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Two Missouri Youth Honored for Volunteerism at National Award Ceremony
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 15, 2017 - Missouri's top two youth volunteers of 2017, Meredith Sharp, 18, of Springfield and Madeline Domian, 12, of Fenton, were honored in the nation's capital recently for their outstanding volunteer service during the 22nd annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Madeline - along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country - received a $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Meredith, who was unable to attend last night's events, was honored in absentia for her outstanding volunteer service.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), named Meredith and Madeline Missouri's top high school and middle level youth volunteers in February. In addition to their cash awards, they each received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for four days of recognition events.

Madeline, a sixth-grader at Rockwood South Middle School, mobilized her whole school to help her create care kits for children undergoing chemotherapy in honor of a beloved aunt who died from cancer in September 2015. After her Aunt Katie-Do was diagnosed, Madeline and her sister sold cookies at their neighborhood garage sale and donated the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. When her aunt died, "I thought to myself: What can I do to keep her memory alive?" said Madeline. "I remembered how hard chemo treatments were for her, and I thought no kid should have to go through that."

Madeline researched the needs of children in chemotherapy and then asked her principal if she could get her school's students involved in making "chemo care kits." With the help of a counselor and her school's leadership team, she kicked off a school-wide drive with a PowerPoint presentation to the entire student body. Madeline requested items to help kids deal with the side effects of chemotherapy (such as lip balm, lotion and hand sanitizer), keep them comfortable (socks, hats and blankets), and keep them busy (games, toys and puzzles). "Everyone thought it was a great idea, and donations started piling in," said Madeline. After enough items were collected, students helped assemble 50 kits and deliver them to St. Louis Children's Hospital. Madeline now delivers 30 kits a month; to date, she and her helpers have put together 450 kits for kids battling cancer.

"These honorees have done exemplary work to contribute to the health and vitality of their communities, and we look forward to seeing the great things they achieve in the future," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. "Congratulations to each of these extraordinary young volunteers."

"It's a privilege to celebrate these students not only for outstanding volunteer service, but for the example they've set for their peers," said Jayne Ellspermann, president of NASSP. "These honorees prove that one person truly can make a difference."

Family Fun at the Budweiser Clydesdales Breeding Facility
BOONEVILLE, MO, ( - Warm Springs Ranch has opened its gates to guests from around the world for the ninth season.

With more than 70 Budweiser Clydesdales and foals roaming the pastures, guests who visit Warm Springs Ranch have the opportunity to experience the iconic and world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales up close and personal.

The 300-acre breeding facility is located in the heart of Missouri in Boonville. While taking part in one of the daily tours, guests can enjoy seeing the vast countryside where the Budweiser Clydesdales spend their time, along with the 25,000-square-foot breeding barn, veterinary lab and pastures with customized, walk-in shelters.

During the tours, guests learn about the history of the Budweiser Clydesdales and the meticulous care and attention that goes into raising them. Dedicated staff is on-site around the clock to ensure the highest quality of care for each horse and that all new baby Clydesdales born at the Ranch are welcomed into the world in comfort and safety.

New this season, visitors will have the unique opportunity to get an out-of-this-world experience that hasn't occurred for nearly 100 years. On August 21, the solar eclipse will take place across the United States. and Boonville is located directly within the path for optimal viewing.

To bring the best experience possible to the thousands anticipated to visit the area, Warm Springs Ranch will host a viewing event, complete with eclipse glasses, parking, two 10-ounce samples of Budweiser, food vendors and more. Tickets can be purchased online starting March 10 at and will cost $50 for those age 19 and older, $25 for ages 6-18 and children under age 5 are free.

"We're thrilled to welcome visitors for our ninth season and we're especially looking forward to offering a special viewing experience of the solar eclipse," said John Soto, Supervisor of Warm Spring Ranch. "What a unique way to watch the solar eclipse in beautiful Boonville, right alongside the Budweiser Clydesdales."

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