Saint Louis University Bicentennial
Special Event Company
Celebrating 200 Years of Education and Service
Every birthday deserves a party — especially when it marks 200 years of education and service. Saint Louis University turned to our team at Contemporary to help commemorate this momentous occasion.
We managed activities big and small, from lectures and musical performances to the first mass underneath the St. Louis Gateway Arch – a setting that recalled SLU’s first location in a small home located on what is now the Arch grounds. Thousands of parents, faculty, alumni and members of the larger St. Louis community joined in the celebration, with special guests St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Principal Chief of Osage Nation Geoffrey Standing Bear in attendance.
One year later, Contemporary returned to SLU’s side, creating a finale for the bicentennial events . We organized a special event at the Chaifetz Arena featuring the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, entitled “Happy Birthday to SLU.” The St. Louis Jesuits, Bob Dufford, S.J., John Foley, S.J., Tim Manion and Roc O’Connor, S.J., as well as the University Mastersingers joined the symphony in serenading the arena crowd. The night’s festivities ended with “Ite, inflammation Omnia,” an original work composed for the bicentennial.
Our team took the time to research SLU’s legacy and tailored the entire event to their community while creating an open atmosphere for the rest of the city to participate. We helped the community honor the history and legacy of SLU, sending them off to continue their impact on the leaders of tomorrow.
Project Runway with Karlie Kloss
Private Event Production
Celebrating 18 Seasons in St. Louis
We’ve had the privilege of working with artists, celebrities and VIPs from across the country — but nothing quite compares to working with a famous St. Louis native, Karlie Kloss. In celebration of the 18th season premiere of Project Runway, our team was tasked with producing a private event for the St. Louis fashion community.
Our team organized an exclusive evening of fashion and local history, starting with a tour of the city provided by Karlie. Once they reached the end of the tour, guests entered the main event held in the lobby of downtown St. Louis’ newest boutique hotel, The Last Hotel. The 200 guests in attendance kicked their evening off with a Q&A panel with Karlie, Elaine Welteroth, Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell. Following a discussion, guests were treated to an advanced screening of the season premiere.
Community Planning Company
Our team at Contemporary produced an extraordinary event in an extravagant hotel and brought community support to our side. We were fortunate enough to work with partners such as the Saint Louis Fashion Fund while giving the event St. Louis flair with IMO’s pizza and toasted ravioli.
We take pride in bringing out the best of St. Louis — we’re grateful for the opportunity to work with Karlie Kloss, one of our hometown champions. This event highlighted a passionate community and created new relationships within the fashion industry.