26th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards

Becky Rasmussen

26th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards

Date(s) - May 11, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sheldon
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Online registration is now closed. If you need to make changes to an existing reservation, please contact Kayla Dix at kaylad@focus-stl.org. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday. 

Each year, FOCUS applauds the efforts of the individuals, organizations and initiatives making a positive difference in the St. Louis community with our What’s Right With the Region Awards. All in our community are invited to join us for this inspiring evening of celebration and networking!

Awards Celebration

Make plans to join us on May 11, 2023, to celebrate all our honorees, including the recipients of our Leadership and Alumni Awards. We’ll kick off the evening with a networking reception with  heavy hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine bar, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

What’s Right with the Region represents FOCUS St. Louis’ most important fundraising event of the year, and your ticket purchase helps to support our ongoing mission to educate and connect leaders and facilitate important conversations in our community.


Individual Tickets
FOCUS members – $65 – be sure to log-in to take advantage of member pricing. Forgot your log-in?
Nonmembers – $75 (join/renew today to save)

Individual Sponsorships
Advocate – $250 (includes 2 tickets; will be recognized on event signage)
Friend – $100 (includes 1 ticket; will be recognized on event signage)


5:00-6:30 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Awards Presentation


FOCUS Leadership Award
The Steward Family

Demonstrating Innovative Solutions
Angels’ Arms
Arriel Biggs, Founder, Young Biz Kidz
Keyway: Center for Diversion and Reentry
National Blues Museum

Enhancing Regional Prosperity
Ava’s Grace Scholarship, a program of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
Build Back Better Regional Collaboration on Advanced Manufacturing, led by Greater St. Louis, Inc. and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
Building Union Diversity, a program of the Missouri Works Initiative
Save Our Sons, a workforce development program of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Improving Equity & Inclusion
Black Girls Do STEM
Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School
Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA)
Flance Early Learning Center

Promoting Community Health & Well-being
Girls on the Run St. Louis
Kendall and Wyvetta Granger
I Define Me Movement
Nicole Nelson, Founder, Equity Legal Services

Emerging Initiatives
GreaterHealth Pharmacy & Wellness
Real Estate Tax Assistance Fund
Tap In Center
The Believe Projects

FOCUS Emerging Alumni Award
Vin Ko (Emerging Leaders 2015), Director of Team Operations, St. Louis CITY SC


If your organization is interested in participating through a sponsorship, please contact FOCUS Director of Development Michelle Stevens at michelles@focus-stl.org or (314) 657-4029.

2023 Sponsors


Leadership Sponsors

Emerging Alumni Award Sponsor

Partnership Sponsor

Partnership Sponsor

Media Partners

Media Partners


Heartland Coca-Cola
Reinsurance Group of America, Inc.


BJC HealthCare
Commerce Bank
Dierbergs Markets
Regional Arts Commission
Regions Bank
Webster University


Dawn Griffin Group
Gladiator Consulting
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Toberman Wealth
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis


Drake Strategy Partners
Jim Szweda & Clint Williams – Morgan Stanley


Angad Arts Hotel
Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center – University of Missouri-St. Louis
Forest Park Forever
Lifetime Media
Russo’s Catering