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Great Circle Honors Volunteers for Service on St. Louis Campus

(St. Louis, April 11, 2016) – Five individuals and two companies in the St. Louis area were recognized recently for their volunteer service over the past year at Great Circle’s St. Louis campus.  Great Circle is a statewide behavioral health nonprofit organization that served almost 25,000 individuals, families and children in 2015 at five campuses and 13 counseling offices across Missouri.

Volunteers receiving the 2016 Circle of Caring Award are:

Jeanne Crawford, of Frontenac – She has been volunteering at Great Circle for seven years. During that time, she has spearheaded the campus’ popular Holiday Store, which offers Great Circle’s child clients the opportunity to select and wrap holiday presents for their parents, siblings or special family members.

Paul Dino, of Oakville – For the last eight years, Dino and his family have been responsible for a Halloween party for the children residing on the St. Louis campus. By providing food and candy, and coordinating games and costumes, his efforts result in a fun and safe experience for the children.

Al & Beth Fillenwarth, of Ballwin – The Fillenwarths have been an integral part of Great Circle’s gala fundraisers for 13 years. In presenting the award, it was noted that they happily help out however they are needed, from serving refreshments to manning an auction station.

JM Family Enterprises, of Earth City – The company’s employees have volunteered at Great Circle for six years. They were recognized for their participation in on-campus work days, the Elves on the Run holiday toy drive, and the annual Changing Prisms retreat, tailored for female clients who have experienced significant emotional or physical trauma.

Travers & Associates, of Webster Groves – Company owner Glen Travers started volunteering 10 years ago by taking Great Circle children on weekend outings. Soon his entire company was involved, hosting the children at their annual Christmas party, creating trivia games and providing retail gift cards.

This year’s Youth Spirit Award was given to Olivia Eubank, daughter of David and Deniz Eubank, of Chesterfield. The award was created in 2015 to recognize a dedicated high school student volunteer. Eubank, 18 and a senior at Whitfield School, has helped with Great Circle’s fundraisers, and organizing gifts and toys for the children during the holidays.

At the reception, Jack Gillis, chair of Great Circle’s Board of Directors, noted that more than 1,500 people volunteered at the St. Louis campus last year. He said the efforts of those being honored were indicative of the overall impact that volunteers have on Great Circle’s efforts to meet the needs of children and families every day. “Whether reading to the kids, playing games with them, working to beautify the campus, serving on board or work groups, or managing special events, our volunteers make Great Circle stronger,” Gillis said. “Their contributions of time and talent help us deliver on our mission to strengthen families and rebuild lives.”

Great Circle’s mission is to reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders that strengthen families and give children confidence to create brighter futures. Great Circle provides specialized behavioral health services, 24-hour care, respite programs, and education and day treatment programs, including for children on the autism spectrum. It also delivers a broad spectrum of community-based services, including parental support programs, foster/adoptive care, assessments, crisis management and family stabilization.

To become a Great Circle volunteer, contact Ann Rexford, 314. 919.4710. For more information about Great Circle, visit www.greatcircle.org.