Celebrating community spirit

(From left) Brian Phillips, executive director of the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corp.; Larry J. Shapiro, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of Washington University School of Medicine; and Joseph Roddy, St. Louis Alderman for the 17th Ward, celebrate after Roddy presented Shapiro with a proclamation thanking the School of Medicine for its Holiday Outreach program, coordinated by the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corp. Each year, School of Medicine departments adopt needy families in the surrounding Forest Park Southeast and Botanical Heights neighborhoods to provide rent and utility assistance, clothing, food, toys for children and holiday gifts. In 2011, 42 School of Medicine departments adopted 51 families, raising more than $14,000 for utility and rent assistance, as well as holiday gifts and items needed by the families. (Credit: Robert Boston)