In 2018, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis will celebrate its 100th birthday. In celebration of serving the St. Louis community for a century, the group is launching its 2018 Urban League Centennial Campaign at the beginning of the new year.

Michael McMillan, CEO and president of Urban League St. Louis, says members of the organization are looking forward to the celebratory programming that will take place under the Centennial Campaign.

“We have a very committed and energetic team that is working on providing the agency with the resources and the volunteers to have a historic year filled with commemorations, exciting events and a bold plan for the future,” he says.

The goals for the campaign include adding to the Urban League’s endowment, stabilizing the existing 30 programs it provides to nearly 100,000 people and growing programs and partnerships with other nonprofits, government organizations and the business community.

“The goal is to provide the financial stability, awareness and education for the St. Louis region and to some of our national partners of what we have done,” he says. “We look at how we can take those programs, services and innovative concepts that have gotten us to this historic moment and take them all to a bigger and better level.”

Personally, McMillan says the 100-year milestone is momentous because he’s been a part of the organization for so long.

“I’ve had the pleasure of being around the [Urban League] movement since I was 10 and have been a member since I was 16,” McMillan says. “Having been a volunteer, board member, liaison and now CEO, I’ve had the privilege of looking at all sides of how we impact St. Louis.”

These last days of 2017 are busy ones for the local Urban League chapter as it prepares not only for a year of celebration but also for its Whitney M. Young Society Reception on Dec. 13 at Anheuser-Busch’s Biergarten.

“All of our leadership and donors will celebrate the success of the year and look forward to the next year,” McMillan says. “We’re grateful to Anheuser-Busch and our board members for hosting the event for the past several years.”

This year has been a busy one for the Urban League, as it celebrated the opening of the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center on the site of that city’s burned-down QuikTrip and hosted the National Urban League conference, in addition to all of its yearly events like the annual dinner meeting and Salute to Women in Leadership Gala.

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, 3701 Grandel Square, St. Louis, 314-615-3600, ulstl.com

Whitney M. Young Society Reception

When: Dec. 13

Where: Anheuser-Busch’s Biergarten

More Info: Call 314-615-3668 or email specialevents@urbanleague-stl.org

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