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Sinquefields to contribute $6 million to youth sports foundation

by Dean Minderman
Artist's rendering of the proposed PowerPlex facility

The proposed site plan for the PowerPlex facility

Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield will contribute $6 million to the BASE (Baseball And Softball Education) Foundation for an education hub at a youth sports complex to be built in Chesterfield.

The gift, to be made over ten years, was announced on April 6 at a news conference at the Brew House in Ballpark Village, during which the foundation formally unveiled plans for the project, which will be called the POWERPlex. The project is being developed by a group of local investors that includes not-for-profit executive and former broadcaster Dan Buck and St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Located just east of the City of Chesterfield’s Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, the 74-acre POWERPlex campus is intended to attract traveling youth and amateur sports teams from a broad area. The proposed facility will include dual sport domes, multiple turfed fields, and the educational hub, which will be named after the Sinquefields.

“We’re happy to fund the Center for Human Development, but those are fancy words. We want to do more than sports,” Jeanne Sinquefield said at the news conference. “We want to have an invention lab, teach chess and music, and you can have Scouting. You could do lots and lots of things.”

For more about the plans for POWERplex, you can see coverage of the announcement from several St. Louis media outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, KMOV (CBS), KSDK (NBC) and KTRS-AM.

April 2017
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Construction of new music building
at Mizzou to begin in January, 2018

by Dean Minderman
Artist's rendering of the new School of Music building at Mizzou

Artist’s rendering of the new School of Music building at Mizzou

Supported by a lead gift of $10 million from Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield, the School of Music at the University of Missouri is moving forward with construction of a new building, with groundbreaking now set for January, 2018.

A recent story about the project in the Mizzou student newspaper The Maneater featured comments from faculty members and from Jeanne Sinquefield, who told reporter Olivia Garrett, “I’ve been doing this program for 11 years, and you get to a point that if you want to grow, you need a space. I typically don’t like to give money to buildings unless there’s a clear need. In this particular case, it meant that we could do some really interesting things. Think about it, attracting the best students and the best faculty.”

You can read the entire article here.

April 2017
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Sinquefields help to found St. Louis Gift Pledge campaign

by Dean Minderman

Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield are among the founders of the St. Louis Gift Pledge, a new campaign to encourage successful St. Louisans to make a significant gift of at least $1 million to a St. Louis charitable organization during their lifetime or in their will.

Sponsored by the St. Louis Community Foundation, the campaign’s goal is to publicize local giving and encourage more people to support St. Louis through philanthropy. In asking a group of St. Louisans to come forward with their intentions to give $1 million or more, the St. Louis Gift Pledge aims to inspire others to take action; to bring together those who value the impact St. Louis has had on their lives, and want to give back to our community; and to promote open conversations about philanthropy in the St. Louis area.

“Giving is something you do, and we’ve always made a point of supporting charities,” said Jeanne Sinquefield in a profile of the couple on the St. Louis Gift Pledge website. “It’s always been part of our budget, and the only thing that has changed over the years is how much there is to give.”

As noted in the profile, the Sinquefields support major St. Louis institutions like the St. Louis Symphony, the Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Art Museum, and St. Louis University, and also have developed and funded innovative projects based on their personal interests, such as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Other local organizations that already have benefited from the philanthropy of St. Louis Gift Pledge participants include COCA, College Bound, Contemporary Art Museum, Craft Alliance, Fontbonne University, Forest Park Forever, Jazz at the Bistro, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation, Jewish Food Pantry, KDHX Radio, Lift for Life Academy, St. Louis Zoo, The Sheldon, Washington University, and Webster University.

For more information about the St. Louis Gift Pledge, visit their website at http://www.stlouisgiftpledge.org/.

August 2016
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