Hope Matters......

Keeping You in Touch with Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis

November, 2012

In This Issue

 Board  Transitions


On behalf of Bernie Schweiss, Board Chair, and their fellow board members, I want to thank Joe Gunn, Tom Pollihan, and Isaac Butler for their valuable service to Boys Hope Girls Hope. As they transition from board membership, we wish them the best and hope they remain close to the BHGH program and scholars that they have helped over the years.


I am excited to announce the newest members of our board: Dean VandeKamp, Global Coordinating Partner at Ernst and Young; Richard Nemanick, Retired President of the Lorvic Group and VP of Young Innovations; and Fr. Ralph Houlihan S.J., lifelong educational leader currently teaching at St. Louis University High School. 


Dean is drawn to Boys Hope Girls Hope because of its "Success based outcomes, the commitment of its leadership and board, and the integration of the faith dimension." Rich has "...a great belief in education and in giving young people a path to success. Boys Hope Girls Hope does this every day."


 Fr. Houlihan is no newcomer to Boys Hope Girls Hope. As he states, "I worked with Fr. Paul Sheridan to establish the first Boys Hope Girls Hope home in St. Louis (in 1977) and in opening the first home in Denver. I have a strong belief in the program. It changes the lives of young people."


I could not be more pleased about the addition of Dean, Rich, and Fr. Houlihan to our board of directors. All three have enjoyed great success and the esteem of their peers because of their hard work, sound judgment, and generosity of spirit. As they help fuel and shape the growth of our organization, they also serve as wonderful role models of the highest character for our youth to emulate.

Evening of Hope Success
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Seth offering the opening prayer


Co-chairs Lisa and Pat Flavin and Doug and Debbi Audiffred brought home a winner. The 17th annual Evening of Hope Dinner and Casino Night hosted 300 guests and raised nearly $300,000. The evening honored former Board President, Ed Austin with the 2012 Heart of Hope Award and Dan Buck was recognized as the 2012 Father Sheridan Reflection of Hope Recipient.

Boys Hope Girls Hope would like to recognize Presenting Sponsor Emerson, along with Edward Jones, Independent Tire Dealer, Bryan Cave, Arch Coal, KPMG, Ameren, McCarthy, Musick Construction, Brown Shoe, PWC, Pat and Lisa Flavin, Patrick and Peggy Sly and Walter and Nancy Galvin for their support as sponsors at our event.

To quote our key note speaker of the evening, Boys Hope Detroit Graduate Travis Michael, "Hope is an action verb!" Your support allows our scholars to realize what once they only dreamed.


Recently Seen

Did you see the front page article in the St. Louis Post? Visit stltoday.com

Did you see BHGH Coe College Collegian Terrance Lockert's featured interview with KSDK Rene Knott? Visit www.ksdk.com

Shout Out to our loyal Women of Hope volunteers who help with mailings, college care packages and more.

Shout Out to our tutors, mentors, driver volunteers and those who help when the special project commands attention. YOU are invaluable!

Have you considered including Boys Hope Girls Hope in your will?
Become a Mentor
Children - our HOPE for the Future 
Be a part of that HOPE 
Become a Boys Hope Girls Hope Mentor  
Mark your Calendars!

December 6, 2012
Join us for the annual Holiday Luncheon and Boutique at Sunset Hills Country Club
January 12, 2013
Trivia Night and SLUH

Please contact Jan Wacker, Development Director @ 314-692-7477 ext 26 for further information, or jwacker@bhgh.org

 Residential Director

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We are pleased to announce the promotion of Shannon Damery to the position of Residential Director for Boys Hope Girls Hope. Having returned to the position of Residential Counselor / Houseparent at Girls Hope after completing her Master's Degree in Ireland, Shannon has cared for the scholars with skill and dedication over several years. Placing someone like Shannon with frontline experience in this key leadership role is a true blessing for our scholars, staff and stakeholders. Congratulations, Shannon.

Meet our Newest Scholars
Maurice is an 8th grader at Parkway Central Middle School. He is doing well in his new school and has already been awarded Student of the Week at PCM. 
Hanna is an 8th grader at Nipher Middle School in Kirkwood. She is an avid reader, loves all things about the Japanese language and culture, and recently spoke at our Evening of Hope.
Meet a Hope Prep Scholar
Freshman at McCluer South Berkley whose favorite subject is Math. "Hope Prep is helping me stay on track...and helping me to meet my goal of straight A's this year."

Favorite subject is Current Events. Darne is involved in Football and Being ACE. "Hope Prep is helping me with college preparation and learning to express myself better."

Is in 8th grade at Berkley Middle School. She is involved in Robotics Club and Junior Chef Club. "Hope Prep is helping me set many goals for myself and helping me accomplish those goals."

Volunteers, Volunteers.... We could not do it without you!
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The Maryville University Soccer team, DeSmet Dads and Lads, Rubin Brown Volunteers, SLU student volunteers, are all groups who have recently helped spruce up our homes. Rooms have been painted, bathrooms deep cleaned, power-washing, deck boards replaced. Thank you for helping to cross off items from the "honey do" list. A special thank you to these amazing groups. You are wonderful examples of Men and Women for Others.
Hope Prep News
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All fourteen of our new 8th grade Hope Prep scholars were recently asked to participate as greeters, helping to welcome Ferguson Florissant board members to a board meeting at Berkley Middle School. Using their personal development skills, they shook hands and provided board members with a tour of the school, pointing out accomplishments of students and offering information about the Hope Prep program. 

Additionally, four of the new 8th grade Hope Prep scholars were selected to be peer mediators for the 2012-13 school year. As mediators, Teryon, Taujh, Brittany and Bri'aiona's duties include assisting fellow students work through problems and social issues with the help of the staff and guidance counselor at Berkeley Middle.


Boys Hope Girls Hope
755 S New Ballas Rd
Suite 120
St. Louis, 63141
(314) 692-7477

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