North County News for January 2024


State of North County Lunch
February 22, 2024 – 11:30-1:30 pm

NCI Annual Leadership Breakfast
May 17, 2024 – 7:30-9:30 am

North County Uncorked
Tentative: July 26, 2024 – 6:30 pm

North County Annual Golf Tournament
September 3, 2024 – 10:00 am 


North County Incorporated (NCI) leaders joined Missouri Governor Mike Parson, state, and local elected officials along with the Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor team Millstone Weber to cut the ribbon on this four-year-long makeover of more than nine miles of interstate in north St. Louis County. The completion of the $278 million I-270 North Project was celebrated with an official ceremony in Hazelwood. MORE INFO

Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced they surpassed $2.6 million in charitable giving after the 3rd annual Ascension Charity Classic this past September! Marygrove’s CEO, Kathy Fowler, and Chief Development Officer, Courtney Noto, accepted a check for $200,000! We are so incredibly grateful for this opportunity and to be alongside two other incredible North St. Louis county charities helping to enrich the lives of so many kids and young adults in need!

Smiles all around at the ribbon cutting for the CareSTL Health School-Based Health Center at Riverview High School. Funded by the Christian Hospital Foundation, the R.A.M.S. school base site will service all students in the Riverview Gardens School District with future plans to expand services to the entire community. CareSTLHealth has 4 school-based health centers, including Hazelwood School District, Jennings School District, and Ritenour School District!

The Christian Hospital Foundation hosted its seventh annual “Embracing the Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon on January 12. Congrats to this year’s Drum Major Award recipients and thank you for your service to our community:  

  • Valerie E. Patton, Greater St. Louis, Inc.
  • Kathy Conley-Jones, LUTCF Kathy Conley-Jones Consults, LLC
  • Art McCoy, PhD Founder & President of SAGES LLC
  • Taliya King, Accenture
  • Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps Jr., Western District of Missouri
  • Rodney Crim, CEcD, EDFP CEO and President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

During the holiday season, Bommarito Auto Group honored Marine Sergeant Garry Velasquez for his dedication and service to our country. While serving in Iraq, Sgt. Velasquez was injured, went through rehabilitation, and returned to duty for a second tour. When his injuries no longer allowed him to serve, he transitioned to a veteran patient advocate to assist military members with the same issues he dealt with years ago. His dedication and service during and after his military career made him an easy choice for this honor.  Sgt. Velasquez was handed the keys to a brand-new Honda Odyssey! A huge thank you to US Bank for donating the funds and Freedom Alliance for coordinating the effort!

The Missouri EMS Association help their annual Missouri EMS Conference & Expo and presented Florissant Valley Fire Protection District Firefighter/Paramedic Kate Freshman with their 2023 Paramedic of the Year award for her work organizing and running the Fire Up St. Louis camp earlier this year. She was supported by many of the members and staff from her shirt as she received this well-deserved award.

Congratulations to Kelly Spann on Winning the Missouri Lawyers Media UP & COMING LAW FIRM LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD for 2023!

The City of Ferguson’s Council has announced that interim City Manager Chief John Hampton has been named City Manager. Hampton will also continue to serve as Ferguson’s Fire Chief for the foreseeable future. PRESS RELEASE

Normandy School Collaborative’s Lucas Crossing Middle School teachers Passion Bragg and Dr. Vivian Johnson and Principal John Williams received a $30,000 technology grant from the Innovative Technology Education Fund. This grant will significantly impact the enhancement of educational experiences, improve infrastructure, and foster a more technologically advanced learning environment for our middle school students.

The Pattonville School District was awarded a grant from Missouri Healthy Schools (MHS), a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The five-year grant will provide at least $70,000 annually and will allow Pattonville to continue to promote the well-being and academic achievement of students. PRESS RELEASE

North County Incorporated (NCI) leaders joined Missouri Governor Mike Parson, state, and local elected officials along with the Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor team Millstone Weber to cut the ribbon on this four-year-long makeover of more than nine miles of interstate in north St. Louis County. The completion of the $278 million I-270 North Project was celebrated with an official ceremony in Hazelwood. MORE INFO

Following the completion of a national search, the Saint Louis Zoo today has named Sabarras (pronounced “sa-BEAR-us”) George its next WildCare Park Director. He will assume the role on February 5, 2024.

The UMNAA is proud to announce Dr. Elizabeth M. Gassel Perkins ’04 as the 2024 recipient of the Nathalie Molton Gibbons Alumni Achievement Award. Elizabeth will be honored at the UMNNA Homecoming Awards Dinner & Annual Business Meeting on Friday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

The Special School District of St. Louis County Board of Education is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Maclin as the District’s next superintendent of schools, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Maclin has been unanimously approved to be SSD’s 20th superintendent and the first person of color to serve as superintendent in the District’s 66-year history. He has been serving as acting superintendent since October. PRESS RELEASE


Christian Hospital is raising funds to establish a Medical-Legal Partnership under the Community Health Access Program (CHAP). Patients will be assisted with issues such as enabling access to public benefits, resolving substandard housing conditions, removing unlawful barriers to education or unemployment and assisting with guardianship and immigration issues. For more information, contact Laura Kilcullin or (314) 653-5244.

The City of Hazelwood launches a relocation assistance program. As part of Missouri One Start’s workforce training program, companies can receive reimbursement for 50% of their costs to relocate employees from out of state to Missouri — up to $3,500 per employee. The City of Hazelwood will now piggyback on that incentive. Hazelwood will match the amount that the state reimburses to new or existing companies that move out-of-state workers to Missouri who are employed in Hazelwood. The city of Hazelwood will pay out-of-state residents up to $3,500 if they buy a house in Hazelwood and prove through an occupancy permit that they live there. MORE INFO

Riverview Gardens School District will host our annual Spelling Bee Competition representing our top spellers from our 9 elementary schools! To celebrate student achievement, please consider donating items that we can use as prizes for Grades 3-5! Contact Tonya Ross 314.869.2505 Ext. 20127

Applications for the St. Johns Bank Excellence Scholarship Program are now available on the St. Johns Bank website or at any branch or HERE for interested high school seniors attending public or private high school in the Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, St. Charles, Pattonville, Ferguson/ Florissant, Orchard Farm, Hazelwood, Wentzville, and the Ritenour school districts. Three eligible applicants will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education. Other qualifications for the scholarship program include continuing their education full-time at a community college, four-year college, or university in Missouri, Illinois, or Kansas, and planning to major in banking, finance, or business.

Saint Louis County has unveiled a new logo and branding. This new branding is designed to give a  stronger and more consistent voice for all county governmental agency communications. It will more effectively promote Saint Louis County as a desirable destination for visitors, businesses, and future residents alike. And it better represents the current values of the county while positioning us well for the future.

Guest Escorts, Admitting Aides, Endoscopy Transporters, ICU Waiting Room Hosts, Information Desk Clerks, Patient Floor Desk Assistants, and many others. A variety of weekday hours are available.
The requirements are as follows:

• Must be 18 years or older
• Must commit to at least 6 months
• Must provide proof of immunizations

If you are interested, please submit volunteer applications online at For more information, please contact Elandra Dillard at 314-344-7083 or

The County Older Resident Programs (CORP) is seeking dependable volunteers who reside in St. Louis County, to provide transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and to other essential destinations for our senior residents of St. Louis County. A few hours of your time could make all the difference in the world to a senior neighbor that lives near you. Mileage reimbursement is available! Become a Corp Volunteer Driver! Call 314-615-4435 or email Laura Conners at


Riverview Gardens School District will hold a Town Hall on January 23, 6-8pm, at Westview Middle School.

City of Florissant is hosting the 3rd Annual Green Tie Masquerade on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 7pm at the JFK Event Center. Tickets are $75/person and $600 for 8 person tables. The evening includes dinner, drinks, dancing and silent auction. Sponsorships are available. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Special School District is holding a free career awareness event – the Apprenticeship and Career Pathways Showcase – focused on career pathways that require some training beyond high school, but not a four-year degree to enter. The employers and training organizations that will be in attendance represent the construction trades, automotive, financial, IT, and first responders. The events take place on three consecutive Saturdays throughout St. Louis County.

We will host three Saturday events, each held from 10 AM – 1 PM:

  • February 24 – Eureka High School
  • March 2 – North Tech High School
  • March 9 – South Tech High School

For more details and a video, CLICK HERE!

Little Bit Foundation Music Trivia 90s Edition will be held on Saturday, February 24, at St. Mary’s South Side Catholic High School. $350 table of 10. VIP tables are available at $500. Doors open at 6 pm. Trivia begins at 7 pm. Sponsorships available. MORE INFO

The thirteenth annual Christian Hospital Foundation Gala will be at the Missouri Athletic Club-Downtown on March 2, 5:30-9:30 pm. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with fun and non-stop thrills. All at the same time, we are providing life-changing support and generosity to the courageous women and families battling breast cancer in our north St. Louis County home. MORE INFO

Hazelwood School District Teacher Recruitment Fair will be Saturday, March 2, 9am-1pm at Hazelwood East High School. Must register by February 26. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The 15th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Charity Ball benefiting Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop, will be March 2 at Orlando’s. This is the premier green tie event of North County with great food, open bar, fun raffles, dancing, and live entertainment by Trilogy Band. MORE INFO

City of Florissant‘s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Sunday, March 10 beginning at Bangert Park at noon. Register your entry HERE.

Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis’ Annual Community Development Family Reunion will be Thursday, April 25.

Save The Date: Hazelwood School District Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is Saturday, April 27 at Florissant Golf Club. All proceeds will benefit the Hazelwood School District Foundation’s goal to increase student achievement by removing barriers to success. The cost is $125 per golfer. The signup deadline is Friday, April 12, 2024.