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For thousands of low-income or jobless individuals who are homeless or on the brink of losing the roof over their heads, local nonprofit shelters and organizations provide a bridge to a brighter future. “Many families view us as their home,” notes Scott Gee, executive director of Haven of Grace.
From weeding out flower beds to brightening rooms with a fresh coat of paint, the Veiled Prophet Organization is doing what it can to make a difference in the community. Its Maids of Honor Project is a community service initiative that encourages girls and their families to participate in volunteer projects with local nonprofits before they are presented at the annual ball. We asked four young women who walked this year to share how they gave back.
When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast this fall, the Veiled Prophet (VP) Organization was ready to step up in any way it could. Joining forces with another agency, the VP quickly gathered a group of members to assist in filling several trucks with much-needed cleaning supplies, food and clothing destined for the damaged areas. “One of the Veiled Prophet’s strengths always has been the ability to pull together and manage large groups of volunteers to help those who have a specific need,” explains VP spokesman Tom Cooke.
Last year, local U.S. Bank employees gathered downtown at Soldiers Memorial for a day of service, cleaning up trash, weeding out overgrown vegetation and planting new flowers throughout the grounds. It is just one way in which the bank contributes to the community from the top down, says St. Louis market president Joe Imbs. “Giving back is really part of our DNA at U.S. Bank, both here and across our entire footprint.”
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.
Eddie Condon knew it. From the moment he watched the middle school kid holding his own with the bigger boys, he could tell he was special.
Whether it’s homelessness or a volatile family situation, people may find themselves suddenly looking for safe haven, and these area organizations provide that emergency shelter from life’s storms.
Third grade students from Mary Institute and Country Day School spoke to Gateway 180�s donors about a new project? The kids from MICDS, who are regular volunteers with the organization, started the project, �Mack�s Backyard,� to raise funds and awareness so that homeless children have a place to play. Pictured: Sander, Kierstin and William Coovert, Amy, Jim, Ally and Amanda Kalishman
It doesn’t take much to light up a child’s face, but it’s even better when there’s a good cause behind it: The FRIENDS OF THE KIRKWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY is bringing back its ‘Letter from Santa’ tradition this year to raise money for the library. For only $6, Santa’s elves will ensure that a child (or an adult!) receives a personalized letter from Kris Kringle. Order forms, which will inquire about things like the child’s favorite class, a recent accomplishment and the family pet, are available for download at kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org/ content_uploads/Santa.pdf. Letters received by Dec. 7 will be postmarked at the North Pole. Requests received after that date will be postmarked locally. All letters must be received by Dec. 17.
When…Executives for Pinnacle Entertainment held an unveiling event for its new Owner’s Club program at Busch Stadium? The club is composed of its casinos’ most loyal guests. Members each received new Mercedes Benz E350 sedans or ML350 SUVs, along with a cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean and multi-night stays at Wynn Las Vegas or Encore. Pictured: Anthony Sanfilippo, Neil Walkoff.
When we enter a building named for an individual, we may imagine a venerable business tycoon or elderly philanthropist. A pair of young physicians, fresh out of residency and just starting their careers, seems unlikely.
Hope Happens for Neurological Disorders has added BOB KINDLE as executive director.
When…Marcone Supply sponsored the 10th Annual Kids and Clays Dinner Auction at the Edward Jones Atrium? More than 175 shooters and 400 dinner guests helped raise more than $225,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis.