Authors Brunch 2017 Sets Record Attendance with 473 Attendees
Assistance League of St. Louis®welcomed nationally recognized motivational speaker and author John O’Leary and his mother, authorSusan O’Leary, to the stage at our 12th Annual Authors Brunch, April 22nd, at the Atrium at Edward Jones. It was the first time they have addressed a group together. A record 473 Guests enjoyed a sumptuous brunch, purchased chances on 20 beautiful opportunity baskets, and experienced the inspiration and humor of our wonderful authors.
St. Louis native John O’Leary conveyed a strong and heartfelt message of how optimism and a positive attitude helped him overcome the devastating injuries he sustained at 9 years of age in a fire he started in the garage.
Operation School Bell® Chalks Up Impressive Stats
Operation School Bell had another successful year in 2016-2017! Volunteers brought smiles and a sense of pride to nearly 3,500 St. Louis area students at 29 schools who received crisp new uniforms during our 57 dressing days. Each student was carefully fitted by an Assistance League® volunteer and was given two pairs of navy blue pants, two short-sleeve and one long-sleeve blue shirt, one fleece jacket, socks, underwear, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a book of their choice. As in past years, children waiting their turn for the dressing rooms enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts, wrote cheerful messages to hospital patients and were treated to a delightful magic show by one of our talented members.
ALSL Scholarships: A New Philanthropic Program
Assistance League® of St Louis has approved their Scholarship project as a new philanthropic program for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Having been tested as a pilot project under the auspices of Project ROSE since 2014, Assistance League Scholarship is designed to finance and implement scholarships for women in transition, women who want to improve their lives but are unable to do so on their own.
The impetus for the program was borne when Research & Development of Assistance League identified a need for helping women in the shelters that the organization serves. To address these needs Assistance League created the Scholarship Pilot Project. After it became clear that Assistance League needed help in formulating an effective program, they teamed up with members of the St Louis Community College Foundation. This non-profit Foundation selects students who are qualified and then guides them through the educational process. Assistance League funds the scholarships.
Discovery Day 2016 at the Zoo
On September 23, 2016 Assistance League of St. Louis launched its first Philanthropic Event Discovery Day at the St. Louis Zoo.
One Hundred students from Adams Elementary in the St. Louis School System came to the zoo to be fitted for new athletic shoes and enjoy a field trip at the zoo. Please click on the puzzle above to watch our
new video about Discovery Day 2016! Thank you to Michael Hundelt and Sustainable Infrastructure Consulting, LLC for putting our new video together.
A New Video for Assistance League of St. Louis
Three of St. Louis’ leading educators, Judge Jimmie Edwards, Circuit Judge and founder of Innovative Concepts Academy; Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of Jennings School District; and Jeffrey Rhone, Director of Family Community Engagement, St. Louis Public Schools, generously contributed their time to be interviewed about the positive impact Assistance League’s philanthropic programs have had on their schools. Filming for our new video occurred at the iconic St. Louis Zoo in April, 2016. The eagerly anticipated premiere of the completed video will be shown at our Fall Fundraiser, Imagine!, October 8, 2016, at the Edward Jones Atrium. Come join us! To see a short version of our new video, click on the photos above.
Authors Brunch 2016 - A Recipe for Success
Culinary Professionals Ruth Reichl and Christina Lane Featured
Over 440 guests attended our 11th annual Assistance League of St. Louis Authors Brunch on Saturday, April 9, in support of the Assistance League philanthropic program ROSE (Raise Our Self Esteem), which provides personal care items, clothing and household items to several St. Louis area women’s shelters.
After a meet-and-greet with the authors, guests enjoyed a sumptuous brunch in the dramatic soaring glass atrium of the Edward Jones Headquarters. Guests also enjoyed the opportunity to purchase a chance to win one of 18 beautiful opportunity baskets. Christina Lane’s cookbooks and Ruth Reichl’s memoirs and novels were also available for purchase.
To see more photos and read what Ladue News wrote about our Authors Brunch click HERE and go to pages 17, 20 and 21.
Give STL Day 2016
ALSL HOSTS INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
An international group of visitors from eight countries recently visited Assistance League of St. Louis headquarters as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program: Israel, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Thailand, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This program is arranged by the Institute of International Education. ALSL was contacted following an internet search that led them to the St. Louis chapter.
ALSL Recognized in Post Dispatch Article
We are making a difference to homeless students in the St. Louis Public Schools. Please read this opinion piece from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, by Deidra Thomas-Murray, of the St Louis Public Schools Office of Students-in-Transition. She mentions our organization as a resource. Click HERE to read the article.
Thank You Vatterott Youth
A big thank you goes to members of the Vatterott Foundation Youth Board who have “adopted” Assistance League of St. Louis and provided much-appreciated assistance to us over the past four months! The youth board consists of more than 800 cousins ages 13-35 nationwide whose mission is to give back to their communities in the spirit of their ancestors.
ALSL on KMOV
Assistance League of St. Louis was recently featured on Channel 4. Click HERE to view the video that was made when KMOV visited our headquarters.