Since 2007, SOS has awarded over 
$2 million to more than 70 non profit 
organizations in the St. Louis region that are enhancing the lives of hundreds of people. 
Click here to see a list of our 2017 grantees.

2017 SOS Spirit Awards & Annual Meeting

A record number of SOS members turned out at The Lodge at Des Peres  on Wednesday, May 24, for the annual Spirit Awards celebration and Annual Meeting. It was a spirited evening, beginning with food, drink and socializing.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of this year's first multi-year grant voted on by SOS members and awarded to Lydia's House. Their grant of $100,000 will be paid in three installments of $33,333.33 beginning this year, 2017.

The evening concluded with the presentation of checks totaling $206,733 to this year's grantees:

Three-Year Grant


Lydia’s House -- $100,000*
. . . to train unemployed, financially struggling women for work in the culinary field, giving them immediate income
* to be paid in three $33,333.33 installments, beginning in 2017


One-Year Grants


Angels’ Arms - $20,000
. . . to keep families of foster children together in nurturing foster homes until forever homes can be found for them


Annie’s Hope -- $15,000
. . . to offer free, in-school support services to underprivileged children grieving the death of someone significant


Eye Care Charity of Mid- America - $20,000
. . . to make free eye-care services available to 200 low-income children in Ferguson during the 2017-18 school year


Home Sweet Home $6,000
. . . to help families experiencing poverty and toxic stress by providing them with basic household furnishings


Home Works $10,000
. . . to add 100 underperforming students and their families to a program of home visits by classroom teachers


Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project-- $20,000
. . . to help low-income immigrants overcome barriers to justice by providing them with low-cost legal services


Pianos for People--$12,000
. . . to increase the number of disadvantaged young people receiving free piano lessons during the 2017-18 school year


St. Louis Internship Program-- $20,000
. . . to support college and career planning for low-income high school students preparing for paid summer internships


St Louis Story Stitchers -- $8,360
. . . to help bring a play about gun violence performed by teen and young adult actors to schools in high-crime areas


Urban Harvest STL-- $20,000
. . . to grow a network of urban farms that grow food and provide it to people living in “food deserts” in St. Louis


Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. - $20,000
. . . to buy prescription medicines for low-income adult residents of St. Charles not covered by health insurance