The Arts and Education Council, the St. Louis region’s United Arts Fund, recently announced that employees of Ameren Corporation have raised nearly $102,000 for the arts and arts education this year. This brings the total for Ameren’s annual A&E Workplace Giving Campaigns to $2.6 million since the corporation’s first A&E campaign in 1986. Gifts to A&E help support arts and arts education organizations in the 16-county bi-state St. Louis region.
“Each year we stress to our employees how important this campaign is to our community,” said Shawn Schukar, senior vice president of trading and marketing, A&E board member, and Ameren’s campaign chair. “This year was no different; Ameren continued to focus on supporting our communities with the participation from our employees."
“As a corporate leader, I recognize how support of the arts contributes to our success in recruiting and retaining a talented and innovative workforce,” said Thomas R. Voss, Ameren Chairman, president and CEO. “Ameren proudly participates in A&E’s annual fundraising efforts through Workplace Giving Campaigns, corporate giving and by supporting the organization’s signature fundraising event, the St. Louis Arts Awards.”
Ameren was recognized as “Corporate Support for the Arts” honoree at the 2010 St. Louis Arts Awards. Voss and his wife, Carol, an A&E board member, served as co-chairs for the 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards.
“The business community’s support of the arts helps make St. Louis a more desirable place to live, work and raise families,” said Cynthia A. Prost, A&E president. “Because of the generosity of employees like Ameren’s who donate to A&E, we are able to fund outstanding arts education programming for children and adults of every demographic living in urban, rural and suburban communities. The St. Louis arts and cultural climate would not be as diverse, accessible or vibrant without the critical support of our friends at Ameren,” noted Prost. “Our region’s exceptional arts community is vital to our continued growth and economic development. In fact, the arts support 10,000 jobs here and generate more than $582 million for the local economy annually.”
On Nov. 14, Ameren will be further honored at the National Philanthropic Day event of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis Chapter, which selected Ameren for the organization’s 2013 “Outstanding Corporate Philanthropic Program” award.
For more information on The Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, visit KeepArtHappening.org. To find out more about Ameren's arts partnerships and other community building initiatives, visit Amaren.com.