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Gateway Children’s Charity (GCC) celebrated its 10th birthday with supporters and grantees on Oct. 3 at Shaw Park. Grantees, donors and GCC’s founders and board members enjoyed the day with refreshments, fun for the whole family and a live performance by the Chapman Plaza Concert Series.

“In our first decade, GCC has raised and granted [about] $1 million to St. Louis organizations that expand early education opportunity for under-served children,” says co-founder and board president, Mike Todorovich. “In 10 years, Gateway Children’s Charity has positively impacted 12 organizations and thousands of children thanks to the ongoing generosity of our supporters. My fellow board members and I are thrilled to celebrate all that has been accomplished with those who make it possible and look ahead to all that we will achieve in the future together.”

Founded in 2009, Gateway Children’s Charity is a local nonprofit that raises funds to make high-impact, tangible investments in early childhood programs that support children living in under-served St. Louis communities. In the past year, Gateway Children’s Charity has awarded more than $92,000 in grants to three local organizations serving young children growing up in low-income St. Louis communities: Hilltop Child and Family Development Center, KIPP St. Louis, and Unleashing Potential. These funds enabled the recipient organizations to expand their programs and enrich the lives of more young children in St. Louis. This year’s grantees will be announced later this fall.