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Columbus Statue at Tower Grove Park
The statue of Christopher Columbus, by Ferdinand von Miller, is located at the Grand Entrance to Tower Grove Park. Archived photo
Tower Grove Park Announces Commission to Examine Role of Christopher Columbus statue
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 29, 2018 - Tower Grove Park has formed a commission to study the place of the Columbus statue in this National Historic Landmark park as part of the Park's ongoing commitment to diversity and respect for all.

Tower Grove Park is and will continue to be a welcoming place in the region for people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and faiths, as seen in the festivals and events it hosts, including the Festival of Nations, Pagan Picnic, Tower Grove Pride, and more. The Park welcomes this opportunity to facilitate constructive dialogue among our neighbors, visitors, and other stakeholders and impacted groups.

Tower Grove Park is one of only seven National Historic Landmark urban parks in the nation. The Columbus statue is part of a trio by the Victorian artist Ferdinand von Miller commissioned as a collection. These statues, including William Shakespeare, appear in islands in the east-west Main Drive of the Park.

Community stakeholders including respected members of the Native American and Italian American communities will convene in the coming weeks in an externally-facilitated discussion. The commission will be asked to make long-term recommendations to the Park's Board of Commissioners that is entrusted with the operation of the City-owned Park within the guidelines of Henry Shaw's gift of the land in 1867.

Muny Announces $20 Million Pledge for Second Century Capital Campaign
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 26, 2018 - The Muny has announced a remarkable pledge of $20 million from The JSM Charitable Trust for its Second Century Capital Campaign. This fundraising effort will fund major capital improvements, including a complete rebuild of the Muny stage, the support, maintenance and upkeep of the aging 11.5 acre campus, and the building of the theatre's endowment, which supports The Muny's ever-growing education and outreach programs.

"As one of the lead supporters of this campaign, James and Elizabeth McDonnell, through The JSM Charitable Trust, have once again set the tone for philanthropy in the St. Louis community and we are incredibly humbled and grateful to be on the receiving end of their generosity," said Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan. "This gift helps secure a thriving future for The Muny and the generations of St. Louisans we will continue to serve."

"There's music and magic on that stage, but behind the scenes are dated technologies and a crumbling infrastructure that hold it all together," said James S. McDonnell III, Trustee of The JSM Charitable Trust, Honorary Campaign Chair, Board Member and long-time Muny supporter. "This is our chance to give a gift of great value to generations and secure the future of this civic institution for years to come."

This announcement was part of The Muny's official kick-off event, Intermission: Setting the Stage for the Next Act, for the upcoming stage renovation. Major donors were invited for an intimate evening onstage that included brief remarks regarding the Second Century Capital Campaign and the upcoming major renovations to the theatre.

Harris-Stowe State University Receives $250,000 Gift
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 26, 2018 - Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) announced recently it has received a $250,000 donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and Enterprise's owners, the Taylor family. The gift supports the Hornet Summer Bridge Program (HSBP), a five-week residential experience that provides incoming first-year students with the tools necessary to successfully transition from high school to college. Initially funded by Enterprise in 2015, this gift will fund the Summer Bridge Program for an additional two years.

"With this generous gift, Enterprise continues to demonstrate its dedication to expanding opportunities for on-campus students from our community and from across the country," said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, President of Harris-Stowe State University. "We are grateful for Enterprise's longstanding support, and together, we will make the St. Louis community a better place for all citizens by promoting the value of post-secondary education."

Since the introduction of the Summer Bridge Program, 121 students have successfully participated in the one-year experience. University data indicates that participants are more active in campus activities and more likely to remain in school to graduate than nonparticipants. The program grows each year: The first group consisted of 25 incoming students, then 47 students in 2016, and 50 students in 2017.

Now in its fourth year, the program drew 54 participants from eight states. Summer Bridge students have the opportunity to complete seven credit hours of coursework, participate in field experiences and learn about the rich history of Missouri and the Civil Rights Movement. "Summer Bridge not only set me up to have great success in the classroom, it also transformed me into a leader on campus,"said Dajon Stewart, (2016) St. Louis, MO.

"Summer Bridge was great! It helped me with my time management, put me ahead for the Fall semester, and introduced me to a more diverse life," said Justin Pearson, (2017) Memphis, TN.

"Inspired by the legacy of my grandfather and Enterprise founder, Jack Taylor, our company is committed to expanding economic mobility and workforce development through education," said Carolyn Kindle Betz, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. "We're honored today to celebrate the educational opportunities that Harris-Stowe State University has provided to our community for the past 160 years."

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