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FOCUS St. Louis® Announces 2015 What’s Right with the Region! Honorees

Monday, February 23, 2015   (0 Comments)
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On May 7, 2015, FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, will honor 20 organizations, individuals, and initiatives that are making a difference in St. Louis at the 18th 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.


Citizens for Modern Transit

Food Outreach, Inc.

Missouri History Museum – Teens Make History Program

Saint Louis Earth Day

Fostering Regional Cooperation

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


Behavioral Health Response

Cover Missouri Coalition, an initiative by the Missouri Foundation for Health

Small Business Relief Program

St. Louis Regional Interoperable Communications Core Group


Improving Racial Equality & Social Justice

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


Holocaust Museum and Learning Center


North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony & Justice

Starkloff Disability Institute


Promoting Stronger Communities

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


Call for Help, Inc.

Ferguson Youth Initiative

Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church

UMSL Bridge Program


Responding to Community Needs & Entrepreneurs

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


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

Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corporation


Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Community Economic Development Program

FOCUS will also present the prestigious board-designated FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Awards to Martin L. Mathews of Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club and Chet Cantrell of the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis.

All in the community are invited to help recognize these outstanding leaders at the 18th annual What’s Right with the Region! awards celebration.


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

When:              Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 5 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Awards Presentation

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

Cost:               $50 per person; $35 for Young Professionals (under 30)

Register:         Tickets are on sale now at



Co-chairs of this event are Ward Klein, CEO of Energizer Holdings, Inc., and Suzanne Sitherwood, President/CEO of The Laclede Group, Inc. Lead sponsors for the event include Edward Jones, Energizer Holdings, Inc., The Laclede Group, Monsanto and Wells Fargo Advisors.

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


Funds raised support the work of FOCUS St. Louis in developing leadership and building strong civic capacity. Further details and information are available at

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