Friday, December 19, 2014

Charmaine Chapman Society: Black Donors Raise Over 2 Million in St. Louis

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Charmaine Chapman Society 2014 co-chairs Reuben and D'Anne Shelton (left)
with guests at the 20th anniversary gala in September 2014.

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Charmaine Chapman Society of the United Way of Greater St. Louis is comprised of African-American donors who pledge an annual gift of $1,000 or more, benefiting local charities. The Society celebrated its 20th anniversary on September 13, 2014 with a gala for over 600 people that featured a black tie reception, dinner and entertainment by Grammy-award winning artist Howard Hewett. On December 9, the Society celebrated another achievement – hitting their 2014 fundraising goal of 2.25 million.

Among the donors who contributed to the Society’s annual campaign are David and Thelma Steward, who pledged 1 million to the United Way, becoming the first African-American philanthropists in St. Louis to do so. Johnny Furr Jr., former co-chair of the Charmaine Chapman Society stated that the United Way has been actively involved in meeting the needs of families and individuals in Ferguson and neighboring communities in coordination with a variety of agencies: “In the wake of recent events in our community, we have been asking what we can do to make a difference, particularly with our young people.” Read more at the St. Louis American.

Photo credit: Cedric Scott Photography

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