The Friends of CharacterPlus, the largest and most successful community-wide character education initiative of its kind, held its signature annual fundraiser at the City Cottage 3800 Chouteau Avenue. Guests were treated to an upscale cocktail reception and networking with key community leaders, as well as character education advocates from the St. Louis region. The 2016 Sandy McDonnell Dedication to Character Award was presented to Veronica McDonnell. Sandy McDonnell was the founder of Friends of CharacterPlus. All proceeds benefit CharacterPlus Education programs in 600 St. Louis regional schools. Co-chairs for the evening were Debra Hollingsworth and Trish Muyco-Tobin.