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February 2009

February 16, 2009:

New Board Members Approved

The Pujols Family Foundation is pleased to welcome two new board members for 2009. Jeanette Bax-Kurtz, CPA Jeanette Bax-Kurtz is a graduate of University of Missouri, St. Louis with a B.S.B.A. concentration in Accounting and a Minor in Mathematics. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mrs. Bax-Kurtz has over twenty-four years experience as…

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February 24, 2009:

2009 Foundation Mission Trip Recap

The Pujols Family Foundation embarked on another mission trip to the Dominican Republic, departing St. Louis on January 28th, 2009 and returning on February 2nd. This year’s team consisted of Albert Pujols, Deidre Pujols, Todd Perry and Jen Cooper from the Pujols Family Foundation. Dr. Rob Hanson and Dr. Jan Mueller staffed our pediatrics team and photographer Gina Kelly once again provided excellent support. We want to give a special thank you to Compassion International for all of their hard…

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February 28, 2009:

Westport Plaza Hosts Winter Wonderland

By Jen Cooper After a few days of unseasonably mild conditions, February 28th was here to remind us that winter had not gone away just yet. Westport Plaza held its first Winter Wonderland event benefiting the Pujols Family Foundation on Saturday and it was definitely cold. But it was not just the temperatures and frigid wind gusts that set the stage for this event but around every corner in the Westport Village you got another sense of the season. Intricate…

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March 2009

March 30, 2009:

Todd Perry Named Foundation CEO

Pujols Family Foundation Executive Director, Todd Perry, was recently promoted to PFF Chief Executive Officer. Perry has been a leading visionary for the Foundation and has served faithfully since its inception in May of 2005. Upon reflection of Perry’s passion for the mission and purpose of the Pujols Family Foundation, it is clear this position has been one of destiny for him from the beginning. “This is a very well deserved promotion,” says PFF board member Jeanette Bax-Kurtz. “Anyone who…

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March 31, 2009:

Pujols Family Foundation Saves You Money

he Pujols Family Foundation and The Parking Spot have partnered to offer you 25% off airport parking with a Saturday night stay. 10% off without. Please click here for your free coupon. Special Thanks to the Parking Spot in St. Louis for allowing our Doctors and staff to Park for free during our Dominican Republic Mission trips. Coupon may not be combined with any other offer. Coupon Expires 12/31/2010.

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May 2009

May 4, 2009:

Eagle Bank and Trust ‘MVP 5’ Business Money Market Account

The Pujols Family Foundation and Eagle Bank and Trust are joining forces to enhance the lives of families served by the foundation. For the past four years, the Pujols Family Foundation has provided support area families afflicted by Down syndrome. The foundation hosts several social events throughout the year including a Prom, bowling nights, scrapbooking nights and cooking classes to provide hope and extraordinary experiences for families and children who live with Down syndrome. The foundation also works to meet…

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May 17, 2009:

Foundation Hosts First Mother/Daughter Bowling Event

Anything boys can do, girls can … have a blast doing too. For the past three years, the Pujols Family Foundation has treated sons with Down syndrome and their dads to Hitters and Splitters, an invitation only-bowling event with Albert Pujols held each August. Meanwhile, Deidre Pujols and the PFF have held two amazing tea parties and a pizza party for special daughters and their moms. But this spring the gals were treated to their very own bowling party with…

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June 2009

June 1, 2009:

Brother’s Love Leads to Enlightened Minds

John Maucher, brother of two sisters with Down syndrome, Erika and Carli, is a protecting, loving, and caring brother. Last summer he was pushed to the limit of being teased about his sister Erika, and tired of hearing Erika teased. He stepped up and took action. John didn’t use his fist, he didn’t even use hateful words, he used kindness, love, and his Christian ways to turn a negative situation into a positive one. He talked to his parents, Stefanie…

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June 25, 2009:

Foundation Hosts Second Home Run Derby and All-Star Game

Thanks to a bases loaded hit to the fence by All-Star Nick McMullen in the bottom of the final frame, Albert’s All-Stars slugged their way to a 21-20 win over the Ellisville Bulldogs in the Pujols Family Foundation’s second annual All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. “Time to have fun,” said a smiling Nick, holding a game ball with his girlfriend by his side after “The Rematch,” held June 15 at the Catch 22 Miracle Field at the Chesterfield Valley…

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July 2009

July 31, 2009:

Batter Up! Family Cooking Experience 2009

By Jen Cooper One of the most popular events of the summer of 2008 made its return in 2009, this time bigger and better than before. The Pujols Family Foundation hosted its Batter Up! cooking classes again this summer but instead of it just being available to girls with Down syndrome, the boys got a chance to get in on the fun as well. A series of twelve cooking classes were held from the middle of June through the end…

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August 2009

August 2, 2009:

Hitters and Splitters a Huge Success

Nestled in the far lanes of the Brunswick Zone, Gary Hemminghaus was having a grand guys night out. Just two weeks earlier, not one but two newspaper articles had been done on Gary, 40, celebrating his 20th anniversary at his job. Now he had just bowled a spare, was talking up a storm with buddies and his stepdad and noshing on all the Imo’s pizza he could eat, all while hanging out with his favorite baseball player at the 4th…

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August 31, 2009:

Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic 2009

By Matthew Leach / MLB.com ST. LOUIS — On a lovely, surprisingly mild late-summer day, nearly every Cardinals player gave up his off-day to trek out approximately 40 miles from downtown St. Louis. Of course, there was golf awaiting them when they got there, but even so, it was telling. The annual Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic took place on Monday at the Country Club at St. Alban’s, west of St. Louis. And it was hard to find a Cardinals…

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October 2009

October 23, 2009:

Autumn Prom 2009

by Anna M. Jones Karen Cunningham’s only goal was to grab her Kleenex and speech and get off the stage as quickly as she could at the Pujols Family Foundation’s annual O’ Night Divine dinner. Then she realized Al ‘the Mad Hungarian’ Hrabosky was standing, and it hit her. “When I saw him stand up, I was blown away,” she said. “For him of all people, then I realized everyone was standing up.” And applauding. Amid a sea of professional…

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December 2009

December 5, 2009:

O’ Night Divine 2009

by Anna M. Jones Karen Cunningham’s only goal was to grab her Kleenex and speech and get off the stage as quickly as she could at the Pujols Family Foundation’s annual O’ Night Divine dinner. Then she realized Al ‘the Mad Hungarian’ Hrabosky was standing, and it hit her. “When I saw him stand up, I was blown away,” she said. “For him of all people, then I realized everyone was standing up.” And applauding. Amid a sea of professional…

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January 2010

January 12, 2010:

Haitian Disaster Relief

The Pujols Family Foundation has had dozens of questions about our plans to provide relief to the people of Haiti. We strongly suggest that all donations are directed to our partners on the ground in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti, Compassion International. For more information, please see the message below from Compassion International, or visit their Web site at compassion.com/haiticrisis We ask that you pray for the Haitian families and for the teams who are serving that country in…

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January 14, 2010 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

St. Louis Blues Night

By Kate Swarbrick The minute the Pujols Foundation families walked through the entryway of Scottrade Center, they immediately ran toward their friends at the PFF, offering hugs and details about their busy winter breaks. Soon enough, however, all talk turned to hockey. Nick McMullen revealed that he used to play goalie. David Kime demonstrated his great familiarity with the Blues, identifying the players by name, and Lauren Hennicke, expressed how she is huge sports fan who loves to watch the…

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February 2010

February 27, 2010:

Winter Wonderland 2010

By Brian Koenig It was sunny, it was cool, it was beautiful…and thank goodness, this year it was inside. On Saturday February 27th, the second annual Winter Wonderland—for the benefit of the Pujols Family Foundation—had Westport Plaza littered with animated children and engaged parents. Upon entering Winter Wonderland, visitors were greeted with winter decorations and amazing ice sculpture demonstrations from Ice Visions.  The exquisite sculptures were scattered throughout the event—a smiling bear, a merry snowman, and a cheerful penguin—which added…

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March 2010

March 1, 2010:

Batey Baseball/Nest Evaluation Trip to Dominican Republic

During the last week of February, the Pujols Family Foundation took a short fact-finding mission to the Dominican Republic to prepare for two major initiatives this summer. The first is Batey Baseball. This program is brand new for 2010 and is directly from the heart of Albert Pujols. Batey Baseball is a joint venture with the PFF, Compassion International and the community of Batey Aleman. “We are not trying to find Major League Baseball players here,” says Albert Pujols. “Our…

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March 27, 2010:

Pujols Pitcher Party 2010

By Anna Jones Some moms diligently worked away, looking deeply lost in thought as they arranged and rearranged their photos and layout designs. Other moms oohed and aahed while browsing all the many scrapbooking supplies and still others quizzed the experts on hand or laughed and gabbed with each other. For all the special moms, the Pujols Family Foundation’s second annual Pujols Picture Party took on a fun, unique and even high-tech scrapbooking escape that was held March 27, 2010…

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May 2010

May 3, 2010:

‘Bank on Albert’ with Eagle Bank and Trust MVP5 Business Money Market Account

The Pujols Family Foundation and Eagle Bank and Trust are pleased to announce the return of the Pujols MVP5 Money Market account, providing a way for local businesses to support the Foundation while earning a great rate. Available exclusively at Eagle Bank, the 2010 Pujols MVP5 Money Market account offers a rate equal to Albert’s batting average. For example, if Albert is batting .337, the money market interest rate is 3.37% Annual Percentage Yield. This is a very limited offer…

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May 23, 2010:

2nd Annual Mother/Daughter Bowling Event

By Anna Jones At just a few minutes after 7 p.m. on a spring Sunday in Chesterfield, an appreciative group of moms and daughters listened as Albert Pujols welcomed them to the second annual Pujols Family Foundation Mother/Daughter Bowling Event. Just a few feet away, the giggles, smiles and hugs of Leah, Emily and Mackenzie, who were all clad in matching pink athletic skirts and tops and neon glow bracelets, said it all. The girls had gotten to know each…

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June 2010

June 6, 2010:

WGRZ-TV Story Featuring Albert Pujols wins 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award

The Radio Television Digital News Association recently announced the winners of the 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award, honoring excellence in electronic journalism. WGRZ-TV of Buffalo, New York was named a winner in Video Sports Reporting, for a story titled ‘Sports Hero’. The story documents the events of August 5, 2009 when a fan named Tim Tepas fell out of the stands during a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. As relayed in the news story,…

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June 17, 2010:

Foundation Hosts Third Home-Run Derby and All-Star Game

By Erin Brooks The morning downpours turned into a blazing sun on the afternoon of June 17th as over 100 participants gathered at the Miracle Field for their chance to ‘hit like Albert’.  The third Home-Run Derby totaled six home runs, one of which, slammed by Daniel Haynes, hit the scoreboard and created a huge uproar among the crowd.  While coached and cheered on by over 40 volunteers, each participant walked up to the plate, many called their shot, swung…

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July 2010

July 30, 2010:

The Start of Something Big

By Todd Perry Prelude: Somewhere west of the Bahamas but east of Cuba, flying at 37,000 feet, Albert Pujols turned to me and said, “We need to do something with baseball. God has put something on my heart. I’m not sure when, I’m not sure where, but I know it has to do with baseball.” At the Pujols Family Foundation we already host several events that are baseball related: The Suite Nights at Busch Stadium, Buses for Baseball, Albert’s All-Star…

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July 31, 2010:

The Kitchen Heats Up Again This Summer

The Pujols Family Foundation and Dierbergs School of Cooking teamed up again this summer to offer the Batter Up! Cooking Experience to families that have children with Down syndrome. Twelve classes were held starting in the middle of June and going through the end of July. The two-hour hands-on class allowed the child and a parent to be responsible for cooking part of a meal that the entire class got to enjoy. This year’s classes featured a ‘Breakfast for Dinner’…

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August 2010

August 1, 2010:

Hitters and Splitters 2010

Hoots and hollers filled the Brunswick Zone Bowling Alley on August 1st as eager fathers and sons anticipated the start of the 5th annual Hitters and Splitters event put on by the Pujols Family Foundation. After a warm welcome from Deidre Pujols, the boys were free to begin their two hours of bowl time, bringing in high scores and building new friendships. The night was filled with strikes and spares, music and impressive victory dance moves, and memories that will…

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August 4, 2010:

Buses for Baseball

By Jen Cooper Albert Pujols certainly had his own excited cheering section at the Cardinals’ game on August 4th against the Houston Astros. That is because the Pujols Family Foundation was invited to be a part of Major League Baseball Players Association’s Buses for Baseball program. Buses for Baseball selects a local children’s charity and arranges for 50 kids to ride a bus to the game, check out the home and visiting players warm up, get up-close during batting practice…

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August 16, 2010:

Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic 2010

By Derrick Goold | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, used with permission ST. ALBANS, Mo. — The tallest, biggest and most famous golfer in the group arrived at the Country Club of St. Albans wearing a newsboy’s hat, khaki shoes personalized with his Blue Chips-era “dunkman” logo and a sweater vest. Yes, a sweater vest. “Shaqie!” Dee Dee Pujols greated Shaquille O’Neal with a hug. She whispered later: “Only I can call him ‘Shaqie’.” Right, but who was going to tell him…

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August 18, 2010:

Big Bad Wolf: Self-Defense and Peaceful Conflict Resolution

“Stop! Get away from me!” These words could be heard loud and clear at stores surrounding the St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy. Fortunately these yells were not serious shouts for help, rather practice runs for 15 young men and women with Down syndrome who, every Tuesday for six weeks, learned the in’s and out’s of defending themselves. The “Big Bad Wolf: Self-Defense and Peaceful Conflict Resoultion” event held by the Pujols Family Foundation had begun. Owner and instructor, Dwight…

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October 2010

October 15, 2010:

Pujols Family Foundation Autumn Prom 2010

By Anna Jones Marcus Ming-Tatum is no stranger to the Pujols Family Foundation’s Autumn Prom. The valet parking, the applause and cheers along red carpet entrance, fabulous food, dancing the night away with Fredbird, hanging with Albert … what began as a special event in 2007 for teens and adults with Down syndrome has become one of the biggest parties of the year for Marcus and his friends. But he still found himself spellbound when he walked into the Kemp…

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October 29, 2010:

Pujols Palooza Fall Festival

By Anna Jones From Woody and Buzz to Batman and Batgirl, and even Michael Jackson, Albert and Deidre Pujols had the chance to mingle with quite a crowd on Friday, Oct. 29. The reason for the gathering of super heroes and celebrities—the first annual Pujols Family Foundation’s Pujols Palooza Fall Festival. Just two weeks earlier, Albert and Deidre had mingled with an older crowd of about 400 older teens and adults at just the same place, the Kemp Auto Museum…

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November 2010

November 7, 2010:

Batey Baseball Program 2010 Recap

On November 8-11, 2010, the Pujols Family Foundation, in cooperation with Compassion International, launched the first ever Batey Baseball Program in Batey Aleman, Dominican Republic. These are the actual journal entries from Todd and Kristen Perry as they served with the Pujols Family Foundation team. Travel Day 11/07/10, by Todd Perry. Greetings from the Dominican Republic. Today was a typical travel day. Up at 3am, flight at 6am, connection in Miami, on to Santo Domingo, customs, exchange, off to the…

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December 2010

December 4, 2010:

O’ Night Divine 2010

By Anna Jones As diners enjoyed an elegant five-course meal at the Pujols Family Foundation’s Sixth Annual O’ Night Divine Christmas Celebration, Foundation Executive Director Todd Perry rattled off a dizzying array of numbers. The numbers covered everything from players involved in the Foundation’s new Batey Baseball league in the Dominican Republic to the number of local events for those with Down syndrome, and so much more. As he spoke those numbers to a record crowd of 600 people at…

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March 2011

March 25, 2011:

Dominican Republic Evaluation Trip

Although it was just four months ago since the last time I was in the Dominican Republic, it seemed too long. Something moves in your heart when you are touched by the people down there and their stories, something that can’t be explained but has to simply be done. This trip was dedicated to the evaluation of existing projects, and to evaluate medical sites for our big multi-dimensional medical mission in late August/early September. What was meant to be a…

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April 2011

April 9, 2011:

New Mothers Luncheon

The room was buzzing with conversation and excitement. Stories were being exchanged, pictures shown proudly and relationships being formed. On Saturday, April 9th the Pujols Family Foundation and Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis joined together to host the 2011 New Mothers Luncheon. As each mother checked in and entered into the room at the Pujols 5 restaurant there was an ease in which the mothers interacted with one another. Although it was the first time that many of…

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April 25, 2011:

Welcome Xanadu Public Relations

The Pujols Family Foundation is please to welcome Cillah Hall and Xanadu Public Relations as its official Public Relations firm. Cillah has been working with the Foundation over the past several months as needed. Her professionalism and heart for those we serve has been noticed and appreciated by our staff and many of our families. Cillah is the owner of Xanadu Public Relations and editor-in-chief of St. Charles based StreetScape Magazine, a free quarterly leisure and entertainment publication with a…

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May 2011

May 13, 2011:

2011 Pujols Family Foundation Advisory Board

In April, the Pujols Family Foundation reached out to twelve individuals who have shown a heart for service within our programs, to serve on our 2011 Advisory Board. The Advisory Board of the Pujols Family Foundation was created and selected by the Board of Directors. The Advisory Board members are being asked by the Board of Directors to join and pledge their personal, professional and financial resources to assist in the mission of Pujols Family Foundation in an advisory capacity.…

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May 18, 2011:

Big Bad Wolves for Moms

Why should kids get to have all the fun? In this case, the Pujols Family Foundation and St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy are giving the moms of children with Down syndrome the chance to get in on the fun as well. Last summer the Foundation hosted its first session of Big Bad Wolf Self Defense classes for people with Down syndrome. It was a wonderful success with them learning the verbal and physical skills needed to protect themselves. However,…

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May 21, 2011:

Stats Don’t Lie

by Todd Perry It has become part of St. Louis folklore over the past several years how well Albert hits the ball on “Buddy Walk” or “Walk in the Park” day, when the stands are filled with people who have Down syndrome. Talking with my friend, Jim Hammond, he mentioned that Albert seems to have amazing days anytime he is around the kids with Down syndrome. That got us to thinking: What if Albert really does play better when inspired…

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June 2011

June 15, 2011:

Joplin Fundraiser

Just like many of us, he was glued to the television on May 22, 2011 when the tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri. Stefanie Maucher, John’s mother states, “John is always looking for a way to help when something happens that affects other people. He was looking for a way to help the Joplin community and we encouraged him to pray and God would find a way for him to help.” That way came to John in June. House Springs Post 783…

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June 20, 2011:

Father/Son Fishing Tournament

With the weather forecast predicting thunderstorms on and off all day, and Albert coming a day off his wrist injury just the day before, there was a lot of uncertainty in the air. However, as the guests started to arrive to the Hammond family farm in Williamsburg, you knew that this day was going to be special. God couldn’t have blessed us with a more perfect day for our first annual Father/Son Fishing Tournament. There wasn’t a cloud in the…

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June 29, 2011:

Albert’s Rising Stars

We are excited to introduce Albert’s Rising Stars, a new program sponsored by the Pujols Family Foundation in conjunction with Leftovers, etc. Albert’s Rising Stars is an ongoing program, designed exclusively for people with Down syndrome, that offers classes in a wide variety of areas including dance, music, art, theater, science, travel, money and hobby. This PDF details the classes that are available for this summer session. It is our hope that your child will take this opportunity to grow…

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July 2011

July 8, 2011:

Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic 2011

Pujols hosts ninth annual Celebrity Golf Classic By Matthew Leach / MLB.com ST. LOUIS — When you’ve got pull, you’ve got pull. Albert Pujols is a big deal in the city where he’s spent the past 11 years as a superstar slugger. So big, it seems, that even Mother Nature takes care of Pujols. A day after sweltering, stifling heat covered the St. Louis area, a cloudy, cooler day dawned on Monday. It was a perfect setup for the ninth…

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July 28, 2011:

Albert Pujols and Pujols Family Foundation Featured in Americas Quarterly

Americas Quarterly, a leading publication dedicated to the examination of social development and politics in the Western Hemisphere, will feature Albert Pujols on the cover of its Summer 2011 issue. AQ reaches over 17,000 high-level policy makers and top-level leaders in the worlds of finance, business, politics, and the media. For more information, visit AmericasQuarterly.org. Albert Pujols and the Pujols Family Foundation are featured in an article entitled ‘Good Sports’, which profiles six prominent athletes and the causes that inspire…

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August 2011

August 18, 2011:

Big Bad Wolf II

It’s not everyday that you find yourself in a confrontation, or a stranger follows you down the sidewalk late at night. However, if this were to happen to any one of the students that were involved in the Pujols Family Foundation’s 2nd annual self-defense class, there is not a doubt they could handle themselves. The Pujols Family Foundation teamed up with St. Louis Martial Arts Academy located in Ellisville and gave people with Down syndrome, 14 and older, an opportunity…

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August 21, 2011:

Something’s Cooking

By Karen Voda For the past four summers, the Pujols Family Foundation has teamed up with Dierbergs Markets to offer a fun-filled experience to young people with Down syndrome and their parents. Each parent/child team gets a Pujols Batter Up apron and learns to create a delicious meal. The classes were offered on several dates from mid-June through the end of July. Eight parent/child pairs attend each session. The classes were hosted at two locations. The daytime classes were offered…

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August 29, 2011:

A Night on Broadway to benefit the Albert Pujols Wellness Center with Down Syndrome

On January 28, 2012, St. Luke’s Hospital will present ‘A Night on Broadway’ at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis benefiting the Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome. St. Luke’s is honored to have Albert and Deidre chairing the event. From a themed pre-show cocktail party and a performance by Tony Award-winning star Patti LuPone, to a private dessert reception, the evening will be unforgettable. You can support the event through sponsorship, a leadership gift or…

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August 29, 2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

2011 Medical Mission: September 3-9, 2011

As I sit here at 8:00 PM Tuesday night, I have had a lot of time to reflect on the past ten days. You see, when you are on these trips, you go because you have a purpose that needs to be done. Which is why I go, because I have a job, and I try to do that as efficiently as possible. But when you are so focused on working, vision can become narrowed. To really be able to…

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