Sign of the Arrow Awards Grants to Area Agencies at Annual Philanthropy Brunch

More than $3.3 million has been given to 15-+ local charities over the years.

Information was provided by Sign of the Arrow.

Sign of the Arrow, St. Louis’ destination for needlepoint and specialty gifts, was established in 1966 by the St. Louis Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi to provide philanthropic support to the community.

The shop is staffed by 80+ community volunteers who give 21,000+ hours annually to help run Sign of the Arrow. All shop proceeds benefit area agencies. Since its inception, Sign of the Arrow has donated more than $3.3 million to 150+ local charities.

Last year, Sign of the Arrow, awarded thousands in grants to a variety of organization at their annual Philanthropy Brunch, some included Aim High, Alive, Annie’s Hope, Assistance League of St. Louis, Care and Counseling, Gifted Resource Council, and Kids Rock Cancer.

At this year’s annual philanthropy brunch  donations were made to 18 organizations within the St. Louis area, lookinf forward to enabling these organizations to work at their full potential.

Sign of the Arrow was established in 1966 by the St. Louis Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi to provide philanthropic support to the community.

2012 Sign of the Arrow Recipients:

  • Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis, Agency Representative Attending:  Cheryl Wingbermuehle, Family Service Director,Sponsor: Beth McCarter
  • Central Institute for the Deaf, Agency Representative Attending:  Sean McCaffrey, Director of Development,Sponsor:  Sarah Mudd
  • Dream Factory, Agency Representative Attending:  Bene Messmer, Director,Sponsor: Nancy Sheridan
  • Episcopal City Mission, Agency Representative Attending:  Mary Kay Digby, Executive Director and Dietra Wise, Chaplain,Sponsor:  Maryjane Hotaling
  • Gateway to Hope, Agency Representative Attending:  Cindy Frank, Executive Director,Sponsor: Becky Brown
  • Lift for Life Academy, Agency Representative Attending: Jennifer Bush, Development Manager and Susan Kelter, Community Relations Manager, Sponsor: Sarah Sullivan
  • MOOG School for the Hearing Impaired, Agency Representative Attending:  Betsy Brooks, Executive Director,Sponsor: Ann Polster
  • Perennial Agency, Representative Attending: Jenny Murphy Founder & CEO and Shana Albright, President of Board, Sponsor:  Kathy Green
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation, Agency Representative Attending: Teri Chadwick, Executive Director, Pi Beta Phi Foundation and Betsy West McCune, Missouri Alpha, Programs & Operations Director, Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • Places for People, Inc., Agency Representative Attending: Joe Yancey, Executive Director,Sponsor: Julie Cobaugh
  • Ranken Jordan Pediatric Center, Agency Representative Attending:  Lisa Deady and Jean Bardwell,Sponsor:  Becky Minogue
  • The Rural Parish Workers, Agency Representative Attending: Natalie Villmer, Sponsor: Diane Garea
  • St. Louis Alumnae Panhellenic, Agency Representative Attending: Marilyn Lange, President of Panhellenic Association,Sponsor: Linde Wiedow, Pi Beta Phi Representative to St. Louis Alumnae Panhellenic Association
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society, Agency Representative Attending:  Matt Spotts, S.J. (Spiritual Advisor),Sponsor: Margie Borges
  • Samantha’s Gift (BJC) Hospice, Agency Representative Attending:  Marcia Shanker, Director, Sponsor: Meg Smith
  • Shalom House, Agency Representative Attending: Tammy Laws, Executive Director and  Marci Bursak,Sponsor: Merry Gnaegy
  • Sherwood Forest Camp, Agency Representative Attending:  Jenny Thuman, Development Director, Sponsor: Pricilla Gunn, Betsy Comfort, Past President
  • University City Children’s Center, Agency Representative Attending:  Stephen P. Zwolak, Director and Kris Schwetye, Development Director, Sponsor: Celeste Baxter


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