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20th Annual What's Right with the Region Awards
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Get your tickets for the 20th annual What's Right with the Region! awards.

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017
5-8 p.m.
Where: Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri  63108
United States
Contact: Maggie Kloppenberg

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Each year, FOCUS applauds the efforts of 20 individuals, organizations and/or initiatives that promote improvements in our community.


Too often, we get caught up in the challenges and issues facing our community. We all need a reminder now and again of the good that surrounds us, in the people and organizations who work tirelessly to make our region better. The 20th Annual What's Right with the Region! awards are a celebration of that. 




Demonstrating Innovative Solutions

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

Prosperity Connection

ready + willing

St. Louis Metro Market


Fostering Regional Cooperation

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

Sophie Bernstein, founder of Go Healthy St. Louis

The Ferguson Collaborative

North Side Community School

Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency 


Promoting Stronger Communities

Arch Grants

Kids Rock Cancer, a program of Maryville University

Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers

St. Louis Mosaic Project


Emerging Initiatives

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


Nominations were open to all in the community, and submissions were judged by a panel of community volunteers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination - and please join us on May 11 to celebrate these organizations, initiatives and individuals!


awards ceremony


Thursday, May 11, 2017

5:00 p.m. - Reception

6:30-8:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108


Your ticket for the evening includes a networking reception, with heavy hors d'oeuvres and beer/wine bar, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m.



Tickets may be purchased at the door for $75, starting at 5 p.m. 


Parking: Lot parking will be available for $10/car, or there is metered street parking around the Sheldon. As there are more than 500 guests registered, we encourage you to arrive early. 


Check-in/Registration: There are no physical tickets for this event. When you arrive, please check in at the registration desk to pick up your name badge, which will be held under your last name. (If you are a FOCUS Board member, presenter or honoree who will be accepting the award, please check in at the VIP table.) All guests must have a name badge.


Share your What's Right with the Region experience! When posting/tweeting/Instagramming, tag @focusstl or use the hashtag #WRWR2017.




Ann Marr

President, WWT Foundation

Vice President, Human Resources

World Wide Technology



Al Mitchell

President, Monsanto Fund

Vice President, Community Relations

Monsanto Company

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