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 $500,000 Danforth Foundation Challenge Spurs                                                                                           BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                                                                                                        OFFICERS
 Capital Campaign                                                                                                                       President, Stephen F. Desloge,
 Independence Center's $3.7 million "Rebuilding Lives, Restoring Futures" Capital Campaign received a tremendous                           Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
 boost in late June with word of a half-million dollar matching challenge commitment from the Danforth Foundation.                      Vice President, Sue Hutchins, Commerce Bank
 The foundation had already supported the drive underwriting the creation of the new West End Place clubhouse, as had                   Treasurer, Thomas D. Harmon, First Bank
 Senator and Mrs. John Danforth personally. So the phone call from the foundation office communicating this challenge
                                                                                                                                        Secretary, John F. Cowling,
 was a most welcome surprise. According to Independence Center Executive Director Mike Keller, the challenge could
 not have come at a better time. "Senator and Mrs. Danforth, in their roles as honorary campaign co-chairs, had been                       Armstrong Teasdale LLP
 tracking our fundraising progress and saw that the slowing economy had made it more difficult to obtain commitments                    Past President, Peter S. Kieffer, M.D.,
 from area corporations with whom we had no giving history. They thought the campaign needed a boost and asked the                         Christian Hospital
 foundation trustees to make this challenge."

 The challenge was made at a point when the campaign was approximately one million dollars short of its goal,                           DIRECTORS
 and offers to match dollar-for-dollar any gifts made or pledges received before December 31, 2008, up to half                          M. Colleen Beckemeyer, CFP, MBA,
 that amount. The Danforth Foundation's objective in doing so is that the campaign will fully achieve its goal by                          AXA Advisors, LLC
 year-end. The Danforth Challenge had an immediate positive effect, as well as continuing benefits. Dr. John Sweet -- a
                                                                                                                                        Jon Bettale, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
 retired psychiatrist, a long-time friend of Independence Center, and trustee of the William A. Kerr Foundation -- visited
 the clubhouse the day after the challenge was received for a luncheon meeting. On hearing of the exciting challenge,                   Frances Davis, Community Volunteer
 Dr. Sweet immediately made a $100,000 commitment from the William A. Kerr Foundation, making the goal that much                        Steven C. Drapekin, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C.
 closer!                                                                                                                                Louis T. Dubuque, Advantage Capital
                                                                                                                                        Mark Eggert, Centene Corporation
  Other donors whose gifts have been matched under the challenge's provisions include Southwest Bank, Enterprise
 Rent-A-Car, Dr. and Mrs. Dan Haupt, the Bascom Foundation and the Bland Foundation.                                                    Hon. Anna Forder, Senior Circuit Judge
 "Some corporations which do not make capital gifts have instead made operating grants to our cause. These are terribly                 Barbara Wall Fraser,
 valuable because operating needs do not go away while an organization is building a new facility. In fact, the many                       County Councilperson, 5th District
 additional members attracted by the new building make those needs even greater,” Keller said.
                                                                                                                                        Jeromy C. Fritz, Owner, St. Louis Presort, Inc.

Independence Center makes new "Friends" at                                                                                              Karen Gotsch, Healthlink
                                                                                                                                        L. Keith Graves, Community Volunteer

Summer Fusion!                                                                                                                          Kent R. Higginbotham,
                                                                                                                                           Higginbotham Brothers, Inc.
Dramatic lighting and incredible energy set the stage for an amazing night as the Young Friends of
                                                                                                                                        Nelson H. Howe, II, Lashly & Baer, P.C.
Independence Center hosted their inaugural event - Summer Fusion - on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008.
                                                                                                                                        Edward F. Lawlor, Ph.D.,
More than 100 guests arrived at West End Place, walked the red carpet and made their way upstairs                                          George Warren Brown School of Social Work
to enjoy specialty fusion cocktails and a delicious menu from                                                                              at Washington University St. Louis
Jimmy's on the Park. When they weren't feasting on specialties      Latin rock
                                                                 phenom Javier                                                          Gregory A. Lee, Gundaker Commercial Group
such as Jimmy's signature crab cakes, chicken asparagus risotto
                                                                    Mendoza                                                             Collins Lewis, M.D.,
and raspberry chocolate bread pudding, they took to the roof-top - sensational at
terrace for an incredible concert by two of St. Louis' premier                                                                             Washington University Department of Psychiatry
                                                                     Summer
musicians - Latin rock phenom Javier Mendoza and R&B artist          Fusion!                                                            Kaleb Lilly, CPA, RubinBrown
Coco Soul.                                                                                                                              Barbara K. Mange, Community Volunteer
                                                                                                                                        H. Fredrick Mayfield, Marsh USA
Summer Fusion was based on a theme of pairing an eclectic mix
                                                                                                                                        Marjorie McFarland, Ph.D., Community Volunteer
in every element of the event - the dinner menu, the styles of
music - even the raffle prizes, which included extravagant spa                                                                          Leslie McKinney, Community Volunteer
packages, free gym memberships, gift certificates to some of St.                                                     St. Louis R&B      Stephen Nickelson, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Louis' premier restaurants and boutiques, tickets to St. Louis                                                      artist Coco Soul.   David K. Schlafly, Schlafly Real Estate
Fashion Week, field passes to St. Louis sporting events and
                                                                                                                                        Mildred Shegog, Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
more.
                           Continued on Page 3, Summer Fusion                                                                           Dr. John Sweet, William A. Kerr Foundation
                                                                                                                                        Sarah Thompson, Twist (a Kaminer Company)

          A Fresh Perspective: Justin Idleburg                                                                                          Coreen Vlodarchyk, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
                                                                                                                                        Dr. Danny Wedding, University of Missouri School of
Justin Idleburg knows first hand the challenges of being young, starting out on your own and facing tough decisions in life             Medicine
- just like every young adult today. And like many other young
adults in St. Louis, Justin also has a mental illness.

Justin was introduced to Independence Center's West End
Place Clubhouse last year by his caseworker at BJC Behavioral
Health. He chose to become a member because he recognized                                                                                      INSIDE THIS ISSUE
the uniqueness of "how everyone was interacting and staying
busy," so he applied for membership. Since then he says he                                                                                   Letter from the Executive Director
has connected with the resources he needed to turn his life                                                                                  BB’s Event Highlights
around. "I love everything about Independence Center, and
everything it stands for. It has restored my life, and I know we                                                                             Young Adult Initiative
can offer that to other people."                                                                                                             Thank you to NAMI Walk Sponsors

West End Place is unique and innovative among mental             Member Justin Idleburg with practicum student Hannah Braunstein at          Golf Tournament Highlights
                                                                                    West End Place Clubhouse.
health agencies and clubhouses in building design and fea-                                                                                   Tributes
tures, technology and programs offered. Justin points out just a few features that would attract young adults - a loft style
                                                                                                                                             And more...
building, updated technology with both PC and Mac computers as well as social opportunities, friendly staff who are will-
ing to help in any aspect of your life, and the support and friendship of other members. He says these are just a few rea-
sons why he is here and he wants to help spread the word. He feels that if more young people knew about West End
Place and the programs here they could benefit as he has. Continued on Page 3, Young Adults at Independence Center
    A Letter From the Executive Director
                                                                                                                         and growth. As the presidency passes to Steve
                                                                 West End Place of course continues to serve many        Desloge, CFO of Watlow Electric, we take this occa-
                                                                 hundreds of long-time members who are equally at        sion to salute Peter's dedication, intelligence and
                                                                 home in its bright and open spaces. The environ-        tact, which have served Independence Center so
                                                                 ment so obviously mirrors the contemporary work-        well.
                                                                 place that members' expectations of returning to
                                                                 work are much enhanced. We currently have a             We've only been able to meet challenges with suc-
                                                                 broad array of transitional employment opportunities    cess because of the support of our many generous
                                                                 to allow members to experience success at re-           donors, who not only provide more than $660,000 in
                                                                 entering the world of work. There are retail opportu-   annual operating support, but whose commitments
                                                                 nities as T.J.Maxx and Home Goods, courier and          to our "Rebuilding Futures, Restoring Lives" Capital
                                                                 copy center work at such prestigious law firms as       Campaign have enabled us to build and equip a
                                                                 Bryan Cave and Lewis, Rice & Fingersh or at             world-class facility. We are in a race to complete
                                                                 Commerce Bank, direct mail jobs at Zip Mail, and        this phase of the campaign by December 31st,
                                                                 positions in the housekeeping and dietary areas at      spurred by a very generous matching challenge
                                                                 Barnes-Jewish Hospital, to name just a few.             from the Danforth Foundation.

   Dear Friends:                                                 We have been told we're the most effective agency       With the collective energy of board, staff, our mem-
                                                                 in the Midwest at putting people with severe and        bers and our donors, Independence Center will con-
   It is an enjoyable challenge to update you on events          persistent mental illness back to work, but we face a   tinue to meet the needs of adults with severe mental
   at Independence Center as we begin our second                 continuing challenge to have enough openings to         illness for many years to come.
   year in West End Place clubhouse. What an excit-              meet the needs of our rapidly growing membership.
   ing year it has been! A time of incredible successes                                                                  Thank you for your support.
   and growth, relationship building and community               We address such challenges through a comprehen-
   outreach, program expansion and development.                  sive strategic plan that anticipates change. We
                                                                 update our plan annually, but last Spring, with the
   Independence Center served significantly more                 move to West End Place now successfully accom-
   members this year, increasing from 175 to an aver-            plished, we sharply refocused our goals and objec-
   age of 221 per day. We were particularly pleased              tives. Such planning assures that we're not too con-
   that many are young people whose mental illness               tent with recent improvements and maintain an
   had only recently been diagnosed. They find the               appropriate focus on our future.                        J. Michael Keller
   new clubhouse, filled with the technology that young                                                                  Executive Director
   adults have grown up with, resonating with their              Independence Center is fortunate to have an active-
   needs and expectations for community reintegration.           ly engaged board overseeing this plan. Ten new
   Earlier diagnosis and more effective medications              directors are profiled in a separate article in this
   can deliver many young members from the longer                newsletter. But special recognition belongs to Dr.
   hospitalizations that were the typical experience of          Peter Kieffer, who led the board through the last
   our members a generation ago.                                 three-and-a-half years of exceptional transformation




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                                  Jean Kittrell                          Jim Stoien                        Sidney Franklin                     Robert Mecker
    Tribute Gifts                    Hon. & Mrs. Robert H. Branom
                                     Mr. & Mrs. Ben Morlan
                                                                            Mr. & Mrs. John Dean              Mr. & Mrs. Franklin E. Mange       Mr. & Mrs. Franklin E. Mange

In Honor Of                                                              Dr. Joe Venverloh                 Martha Gelber                       Alex Permutt
                                  Dr. Alan G. Krasnoff                       Mr. John Venverloh              Mr. Marvin Gelber                    Mr. & Mrs. Bruce A. Seymour
Ms. E. C. B.                          Dr. & Mrs. Alan Krasnoff
   Mr. & Mrs. William A. Bascom                                          Stephen Whyte                     Bill Hayes                          Megan Elizabeth Piontek
                                  Dorothy Meyerson's birthday               Mr. & Mrs. William O. Whyte        Ms. Barbara Hayes                 Mr. & Mrs. Roch Piontek
Mr. & Mrs. Alan Broddon's            Mr. & Mrs. Franklin E. Mange
50th Wedding anniversary                                                 In Memory Of                      Susan Hecker                        Marvin Simon
   Mr. & Mrs. Franklin E. Mange   Dave Peters                                                                Ms. Julia G. Martin                 Mr. & Mrs. Franklin E. Mange
                                    Mr. & Mrs. Norbert Butz               George C. Brockhoff
Sally Danforth's birthday                                                   Ms. Dorothy A. Brockhoff       Rolfe E. Helmer                     Jane Howell Stupp
   Mrs. Elizabeth Wood            The marriage of Sally Ann Sears                                             Ms. Rowena Helmer                   Stupp Brothers Bridge
                                  and Alan Carl Cina                     Norman Drey Jr.                                                          & Iron Company
Susan Hellman                        Ms. Donna Greenberg                    Ms. Catherine S. Bollinger     Louie Macchi
  Ms. Joan H. Mass                                                                                            Mrs. Nola Macchi                 Independence Center staff regrets
                                  Randa Sale's 60th birthday             Michael Eaton                                                         the misspelling or omission of any
Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Kahn's          Mr. & Mrs. Irwin Hoffmann               Higginbotham Bros., Inc.       Calvin May                          gift. If you would like to change your
anniversary                                                                                                   Mrs. Calvin May                  donor listing please contact the
    Ms. Donna Moog                Dr. Reed Simpson                       Gertrude Fish                                                         Development Office at
                                      Ms. Nancy Hooper                      Ms. Kathy Fish                 William McNamara                    314-880-5404.
                                                                                                              Mr. & Mrs. John A. Gunn



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                                                                   Summer Fusion!                        Continued from front page.
                                                                                                                                                    Continued from front page.
                                                                                                                                                    Justin is part of an initiative at
                                                    The Young Friends group, headed up by Independence Center board member Sarah                    Independence Center to connect
                                                    Thompson, works together to plan and host a series of events throughout the year                young adults to the resources that
                                                    intended to heighten awareness of mental illnesses and combat the stigma surround-              clubhouses have to offer and is
                                                    ing them, raise money to support Independence Center's programs, and to introduce               going the extra mile to make this
                                                    young professionals to the mission of Independence Center. Summer Fusion was a                  initiative a success. Earlier this year
                                                    huge success, recruiting almost 100 new Young Friends and raising almost $6,000                 Justin and staff member Ruth Phy
                                                    for the Center's programs and services!                                                         traveled to Genesis Club House in
                                                                                                                                                    Worcester, Massachusetts for col-
Staff members Audrey Pearson (left) and             Members of the Young Friends are also eligible for discounts on future Independence             league training to exchange ideas
Bernice Thompson (right) join Event Chair
and Board Member Sarah Thompson during              Center events, including Dancing With the St. Louis Stars, as well as access to                 about recruiting and retaining young
cocktails.                                          special pricing and discounts at the Clubhouse Shop, Martha's Flowers and more.                 adult members and ways to promote
                                                                                                                                                    our services to other agencies and
                                                       Thanks to our generous event                                                                 schools with young adult programs.
                                                          partners and sponsors!                                                                    The team returned with an action
                                                                                                                                                    plan and promptly formed a commit-
                                                                                                                                                    tee.

                                                                                                                                                    The young adult member
                                                                                                                                                    recruitment and retention initiative at
                                                                                                                                                    Independence Center includes
                                                                                                                                                    several components designed to
                                                                                             Husch                                                  make connections in the community
                                                               Blackwell Sanders                       Guests
                                                                                                       Guests walked the red carpet upon arrival.   and with other organizations such as
                                                                Southwest Bank                                                                      hospitals and schools that provide
Staff members Andrea Noll & Melanie
Harris worked side-by-side with members                                                                                                             services to young adults. By
as servers and sous chefs, breaking down              For more information on joining the Young Friends, please call                                educating these providers about the
the stigma of mental illness for guests.              Ryanne Tilley at 314-880-5403.                                                                resources available at Independence
                                                                                                                                                    Center, the committee hopes to
                                                                                                                                                    increase the number of young adults
                                                                                                                                                    referred to the Center. A greater
               BB’s Blues, Jazz and Soups Event a Success!                                                                                          emphasis will also be placed on the
                                                                                                                                                    educational and relationship needs
                                                                       The Second Annual St. Louis State of Mind: A Benefit for                     of young people after they become
                                                                       Independence Center was held on August 17 with over 25 local                 members of Independence Center,
                                                                       musicians presenting an incredible evening of Blues and Jazz music           including support for post
                                                                       at BB’s Blues, Jazz                                                          high-school education, events
                                                                       and Soups.                                                                   focusing on interests of young
                                                                                                                                                    adults, work opportunities in the
                                                                       John May, owner of                                                           clubhouse that appeal specifically to
                                                                       BB’s, located at 700                                                         younger members and fostering
                                                                       South Broadway,                                                              connections with college campus
                                                                       graciously agreed to          Special Thanks To:
                                                                                                                                                    groups.
                                                                       host the event while
                                                                       “Photo Joe” Joe               Emcees:                                        "Don't give up. Just because you
                                                                       Henley, and                   Bernie Hayes and                               have a mental illness it isn't the end
                                                                       Independence                  Papa Ray                                       of the world. A mental illness
                                                                       Center member Marc                                                           shouldn't stop you from pursuing
                                                                       Maltzman, were instru-                                                       your goals; it is a road block like
                                                                       mental in organizing          Performers:
                                                                                                                                                    other things in life and you have to
                                                                       this event.                   Kim Massie                                     keep on pushing and fighting to get
                                                                                                     Bottoms Up Blues Gang                          to where you want to be," Justin
                                                                                                     Marcia Evans                                   says - a solid piece of advice to
                                                         The funds raised sup-                                                                      encourage other young adults. He
   Kim Massie was just one of the many stars that donated their time
                                                                                                     Cryin' Shame
                                                         ported sending 12                                                                          wants them to know that they can
   and talent to help Independence Center
                                                        Independence Center                          U.V. Hayes
                                                                                                                                                    get their lives back on track like he
   members and staff to the International Center for Clubhouse Development’s                         SilverCloud with Ron Edwards                   has. He has many aspirations for his
   annual Midstates conference in                                                                    Jimmy Hinds                                    future, including trying out a
   Cleveland.                                                                                        Gus Thornton                                   Transitional Employment position
                                                                                                     Eric McSpadden                                 through Independence Center's
   The conference is an important                                                                                                                   employment program and eventually
   learning experience, giving club-                                                                 Keith Robinson
                                                                                                                                                    becoming independently employed.
   houses an opportunity to learn from                                                               Mary Dyson with Curt Landis                    His commitment to Independence
   each other and to share their suc-                                                                & Vince Martin                                 Center runs so deep that he hopes
   cesses. Our many thanks to the                                                                    Soul Addiction                                 to contribute monetarily to the
   musicians, organizers, and atten-                                                                                                                Center when he is able.
                                                                                                     Marcele Strong
   dees who made this event possible.
                                                                                                     Double J & the Soul Band
                                                                                                                                                    In February 2009 Justin will
                                                   Marc Maltzman (right) and Mike Keller (left)      Generation Gap Band with                       contribute to the Center's efforts in a
                                                   thank “Photo Joe” (center), the musicians
                                                   and organizers of the event.                      Roland Johnson                                 whole new way. He will be dancing
                                                                                                     Marquise Knox Band with                        in Independence Center's gala event
                                                                                                     Darrein Safron &                               "Dancing with the St. Louis Stars."
                                                                                                                                                    Justin is modest - at first he says he
                                                                                                     Alfonzo Townsend
                                                                                                                                                    is just looking forward to learning a
                                                                                                                                                    ballroom dance, but quickly adds
                                                                                                     Venue:                                         that he is also looking forward to the
                                                                                                     BB’s Blues Jazz and Soups                      opportunity to break down the
                                                                                                     John May, owner                                stigma surrounding mental illness for
                                                                                                                                                    all of St. Louis. Independence
                                                                                                                                                    Center is confident he will do just
                                                                                                     Event Coordinators:                            that and is proud that he is willing to
                                                                                                     Photo Joe Henley                               represent us.
                                                                                                     John May
                                                                                                     Marc Malzman
                                                                                                     Paul Schoenig

         John May, owner of BB’s Blues Jazz and Soups, gets the stage ready for a night
         of fantastic music!




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                 THANK YOU TO OUR WA
                                                                                       Ms. Linda Ellison              Ms. Georgia Hamilton                    M
                                                                                       Ellsworth Cafe                 Ms. Kim Hammond                         M
  ndependence Center raised more than $16,000 for NAMI’s Walk for the Mind             Ms. Sallie Engeling            Mr. & Mrs. R. Barry Hammond             D

I of America, which took place May 24, 2008, in Forest Park.

Each year, members, staff, friends and family of the Center form teams to help
                                                                                       Mr. Kenn Entringer
                                                                                       Ms. Bonnie Eudy
                                                                                       Mr. George Everding
                                                                                       Dr. Thomas C. Ewing
                                                                                                                      Ms. Marilyn K. Hammonds
                                                                                                                      Dr. Alan S. Handler
                                                                                                                      Mr. & Mrs. Fred P. Handler
                                                                                                                      Ms. Elizabeth Hardin
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raise money and to walk in the event. The walk is a 5K, with a shorter, 1-mile         Mr. Jack Fagan                 Dr. & Mrs. Michael C. Harkins           M
loop also offered. Independence Center gets to keep a percentage of the funds          Ms. Johanna Faille             Mr. Tom D. Harmon                       M
raised, with the rest going to support NAMI.                                           Ms. Evelyn Fank                Ms. Diane Harpstrite                    M
                                                                                       Mrs. Melissa Farrar            Ms. Melanie Harris                      M
This inspirational annual event helps fund programs and raise awareness about          Mr. James Richard Fears        Mr. Robert Harris                       M
                                                                                       Mr. & Mrs. Michael C. Ferrie   Mr. & Mrs. Glen Hart                    M
mental illness. This year, over 200 Independence Center team supporters and                                                   Mr. Robert B. Harvey            M
walkers arrived in force to                                                                                                   Mr. & Mrs. Don Haywood          M
raise money and fight the                                                                                                     Mr. Tare He                     M
stigma of mental illness.                                                                                                     Health and Wellness Center,     M
Thanks to all of you who                                                                                                      L.L.C.                          M
helped make this year's walk                                                                                                  Mr. Joe Heath                   M
                                                                                                                              Ms. Bethany Heckert             M
a success, and we'll see you
                                                                                                                              Mr. Edward J. Hejlek            M
next year!                                                                                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Robert Heltibrand    M
                                                                                                                              Ms. Denise Henderson            M
                                                                                                                              Ms. Jacqueline Henderson        M
Ms. M. Susan Alan                                                                                                             Mr. Robert J. Henley            M
All-Star CPR                                                                                                                  Ms. Cathy Heran                 D
All-Star CPR Training Centers                                                                                                 Ms. Kathleen Hesse              M
Ms. Valesa Anderson                                                                                                           Hi Way Lumber Company           M
Ms. Frances Appelbaum                                                                                                         Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Higginbotham   L
Ms. Joyce A. Atkins                                                                                                           Ms. Michelle Higginbotham       M
Ms. Mary J. Austin                                                                                                            Mr. & Mrs. Wayne A. Hilbert     M
Mr. Paul J. Azzara                                                                                                            Ms. Marcia Hill                 M
Mr. H.L. Bailey                                                                                                               Ms. Janice B. Hirschfeld        M
Mr. & Mrs. Harold L. Bailey                                                                                                   Mr. Gary Hogan                  M
Ms. Sophia Baker                                                                                                              Ms. Kym Holcombe                M
Mr. Arthur Banks                                                                                                              Ms. Shirley Holliday            M
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel A. Barbatti                                                                                                 Ms. Trina Holloway              M
Mr. & Mrs. Merlyn Barth                Ms. Emily Cammack                                                                      Ms. Beverly Holtzman            M
Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Basi                Mr. Derrick Campbell                    Ms. Lorraine T. Fiala                  Mr. & Mrs. Timothy J. Honold            M
Ms. Donna Battershell                  Mr. Dan Carpath                         Ms. Diane First                        Ms. Caretha Hooks                       M
Ms. Margaret R. Bauer                  Ms. Starr Carrawell                     Mr. & Mrs. Keith Fischer               Mr. Reggie Horton                       M
Ms. Claire Beck                        Ms. Elizabeth Carver                    Mr. John Fisher                        Ms. Evita Howell                        D
Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Beck             Ms. Priscilla Case                      Mr. & Mrs. John T. Fisher              Ms. Jackie Howlett                      M
Mr. Steven A. Beck                     Ms. Colleen Casey                       Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fitzgerald          Mr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Huelsmann          D
Mr. Dave Beebe                         Ms. Janice D. Cassidy                   Mr. & Mrs. Kevin M. Fitzsimmons        Ms. Lynn Huelsmann                      M
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Behlmann          Mr. and Mrs. Allen Cavedine             Mr. Brian Flaherty                     Ms. Cleora Hughes                       M
Mr. Jim Beirne                         Mrs. Chatman                            Mr. & Mrs. Alan B. Fleischer           Ms. Sue Hutchins                        M
Ms. Darlene Bell                       Mr. Paul Chickey                        Mr. Dale Flynn                         Mr. Leo Hutton                          M
Ms. Rhonda M. Benford                  Mr. & Ms. Bryan F. Clair                Ms. Barbara Ford                       Ms. Aimee Imo                           M
Ms. Jessie Bennett                     Mr. Ben Clark                           Ms. Becky Ford                         Impressive Work Construction            M
Mr. Herbert Bentley                    Ms. Carol Clark                         Mr. Mack Ford                          Ms. Carlotta Ingram                     M
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bernaix             Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Clark                Mr. Charles J. Forde                   Mr. Cornelious Ingram                   M
Ms. Joyce L. Berra                     Cole Internal Medicine                  Ms. Delores Fosten                     Ms. Kathleen M. Ireland                 M
Ms. Linda Beshears                     Ms. Diana F. Coleman                    Mr. & Mrs. Roger Foster                J & A's Bar and Grill                   M
Ms. Marsha Bethel                      Ms. Karen Coletti                       Ms. Virginia Fox                       Ms. Gertie Jackson                      M
Mr. Gregory A. Bewig                   Ms. Anita Collins                       Ms. Barbara Wall Fraser                Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Jackson            M
Mr. & Mrs. Wally Bielewicz             Mrs. Elizabeth Colombo                  Mr. Yusef Freeman                      Ms. Claire Jacobs                       M
Ms. Mary Binion                        Mr. Jeffrey C. Colombo                  Ms. Berlinan French                    Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Jacobs
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence J. Birchler        Mr. & Mrs. Mario Colombo                Ms. Melanie Friedman                   Mr. Max Jeffries
Mr. Joe Birsinger                      Ms. Martha K. Cook                      Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence J. Gallen          Ms. Tosha Jeffries
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Biver            Mr. & Mrs. Glen A. Cotta                Ms. Carla Garagnani                    Mr. Charles Jellinek
BJC Behavioral Health                  Ms. Kathleen M. Counts                  Ms. Joy Gardner                        Ms. Peggy Jenkins
Mr. Elbert Black                       Ms. Anne Cox                            Mr. Dante Gatewood                     Ms. Sarah Jenkins
Ms. Kathryn Blair                      Ms. Margaret S. Craig                   Mr. Robert J. Gettinger                Ms. Karen Jensen
Mr. Dave Blum                          Mr. Thomas Crane                        Mr. & Mrs. Patrick C. Gibbons          Mr. Raymond Jin
Mr. & Mrs. Harvey J. Blumenthal        Mr. Clyde Cross                         Ms. Patricia Giles                     Ms. Angie Johnson
Ms. Louise Bobo                        Ms. Pamela K. Cullums                   Mr. Frederick Gillespie                Ms. Carrie Johnson
Mr. John V. Bohac                      Ms. Denise A. Curless                   Ms. Barbara Gilmore                    Ms. Dorian Johnson
Ms. Ellen E. Bonacorsi                 Ms. Susan D'Amato Jones                 Mr. Steve Gira                         Ms. Dorothy Johnson
Ms. Gloria Booker                      Ms. Amanda Dale                         Ms. Doris Glover                       Mr. Jay L. Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. Edwin M. Boone              Daughters of Charity - Veronica House   Ms. Lillian Goldman                    Ms. Joy Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Boots             Ms. Crystal L. Davis                    Ms. Karen Goodenough                   Ms. K. Michele Johnson
Mr. Marvin Bostic                      Ms. Rose Davis                          Mr. Jamel Grant                        Ms. Myra Johnson
Ms. Laurie Bowman                      Mr. & Mrs. Mark Dayton                  Gravois Refrigeration Co.              B. Jones
Ms. Adeline Bradley                    Ms. Ruth J. Dearden                     Mr. Richard Gray                       Ms. Carolyn Jones
Mr. Charlie Broch                      Mr. & Mrs. Mariano G. Decepida          Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Greco            Mr. Jack Jones
Mr. David Brotheten                    Mr. Sunny A. DeFabio                    Ms. Evelyn Green                       Ms. Kim Jones
Dr. & Mrs. Edward Randy Broun          Mr. & Mrs. Scott D. Deffenderfer        Ms. Donna Greenberg                    Ms. LaToya Jones
Ms. Barbara Brown                      Ms. Patricia Degener                    Mrs. Angela D'Amato Griffard           Mr. Lewis E. Jones                      M
Ms. Beatrix Brown                      Mr. & Mrs. Richard K. Del Valle         Ms. Deborah L. Griffin                 Ms. Tina Jones                          M
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon R. Brown             Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield          Ms. Jane Grote                         Mr. Donald Julius                       M
Mr. & Mrs. M.J. Brown                  Mr. Oguz Demirelli                      Ms. Nina Grote                         Ms. Michelle L. Justison                M
Ms. Mary Jane Brown                    Ms. Jane DeVos                          Mr. Dale Guariglia                     Mr. Mike Kahn                           M
Mr. Phil Buben                         Ms. Barbara DeVos-Schoenig              Mr. & Mrs. William R. Guinther         Mr. Tom Kalmbach                        M
Ms. Christine Buck                     Dewoskin Properties Corporation         Mr. & Mrs. John A. Gunn                Ms. Theresa S. Kaminski                 M
Ms. Lauren Budreau                     Ms. Barda Dickerson                     Ms. Debbie Gurly                       Mr. Frank Kasal, Jr.                    M
Mr. Jim Buell                          Ms. Candia L. Dickerson                 Ms. Madeleine Hackney                  Ms. Diane Kasten                        M
Ms. Paula Buiewski                     Ms. Barbara Dillon                      Ms. Cathy Haeffner                     Mr. & Mrs. Matthew C. Keithly           M
Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Burke            Ms. Dolores DiMarco                     Mr. Fred Haefner                       Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Keller            M
Ms. Irene Burks                        Ms. Cynthia Donahue                     Mr. Eugene A. Haessig                  Mr. James Kelly                         M
Mr. & Mrs. Walter H. Busch             Dowling's Auto Body                     Ms. Donna Halfar                       Ms. Anne T. Kelly-Fisher                M
Ms. Pamela Bush                        Ms. Sally M. Droege                     Ms. Dorothy Hall                       Mr. & Mrs. Neil J. Kessler              M
Mr. Marvin Butler                      Mr. Gary Droolt                         Ms. Melissa Hall                       Ms. Winnie M. Kesteloot                 M
C. Group/Psychiatric Services, P.C.    Mr. Brian Duffy                         Mr. Rob Haller                         Dr. & Rev. Peter S. Kieffer             M
Ms. Diane Calhoune                     Mr. & Mrs. Roger H. Edwards             Ms. Terry Haller                       Ms. Jenia Kincade                       M
Ms.Patricia A. Callahan                Ms. Minnie Elliott                      Haller Concepts, Inc.                  Ms. Linda Kincade                       M
Ms. Georgia Calvert

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ALKERS AND SPONSORS!
 Ms. Mary Kincade                     Ms. Michelle Miller             Ms. Constance Lee Richards
 Ms. Mary Kistner                     Ms. Patricia Mills              Mr. Mark Richardson
 Dr. & Mrs. William F. Kistner        Mrs. Peggy Minnis               Ms. Marian Gail Riechers
 Mr. Donn Kleinschmidt                Mr. Sam Minnis                  Ms. Connie Riggs
 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Klostermeier       Mr. Damon Minton                Ms. Veronica Riley
 Ms. Rose Knapstein                   Mr. & Mrs. J. Kevin Model       Mr. Taulby Roach
 Ms. Stella Kombol                    Ms. Latisha Montgomery-Adams    Ms. Frances Robbins
 Mr. & Mrs. Steven D. Korenblat       Ms. Angie F. Moore              Mr. & Mrs. Michael Roberts
 Mr. Joe Kosednar                     Mr. Jesse Moore                 Mr. Paul A. Roberts
 Mr. & Mrs. Roland Kreke              Mr. Nicholas A. Moramarco       Mr. Ronald Roberts
 Ms. Mary Ann Krock                   Mr. Mort Moreland               Mr. Charles Robinson
 Ms. Mary Jane Marie Labus            Ms. Ann Morse                   Ms. Kathleen A. Robinson
 Mr. & Mrs. John J. Lacey             Mr. David Moss                  Ms. Rita Robinson
 Mr. Markus Ladd                      Mr. Tim Muehling                Mr. Wilber Robinson
 Ms. Katrina Lanius                   Mr. Eugene Mueller              Ms. Marie Rodgers
 Mr. Jomano Laury                     Ms. Sue Murray                  Ms. Meredith Roman
 Mr. Mark Lawhorn                     Mr. Joel Myerson                Ms. Laura Romer
 Ms. Sondra Lebbing                   Ms. Connie Nash                 Mr. David A. Roodman                Ms. Dorothy Thomas
 Ms. Michelle Leller                  Ms. Martha Nash                 Ms. Charlotte Rosenblum             Ms. Jeannie Thomas
 Mr. Ned O. Lemkemeier                Ms. Delores Neal                Mr. & Mrs. James P. Ross            Mr. John Thomas
 Mr. Martin T. Letcher                Ms. Jean Nelson                 Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Rosso          Ms. Bernice Thompson
 Ms. Barbara E. Levin                 Mr. & Mrs. Sanford Neuman       Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions       Ms. Marion Thompson
 Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Levine            Mr. Alfred Newman               Mr. Billy Ruckin                    Ms. Sarah Thompson
 Ms. Sarah Levis                      Ms. Jill E. Newman              Ms. Maureen Rutherford              Mr. Bill Thomson
 Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Levy             Mr. John P. Nickels             Mr. & Mrs. Eric Ryback              Ms. Helen M. Tiefenbruck
 Dr. Collins E. Lewis                 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Nolan      Mr. Charles Ryland                  Ms. Ryanne Tilley
 Ms. Juana Lewis                      Ms. Candy Northcutt             Mr. Rob Salarno                     Ms. Karen Tokarz
 Mr. Mike Lewis                       Mr. Sean O'Gorman               Mr. & Mrs. Resy Sanchez             Ms. Velma Turner
 Life Medical Company                 Mr. & Mrs. Don O'Neal           Mr. & Mrs. Carl Schaeperkoetter     Mrs. Marilyn Unnerstall
 Mr. Donald E. Lindsey                Ms. Anne S. Ollman              Mr. & Mrs. Harold Schechtel         Mr. & Mrs. David C. Usher
 Ms. Lisa A. Livers                   Ms. Susan Onnen                 Mr. Peter Scheers                   Mr. Dave Van Bakergem
 Mr. & Mrs. Donald Lochmoeller        Ms. Janice R. Orlando           Mr. & Mrs. Johnathan G. Schmieg     Mr. & Mrs. Bud Van Pelt
 Mr. Roland Lockridge                 Dr. Jeannine Owen               Ms. Diane Schmitt                   Veronica House Comm. Daughters of
 Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Lombard        Mr. Gerald Palmer               Ms. Pauline Schrader                Charity
 Mr. Ted Looney                       Mr. & Mrs. Jerry J. Palumbo     Mr. & Mrs. John B. Schranck         Mr. McCain Wack
 Ms. Eunice Lord                      Mr. & Mrs. Bud Panetti          Ms. Lucille Schuetzenhofer          Ms. Pamela Wade
 Ms. Jackie Lukitsch                  Mr. John A. Pargo               Mr. Richard J. Schul                Mr. John W. Walbran
 Ms. Stacey Lurkins                   Ms. Shelia Pargo                Ms. Carla Scissors-Cohen            Ms. Joy Walker
 Ms. Jean Mace                        Mr. Brent Park                  Ms. Diane C. Scott                  Ms. Mary F. Wallace
 Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Malacek         Mr. Brent W. Park               Mr. Gary Seaces                     Ms. Mary Lamere Wallace
 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Mallin         Ms. Earline Parrish             Mr. Chad Secrist                    Mr. & Mrs. Sterling G. Wallace
 Dr. Ashok Mallya                     Mr. & Mrs. Henry N. Parrish     Mr. James Seith                     Ms. Karen Ward
 Ms. Catherine Maltese                Purandhri Patel                 Mr. & Mrs. Bruce A. Seymour         Mr. & Mrs. Barry S. Warshaw
 Dr. Daniel Mamah                     Ms. Audrey Pearson              Mr. & Mrs. Steven Shadrach          Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Watkins
 Mr. & Mrs. Franklin E. Mange         Ms. Barbara Peck                Shapiro's                           Ms. Judith Watters
 Mr. Lawrence F. Mange                Mr. Harvey Perkins              Ms. Theresa Shelton                 Ms. Terri Wayne
 Mr. & Mrs. Martin Mange              Ms. Pamela J. Peterson          Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Shippy         Mr. William Wayne
 Mr. Steve Maril                      Mr. Phillip Phy                 Mr. & Mrs. Shaun M.Siegel           Ms. Margaret Weck
 Ms. Janet Markham                    Mr. & Mrs. Norman Polsky        Ms. Patricia Siekmann               Mr. Bob Wegusen
 Mr. Patrick Marshall                 Mr. Paul Porter                 Ms. Lisa S. Silverstein             Dr. & Mrs. Murray L. Weidenbaum
 Ms. Jeanette R. Martin               Ms. Shirley Poticha             Ms. Kim Simmons                     Terry Westland
 Ms. Linda Martinez                   Ms. Cleo Pratter                Ms. Gwen Simms                      Westside Barbershop
 Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Marzuco        Ms. Christy Pressberry          Mr. Paul Simon                      Ms. Mary Ann Wheatley
 Marzuco Electric Inc.                Mr. & Dr. Kofi Kwarten Price    Ms. Robin Simpson                   Pat White
 Mr. & Mrs. Randy M. Masel            Dr. & Mrs. Dan Pugh             Mr. Fred Smith                      Mr. Reggie White
 Mr. & Mrs. Wesley J. Mason           Ms. Hazel Purtty                Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Smith            Ms. Marilee Whitelaw
 Ms. Kim Massie                       Ms. Louise Purtty               Ms. Kerry Smith                     Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Whitelaw
                                                                      Mr. & Mrs. Michael Smith            Mr. & Mrs. Samuel A. Whitelaw
                                                                      Mr. Steve Smith                     Mr. Mark Whitlock
                                                                      Ms. Carlene J. Soebbing             Ms. Kathryn A. Whyte
                                                                      Ms. Theresa A. Soebbing             Ms. Sarah D. Whyte
                                                                      Mr. Brian Somerville                Mr. & Mrs. William O. Whyte
                                                                      Mr. R. Brian Sommerville            Ms. Ann Widner
                                                                      Dr. Pradeep Sood                    Mr. Willie Wiley
                                                                      Mr. & Mrs. Roger D. Soucy           Mr. Robert Will
                                                                      Mr. Ted Soule                       Ms. Carolyn Willard
                                                                      Mr. Mike Sparman                    Ms. Jean Williams
                                                                      Mrs. C. C. Johnson Spink            Mr. Ricardo Williams
                                                                      St. Ann Knights of Columbus         Ms. Tiffany Williams
                                                                      St. Trinity Lutheran Congregation   Mr. Walter Williams
                                                                      Ms. Marnita Stafford                Dr. Heather Williamson
                                                                      Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Stanek        Mr. & Mrs. Nick E. Williamson
                                                                      Mr. Paul V. Stearns                 Mr. Kevin Willis
                                                                      Ms. Judith C. Steggerda             Ms. Yvonne Willis
                                                                      Ms. Karen Steiner                   Ms. Cheryl E. Wobbe
                                                                      Ms. Karen L. Steiner                Mr. John Wobbe
                                                                      Mr. Johnnie Stephenson              Ms. Melissa Wobbe
                                                                      Ms. Canzada Stevenson               Mr. David Woerner
 Mr. Tad Matthews                     Ms. Jacquelyn Quick             Mr. & Mrs. Geoff Stillwell          Mr. David Wright
 Ms. Jennifer N. Maurer               Mr. Terrell Ragland             Mr. & Mrs. Peter Stoker             Mr. & Mrs. Jim Wuertenberg
 Ms. Lucille Maxwell                  Ms. Maudie Randell              Mr. Jim Stolen                      Chris Wuertz
 Mrs. Calvin May                      Ms. Alice Raven                 Ms. Georgeann Strobl                Ms. Lois Yatzeck
 Ms. Mary Lou McClearn                Mr. Francis Raven               Mr. & Mrs. Flynn Stubblefield       Ms. Debbie Yoder
 Mrs. Marjorie C. McFarland           Ms. Kathryn Raven               Jess Stuckey                        Ms. Linda Nattkemper York
 Mr. Colin McPherron                  Drs. Peter and Patricia Raven   Mr. John Stussie                    Ms. Irene Young
 Mr. Conan McPherron                  Re/Max Suburban                 Ms. Annie Suelun                    Mr. Ozell Young
 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas McPherron          Ms. Michelle Reagan             Ms. Liza Sueme                      Ms. Carol Zagarri
 Mr. & Mrs. Daryl McQuinn                                             Mr. & Mrs. Charly Sullivan          Ms. Maria Zasaretti
 Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Meadows             Mr. Charles Reed                Ms. Adrienne Sumarall               Mr. Dave Zhang
 Ms. Barbara L. Mecker                Ms. Donna Reid                  Mr. & Mrs. James Svihra             Dr. L. Peter Zhang
 Ms. Diane Mecker                     Ms. Dorothy Reid                Devjanee Swain                      Mr. Robert Zlatic
 Mr. Dan Menke                        Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Reid          Ms. Joanna Swiot
 Mr. & Mrs. John P. Merker Mertline   Mr. Paul Renard                 Mr. & Mrs. Erwin O. Switzer
 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Messmer           Mr. Butch Reynolds              Mr. Ed Taylor
 Mr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Miles           Ms. Mary Beth K. Reynolds       Mr. Johnny Taylor
 Ms. Michele Miller                   Mrs. Peggy T. Rice              Ms. Denise Thomas


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     Hussmann Corporation Donates Two Commercial Refrigerators

     Stupp and Newstead Apartments kept it cool this
     summer...with special thanks to Hussmann Corporation.

     Stupp and Newstead are Independence Center’s two
     residential care facilities. Each was in need of a new refrigeration
     unit to replace the aging refrigerators in the on-site kitchens.
     Hussmann, a global manufacturer of refrigeration and food
     merchandising equipment, stepped in to fill this need. The two
     refrigerators retail for $16,000, an amazing gift. Jack Rehder, Ted
     Scheff, and Jon Michael were key in obtaining this gift. Our special
     thanks goes out to them!




                                            Independence Center Receives Award from Trailnet

                   Independence Center was recognized with an honorable mention for its work in promoting healthy
                   environments as part of the Trailnet Active Living Awards.

                   These awards celebrate individuals and organizations in the St. Louis region who foster increased physical
                   activity as a means to healthier living. In 2008, Trailnet presented awards in three categories; Healthy
                   Individuals, Healthy Communities and Healthy Environments.




 Independence Center accredited as a Better Business Bureau Charity
                             In May Independence Center was evaluated on 20 Better Business Bureau standards for accountability
                             and re-accredited. The BBB developed these 20 standards to assist donors in making giving decisions.
                             Organizations that comply with these accountability standards have provided documentation that they
                             meet basic standards:
                               In how they govern their organization
                               In the ways they spend their money
                               In the truthfulness of their representations
                               In their willingness to disclose basic information to the public
                             A full description of the 20 standards, more information on accredation and a full report on
                             Independence Center is available online at us.bbb.org. Independence Center is proud to display the
                             BBB charity seal.




                               Independence Center Receives HUD Peer Recognition Award
                         The St. Louis Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently recognized
                         three St. Louis-area nonprofit housing programs as part of its 2008 HUD Recipient Peer Recognition Program, includ-
                         ing Independence Center. Organizations were consideration for the HUD award program based on criteria including
                         positive outcomes for communities and the people being served. HUD will hold an awards ceremony later this year.




                                     Independence Center to Participate in the
                                       Gateway Combined Federal Campaign
     If you're a federal employee or know a federal employee, there is only one number you need to remember - 75135! This code is used for the
     Gateway Combined Federal Campaign, and allows federal employees to designate a percentage from their paycheck as a contribution to
     Independence Center. This payroll deduction makes it convenient for donors to give by spreading their contribution across the entire year. Last
     year, more than 90% of all CFC funds raised were given through payroll deduction. Payments on payroll deduction pledges begin on the first
     pay period in January.

     Independence Center participated in several events this fall related to the Combined Federal Campaign, including a kick-off rally on October 3
     at Scott Air Force Base and another on October 8 at the former Abrams Federal Building in downtown St. Louis. Almost 2,000 people attended
     the two rallies!

     For information on the Combined Federal Campaign, contact Lynn Huelsmann at 314-880-5404 or visit www.gatewaycfc.org.




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             Independence Center Elects New Board President and New Board Members
      Independence Center has elected several new members to their Board of Directors and elected officers for the 2008-2009
      fiscal year.

      Stephen Desloge, Chief Financial Officer of Watlow Electric, will serve as president; Sue Hutchins, Vice President and
      Director of Retail Administration at Commerce Bank will serve as vice president; Tom Harmon, Senior Vice President and
      Group Manager at First Bank serves as treasurer; and John Cowling, a Partner with Armstrong Teasdale was elected sec-
      retary.

      Newly elected to the Board of Directors include; Senior Circuit Judge Anna Forder, M. Colleen Beckemeyer of AXA-
      Advisors; John Bettale of Barnes Jewish Hospital; Mark Eggert of Centene Corporation; Jeromy Fritz of St. Louis Pre-Sort,
      Inc.; L. Keith Graves recently retired from TALX Corporation; Kaleb Lilly of Rubin Brown, LLP; Marian (Leslie) McKinney, a
      community volunteer; Stephen Nickelson of Enterprise Rent-a-Car; and Dr. John Sweet, trustee of the William A. Kerr
      Foundation.




                         Stephen Desloge,                    Sue Hutchins,                   Tom Harmon,          John Cowling
                         Board President                  Board Vice President              Board Treasurer      Board Secretary




       M. Colleen Beckemeyer            L. Keith Graves             Anna Forder                Kaleb Lilly      Jon Bettale           Mark Eggert




      Not Pictured: Leslie McKinney, Jeromy Fritz, Stephen Nickelson, and Dr. John Sweet




Another Great Year on the Golf Course!
A rain storm that crept up just 20 minutes after play began did
little to thwart the enthusiasm and fun for the golfers who came         Thank you to our 2008 Tournament Sponsors!
out to support Independence Center at the 11th Annual Gib
                                                                      Title Sponsor ($10,000)                  Half-Hole Sponsors ($650)
Hecker Memorial Golf Tournament on June 21, 2008.
                                                                      Medical Transportation Management        Midtown Printing
                                                                                                               Humes & Barrington, PC
Once the rain cleared out and players were back out on the
                                                                      Champion Sponsors ($2,500)
course, they enjoyed sunshine and a variety of contests,
                                                                      Cameron Holdings Corporation (Cloud LLC) Hole-in-One Sponsors
including a hole-in-one contest where golfers could try to win a
                                                                      First Bank                               J. W. Terrill
brand new Honda Accord. No one drove the car home that
                                                                      Higginbotham Bros.                       Huey’s Honda
day, but golfers were still treated to some exciting attendance
                                                                      R.G. Ross Construction, Inc.
prizes, a silent auction, a delicious Italian dinner and a chance
to catch up with new and old friends alike.
                                                                      Hole Sponsors ($1,000)
                                                                      Commerce Bank
The tournament raised more than $45,000 for the Center's
                                                                      Dickherber Electric, Inc.
employment programs and provided a great opportunity for
                                                                      Emerson
players to meet and talk with Independence Center members
                                                                      Gateway EDI
and staff and to learn more about how to break the stigma
                                                                      George Johannes, AIA Architect
around mental illnesses.
                                                                      HealthLink, Inc.
                                                                      Hillyard
Mark your Calendar!                                                   Husch Blackwell Sanders
Next year's tournament is scheduled for                               KWMU
                                                                      Lewis Rice and Fingersh
Saturday, June 20 at the Norman K.                                    Rapco Horizon
Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park.                                 Stone Fabricators, Inc.




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Employment Program is
 October Spotlight on                                                                                                                                             Non Profit
                                                                                                                                                                U.S. Postage
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                                                                                                                                                                St. Louis, MO
                                                    4245 Forest Park Ave.
Each year the Voice of St. Louis, KMOX                                                                                                                           Permit No.
                                                    St. Louis, MO 63108                                                                                              3928
(1120 AM) chooses 12 nonprofits to
                                                    (314) 533-4245
spotlight as their Voice of Caring Partners.
                                                    www.independencecenter.org
Independence Center has been chosen
as the Voice of Caring partner for the
month of October, 2008. As a result of this
honor, we will receive recorded radio
advertisements, several commercials read
live by KMOX on-air talent, and a live radio
interview! This opportunity will be used to
spotlight our employment program and
John Beatty, Vice President of Human
Resources for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, will
voice two of the recorded thirty-second
commercials. Independence Center has
several transitional employment (TE)
positions at the hospital and Mr. Beatty has
agreed to endorse the program on our
behalf. Through this partnership with
KMOX, we hope to educate listeners on
how employing members is a win/win for
everyone involved, as we always have
more members eager and ready to work
than positions available. For more
information on our Employment Program,
contact Amy Clinton at 314-880-5407.




      Toes Have Started Tapping!
          Dancing with the St. Louis Stars 2009             champ and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fashion                       and Mr. and Mrs. David Hollo.
           promises to be the best ticket in town!          Editor, Debra Bass, Leslie Tunney, publisher, St.               Tickets for the event are $75 and
              Dancers for this years competition,           Louis Magazine; Stephanie Riven, executive                      $200 and can be purchased by
       scheduled for February 21, 2009 at the Four director of COCA St. Louis, and Ralph Butler of                          calling Lynn Huelsmann at
      Seasons Hotel, include Vickie Newton of               the Ralph Butler Band. Guy Phillips of Y98 FM                   314-880-5404.
KMOV TV, and her professional partner Alex                  will emcee the event and The Ralph Butler Band
Borodko; Kim Tucci of The Pasta House Co. and               will provide the entertainment after the dance
his professional partner                                                 competition. Members of the Event
Stephanie Medeiros;          First competition winner Debra Bass of      Committee for this star-studded event
                             the Post-Dispatch, stole the show with
Independence Center                                                      include Stephen and Ann Desloge,
Member Justin Idleburg
                             dance partner Alex Borodko.
                                                                                      Kent and Victoria                     Event Sponsors:
and his professional part-                                                           Higginbotham, Rick and                 Watlow
ner, Madeleine Hackney;                                                             Noreen Mayfield, Dr. John
                                                                                                                            Emerson
                                                                                                                                                                                 S
community volunteer                                                                Newcomer, Peter and
Ann Jennings DiFranco                                                             Andrea VanCleve, John and                 Armstrong Teasdale LLP
and her partner Steve                                                                Virginia Howell, Chris                 Commerce Bank
Brockman; Emerson VP                                                                    and Lisa Imbs, A.J.                 Healthlink, Inc.
Dick Schul and his part-                                                                   and Tracy Chivetta,                                                                   t
ner Angie Heien; and                                                           Mark Greiman and Sara
                                                                                                                            KMOV Channel 4                                       J
Armstrong Teasdale                                                            Paynter,                                      St. Louis Magazine                                   s
                                                                                            Professional                                                                         a
Attorney Jeanne
                                                                                         Dance Instruction
                                                                                                                            Tiffany & Co.                                        t
Roberts Johnson and                                                                                                         Video Views, Inc.
her partner, Spiro Narco.                                                                    Provided by
Celebrity judges for this                                                                   Just Dancing                    The Face and The Body Day Spa
year include reigning                                                                     Ballroom Dance                    and Medical Spa
                                                                                                     Studio


                                     Hecker Leadership Society Inducts Thirteen Members
 The largest class of inductees in Independence Center                                                  rounded out with   New Society Inductees included the following:
 history was recently honored at this year’s Susan N.                                                   an educational
 Hecker Leadership Society held on June 23 at                                                           yet entertaining             Imperial Tourmaline - $500,000
 Independence Center.                                                                                   presentation by          Gertrude & Wm. A. Bernoudy Foundation
                                                                                                        Dr. Danny                       The Danforth Foundation
 The evening’s attendees were welcomed by Board                                                         Wedding entitled               Royal Amethyst - $250,000
 President Dr. Peter S. Kieffer.                                                                        "Movies and                     William A. Kerr Foundation
                                         Dr. Kieffer was                                                Mental Illness."             Anne L. Lehmann Charitable Trust
                                         later honored for                                              Dr. Wedding
                                         his years of                                                   currently serves                 Mosaic Opal - $50,000
                                         service as the            Executive Director Mike Keller with  as the Director                 Bland Family Foundation
                                                                     Society Chair Mrs. Gail Bunce.
                                         President of the                                              of the Missouri                William T. Kemper Foundation
                                         Board as he         Institute of Mental Health and an adjunct professor for              John Allan Love Charitable Foundation
                                         passed the office   the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at               Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Company Foundation
                                         to Stephen F.       Washington University. He is also a member of the
                                         Desloge, board      Board of Directors at Independence Center. Over the                         Sterling Silver - $25,000
                                         member since        course of Dr. Wedding's career, he has developed a                      Dr. Peter S. & Rev. Blythe Kieffer
                                         2002.               long-standing interest in stigma and the way it is por-                     Gregory A. & Theresa Lee
                                         The new society     trayed through the media. He co-authored a book on                              Frank & Pat Haase
                                         members were        this subject, Movies and Mental Illness, which served                      Kent & Victoria Higginbotham
                                         inducted by         as the basis for his presentation.                                     Dr. Murray and Phyllis Weidenbaum
                                         Society Chair
                                                                                                                           The Susan N. Hecker Leadership Society, named after
                                         Mrs. Gail Bunce.
                                                                                                                           our founding president, seeks to honor those who
 Cynthia Medart represented the Bland    After dinner, the
 Family Foundation as they were inducted
                                                                                                                           have made the Center's continued advances
                                         evening’s
 at the Mosaic Opal Level.                                                                                                 possible through significant lifetime giving.
                                         program was

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