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2013

Winners #15-18: Mystery Winners:

Mike Defilippo
Art Dwyer
Janet Oberle
Holly Schroeder

#14: We have an expanded roster for this 10th annual event, pushing our winners to 18, while adding three mystery winners, awarded to audience members on the night of the event. Jack Elman doesn’t have to wait, as he’s our 14th recipient. For starters, Jack has owner North City’s Central Garage for decades, keeping St. Louis cars on the road.

#13: Tom Becherer owns and operates Urban Feed & Supply. He is in the feed business and also the connecting business. Tom is the nucleus of an informal network of non-profit animal welfare-related groups and he makes it possible for these groups to share, swap and collaborate. Because of Tom’s amazing ability to reallocate resources, thousands of stray/abandoned animals are helped each year, and find their lifelong homes that much faster.

#12: Jim Shrewsbury. Attorney, former President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

#11: Are books among your favorite things? Alicia Schnell and Alan Shutko love books and believe books build community. With the help of Alicia’s dad, the couple and their toddler son built and steward the city’s first Little Free Library in front of their home on Washington Boulevard, at the edge of the Central West End and Gaslight Square. Based on the concept “take a book, return a book”, a little free library is bigger than a breadbox and perhaps more fun than a bookmobile. This one has 2 shelves, accommodating about 30 to 40 books and is stocked with just about any book imaginable, from how-to-tomes to literature (high and low!), from children’s books to history books and everything in-between (would you believe a book about communicating with your pets from beyond the grave?). Thanks to their LFL, Alicia and Alan promote literacy, delight passersby, and add charm and whimsy to their beautiful street.
http://www.stlmag.com/Blogs/SLM-Daily/March-2013/Flamingos-and-Phantom-Visitors-Little-Free-Library-Confidential/
http://littlefreelibrary.org/

#10: Artist, activist, raconteur, Zen dude, philanthropist— all hats worn by Christopher Schulte (and often worn at the same time)— Christopher heads up the Will Flores Fund, which provides grant support to local organizations assisting marginalized people, people with disabilities, children’s groups and programs, and programs for AIDS/HIV patient care and comfort. Where does the Will Flores Fund get its money? From art exhibits organized by Christopher, natch. http://willfloresfund.org/

#9: Since 1999, the Community CollabARTive has worked with homeless men at Peter & Paul Community Services in an effort to stop the cycle of homelessness through the arts. The CollabARTive raises awareness about homelessness, providing participants an opportunity to document their journey through homelessness to independent living using a variety of artistic mediums. Through dance, poetry, theatre, and the visual arts, the men build relationships, have fun, and find a way to creative expression. The men of the CollabARTive have created books, board games, photographic exhibits, dances, theatre pieces and more. Head on down to Artica this Saturday and you’ll find them in the parade (complete with African masks and percussion instruments), launching their boat, the Tritanic.
http://www.ppcsinc.org/community.html
http://www.facebook.com/CommunityCollabarTiveSaintLouis

#8: Rich O’ Donnell, Anna Lum, Mike Murphy and Ryan Harris, the founders of HEARDing Cats Collective, have been keeping St. Louis “strange and wonderful” since 2009. In August, they produced AQurld Waves, St. Louis first underwater concert, which featured not just music but film projections on the water, poetry, and Tai Chi. On the Tuesday prior to the Kick Ass Awards, they are bringing European improvisational musicians Konk Pack to town, and in November, legendary electronic musician Morton Subotnik. HEARDing Cats aims to support and produce “art that is ignored by traditional, commercial, and popular institutions,” because experimental and innovative works keep art vital. http://heardingcatscollective.org

#7: Legendary activist Percy Green got his start with the Jefferson Bank Protests and CORE (the Congress for Racial Equality); he has fought for Civil Rights and human rights in the River City for nearly 50 years. In 1964, he successfully campaigned to get 1,000 African-American workers hired onto the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial project – by scaling the then-incomplete Arch. In 1972, using an elaborate network of radicalized debutantes, his group ACTION managed to unveil the Veiled Prophet as a protest against the ongoing racism and sexism within St. Louis’ most powerful networks. And his landmark lawsuit against McDonnell-Douglas, which was argued up to the Supreme Court in the early 1970s, forever changed the way workplace discrimination was handled, not just in St. Louis, but everywhere in America. Now in his 70s, he is still participating in actions that further social justice and equality. http://amlives.artsci.wustl.edu/details_streaming.php?rid=935&fspkey=false

#6: If you talk about wrestling in St. Louis, you can’t not talk about Larry Matysik. Not only did he work for Sam Muchnick—the man who built St. Louis into the pro wrestling capital of the universe—but in the 1970s and ’80s, Matyskik hosted the legendary “Wrestling at the Chase.” In 2005, Matysik published “Wresting at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling.” He followed that up with “Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling’s Rebel”; “Drawing Heat the Hard Way”; and “From the Golden Era.” This January, he published what he called “the War and Peace” of pro wrestling titles, the nearly 500-page “The 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All Time.”

Herb Simmons has been promoting wrestling since the early 70s, booking cards with legendary wrestlers including Bruiser Brody and Lou Thesz; he created Southern Illinois Champion Wrestling (SICW) in the 1980s. Simmons organizes two shows a month with SICW (with proceeds often going to charity), and produces “SICW Wrestling Explosion,” which airs on cable Channels 8 and 89 every Sunday at noon. Simmons is also mayor of East Carondelet, Ill., and is very active in his community, at turns having serving as St. Clair deputy coroner, Parks Commission chairman and Transit District trustee; in May, he was promoted from St. Clair County’s assistant emergency management director to CenCom 9-1-1 director.

#5: Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (http://theratsandpeople.tumblr.com/) is a sort of loose, modern chamber orchestra with pop, punk, and rock influences; its members include Matt Frederick (brass), Robert Laptad (percussion), Matt Pace (piano, brass), Heather Rice (strings, piano), Brien Seyle (strings), and Emma Tiemann (strings). Though it’s kept mostly true to its moniker by writing music for local independent films and creating many, many original live scores for films of the silent era (including “Nosferatu,””Go West,” and Erich von Stroheim’s “Greed,” which it performed at the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival this spring), R&P has also scored a series of Wallace Stevens poems, which debuted at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts’ Sound Waves performance series last fall. This summer, R&P wrote an original score for Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis’ production of “Twelfth Night,” and released *Revue* Songs, a CD of their Wallace Steven score. Check out the video for “Frogs Eat Butterflies Frogs Eat Butterflies. Snakes Eat Frogs. Hogs Eat Snakes. Men Eat Hogs.” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICYccBYV2dA&feature=youtu.be

#4: Sarah Rye Bliss of South Broadway Art Project. SBAP’s mission is to broaden the horizons of the community by providing a source of inspiration and creative outlet for children, residents, businesses, and visitors. They strive to build community through art by encouraging interaction among educators, artists, social service groups, businesses, and neighbors.

#3: Sayer Johnson sits on the board of the LGBT Center of St Louis is creator of the Locker Room, a Transmasculine support group. He recently helped organize St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group, whose mission is to bring together trans, gender queer, and intersex in the St. Louis Region. His partner Sharon Burns Johnson is co-creator of the Family Room, a support group for Family and Friends of Trans folks. For years, he and partner Sharon Burns Johnson, have worked together on issues in the LGBT community and frequently participate in outreach efforts to raise visibility, awareness and acceptance.

#2: PIECRUST is a contemporary art magazine founded in 2011 that is interested in works on paper, including drawings, photos, prints, sculptures, books, writings and interviews.

Their goal is to foster a new perspective on art by providing a foundation for artists to build upon visually, mentally, and physically in their practice. A themed, letterpressed issue of PIECRUST is released twice annually. Co-Founders are Lauren Cardenas and Megan Collins and editors are Lauren Cardenas and Jennifer Baker.

· Piecrust Tumblr: http://piecrustmagazine.tumblr.com/

· Piecrust Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piecrustmagazine

#1: Patty Maher, a green developer with a great track record of bringing dead, South Side buildings back to life. Her Tiger Lily Development recently transformed a long-abandoned laundromat at the corner of Wyoming and Arkansas into two, market-rate, LEED certified condos. In addition to her work efforts, Maher is an avid musician and singer, peace activist, mother of two, and advocate for various causes.

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