Centene chairman/CEO Michael Neidorff (center) and his employees participate in 'Go Red for Women' day in support of American Heart Association. 

LN’s 2013 Charity Awards had something new this year: an online system that offered readers the opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations for their community service. Congratulations to our winners!

Most Creative Charity Fundraiser: Celebrity Voices to benefit America SCORES

During National Poetry Month in April, America SCORES uses local celebrities to shine the spotlight on youth literacy. Unlikely poets, such as Rams and Cardinals players and civic leaders, are paired with students in the America SCORES program to create and perform original poems during the event. The performances are not only fun, but they emphasize the importance of the organization's mission to help at-risk youth improve their literacy skills so that they can succeed in school and in life (from online submission)

Most Influential Youth Organization: Arch City Theater Troupe

The Arch City Theater Troupe, a group of kids 8 to 18, produce, direct, choreograph and perform shows (without the help of adults) to raise money for the JDRF. Founded in 2005, the troupe has grown to a cast of 36 kids from 20 different St. Louis schools. Its most recent show, Our Time!, raised more than $27,000, bringing its total donations to more than $152,000 for JDRF! (from online submission)

Volunteer of the Year: Marcia Walton of Ranken Jordan

Marcia has been volunteering at Ranken Jordan for three years. Much of her time has been spent in Dierbergs Kitchen helping with cooking classes. Her warm and caring personality brings the patients out of their shell. She always makes them feel comfortable, even when they are new and in an unfamiliar setting. Along with her work with the cooking groups, Marcia is always willing to help out wherever needed. We truly consider Marcia a partner in care and look forward to our work with her in years to come. (from online submission)

Philanthropic Business of the Year: Centene Corporation

Centene supports the Radio Arts Foundation, Arts and Education Council, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and many, many more. Centene is a true civic leader. (from online submission)

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