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Announcing the 2016 What’s Right with the Region! Honorees

Friday, February 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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On May 12, 2016, FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, will honor 20 organizations, individuals, and initiatives that are making a difference at the 19th 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.


EarthDance Farms

Jazz St. Louis

Rx Outreach

St. Louis County Library

Fostering Regional Cooperation

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


Construction Forum STL


Flood Disaster Response Collaboration

St. Louis Family & Community Partnership


Improving Racial Equality & Social Justice

Honorees have shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access and

opportunity for all.


Arch City Defenders

City Garden Montessori School

James Clark

Amy Hunter


Promoting Stronger Communities

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


The Family Treehouse – Twigs

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

Kingdom House

The Little Bit Foundation


Responding to Community Needs & Entrepreneurs

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


Alive and Well STL

The Ferguson Commission

STL Youth Jobs

WGU Missouri

FOCUS will also present the prestigious board-designated FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Award to Dr. Jason Purnell, Assistant Professor in the Brown School at Washington University, for his work on the For the Sake of All project.

All in the community are invited to help recognize these outstanding leaders at the 19th annual What’s Right with the Region! awards celebration.


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

When:              Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 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 John Kemper, President and COO of Commerce Bank, and June McAllister Fowler, Senior Vice President, Communications, of BJC HealthCare. Lead sponsors for the event include BJC HealthCare, Commerce Bank, Edward Jones, 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. 

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