Over 350 guests joined the St. Louis Arc for the annual Superheroes for Kids event on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The event, raising over $275,000 for children’s programs, is made possible through the leadership and creativity of honorary co-chairs, Mary and David Steward II, and event chairs, John and Mimi Londoff. The evening highlighted the Arc’s early childhood education center, Childgarden, and the inclusive environment the center provides to St. Louis families.
Honoring Dr. Mantovani
Additionally, the 2017 Superhero for Kids Award was presented to Dr. John Mantovani for his leadership in the field of pediatric neurology and autism. Dr. Mantovani, Chair of Pediatrics at Mercy Children’s Hospital and the Founding Medical Director of the Mercy Kids Autism Center, has committed his life and career to helping children with disabilities and their families. In 2014, Dr. Mantovani facilitated the collaboration between Mercy and the St. Louis Arc to expand access to the Early Start Denver Model, a cutting edge behavioral approach for kids with autism as young as 12 months. Guiding Dr. Mantovani’s work is his unwavering commitment to “early intervention” in order to give children the best chance of developing to their full potential.
Guests donned their most creative superhero chic attire for this cosmic cocktail party of epic proportions. Emcee Charlie Brennan from CBS St. Louis led the evening’s program, which included spectacular food, drinks, and entertainment all in support of the St. Louis Arc’s programs for children with developmental disabilities. A special thank you to all of the guests who made the evening a success, and to World Wide Technology and Lion Forge Comics for underwriting the event.