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Heatup St. Louis Rise 'N Shine Fundraiser Hits $303,000
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 15, 2017 - The final numbers for the 17th Annual Hardee's Rise 'N Shine for Heatup St. Louis, hits a final record of $303,000.00. This past weekend, customers were asked to drop off additional canister donations to about 60 area (MO/IL) local franchise Hardee's restaurants.

This year, more than 675 volunteers collected tips from Hardee's drive-thrus, menu boards, and dinning rooms during breakfast hours on Friday, February 10. The local Hardee's franchise offered Sausage 'N Egg and Egg biscuits for a special priced of $1.00 to its customers, and the entire proceeds from those sales, along with weekend canister collection donations will benefit Heatup St. Louis organization and its Missouri and Illinois social service partners.

In a release, "It is our utmost effort to keep the people of the St. Louis region safe during winter months, when they face utility affordability issues," jointly said, Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, 2017 Rise 'N Shine Co-chair and Reverend Earl E. Nance, Jr., chair emeritus.

The public can still go online to and make tax-deductible donations where, 100% of those public funds will be used for utility assistance, as the 58-member all volunteer board underwrites its administrative operation.

14th Annual Polar Plunge at Lake St. Louis Raised $112,651
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 10, 2017 - The 14th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 4th at Lake St. Louis was a splashing success, raising $112,651 to date. A record 462 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake Saint Louise.

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Organizers of the plunge still hope to raise an additional $7,349 to reach the goal of $120,000 Donations can be made at

Top individual fundraisers included the following:

1st Place Fundraiser - David Hurst - $8,513
2nd Place Fundraiser - Jeff Conderman - $2,790
3rd Place Fundraiser - Chris Barnett - $1,610

Any other prize categories you awarded:

1st Place Fundraiser School - Fort Zumwalt West Middle School - $10,867
1st Place Fundraiser Law Enforcement Agency - St. Charles County Police Department - $9,580
1st Place Fundraiser Group - Team Supa Dupa - $7,388

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the "golden plunger."
1st Place - Viking (Individual), Pepper Spray (Law Enforcement), Blind Mice (Group)
2nd Place - Blues Brothers (Individual), Roller Coaster (Law Enforcement), Team Supa Dupa (Group)
3rd Place - Elf (Individual), Tribute to 2016 Dead Celebrities (Law Enforcement), Crystal City Sombreros (Group)

This year's event was held in conjunction with Lake St. Louis, Wentzville, O'Fallon, and St. Charles County law enforcement agencies.

Free Tax Preparation Services for Seniors
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 10, 2017 - St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, in partnership with the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA), Reliance Bank and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, is sponsoring free tax preparations and banking consultations for low-to-moderate wage earners, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

The free services will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the William J. Harrison Education Center, located at 3140 Cass Ave in the City of St. Louis.

IRS-certified tax preparers will be on hand at the event to provide free assistance preparing 2016 tax returns. They will help taxpayers apply for all tax credits for which they qualify, including earned income tax credits (EITC) and tax credits for seniors and those with disabilities. All 2016 federal and state (including Missouri, Illinois and other states) returns will be electronically filed.

In addition, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union representatives will offer opportunities for opening free savings and checking accounts and provide consultations on other banking services. Reliance Bank representatives will be on hand to discuss the bank's Neighborhood Helper Home Improvement Loan program.

Taxpayers should bring required materials with them to the preparation, including all W-2 and 1099 forms, valid identification, social security cards or taxpayer identification numbers for all family members, and other materials. For more information, call 314-657-3422;for a full list of items to bring, visit the NABA website at

Citizens for Modern Transi to Host Discussion on Northside/Southside MetroLink Study
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 5, 2017 - As area leaders continue to examine the benefits of MetroLink expansion, members of the community are invited to join Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) and the St. Louis Regional Chamber for an informational discussion designed to update the public on the Northside/Southside MetroLink study which is currently underway in St. Louis City.

The event is set for Friday, February 24, at 9 a.m. at the St. Louis Regional Collaboration Center, located at One Metropolitan Square, Ste. 1300, in downtown St. Louis. The discussion will be led by Dan Meyers, project manager from AECOM, the consulting firm leading the study. Meyers will provide background on the study and its scope of work, and answer questions from those in attendance. The cost to attend is $10 for CMT members and $20 for non-members, with advance registration available online at Breakfast is included in the cost to attend.

This 18-month study will examine a portion of the route known as the Northside/Southside that runs through Downtown St. Louis, extends north along 14th Street, North Florissant, and Natural Bridge to near I-70 at Goodfellow Boulevard, and from Downtown south along Jefferson Avenue and continuing on South Broadway slightly past the City limits to Bayless Road at I-55. The study will also identify and analyze an alternative to the Northside Locally Preferred Alternative alignment that would serve the new NGA site.

"The implementation of this Northside/Southside MetroLink study represents an important step in our efforts to take transit to the next level in the St. Louis community," said Kim Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. "We will also be hosting an event to highlight the St. Louis County MetroLink study this summer."

Local organizations involved in executing the Northside/Southside MetroLink study include AECOM, Arcturis, Development Strategies, EDSI, Kivindyo Engineering Services, Resource Systems Group, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff and Vector Communications.

To learn more about the event, or for more information on Citizens for Modern Transit and its efforts to further transit development in the St. Louis region, call (314) 231-7272, find the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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