Crisis Nursery’s Razzle Dazzle Raises a Record-Breaking $336k for Child Abuse Prevention

The Crisis Nursery celebrated the kick-off of National Child Abuse Prevention Month at the sold-out 2017 Razzle Dazzle ‘ROAR: Reach Out And Rescue’ gala.  Emceed by KMOV-TV’s Courtney Bryant and joined by 600 community and business supporters, the Crisis Nursery raised a record breaking $336,000 for its mission of child abuse prevention. Gazelle STL magazine was the media partner.

At the jungle themed event, the Crisis Nursery gave H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. awards to organizations and volunteers that have impacted and helped the Crisis Nursery’s vision of saving babies’ lives.

The Couple of the Year award was presented to Suzanne and John Carney for their personal commitment to the children and families served by the Crisis Nursery.  John has been a dedicated Crisis Nursery Advisory Board member.  The Carneys, through their foundation’s annual CarneyVal event, have raised funds to keep hundreds of Crisis Nursery children safe and have donated tens of thousands of dollars to help the Crisis Nursery save babies’ lives.

The Legislator of the Year award was presented to Senator Jill Schupp for championing legislation aimed at training educators to spot signs of suicide, instituting paid family and medical leave and protecting children in unlicensed daycare settings.  A long standing member of the Crisis Nursery’s Advisory Board, Senator Schupp has been dedicated to supporting child abuse prevention.

DiAnne Mueller with Senator Jill Schupp

The Foundation of the Year award was presented to the William T. Kemper Foundation.  Through their trustee, Commerce Bank,  Jenny Hoelzer accepted the award on behalf of the foundation. Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children in the region, the William T. Kemper Foundation has committed thousands of dollars to ensure Crisis Nursery children and families have the basic necessities they need to not only survive, but to thrive.

DiAnne Mueller with Jenny Hoelzer

The Distinguished Corporate Citizen of the Year award was presented to Express Scripts.  Accepted by Crisis Nursery Board member, Christine Way and Kris Maasan, Express Scripts was honored for supporting the Crisis Nursery in numerous ways, including Holiday Hearts, sponsoring families needing extra magic during the holiday season.  Because of their funding, the Crisis Nursery has been able to provide services to keep children safe from abuse and neglect in our communities.

DiAnne Mueller with George Ladd

The Young Professional Hero Awards were presented to Emily Rau and George Ladd.  Emily, a member of the Young Professional Board devotes her time volunteering and working to help raise awareness about the Crisis Nursery in the region.  George, Corporate Finance Manager at Thompson Reuters serves as the Board Development Chair for the Young Professional Board and contributes his time volunteering and supporting Crisis Nursery events.

DiAnne Mueller with Emily Rau

In celebrating the kick-off of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Crisis Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller stated that the Crisis Nursery has saved over 110,000 babies since 1986.  What started out as a six bed Nursery has now grown into five Nurseries, eight outreach centers and programs reaching out to homeless families, Latino families and families in communities that are in difficult situations.  DiAnne announced that the Crisis Nursery would be opening the Crisis Nursery’s 9th Outreach Center in Jefferson County.  Through a partnership with Mercy Hospital, the Crisis Nursery will be serving the families in that community with services that help to minimize stress, reduce isolation, and empower families to achieve goals that ensure stability and safety for their family by building upon existing family strengths.

“I’m so very grateful for the years of support from the community” said DiAnne Mueller, “saving babies’ lives and keeping kids safe has been our mission for over 30 years and to see so many join us in this mission is amazing! It’s just not right for a child to go without diapers or formula or not have a safe place to sleep at night. I’m glad we’re here making sure every child is safe.”

Gazelle STL Publisher Cillah Hall with Maria Sibajene

The Presenting Sponsor was Centene Corporation; the Diamond Sponsor was Edward Jones; Platinum Sponsors were BJC Medical Group, Emerson, Express Scripts, Linda and Eric Gerhardt, KMOV-TV, Harvey Kornblum Foundation, Shop ‘n Save, and SSM Health, Gold Sponsors were Drs. Nanci and James Bobrow, Gretchen and Don Gerber, Maryville University, Nestle Purina, Parkside Financial Bank & Trust, Karen and Sandon Wool; Silver Sponsors were Rhodey Construction and US Bank; Bronze Sponsors were AAIM, Ameren, BancorpSouth Bank, Carrollton Bank, Six Point Financial Group, The William T. Kemper Foundation/Commerce Bank, Missouri Foundation for Health, Monsanto, Drs. Jovita and Patrick Oruwari, and Total Access Urgent Care; the Media Sponsor was Gazelle STL; and the Jungle Sponsors were Bacardi, Grey Eagle Distributors, Randall’s, Urban Chestnut and Vincent’s Jewelers.

The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis.  The Crisis Nursery is an independent, not-for-profit agency providing short-term, safe havens for more than 7,200 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis.  The Nursery provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 5 sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions.  For more details on the Crisis Nursery, please call 314-292-5770 or visit