Congratulations to Our 2024 What’s Right with the Region Award Honorees!

Becky RasmussenEvents, News

On May 9, 2024, FOCUS St. Louis will honor 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives making a difference at the 27th 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.
Conflict Resolution Center – St. Louis
River City Journalism Fund
St. Louis Survivors Legal Support
YWCA Metro St. Louis

Improving Equity and Inclusion

Honorees have shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access, inclusion and opportunity for all.
The BALSA Foundation
Urban Sprouts Child Development Center
Welcome Neighbor STL

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.
Be Well Café and Market
Chestnut Health Systems
Just Enduring: Living & Loving After Child Loss
Valeda’s Hope

Emerging Initiatives

Honorees are promising new businesses, organizations or initiatives that are already serving as catalysts for change.
Afghan Support Program of the International Institute of St. Louis
Harris‐Stowe State University Minority Entrepreneurship Collaborative Center for Advancement (MECCA)
Northside Economic Empowerment Center

Community Changemakers

Honorees are individuals leading and inspiring change in their organizations, their community and/or our region for the benefit of all.
Maxine Clark
Legacy Jackson
Kelly McGowan
Kristen Sorth

FOCUS will also present the Leadership Award and Legacy Alumni Award.

All in the community are invited to help recognize these outstanding leaders at the 27th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration.

When:            Thursday, May 9, 2024 – 5 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Awards Presentation
Where:           The Sheldon
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This year’s What’s Right with the Region Co-Chairs are:

Orvin Kimbrough                        Richard J. Liekweg
Chairman & CEO                               President & CEO
Midwest BankCentre                         BJC HealthCare

The event Leadership Sponsors are BJC HealthCare and Midwest BankCentre, 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. Further details and information are available at