Crisis Nursery Razzle Dazzle Gala Raises $300k for Child Abuse Prevention

If you know Shawn Vinson, you know that he dedicates a lot of time and energy to helping kids. From rounding up a team who shaved their heads for the recent St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to help kids with cancer, to his work with the Crisis Nursery which is dedicated to keeping kids safe from abuse, Shawn and Vinson Mortgage are committed to doing what they can to invest in the next generation.

We’re especially proud of Shawn for his role with Crisis Nursery who just honored him and Celisia Harris with the Young Professional Hero Award at the sold out Razzle Dazzle Gala where they raised over $300K to prevent child abuse.  Here’s the full press release:


The Crisis Nursery celebrated its 30th Anniversary at the sold-out 2016 Razzle Dazzle ‘Once Upon A Time’ gala.  Emceed by KMOV-TV’s Emily Rau and Andre Hepkins and joined by 600 community and business supporters, the Crisis Nursery raised $300,000 for its mission of child abuse prevention.

At the magical and fairy-tale themed event, the Crisis Nursery gave H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. awards to organizations and volunteers that have impacted and helped the Crisis Nursery’s vision in saving babies’ lives.  The Foundation of the Year award was presented to the Saigh Foundation with JoAnn Hejna and Mary Kemp accepting the award for the organization.  Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children in the region, the Saigh Foundation’s generous gifts to the Nursery have helped to provide care for countless children living in the city of St. Louis.

The Funder of the Year award was presented to the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF).  Accepted by CSF Board chair, Terry Crow and CSF’s Executive Director, Connie Cunningham; CSF has generously supported the care for children in St. Louis County, keeping them alive and safe.

The Couple of the Year award was presented to Steve and Sally Mitchell for their personal commitment to the children and families served by the Crisis Nursery.  The Mitchell’s generously support events, underwriting costs of important special projects around the Nursery, and volunteer their time to help with day-to-day activities.

The Young Professional Hero Awards were presented to Celisia Harris and Shawn Vinson.  Celisia, Business Manager for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group serves as Secretary for the Nursery’s Young Professional Board and contributes her time volunteering, supporting events and advocating for the children of the Crisis Nursery.  Shawn, President of Vinson Mortgage Group, also a member of the Young Professional Board devotes his time and energy working to help raise awareness about the Crisis Nursery in the region, encouraging others to “get involved”.

In celebrating the Crisis Nursery’s 30th Anniversary, Crisis Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller honored the organization’s heritage by recognizing its founding pillars; Chris Chadwick from the Junior League, DeJeanette Williams with the Coalition of 100 Black Women, Crisis Nursery Board member Dr. Nanci Bobrow (serving 29 years) and volunteer, Pat Kamler (serving 26 years).  DiAnne gave the crowd an insight of where the Crisis Nursery is today, saving over 7500 children just last year alone.  What started out as a 6 bed Nursery has now grown into 5 Nurseries, 7 Outreach centers and programs reaching out to homeless families, Latino families and families in communities that are in difficult situations.

DiAnne introduced her team and had each one speak on the different services that the Crisis Nursery offers to families.  From the goals of the Nursery to the Family Empowerment Program, Art Therapy, and being at impact zones when communities face difficulties like the Ferguson unrest.

“I’m so very grateful for the years of support from the community” said DiAnne Mueller, “saving babies’ lives and keeping kids safe has been our mission for 30 years and to see so many join us in this mission is amazing! It’s just not right for a child to go without diapers or formula and I’m glad we’re here making sure every child is safe.”

The Presenting Sponsor was Centene Corporation, Platinum Sponsors were BJC Medical Group – BJC Healthcare, Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital; Edward Jones; Emerson; Linda & Eric Gerhardt; Harvey Kornblum Foundation; KMOV-TV; Shop ‘n Save; SSM HealthCare – Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Heath Center and Switch.  Gold Sponsors were Drs. James & Nanci Bobrow; Express Scripts; First State Bank; Don & Gretchen Gerber; Monsanto; Nestle Purina; Parkside Financial Bank & Trust; Rhodey Construction; Sephora Chesterfield Mall; and Karen & Sandon Wool.  Silver Sponsors are Karen Evans, Six Point Financial Group; Shea O’Toole and Darrell Davis; and Wells Fargo Advisors.  The Bronze Sponsors AAIM; Ameren; Bancorp South; Carrollton Bank; Commerce Bank; Maryville University; Missouri Foundation for Health; Steve & Sally Mitchell; Drs. Jovita & Patrick Oruwari; Bill Siedoff, Staenberg Group; Total Access Urgent Care; and Vincent’s Jewelers.

The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis.  The Crisis Nursery is an independent, not-for-profit agency providing short-term, safe havens for more than 7,500 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis.  The Nursery provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 5 sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions.  For more details on the Crisis Nursery, please call 314-292-5770 or visit www.crisisnurserykids.org


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