On Nov. 9, Ladue Schools Class of 2018 graduate Brooke Waller was honored by the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with their 2018 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award. The AFP’s National Philanthropy Day celebration was held in the ballroom of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.
Brooke was the co-executive director with Elizabeth Minifie (Class of 2018) of the Ladue Dance Marathon, which raised over $80,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis last year. This contribution helps the member hospitals (St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital) acquire new programs, equipment and facility renovations to meet the needs of area kids.
In addition, Brooke volunteered extensively with the Eye Care Charity of Mid-America on their mobile care unit as a translator. This allowed at-risk youth with little-to-no English skills to communicate with the doctor and ultimately to receive a new pair of glasses the same day as their eye exam. She was instrumental in the planning of ECCOMA’s annual gala by assisting with the event planning, organizing items for the auction, auction site and slideshow. Working in their office at various tasks, Brooke has supported the mission to improve the sight of children in the St. Louis community.
Brooke is also active with the Ladue Chapel, where she has served on the Lector Committee and was the sole youth on their Mission Committee. Brooke currently attends the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is studying Mechanical Engineering.