2018 Shine the Light Awards


Paraquad will host the 2018 Shine the Light Awards on Friday, April 27, 2018, to recognize the contributions of two organizations and one individual to increasing opportunity, access and independence for people with disabilities. The event, which is held at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, will begin at 6 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, the St. Louis Art Museum and Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt.

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital serves children from 2 weeks to 21 years old, with diagnoses including severe prematurity, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. The Care Beyond the Bedside model has a special focus on helping children with significant disabilities to integrate successfully into the community.

Saint Louis Art Museum

The St. Louis Art Museum will be recognized for its commitment to welcoming and engaging visitors with a wide range of disabilities. Through tours interpreted in American Sign Language, training on disability awareness and etiquette for staff and partnerships with disability organizations, the St. Louis Art Museum has positively enhanced the experience of engaging with art for patrons with disabilities.

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt was inspired to run for office in order to help Missourians, like his son, Stephen, who live with disabilities. While in the Missouri Senate, Schmitt championed autism insurance reform, new treatments for autism and guided the MO ABLE Act, which allows people with disabilities to save money without affecting the benefits they need, through the Senate. As treasurer, he launched the MO ABLE program and continues to be a strong advocate for the disability community. He will be recognized with the Legacy of Excellence Award.

The annual event “shines the light” on St. Louis area business, organizations and individuals who actively support disability rights, promote equality and inclusion and make our community more accessible for people with disabilities.

Funds raised during the event support Paraquad, with a special focus in 2018 on our newest program, The Bloom Café, a social enterprise restaurant which provides job training for people with disabilities.

Singer-songwriter Alexander Ruwe will provide the evening’s entertainment.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting paraquad.org or calling 314-289-4330.

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About Paraquad: Founded in 1970, Paraquad is the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. One of the oldest Centers for Independent Living in the country, Paraquad’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. A key focus is to make St. Louis more accessible for all people by advocating, building awareness and delivering comprehensive services.

Kevin Condon
(314) 289-4348 or (314) 805-1556

Jacob Kuerth
(314) 289-4371 or (314) 957-8364

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