I’m happy to report that we have selected our 15 Ladue News Charity Awards finalists for 2013. With a few dozen organizations up for review, the selection process is never an easy one. But this year, we had the valuable assistance of members of The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis’ board of directors, who acted as an advisory panel for selecting the Final 15.

This year, our finalists represent the entire scope of St. Louis’ big-heartedness, including a group assisting immigrant and refugee women, as well as a place that opens its doors to the area’s most severely disabled children and adults. We also will highlight an organization that is considered a cornerstone of wolf preservation in the country, a ‘project’ that uses music to heal survivors of sexual violence, and a center that is all about giving disadvantaged teens the support they need to thrive.

We look forward to sharing the stories behind these deserving organizations. Stay tuned, you’ll be reading more about their work in the coming weeks.