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Moonlight Ramble Bike Ride Canceled for 2018
ST. LOUIS, MO, (slfp.com), June 12, 2018 - Organizers of the annual Moonlight Ramble bike ride through Downtown St Louis have announced that the cycling event will not be held in 2018.
Hubbard Radio St Louis - owner and operator of New Country 92.3, 101 ESPN and 106.5 The Arch, and newly-added radio properties KSHE 95 and 105.7 The Point - acquired the rights to the Moonlight Ramble event from Emmis Communications (KSHE and KPNT's former owner/operator) as of May 1, 2018.
Organizers cite the timing of this recent merger and event acquisition, the rising costs to put on the event, and an increased emphasis on rider safety as the primary reasons they chose to cancel the event for 2018.
"This was not a decision that was taken lightly. Our management team understands the rich history this event has in St Louis, and we hope to bring the Moonlight Ramble back in 2019 as a safer and more enjoyable rider experience", according to Hubbard's Director of Integrated Marketing and Events.
COCA Completes $29 Million Renovation First Phase
Designed by a partnership between Christner Inc. and Axi:Ome, COCA's new east wing will include a state-ofthe-art, 450-seat theater; new studios; a community commons area; and a safe and accessible location for families to drop-off and pick-up students. Rendering courtesy Christner, Inc.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (slfp.com), June 10, 2018 - Center of Creative Arts (COCA) has unveiled significant renovations to its historic Erich Mendelsohn-designed University City building and announced a $5 million gift to its Create Our Future Campaign from Kim Kuehner, a St. Louis philanthropist and retired business owner.
This most recent gift brings the total raised to $41 million to fund the community organization's plans to grow its University City campus and build its endowment and reserves.
"Kim's extraordinary gift is transformational for COCA and the community we serve," said COCA Executive Director, Kelly Pollock. "Words cannot express my gratitude for not only this gift, but also for his infectious
passion for our mission, especially our students."
Kuehner's gift also brings to three the number of local families who have committed $5 million to support COCA's growth and future. A new east wing will be named in honor of John and Alison Ferring, who led the campaign with a $5 million first gift. Kuehner's name will adorn the historic west wing of COCA's building, and a new theatre will be named in honor of the Berges Family Foundation, which issued a challenge and matched $5 million in gifts made to the campaign last summer. The new central gathering space, Centene Commons,
will be named in recognition of a $3 million lead corporate gift from the Centene Charitable Foundation.
A Community Open House, Saturday, June 9, celebrated the completion of the first phase of the ambitious project. Opening is the Staenberg Performance Lab, a sunlit central studio, rehearsal hall, and performance space. Also opening are new dance studios - Peacock Studio and Emerson Studio; The Gold Art & Design
Studio - a flexible space for artists, makers and creators; and the Dierbergs Kitchen at COCA - to be used for culinary programs in addition to hosting and serving events.
"This is a milestone moment for COCA," said Jesse Hunter, President of COCA's Board. "We are excited to welcome the entire community into our beautiful renovated spaces and celebrate the commencement of COCA's next chapter as we break ground on our expansion."
Work will begin this summer on Phase 2 of the Create Our Future project, which will extend COCA's current building to the east nearly doubling its campus. It is set to open in early 2020.
Designed by a partnership between Christner Inc. and Axi:Ome, COCA's new east wing will include a state-ofthe-art, 450-seat theater; new studios; a community commons area; and a safe and accessible location for families to drop-off and pick-up students. The expansion will allow COCA to serve more students in multidisciplinary classrooms and studios and deliver innovative dance and theatre performances, while substantially growing the organization's endowment, ensuring COCA will be able to serve the St. Louis community for years
"I was instantly captivated by COCA's kids and their stories of transformation, and recognized the possibilities this project provided for the region," said Kuehner. "COCA's vision for the future is bold, and I can't think of a
more exciting place in St. Louis right now."
The Create our Future Campaign is the largest in the organization's history with a goal of $45 million.
"We witness the life-changing power of arts education in the thousands of young people we serve each year, and we want to provide these transformative opportunities for even more kids," said Pollock. "As we expand, we remain focused on providing equitable access to our programs for everyone."
Key to the expansion was replacing COCA's parking, accomplished through a partnership with Washington University, which opened a shared parking garage adjacent to its 560 Music School Building this week.
COCA will remain open throughout construction, with some performances moved off-site. The renovations are complete just in time for COCA to welcome a total of more than 3,000 summer campers through its doors over the course of the summer.
Cheryl Holman chairs the campaign steering committee, with honorary chairs Alison and John Ferring. Members of the committee include Lisa Boyce, Bill Carson, Carolyn Gold, Tom Hillman, Jesse Hunter, Kristin Johnson, Lee Kaplan, N.S. "Jim" Knight, Ned Lemkemeier, Melissa Merlin, Dave Peacock and Donald Suggs.
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