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Alltru Celebrates 2023 Juneteenth Heritage Awardees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 21, 2023


Alltru Celebrates 2023 Juneteenth Heritage Awardees

ST. LOUIS, MO (June 21, 2023) – St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura O. Jones held a special ceremony on Friday, June 16, 2023 to recognize the five recipients of Alltru Credit Union’s Juneteenth Heritage Award. The Juneteenth Heritage Award was created by Alltru to recognize youth in the Greater St. Louis community for the ways that they celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. Individuals between the ages of 5 and 25 were invited to illustrate what Juneteenth means to them by sharing their own expression of creativity in the form of an artistic work or creative expression.

Alltru Juneteenth Heritage 2023 Awardees being honored at Mayor Jones’ office. Pictured from left to right: Camiyah J., Jubilee L., City of St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, Brooke E., Lakayla S., Kamiyah J., Alltru Community Development Manager Tracy Verner, Alltru Financial Empowerment Coordinator Stephanie Hughes, Alltru CDFI Board Member Umi Khenissi and College Kids Director Barbara Davis.

The Juneteenth Heritage Awards were presented to a dedicated group of talented young individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their submissions. The awards were presented at St. Louis City Mayor, Tishaura Jones’ office in a special ceremony held in honor of Juneteenth, a federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

The Juneteenth Heritage Award is awarded annually to youth between the ages of 5 and 25 who demonstrate outstanding artistic achievement with cash prizes totaling $2,100. The 2023 award recipients are as follows:

  • In the 5-10 age category, 10-year-old Jubilee L. received the award for her incredible visual art submission.
  • In the 11-13 age category, 13-year-old Camiyah J. took home the prize for her captivating visual art submission.
  • In the 14-17 age category, 14-year-old Kamiyah J. was awarded for her impressive dance and poetry submission.
  • For the 18-25 age category, 24-year-old Lakayla S. was recognized for her moving spoken word submission.
  • Finally, the Most Exceptional Overall award was presented to 17-year-old Brooke E. for her stunning visual art and poetry submission.
Tracy Verner, Alltru Community Development Manager, and Award Recipient Jubilee L. pictured together at the 2023 Juneteenth Heritage Award Ceremony.

“The Juneteenth Heritage Award is a way for us to recognize and celebrate the creativity and talent of young artists in our community,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at Alltru Credit Union. “Each of this year’s recipients has demonstrated outstanding artistic skill and a commitment to their craft, and we are honored to be able to share their inspiration, legacy, and vision with the community.”

We congratulate the five recipients of this year’s Juneteenth Heritage Award on their well-deserved recognition and look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future. Alltru is featuring the many creative works on our social media platforms throughout the month of June. To view all of the Juneteenth Heritage Award submissions, visit Alltru’s Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

About Alltru Credit Union

Established in 1968, Alltru Credit Union is full-service Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to improve the financial well-being of its members. With 37,000 members and over $300 million in assets, Alltru has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services for over 54 years. For more information about Alltru Credit Union, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

Not a credit union member?  Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, or worships within St. Charles County, St. Louis County, or the City of St. Louis.

Media Contact:

Laura Woods
VP of Marketing and Community Presence
lwoods@alltrucu.org
(636) 916-8303

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