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Kiener Plaza Will Soon Open to the Public
The new Kiener Plaza will reopen to visitors with a ribbon cutting at noon on Friday, May 19, and a community celebration on Saturday, May 20, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 7, 2017 - On Friday, May 19, the newly renovated Kiener Plaza will officially re-open at noon with a ribbon cutting event with dignitaries and project leaders, a drum line performance by the Car Lane VPA Middle School, and live music by the Kelly Wild Duo until 1:30 p.m., with food trucks for those looking to grab a mid-day bite in the new space.
On Saturday, May 20, from 11am to 6pm, is the Kiener Plaza Opening Celebration, featuring food trucks, kids activities, face painting and live music from Acoustik Element, Boderline, Phi and Javier Mendoza presents Hobo Cane. Fredbird and Team Fredbird are also scheduled to appear.
The Kiener Plaza Opening Celebration will take place just prior to the St. Louis Cardinals home game against the San Francisco Giants at 6:15 p.m. and is a family and pet friendly event.
The new Kiener Plaza features the Courthouse Lawn (which can hold more than 2,000 people for concerts and events), a playground for kids of all ages, a splash pad, improved pedestrian connections and lighting and the return of the iconic Runner Statue.
Some of the features in the new Kiener Plaza visitors will enjoy include:
The $23.7 million Kiener Plaza project is funded privately through the CityArchRiver Foundation and with Proposition P funding overseen by Great Rivers Greenway.
- More than 140 new trees and a shade garden so people can enjoy a relaxing park setting during their workday or visit
- The Courthouse Lawn - which can hold more than 2,000 people for concerts and events
- A playground for children of all ages
- An interactive water feature (often known as a splash pad)
- The iconic Runner Statue, which will return to its home at the center of Kiener Plaza with a new fountain and LED lighting
- Lots of seating, tables and benches for people to enjoy the fresh air, eat a meal or hold an event
- Improved pedestrian connections and street parking for easy access to the park
- Improved lighting across the park
AG Hawley Files Suit Against Deceitful Charitable Organization
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 5, 2017 - Attorney General Joshua Hawley has filed a lawsuit in the St. Charles County Circuit Court against Harold Hogarth and Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc., alleging that Hogarth fraudulently took money that had been donated to provide scholarships to families of service-members killed in action. Such families are known as Gold Star families.
"We will aggressively pursue those who take advantage of Missourians generosity, especially when they dishonor the memories and families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country," said Hawley.
Hogarth is accused of soliciting donations by telling donors that he was starting a nonprofit that would provide scholarships to children of servicemen killed in action. He named his nonprofit Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc. and in printed materials and on a website again claimed that he would provide college scholarships. He even went so far as to promise college scholarships to three students.
In total, Hogarth took $122,000 in donations but did not provide a single scholarship. Hogarth spent at least $35,000 on personal expenses or on transfers to personal bank accounts. He made personal purchases at places like Everything Wine & Cigars, Bandana's BBQ, and Lowes. Hogarth also spent about $74,000 from donations on business overhead and travel expenses.
Charitable organizations soliciting donations in the state are required to file a registration with the Attorney General's Office. Missourians should contact the Attorney General's Office if they believe an individual or organization is engaged in misrepresentation to solicit money. Those who may have contributed money to Harold Hogarth or Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc. are urged to contact the Missouri Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-392-8222.
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