St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation Hosts the 2019 St. Louis Champions Awards

Tuesday November 26, 2019

By Explore St. Louis Guest

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation honored its first class of St. Louis Champions on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Hotel Saint Louis’ Form Skybar. The award is given to those who intentionally share an honest and bright narrative - through demonstration of their successful daily life in work, travel, family, and play. These individuals are inspirational, dedicated leaders who have contributed countless hours into the community to improve quality of life - and take great pride in the region. The St. Louis Champions are mobilizing leaders to shape the transformation of St. Louis in arts and culture, innovation, and inclusion.

“We are proud to acknowledge these St. Louis Champions for making a positive impact in the community and across the region through their testimonials of how St. Louis has been good to them,” said David Robert, Chair of the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation.

The 2019 St. Louis Champions Award Honorees:
Derrion Henderson - Anchor, KTVI-TV Fox 2
Michael McMillan - President and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Lindy Drew - Co-Founder, Humans of St. Louis
Julius Anthony - President and Founder, St. Louis Black Authors
Karlos Ramirez - President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Neal Richardson - Co-Founder, Dream Builders for Equity
Michael Woods - Co-Founder, Dream Builders for Equity
Dave Sandusky - Owner, Beast BBQ
Flint Fowler, Ph.D. - President, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Michelle Tucker - President and CEO, United Way Greater St. Louis
Erica King - Operations and Events Specialist, Arch Grand; On-Air Radio Personality
Segun Babalola - President, African Chamber of Commerce
R.J. Crunk - Chief Development Officer, Greater St Louis Area Council
Vin Ko - Program Manager, Mosaic Project - St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
Michelle Smallmon - 101 ESPN Radio Personality
Tamara Keefe - Owner, Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery
Andrew Gibson - Executive Director, Freedom Arts and Education of St Louis
Missy Kelley - President and CEO, Downtown STL
Larry Morris - Member of the iLLphonics
Dana Kay Goddard - STL.LIVE
Jeff Fitter - Owner, Super Smokers BBQ
Stan Shoun - CEO, Ranken Technical College
Matt Menietti - Executive Director, GlobalHack
Michelle Mitchell - Program Director, St. Louis ReCast
Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge - Director, St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Art McCoy, Ph.D. - Superintendent, Jennings School District
De Nichols - Principal of Design & Social Practice at Civic Creatives
Mike Emerson - Co-Founder, Pappy’s Smokehouse
Michael Houlihan - President, Houlihan Development Company

About The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation
The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation was created to further inspire local residents and organizations about the many virtues of St. Louis. Civic pride builds a culture of confidence to retain and attract talent, grow businesses, seize new opportunities and fully leverage the potential that surrounds St. Louisans.