“My strategy is always to bring people together to achieve specific results. When the results are in, that’s when we’re done.“ M.H.
The Clayton Century Foundation: In 2009, Michelle teamed up with a group of dedicated citizens to launch the first public-private partnership in Clayton. The foundation has raised roughly $2 million in it’s first two years for such things as musical nights in Oak Knoll Park, the new inclusive playground in Shaw Park, improvements to Hanley House and new walking trails in Shaw Park. More projects are in the works!
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: A decade ago, Michelle and a handful of co-organizers met in a friend’s living room to lay the groundwork for an ambitious project: a free outdoor summer Shakespeare festival in Forest Park. The group launched the festival in June 2001. Michelle stayed on the board for six years to help the festival grow. Now entering its 13th season, the Shakespeare Festival draws 60,000 people to its free summer performances and educates more than 25,000 students a year.
Clayton Domestic Partnership Registry: Last year, responding to requests from community members, including elderly citizens, Michelle worked to craft and pass a Voluntary Domestic Partnership Registry, which the city approved in a January 2012 ordinance. This measure allows established household members who are not married to one another to request and receive benefits available to families.
Clayton Middle School Lacrosse Program: In 2010, when parents voiced a need for more sports programs for Clayton middle schoolers, Michelle worked with another parent to launch an 8th grade boys lacrosse program. The program was so successful that it now has teams for 5th, 6th and 7th grades.