Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation needs community votes to win $66,000

The nonprofit is one of eight national finalists for the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award.

Digital Content Producer
September 27, 2019 - 12:59 pm

Photo courtesy of Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KFTK) — The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation has the opportunity to be granted $66,000, but it needs the support of the Metro East and St. Louis community.

The foundation was recently named one of eight nonprofits nominated for the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award sponsored by the Opus Foundation. The JJK Foundation's dedication to building and strengthening its community made it a contender for the award, according to a news release.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for our organization and we’re also honored that we were selected because that shows that the Opus Foundation believes in what we’re doing here,” Joyner-Kersee said in the statement. “If we win, we will be the first nonprofit from the St. Louis region to ever take home the prize. We’re hoping the entire Metro East and St. Louis community will support us by going online to vote!”

The JJK Foundation is encouraging people to vote for it online as the organization that "best exemplifies the values of the Opus Group's founder" Rauenhorst, "including his entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative approach and commitment to excellence."

Voting is open online until 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. A winner will be announced at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. 

Click here to vote for the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation.

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