Congratulations to the 2018 What’s Right with the Region Honorees!

Becky RasmussenNews

On May 10, 2018, FOCUS St. Louis will honor 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives making a difference at the 21st 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.

Congratulations to 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.
Arts As Healing Foundation
Home Sweet Home
The Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel
Special Needs Tracking & Awareness Response System (STARS), a program of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Fostering Regional Cooperation

Honorees have brought entities together to create a new synergy and improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Gateway Housing First and Places for People
Ready by 21 St. Louis
St. Louis Area Diaper Bank
T-REX Innovation Center

Improving Racial Equality & Social Justice

Honorees have shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access and opportunity for all.
BESt Summer Pharmacy Institute
Metro Trans Umbrella Group
Springboard to Learning
St. Louis County Family Court – Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Promoting Stronger Communities

Honorees have worked to address problems, develop initiatives, or make lasting improvements that result in stronger, more stable communities.
Michele Duffe
Pattonville School District
Brenda Smith, Principal, Vashon High School 9th & 10th Grade Academy
Jason Watson, Director of Beyond Jobs

Emerging Initiatives

Honorees are new organizations that are developing practical solutions, responding to identified needs and serving as catalysts for change.
Active Advocacy Coalition
Better Together: St. Louis City-County Governance Task Force
Green House Venture
St. Louis CDFI Coalition

FOCUS will also present the prestigious board-designated FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Award to Dennis Lower, President and CEO of Cortex Innovation Community.

All in the community are invited to help recognize these outstanding leaders at the 21st annual What’s Right with the Region awards celebration.

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