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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated October 19, 2014

St. Louis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Runners and walkers enjoyed the heart pounding sounds of Slick Ice Blues playing in front of the fountain at the intersection of Chippewa and South Broadway.

St. Louis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Runners in the full marathon were cheered on by Sarah Jane and the Blues Notes performing near the intersection of Chippewa and South Broadway, in the Marine Villa neighborhood.
St. Louis Marathon Rock 'n' Rolls Through the Neighborhoods
by Betty Moore,
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 19, 2014 - Temperatures in the forties and stiff breezes ushered in the running of the 4th annual Rungevity Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by The Quinn Family Foundation and Rock 'n' Roll 5k.

The race brought nearly 12,000 runners and walkers to St. Louis, in addition to thousands of spectators, family and friends.

The event featured a new element with a Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis 5k through downtown St. Louis on Saturday and a 2-day Health & Fitness Expo at the America Center.

On Sunday the event, which began at 7 a.m., included a rocking 3.1, 13.1 or 26.2 mile course and two-person half marathon relay.

Music makes up the heart and "sole" of this race. Along each mile of the courses, live bands and entertainers performed variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul. Hundreds of local high school cheerleaders also cheered on participants along the scenic courses.

Runners and walkers participating in the new course for the full marathon enjoyed Sarah Jane and the Blues Notes during the early morning hour of the event as they passed through the Marine Villa neighborhood near the intersection of Chippewa and South Broadway. Wearing a white coat with fur collar and red gloves, Sarah belted out sultry favorites including "Fever".

The next band, Slick Ice Blues, raised the energy level with a heart pounding rock set. Spectators danced to the mini concert and held up signs with encouraging messages.

Participants reunited with family and friends at the finish line stage set up at Kaufman Park in downtown St. Louis to enjoy live music, refreshments and share race stories.

Through a partnership with the title partner Rungevity and The Quinn Family Foundation, more than $500,000 was raised this year for two outstanding St. Louis charities - the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital and Team Activities for Special Kids.

St. Louis Marathon Rock 'n' Rolls Thru the Neighborhoods
Spectators near Chippewa and South Broadway in Marine Villa neighborhood held up signs with encouraging messages to full-marathon runners.
2014 Rungevity Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Results:
(Name, Age, Hometown, Time) Men's Marathon
1. Ben Bruce, 32, Flagstaff, AZ, 2:27:32, $500
2. Charles Beiseman, 33, De Soto, MO, 2:38:06
3. Michael Horn, 24, St. Louis, MO, 2:38:22

Women's Marathon
1. Andrea Karl, 22, St. Louis, MO, 3:01:47, $500
2. Lisa Cary, 30, Eureka, MO, 3:08:41
3. Amy Natalini, 32, Belleville, IL, 3:09:57

Men's Half Marathon
1. Scott Wietecha, 33, Hendersonville, TN, 1:05:51, $250 + $350 time bonus
2. Zachary Meineke, 26, Wauwatosa, WI, 1:06:09, $200 time bonus
3. Larry Huffman, 31, Waterloo, IL, 1:14:27

Women's Half Marathon
1. Lindsey Scherf, 28, Chapel Hill, NC, 1:17:30, $250
2. Amanda Albrecht, 24, Festus, MO, 1:22:59
3. Liz Speicher, 24, Edwardsville, IL, 1:23:14

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Monsanto Commits $1 Million for North St. Louis County
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 8, 2014 - Monsanto Company has committed $1 million in new support for several collaborative efforts in Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding communities in North St. Louis County.

Over the next two years, Monsanto's commitment will go to local non-profit agencies to support a variety of immediate and long-term community development initiatives benefitting residents and communities. In addition, Monsanto employees are continuing to volunteer with a number of organizations in the community.

Monsanto's funding will go to four local non-profit agencies supporting job development, education and economic vitality in the community, including:

United Way of Greater St. Louis. The local United Way will receive a donation of $500,000 for its newly established Ferguson Fund. The fund was developed to help people who are affected by unrest in Ferguson by providing a coordinated approach with partner organizations to address community building, mental health needs, basic needs and long-term strategies. Monsanto's donation to the Ferguson Fund is in addition to its annual support to United Way's campaign. Last year, Monsanto donated $4.1 million to the United Way of Greater St. Louis to help those in need.

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. Monsanto will expand its longstanding partnership with the Urban League by committing $200,000 to support the launch and implementation of the "Save Our Sons: Workforce Development Initiative." The new initiative aims to reach young men, between the ages of 21 and 34, in the Ferguson and surrounding North County communities to help them pass General Educational Development (GED) tests, receive workforce training and secure job placement. Beyond this contribution, the company also supports the Urban League's Head Start program, which offers professional development to teachers and hands-on opportunities for children, including those in North County communities.

"We are grateful to Monsanto for their support of this worthy initiative to help young African American men and others in North St. Louis County find employment," said Michael P. McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. about the "Save Our Sons: Workforce Development Initiative."

Reinvest North County Fund. The Fund, recently developed by the St. Louis Regional Business Council and North County Inc., will receive $200,000 to provide immediate assistance to area businesses recovering from the loss of products and damage to their stores. The Fund also will support area school districts by providing additional resources as they work to ensure the long-term success of local students.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). LSEM will receive $100,000 to support its efforts in providing free legal assistance to local residents who are experiencing personal hardships that the recent events in their neighborhood have brought to light. In addition, the Monsanto Fund has long supported LSEM's Children's Legal Alliance Program that provides legal services for children with disabilities and homeless children to ensure that their educational needs are met.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 President Reed Teams with Forest ReLeaf with 'Trees for Peace'
 Webster University Kicks Off Centennial Celebration at the Old Post Office Plaza
 Reinvest North County Fund Announces First Round of Awards
 City of Clayton Municipal Court to Hold Amnesty Day Court Docket, October 6
 VA Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson Addressed Issues at Hospital
 'Food for Fines' Program During July at St. Louis Public Library
 St. Louis Fire Department to Receive Grant to Enhance Training
 Painted Articulated MetroBus Spotlights South Grand
 Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade
 Newly Rebuilt River des Peres Greenway Trail Opens at the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station
 St. Louis City Introduces 'Milkweeds for Monarchs'
 Heat-Up St. Louis Hits A Record High of $165,000 To Date
 stl250 to Install 250 Cakes for the "Cakeway to the West"
 Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary Kicks Off at First Night
 St. Louis Launches New Initiative to Improve Housing Near Public Transit
 ALDI to Open New Store in Central West End
 Clayton Named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community
 'St. Louis Light The Night Walk' Aims to be in Top 10 of 200 Walk Sites Across the Nation
 St. Louis Mosaic Project Focuses on Diversity and Contributions of Immigrants to Communities
 Concordia Seminary Students Day of Service at Community Gardens
 Metro and Partners Exploring New Type of Transit Service for St. Louis
 United Way Seeks Volunteers for 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
 Amnesty Project at STLCC to Include All Misdemeanor Warrants
 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Cheers Abandoned Factory Cleanup
 Old North Raingarden Is Pilot Program in MSD's Project Clear
 Thousands Turn Out for PrideFest in Downtown St. Louis
 The Trestle in Old North St. Louis to Connect Region
 stl250 Unveils Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
 3-D Artwork Inspired by Historic Eads Bridge Installed at Laclede's Landing Metro Station
 Historical Event Held at Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing
 11 Local Arts Organizations Receive Grants Through PNC Arts Alive!
 AT&T Closing the Technology Gap with Contribution to OASIS
 The Mission Continues Veterans and PNC Bank Employees Refurbish Early Childhood Education Center
 Second Annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge
 Streetcar Feasibility Study Unveiled at Moto Museum
 State Seeking Organizations to Serve Meals to Children During Summer Months
 Hardee's Crew and Fred Bird Helps Heat-Up St. Louis Hit Record High of $125,000
 'Reason for Freezin' Annual Polar Plunge Raises Over $85,200 for Special Olympics Missouri
 Gov. Nixon Announces $1.3 Million in Innovation High School Grants
 O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex Opens in North Saint Louis Community

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