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Business briefs: June 7


Breakout Games Operations Manager David O’Hara, his staff and members of the West County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the company’s grand opening with a chain-cutting ceremony. Breakout Games is a life-size problem-solving game with five unique story lines. Participants have 60 minutes to solve the mystery and escape. Breakout Games is located at 14523 Manchester Road in Manchester.

Chain-cutting ceremony at Breakout Games

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Operation Food Search [OFS], a local relief organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger and family food insecurity in the St. Louis bi state region, was recently awarded $28,744 from the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust, whose founding denominations first partnered to support St. Luke’s Hospital in 1948. The money will be used to support OFS’ mobile summer meals program, which is part of the agency’s Summer Food Service Program [SFSP].

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Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union [ABECU], together with its divisions [American Eagle Credit Union and Purina Credit Union], recently was honored as a recipient of the 2017 Financial Capability Innovation Award presented by Everfi, Nasdaq and the Financial Capability Network. This award recognizes the credit union for its exceptional efforts in improving the financial capabilities of the communities it serves through education. ABECU and its divisions have 30 locations nationwide, including 14 in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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The Home Builders Association, a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry, recently donated $6,370 to Rainbow Village through the association’s charitable foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs. The funds will be used to repair a driveway at one of Rainbow Village’s homes for a client who uses a wheelchair. Rainbow Village strives to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable and well-maintained neighborhood homes.

2015 HBA President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes [left] and HBCF President John Eilermann of McBride & Son Companies [right] present a check to Jo-Ann Goldstein, associate director of development for Rainbow Village.

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With a gift from Donald and Nancy Ross, Missouri Baptist Medical Center has established The Nancy A. Ross, RN Endowed Chair, a first for a community hospital in the greater St. Louis area. The endowed chair will be held by the Missouri Baptist Chief Nursing Officer.

Nancy and Donald Ross create an endowed chair at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.



Rep. Dean Plocher, R-Town & Country, was named Freshman Legislator of the Year for Economic Development and Business Growth in the Missouri House of Representatives. Plocher received the award from House Speaker Todd Richardson, who recognized Plocher’s work to advance the legislature’s pro-jobs, pro-growth agenda. Plocher serves as a member of the House Economic Development Committee. He also serves as the vice chairman of the House Utilities Committee and Special Committee on Urban Issues, and he is a member of the House Subcommittee on Urban Community Economic Development.

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Rep. Bruce DeGroot, R-Chesterfield, was named the Freshman Legislator of the Year for Tort Reform. DeGroot received the award from House Speaker Todd Richardson, who recognized DeGroot’s work to ensure Missouri’s court system is fair to all litigants. DeGroot serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He also serves on the House Special Committee on Litigation Reform.

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Sharon Greenstein Gorman recently was named to the Covenant Place board of directors. Gorman has 10 years of experience in the field of senior care and family advocacy and is president of Certified Care Management, LLC in Chesterfield. She has taken numerous leadership roles in the Jewish community and with organizations that advocate for the needs of older adults. Currently, she also is president of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging foundation board.

Sharon Greenstein Gorman



The West County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Hours networking event in conjunction with Wind Down Thursday STL on Thursday, June 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Fox and Hound, 17416 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield. Members and non-members are welcome. Hot appetizers will be provided; attendees pay for their own drinks. Pre-registration is not required. Contact Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 or dpinson@westcountychamber.com for more information.

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The West St. Louis County Working Warriors veteran’s group meeting is on Wednesday, June 14 from 9-10 a.m. at Lucky’s Market, 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive in Ellisville. Members and non-members are welcome at this free networking event. Register online at www.westcountychamber.com or call Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 for more information.

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A Business Roundtable is held on Thursday, June 15 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce office, 101 Chesterfield Business Parkway. For more information, call (636) 532-3399 or email info@chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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