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Ameren Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis with $1 Million Donation
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 25, 2018 - Ameren Corporation is donating $1 million to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (Urban League) to support its work to strengthen communities and bolster the region as a better and brighter place to live and work.

"Ameren's continued support and generous donation will assist the Urban League in being a catalyst for social change through advocacy, coalition building, and program services throughout the bi-state region," said Michael McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. "We are grateful for a corporate partner such as Ameren that understands and supports our vision for a diverse and inclusive region where everyone has the opportunity to succeed."

The donation will be applied over a five-year period to fund specific regional programs and initiatives that help to empower the community and positively change lives. The funds will be used to support the Urban League's Community Outreach centers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area that provide food, clothing and basic necessities for the 100,000 residents the agency serves each year.

"At Ameren, we know the strength of our company is tied to the strength of the communities we serve," Ameren Illinois Chairman and President Richard Mark said. "As the Urban League enters its second century of service to the community, this donation will help ensure their important work continues so we can build a stronger, more vibrant region for everyone."

Ameren has a long history of supporting the Urban League both financially and through regional initiatives including programs such as the Dollar More energy bill assistance program, window air conditioner giveaways and home weatherization workshops.

The Urban League exists to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights. The St. Louis chapter of the Urban League is consistently ranked the No. 1 affiliate of the National Urban League. 2018 marks the Urban League's 100th year of service to the greater St. Louis community.

"Supporting the Urban League aligns with our values and our commitment to community partnership," said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO, Ameren Corporation. "Successful companies and communities actively embrace diversity and inclusion. Ameren will continue to support these types of initiatives, as well as other programs and organizations, because we are committed to doing what is right for our employees, our customers and the communities we serve."


21st Season of Downtown Walking Tours Starts April 7th
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 25, 2018 - Lace up your most comfortable shoes and head Downtown to kick-off the 21st Season of Downtown Architectural Walking Tours sponsored by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. The Downtown East & West tours are held each Saturday, 10 AM to Noon, rain or shine, through October 28.

Three tour routes highlight Downtown St. Louis' amazing architecture, history and even some surprising secrets about the people and places that helped shape the city. Each tour costs $10 per adult and is free for children 12 years of age and younger. Payment is cash only.

Downtown East Tour: Meeting site: the 4th Street entrance to the Old Courthouse, between Market and Chestnut Streets. Highlights of the East Tour include the Old Courthouse, Old Cathedral, Gateway Arch, Eads Bridge, Old Post Office, Wainwright Building and a Philip Johnson-designed office building.

Downtown West Tour: Meeting site: the main Market Street entrance to St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market Street. The tour itinerary includes Union Station, Peabody Opera House, City Hall, Central Library, Campbell House Museum and Soldiers Memorial.

Washington Avenue Tour: First & Third Saturdays of the month. Meeting site: Outside Tigin Irish Pub at the Hampton Inn, 333 Washington Avenue at 4th Street. Tour goers will view historic buildings including 555 Washington Avenue, National Blues Museum, International Shoe Company, City Museum and the birthplace of St. Louis and Washington University campuses.

Reservations are not required for groups of less than 10 persons. For group bookings, dial 314-690-3140 or e-mail walkingtours314@gmail.com

For information about other tours and events offered by Landmarks Association of St. Louis, visit the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. website at www.landmarks-stl.org.


Fair Saint Louis Announces Call for Vendors for The Fairway
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 25, 2018 - Fair Saint Louis is accepting vendor applications for The Fairway, a shopping experience in which local and regional artisans can sell creative and unique products to fairgoers. Fair Saint Louis will take place July 4, 6 and 7, 2018, at the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.

"As the Fair returns to its original home of the Gateway Arch, we are proud to continue to support regional artisans and merchants, and to offer a place for vendors to showcase their unique products and for fairgoers to relax, shop and support artisans," said Julie Donnelly, Event Marketing Manager, Fair St. Louis Foundation.

The Fairway will be stationed on the Mississippi Riverfront (Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.) beneath the south leg of the Gateway Arch, and will operate from noon to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7; and from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 6. Approximately 50,000-100,000 people attend the Fair each day.

Vendors should apply in one of the following categories:

  • Artisan or Crafter: Vendors who make their products with their own hands. Products must be unique.
  • Merchandise Vendor: Vendors who sell merchandise that they do not personally make by hand.
  • Roaming Vendor (limited availability): Vendors who have access to walk Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. selling their merchandise. Roaming vendors do not receive a tent, table, chairs, or electric; but will receive vendor credentials, parking pass and a listing on the Fair Saint Louis website.
Applicants should review terms and conditions, including allowable merchandise, fees and insurance, power and lighting logistics and more, before applying. The application deadline for The Fairway is May 5, 2018. There is a $25 application fee upon submission.

The application can be submitted by visiting www.fairsaintlouis.org.

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