What’s Right with the Region

Everyone who attended last night Focus St. Louis’s What’s Right with the Region 14th Annual Awards Celebration held at the Sheldon Concert Hall knows that there is a lot that is right with the St. Louis region.  The event brought together hundreds of businesses, organizations, and individuals that are committed to making St. Louis a better place to work and live.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail party where you couldn’t turn around without running into someone you know or someone’s who’s name you knew but wanted to meet.  City and county politicians, senior business executives, nonprofit leaders, and dedicated individuals came together to recognize the 20 honorees of the evening.  Those honorees were separated into five categories and included:

Creating Quality Educational Opportunities

Demonstrating Innovative Solutions
Fostering Regional Cooperation
Improving Racial Equality and Social Justice
Promoting Stronger Communities
With thousands of nonprofits in the St. Louis region, it’s hard to know the mission and activities of each and every one of them.  The nonprofits and individuals that were honored last night are truly inspirational and worth taking the time to get to know.

The 2011 Leadership Award Honoree for the evening was Donald M. Suggs.  He is the President and publisher of the St. Louis American and sits on 27 nonprofit boards in the St. Louis region!  His acceptance speech focused on the potential for the St. Louis region and urged our leaders to not let opportunities slip away, specifically the potential of the Midwest China Hub.

A number of Gateway Center for Giving members were among the lead sponsors and underwriters of the event including: Peabody, Monsanto, Anheuser- Busch Inc, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo Advisors, and Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
Thank you Focus St. Louis for a great event and we look forward to attending again next year!
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