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What's Right with the Region! Awards 2017
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Each year, FOCUS applauds the efforts of 20 individuals, organizations and initiatives making a difference in our bi-state region. The 20th Annual What's Right with the Region awards were presented on May 11, 2017, to a crowd of more than 500 leaders and community members 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:

  • Ann Marr, President, WWT Foundation, and VP, Human Resources, World Wide Technology
  • Al Mitchell, President, Monsanto Fund, and VP, Community Relations, Monsanto Company






Congratulations to our 2017 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

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

Prosperity Connection

ready + willing

St. Louis MetroMarket


Fostering Regional Cooperation - VIDEO

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 - VIDEO

Sophie Bernstein, founder of Go Healthy St. Louis

The Ferguson Collaborative

North Side Community School

Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency


Promoting Stronger Communities - VIDEO

Arch Grants

Kids Rock Cancer, a program of Maryville University

Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers

St. Louis Mosaic Project


Responding to Community Needs & Entrepreneurs - VIDEO

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


And congratulations to our 2017 Leadership Award recipient - Saint Louis Public Schools, represented by Dr. Kelvin Adams, Superintendent, and the District's Special Administrative Board - Rick Sullivan, Richard Gaines, Darnetta Clinkscale and Melanie Adams (past). 



View Photos from the Evening



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