One of the myths that Margaret Conroy, executive director of Daniel Boone Regional Library, hopes to debunk is that public libraries are only quiet places full of bookshelves.Continue reading “What’s on the Shelf at Daniel Boone Regional Library?”
Rachel Choma’s artwork is the culmination of thousands of lines made using a simple ballpoint pen.Continue reading “Artwork, Artists, and Philanthropy”
Bringing It All Together
Brothers Jabbok and Willy Schlacks were working in the construction industry when they realized how difficult it was to acquire equipment. Many contractors had loads of equipment not in use and sitting around while others had to pay hefty costs to lease equipment from rental companies or buy the equipment outright.Continue reading “From Startup to Success”
Having worked for a few local companies and organizations as a licensed professional counselor, Melissa Williams knew she wanted to see something different happen in Columbia.Continue reading “Meeting Clients Where They Are”
In the aftermath of World War II, Columbia fell victim to shortages of food, housing, and jobs. The Community Chest of Columbia, the forerunner to Heart of Missouri United Way, was founded in 1946 to allocate funds to help those in need. Now, 75 years later, the work the Mid-Missouri chapter does is eerily similar. “Our mission is to fight to improve lives in the community,” Community Impact Director Rachel Delcau says. “When we see a need in the community not being met, we facilitate conversations, make connections, collaborate to find solutions, and provide resources to help fill that gap.”Continue reading “Fighting to Improve Lives”
It’s no surprise that animals can have healing powers.
Karen Grindler founded Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center in 1988. The theater and communications alumna from MU arrived at the idea for Cedar Creek after noticing a sort of absence in Columbia.Continue reading “The Healing Power of Horses”
In addition to being a full-time jazz vocalist, songwriter, pianist, and music teacher, Audra Sergel — the founder and artistic director of the Quorus — spends countless hours in the name of its mission: to be a positive, caring, and dynamic organization comprised of diverse advocates providing a safe space, growth, and social justice for the LGBTQQA+ community.Continue reading “Singing for Social Justice”
Crafting and styling balloon arches, garlands, backgrounds, neon signs, and event set-ups is an artform at Airmagination — a balloon styling and decoration company. The main allure of the business remains the “organic” balloon installations. Various shapes, sizes, and colors of balloons turn a bar, doorway, or wall into something unearthly. “Naturally, balloons elevate the mood of any occasion,” co-founder Destiny McKnight says. “But this is more than just balloons. Our displays bring attention and can make any event pop.”Continue reading “Bringing the Party with Airmagination”
A neighbor’s dog attacked a sweet, long-haired Chihuahua.
When Rosco, in need of surgery, shots, and antibiotics, and his owner were unable to pay for his medical bills, Rosco was one of the first animals to receive assistance from Armani’s Angels.Continue reading “Angels on Earth”
In a roundabout way, TerriAnn Tucker-Warhover’s background in veterinary medicine led her to create Puppies with Purpose nine years ago.Continue reading “Getting Puppies on the Right Paw”