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Announcing the 2017 What’s Right with the Region Honorees

Monday, February 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On May 11, 2017, FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, will honor 20 organizations, individuals, and initiatives making a difference at the 20th Annual What’s Right with the Region awards celebration. The honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a panel of community judges for their impact and service to the community.


FOCUS St. Louis will recognize the following outstanding honorees in five categories:


Demonstrating Innovative Solutions

Honorees in this category have demonstrated innovation and vision in making the St. Louis region a better place to live, work or visit.


City of St. Louis Treasurer's Office College Kids Children's Savings Program

Prosperity Connection

ready + willing

St. Louis MetroMarket


Fostering Regional Cooperation

Honorees have brought entities together to create a new synergy and improve efficiency and effectiveness.


Affton School District

Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Normandy Schools Collaborative

Veterans Business Resource Center


Improving Racial Equality & Social Justice

Honorees have shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access and opportunity for all.


Sophie Bernstein, founder of Go Healthy St. Louis

The Ferguson Collaborative

North Side Community School

Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency


Promoting Stronger Communities

Honorees have worked to address problems, develop initiatives, or make lasting improvements that result in stronger, more stable communities.


Arch Grants

Kids Rock Cancer, a program of Maryville University

Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers

St. Louis Mosaic Project


Emerging Initiatives

Honorees are new organizations that are developing practical solutions, responding to identified needs and serving as catalysts for change.


Natalie DuBose, owner of Natalie’s Cakes & More

SIUE’s Grow Your Future: A Multi-generational Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Seniors Count of Greater St. Louis

We Stories


FOCUS will also present the prestigious board-designated FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Award to Dr. Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of Schools for Saint Louis Public Schools, and the District’s Special Administrative Board.

All in the community are invited to help recognize these outstanding leaders at the 20th annual What’s Right with the Region! awards celebration.


What:             What’s Right with the Region! Awards Reception and Celebration

When:             Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 5 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Awards Presentation

Where:           Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 314-622-1250.


Co-chairs of this event are:

Ann Marr                                                       Al Mitchell

President, WWT Foundation                     President, Monsanto Fund

Vice President, Human Resources           Vice President, Community Relations

World Wide Technology                            Monsanto Company


Lead sponsors for the event include Edward Jones, Monsanto, Wells Fargo Advisors, and World Wide Technology.

Media sponsors for the event are FOX2 and KPLR 11, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio.

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