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stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
Erin Budde, Executive Director for stl250, unveiled plans for the stl250 celebration, which will begin at Grand Center's New Year's Eve First Night 2013 and will close on New Year's Eve 2014.

stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
Ameren Chairman, President and CEO Tom Voss and his wife Carol will serve as stl250 co-chairs.
stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
A region-wide "Cakewalk" will provide an educational walk through St. Louis' history with ornamental birthday cakes placed at 250 regional historical locations.
stl250 Unveils Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
by Bob Moore,
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 3, 2013 - An outdoor community festival, reenactment of St. Louis's founding fathers arriving on the Riverfront and a region-wide Birthday Celebration are key events being planned by stl250 for the Gateway City's 250th Anniversary next year.

The announcement was made today at the stl250 Launch Event, held at Ameren headquarters in downtown St. Louis. Representatives and area volunteers of stl250 were onhand to outline details of the Semiquincentennial milestone.

Joe Buck provided a special guest greeting from the Buck family via skype. "On behalf of all the Bucks, present and past, Happy Birthday to St. Louis, my city, my home town. Of all the cities I know that are 250 years old, you're looking great," he said, as guests clapped in response.

The 2014 celebration year will be co-hosted by City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. Ameren Chairman, President and CEO Tom Voss and his wife Carol will serve as stl250 co-chairs.

Tom Voss observed that Ameren has a long history in St. Louis, having lit up the World's Fair in 1904. "Giving back to the community in which we live and work is an integral part of our culture. As a result, the company and our 9,000 employees, including Carol and me, are involved in hundreds of community activities every year. Right now, Ameren, as we speak, has about 2,700 people working in north St. Louis county trying to restore service from the effects of the tornado which happened on Friday night."

Carol said they welcomed the opportunity to lead the effort that reflects on St. Louis' past, celebrates and builds on the momentum of today and moves our region forward with a sense of pride and optimism.

Tom observed that St. Louis is among the nation's top markets for startups, IT and innovation. It's among the best cities for families and for retirees because of the low cost of living and high quality of life.

"It is regularly recognized for innovative cultural institutions and quality arts groups. It is one of the nation's most generous cities, pitching in with charitable donations and volunteerism to help those in need. These qualities make St. Louis a place people want to visit, live, work and play," he said.

"We hope St. Louisans will look back on our 250th birthday as a redefining moment for our region," concluded Voss, as the crowd cheered loudly.

The stl250 celebration will begin at Grand Center's New Year's Eve First Night 2013 and will close on New Year's Eve 2014. Events will be held throughout the year by both stl250 and thousands of other organizations and communities. stl250 is planning a big splash for the 250th birthday weekend (February 14 - 16, 2014) which includes:

  • An outdoor and environmentally friendly Valentine's Day "Burnin' Love" festival will feature concert entertainment, a hot chocolate happy hour, sweetheart's dinners, heated culinary lounges, fireworks, permanent fire sconces in the park's canals and lakes as well as a centerpiece public art sculpture of a burning heart. This sculpture will literally be on fire in Forest Park's Grand Basin Lake.
  • A re-enactment of the city's founding on Laclede's Landing as well as a scholarly symposium entitled, "The Impact of the Founding of St. Louis: on the Region and the Entire Nation".
  • Founders Day Gala at the Missouri History Museum with satellite galas at other locations.
  • A brief celebration & an official birthday cake will immediately follow the re-enactment. Commemorative Birthday Cakes will play a key and interactive role throughout the year. A region-wide "Cakewalk" will provide an educational walk through St. Louis' history. Ornamental birthday cakes will be placed at 250 regional historical locations. Cakes will be interactive and allow those with smart phones and tablets to receive facts on their device about the location's history. Details on locations and a contest will be announced in the Fall 2013 timeframe.
"St. Louis has a long history, current momentum and a promising future," said Erin Budde, Executive Director for stl250. "It's important that we mark this major milestone in a way that engages our entire region. stl250 and its volunteer leadership have much work to do over the next seven months to finalize plans, engage partners from across the region while broadly telling the story of our past, present and future through events that range from the grassroots to grand scale," Budde continued.

From "grassroots to grand scale," organizations and groups throughout the region are encouraged to help mark St. Louis' milestone by registering their events to commemorate the celebration year. Once registered through, events will be included on the stl250 official event calendar.

stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley enthusiastically noted that "this is a tremendous opportunity for all of us to be proud of St. Louis. We live in a great area and I could not be more excited about the coming year and about us. Happy Birthday St. Louis."

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
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 11 Local Arts Organizations Receive Grants Through PNC Arts Alive!
 AT&T Closing the Technology Gap with Contribution to OASIS
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 Second Annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge
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 Hardee's Crew and Fred Bird Helps Heat-Up St. Louis Hit Record High of $125,000
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 Gov. Nixon Announces $1.3 Million in Innovation High School Grants
 O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex Opens in North Saint Louis Community
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 CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers Named New Director of Department of Social Services
 Mayor Slay Signs Cell Phone Bill Into Law
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 Governor Nixon Announces Health Care Coverage for Additional Estimated 300,000 Missourians
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 Lafayette Square Named One of Nation's "Prettiest Painted Places"
 St. Vincent Trail Opens in the Heart of St. Louis City
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 Lafayette Square Competes for "Prettiest Painted Places"
 Mediation Program To Assist Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
 Clydesdales Make Special Guest Appearance at Veterans Festival
 Festival of Nations Attracts Huge Crowds to Tower Grove Park to Enjoy Food, Dancing and Shopping
 Youth Opportunities Program to Help Girls Incorporated of St. Louis
 "Food for Fines" Program Tops Last Year Total
 Arts & Education Council Invites Teachers to Apply for Grants
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 Cool Down Unveils "Keep On The Air" Project for Seniors and Disabled
 USPS Releases Plan to Preserve Post Offices in Rural America
 Four Missouri Schools Ranked Best High Schools in the Nation
 National Bike to Work Day Celebrated in Metropolitan St. Louis
 Urban Roots Volunteers Beautify Downtown St. Louis
 Cinco de Mayo Festivals in St. Louis
 Sesame Street's Elmo, Grace Hill and PNC Bank Introduce New Financial Education Program for Preschoolers
 Mayor Slay Signs Bike Parking Bill to Make City More Bike-Friendly
 MERS/Goodwill & The Cardinals Recycling Event Draws Big Crowd
 23rd Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival at Forest Park
 Neighbors Work Together to Help Clean Up St. Louis
 550 Volunteers Braved the Cold to Raise $95,000 for Heat-Up STL
 2012 Governor's Joplin Habitat Challenge to Build 35 Homes
 Welcome Home Foundation Challenges Other Communities to Hold Parades
 Welcome Home Foundation Moves Forward with Challenge to Raise $7 Million in 7 Days for Vets
 St. Louis Public Library Earns Second-Place Ranking

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