Congratulations to Our 2022 What’s Right with the Region Award Honorees!

Becky RasmussenEvents, News

On May 12, 2022, FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, will honor 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives making a difference at the 25th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration. These honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a committee of local leaders for their impact and service to the community.

FOCUS St. Louis will recognize the following outstanding honorees in five categories:

Demonstrating Innovative Solutions

Honorees have demonstrated innovation and vision in making the St. Louis region a better place to live, work or visit.
Karen Tokarz, Co-founder, St. Louis Mediation Project
Nine PBS’s Teaching in Room 9
St. Louis Area Foodbank

Enhancing Regional Prosperity

Honorees are dedicated to the growth of the region and building a stronger workforce and economy for the benefit of all.
Elevate/Elevar Accelerator
Midwest BankCentre
University of Missouri-St. Louis Succeed Program

Improving Equity and Inclusion

Honorees have shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access, inclusion and opportunity for all.
Dream Builders 4 Equity
EleVATE Women Collaborative
Mental Health Collaborative at Casa de Salud
St. Joseph Housing Initiative

Promoting Community Health and Well-being

Honorees are working to improve the collective health and wellness of our region’s residents, as well as addressing the social determinants of health.
Music That Reclaims
Room at the Inn
St. Patrick Center’s Hospital to Healthy Housing Program
Tejas Sekhar, Executive Director, EndingCOVID

Emerging Initiatives

Honorees are promising new businesses, organizations or initiatives that are already serving as catalysts for change.
Cure Violence Initiative
Neighborhood Healing Network
Rung for Women
St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force

FOCUS will also present the Leadership Award to June McAllister Fowler, former SVP of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs for BJC HealthCare, and the Emerging Alumni Award to Neal Richardson, Executive Director of St. Louis Development Corporation.

All in the community are invited to help recognize these outstanding leaders at the 25th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration.

When:            Thursday, May 12, 2022 – 5 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Awards Presentation
Where:           The Sheldon
Cost:                Early-bird tickets are now on sale – $50 for FOCUS members; $60 for nonmembers
Register:       Tickets on sale now or by calling (314) 622-1250.

This year’s What’s Right with the Region Co-Chairs are:

Bill DeWitt, III                              Carolyn Kindle Betz
President                                             Chief Executive Officer
St. Louis Cardinals                            St. Louis CITY SC

The event Leadership Sponsors are Bayer, Edward Jones, the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis CITY SC, and Media Partners are the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio. View all sponsors here.

Funds raised support the work of FOCUS St. Louis in developing leaders and building strong civic capacity.