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18th Annual What's Right with the Region! Awards
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Join FOCUS St. Louis to celebrate and recognize outstanding success stories from our community.

When: Thursday, May 7
5-8 p.m.
Where: Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri  63108
United States
Contact: Felicia Pulliam

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Thank you to everyone who made the

18th Annual What's Right with the Region! Awards a success!


On May 7, FOCUS hosted the 18th Annual What’s Right with the Region!  (WRWR) awards celebration, recognizing the efforts of 20 individuals, organizations and/or initiatives that are making a difference in our region. The awards were presented in five categories - click below to watch the videos.


In addition, FOCUS presented the prestigious Leadership Award to two men who have dedicated their lives to serving the youth of our community.



    Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate an individual, initiative or organization, and to all our judges for their thoughtful consideration.


    Demonstrating Innovative Solutions

    Citizens for Modern Transit's Try & Ride Program

    Food Outreach, Inc.

    Missouri History Museum - Teens Make History Program

    Saint Louis Earth Day


    Fostering Regional Cooperation

    Behavioral Health Response

    Cover Missouri, an initiative by the Missouri Foundation for Health

    Small Business Relief Program

    St. Louis Regional Interoperable Communications Core Group


    Improving Racial Equality & Social Justice

    Holocaust Museum and Learning Center


    North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony & Justice

    Starkloff Disability Institute


    Promoting Stronger Communities

    Call for Help, Inc.

    Ferguson Youth Initiative 

    Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church

    UMSL Bridge Program


    Responding to Community Needs & Entrepreneurs

    Healing Hearts Bank - National Council of Jewish Women - St. Louis Section

    Justine PETERSEN 


    Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Community Economic Development Program



    Ward Klein
           CEO, Energizer Holdings, Inc.
    Suzanne Sitherwood
    President/CEO, The Laclede Group, Inc.




      LEAD SPONSORS - $15,000

      BENEFACTORS - $5,000

    Ascension Health 



    Thompson Coburn 


      CONTRIBUTORS - $2,500

    Ameren Missouri  

    Bank of America

    BJC HealthCare

    Commerce Bank

    Deaconess Foundation


    Southwest Airlines

    SSM Health Care St. Louis

    Webster University

    BACKERS - $1,250


    Development Strategies Inc.

    Fox Family Foundation 


    Justine PETERSEN

    Lashly & Baer, P.C.

    McCormack Baron Salazar

    Missouri Foundation for Health


    Slocomb Livingston Group

    Stinson Leonard Street LLP
    University of Missouri - St. Louis

    U.S. Bank

    Washington University in St. Louis

    PATRONS - $500


    Clayco, Inc. 

    First Bank

    Harris-Stowe State University

    Peabody Energy

    The Rome Group

    In-kind support 

    ALIVE Magazine 

    Kyle Jeffery Studios

    MCI Printing 

    Penguin America

    Pre-Sort, Inc.

    Reinsurance Group of America, Inc.

    Russo's Catering Company


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