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MISSION: The goal is clear: The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) works to better the lives of young cancer patients and their families by providing immediate assistance. “We are not going to duplicate the services of other national nonprofits, which mostly deal with research,” says president and CEO Mark Stolze. “Our focus is to help children who need assistance now.”
After 150 years of helping families build brighter futures, Epworth Children & Family Services continues to grow its footprint. Through merging with Progressive Youth Connection (PYC) this year, Epworth has expanded its preventive programs. “We are helping families before they unravel,” notes CEO Kevin Drollinger.
On any given Sunday, people gather inside to hear the message of the pastor. Standing at the pulpit with their undivided attention is the Rev. Terri Swan, the first woman to be the senior pastor in Salem in Ladue United Methodist Church's 172-year history.
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LN also gathered a group of professional counselors who shared their advice for families undergoing trauma and tragedy in their lives.
The youth served by Epworth Children and Family Services were tired of sitting in educational limbo each time they had to transfer high schools. For those in foster care, moves from one home and school district to another are not uncommon, but they meant waiting several weeks—and falling farther behind in classwork—while records were transferred. Those students decided to fight for a change, and with the help of Missouri State Representatives (and Epworth board members) Rick Stream and Jeanne Kirkton, Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1577 into law, expediting the transfer of high school records for foster care children. The moment, several years in the making, took place at Epworth, and its importance did not go unnoticed by CEO Kevin Drollinger. “One of the things we can do is empower youth and show them that they do have control of their environment and can have brighter futures. If they work within the system the right way and follow the path, they can move mountains.”
2013 Charitable Events & Fundraisers
This fall, local oenophiles will be offering up rarities from their personal cellars for a good cause as Epworth Children & Family Services hosts its Wine Dinner and Auction on Nov. 10 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
For 148 years, Epworth Children & Family Services has focused on helping kids build brighter futures. Through a variety of programs, the agency provides a support network for older youth in need. “Epworth becomes an extended family for these kids and helps them get down the right paths in life,” says board chair Amy Berg.
On May 17, 10 exemplary St. Louis-area women will be honored at the annual Women of Achievement Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton. With the help of LN fashion editor Katie Yeadon and photographer Wesley Law, the honorees grace our fashion pages in chic, spring-inspired luncheon wear.
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Although it’s often remembered as a carefree and innocent time, memories of childhood may include the occasional rough patch that required the support and intervention of a strong, nurturing parent. But what happens to the children who struggle alone, perhaps facing abuse or abandonment by the very people who are supposed to protect them?
Danny Slavin, Alexis Ambrose and Ryan Weitzel watch the game at the 16th annual Polo Match to benefit Epworth Children & Family Services.
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It’s one thing to hear about the many needs of our community, it’s another when you can get a personal glimpse into the positive impact that an organization can have on a person’s life. Three St. Louisans shared those success stories with Ladue News.
Gussie Busch, Wells Fargo Advisors’ Kevin Whitehead, Epworth’s Amy Berg and Blue Heron Farms owner Billy Busch
Pictured on the cover from left: Ric McGough, Kevin Whitehead, Kevin Drollinger, Dennis Sappington, Amy Berg, Gussie Busch riding Star, Billy Busch, John McAtee and Jason Turkin.
If you’ve never been to a polo match before, this might be your chance. Epworth Children & Family Services holds its 16th annual charity polo tournament on Saturday, June 11, at Blue Heron Farms. “The animals are so spectacular and the speed is amazing,” says Epworth board chair Amy Berg. “It’s very physical for the riders and the horses, as well—it’s really beautiful to watch.”