Riverbend Head Start and Family Services honored Steve and Jane Saale, of Brighton, this week with the Circle of Care Award. A dinner in their honor was held at the Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College on Wednesday night, and helped raise more than $112,000 for to support the non-profit’s mission. It was the most money raised in the event’s 22-year history.
More than 260 guests gathered for the annual dinner and auction that also recognized the Saale’s positive influence on the community through their professions, volunteerism and philanthropy. The Saales were nominated for the award by members of Riverbend Head Start’s Communications and Development Committee and then selected by the agency’s Board of Directors. Jane is the president of Cope Plastics, Inc, in Alton, the company her maternal grandparents founded in 1946. Cope’s corporate offices are located in Alton and they have 17 sales offices and stocking locations throughout the Mid-west. The Saales were presented with two school bus tricycles as their award, which will then be presented to the children and staff to enjoy at two of the agency’s Head Start centers for their outdoor classrooms.