Executives from some of the city’s largest corporations will hit the greens for a good cause during the St. Louis Arc Golf Tournament May 20 at The Country Club of St. Albans.
Presented by Centene, Stifel, U.S. Bank and the St. Louis Rams, the 23rd annual event will benefit Arc’s programs and services for kids and adults with developmental disabilities in the Greater St. Louis area. “The Arc really is the region’s most comprehensive provider to people with developmental disabilities,” notes president and CEO Kathy Meath. “Funds raised through the tournament are critical to helping us expand our programs and provide scholarships for those who need assistance in order to participate in our services.”
This year, Meath hopes to surpass the fundraiser’s 2012 results of $275,000. Also on tap for the day at the links will be prize giveaways, dinner and a silent auction, featuring autographed sports memorabilia and more. And the highlight of the event will be the giveaway of a luxurious trip for two to Scotland, which features a chance to play a round at the storied St. Andrew’s Golf Club.
As the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser, the tournament’s success has been driven by the long-term commitment of co-chairs Ron Kruszewski, Michael Neidorff, Joe Imbs and Kevin Demoff. “Our co-chairs have helped make this event one of the most successful charity tournaments in the St. Louis area,” Meath notes. “Their leadership for the event has elevated the Arc’s presence in the community, resulting in additional funding that has fueled the growth of our programs over the last several years.”
Those programs, which recently expanded through the Arc’s merger with Belle Children’s Services, include comprehensive support for those with developmental disabilities, as well as their families. “What makes Arc unique is, although we serve more than 3,500 kids and adults each year, we still retain such a family focus,” Meath explains. More than 1,100 volunteers help with the nonprofit’s programs, which include support throughout the clients’ lifespans—from outreach therapy and educational support to family, leisure, employment and residential services.
Meath says she sees the impact the organization is making in families' lives each day. “We have families who tell us what a difference we have made, not just for their son or daughter, but also in their lives. And once you become a member of Arc, we are with you for life.” And she hopes people will come to support the nonprofit’s lifelong commitment to clients at the golf tournament. “It will be a wonderful day in a beautiful setting, and every stroke of the club will help expand and support our services. It’s all about empowering families.”
ON THE COVER: The 23rd annual St. Louis Arc Golf Tournament on May 20 at The Country Club of St. Albans will benefit the nonprofit’s mission of helping kids and adults with developmental disabilities. Pictured on the cover: Co-chair Joe Imbs, participant Aaron Alster, president and CEO Kathy Meath, co-chair Kevin Demoff. Not pictured: Co-chairs Ron Kruszewski and Michael Neidorff. For more information, call John Taylor at 817-2240 or visit slarc.org.