Supporters of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis gathered at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park in late July to celebrate the 50th birthday of the organization’s CEO, Michael McMillan, and to raise money for its Restoring Hope Campaign, which will help fund its new area headquarters. Housed in the Victor Roberts Building on North Kingshighway, this facility will consolidate most of the Urban League’s city locations into one hub, allowing it to expand programs and services and increase the number of clients served annually by 25 percent.
“[McMillan] is a friend, so it makes me feel special to celebrate with him. But now that I’m here, I see clearly the impact of his work. I’ve always admired what he’s done, but I see it in action," says Xernona Clayton, a civil rights leader who attended the fundraiser. "I mean, these people would not have come here in these numbers were it not for the fact that they are following his footsteps.”
A press release from the organization put the Restoring Hope fundraising goal at $20 million, of which $150,000 had been raised as of Aug. 3.