tuesday or we can fax the death certificate to you.
As you can see, we are blowing it out and REALLY, REALLY hope to see you all. So book a ticket, call a hotel, gas up the car, pack fun clothes and we will see you and your families one week from today. We will be able to accommodate hundreds, so that is what we are planning.
We hope to have final confirmation of times and venue no later than Monday mid-day and we will send an evite to each of you, so please respond to that evite one way or the other at your earliest convenience.
Love to you all,
Greg, Becky, Isla P. & Mighty Oakes