John O'Leary and Susan O'Leary Featured at 2017 Authors' Brunch
John O’Leary, in his book ON FIRE, relates the heart-wrenching story that began when, at age 9 in his family home in St. Louis, he accidentally set himself on fire! With severe burns on 98% of his body, John was given less than a 1% chance of survival. After spending five months in the hospital learning to walk again and figuring out how to use his hands again (his fingers had been amputated), John now had to deal with the reality of who he was. With his “unimaginable inner strength” and the help of the heroes who had stepped into his life—his family, the medical staff, and strangers—John not only survived but forged ahead to live life with zest and continues to help others do the same. Today, John O’Leary is married, has four children and is a writer and an international speaker.
Joe Buck of Fox Sports, and whose father, Jack, was instrumental in John’s recovery, said this about the book: “ON FIRE is an amazing reminder that we might not be able to choose the path we walk in life, but we can always choose the manner in which we walk it. It is fast paced, emotional and surprisingly funny.”
Susan and Denny O’Leary in their book, OVERWHELMING ODDS, recount the story of the mind-boggling challenges their family faced after the horrific accident of their son, John, in 1987. Accidentally “catching himself on fire” in their family home in a quiet St. Louis suburb, John suffered severe burns over most of his body and was given a 1% chance of survival.
Assistance League of St. Louis Achieves GuideStar Platinum Level
Assistance League of St. Louis has recently achieved GuideStar’s highest level of recognition-the Platinum GuideStar Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. Less than 1% of all non-profit members of GuideStar reach the platinum level. Reaching this level demonstrates Assistance League’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
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.
Make A Difference Day 2015
For the past four years, Assistance League chapters across the country have participated in USA WEEKEND Magazine’s national Make a Difference Day by conducting local children’s book drives to spread enthusiasm for reading. This year, ALSL is providing nearly 2,000 books to 12 schools and agencies serving children in the St. Louis community. Recipients include: Ferguson Florissant Parents as Teachers program, The Freedom School, Innovative Concepts Academy, Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation, Jackson Park Elementary, Koch Elementary, St. Louis Catholic Academy, St. Louis the King, and four shelters for women and children in transition.