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What's Right with the Region! Awards 2016
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Each year, FOCUS applauds the efforts of 20 individuals, organizations and/or initiatives that promote improvements in our community. The 19th Annual What's Right with the Region awards were held on May 12, 2016, with a sellout crowd of 500+ at Sheldon Concert Hall. Dan Gray of KTVI Fox 2/KPLR 11 served as master of ceremonies for this special evening celebrating successes in the region. Thank you to all our attendees, honorees, presenters and sponsors for making this possible!


Special thanks to this year's co-chairs:

  • John Kemper, President & COO of Commerce Bank
  • June McAllister Fowler, Senior Vice President, Communications, of BJC HealthCare.

Click to view photos from the evening




Congratulations to our 2016 honorees! We encourage you to experience first-hand what’s right with our region by getting involved with some of these organizations, initiatives and individuals.


Demonstrating Innovative Solutions - VIDEO

EarthDance Organic Farm School

Jazz St. Louis

Rx Outreach

St. Louis County Library


Fostering Regional Cooperation - VIDEO

Construction Forum STL


Flood Disaster Response Collaboration

St. Louis Family & Community Partnership


Improving Racial Equality & Social Justice - VIDEO

ArchCity Defenders

City Garden Montessori School

James Clark, Better Family Life

Amy Hunter, YWCA of Metro St. Louis


Promoting Stronger Communities - VIDEO

International Institute of St. Louis - St. Louis Citizenship Project

Kingdom House

The Little Bit Foundation

Twigs, a program of The Family Treehouse


Responding to Community Needs & Entrepreneurs - VIDEO

Alive and Well STL

The Ferguson Commission

STL Youth Jobs

WGU Missouri


And congratulations to our 2016 Leadership Award recipient - Dr. Jason Q. Purnell, Assistant Professor for the Brown School at Washington University, for his work on the For the Sake of All project.



Click to view photos from the evening



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