ST. LOUIS – May 1, 2014 – Every city is famous for something. For St. Louis, it’s the Arch, toasted ravioli, and the best fans in baseball. But while our unique landmarks and cuisine may not be for everyone, just about anyone, local or not, can agree that St. Louis offers some of the best family-friendly activities. As an added bonus, most are free!

Forest Park is home to many free attractions, and Moneta Group has partnered with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis to help them continue to bring nationally recognized summer entertainment to the Park.

“At Moneta, we believe that in supporting the arts, we have the chance to help enrich the lives of the members of our Greater St. Louis community. Our partnership with the Shakespeare Festival gives us the opportunity to help bring together Shakespeare novices and aficionados in Forest Park, if only for one night” says Julie Thomas Sward, Moneta Principal.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis aims to not only celebrate Shakespeare’s work, but to educate the public about his work “in the park,” “in the schools,” and “in the streets.” Moneta Group Charitable Foundation gave a $10,000 grant along with our volunteer crew, Moneta Momentum, to support this celebration.

This is an epic year for the Festival “In the Park” as they are producing Henry IV and Henry V on alternating evenings, with the same cast, starting May 15th and running through June 15th, except Tuesday evenings. Moneta Momentum volunteers will be ushers for the June 12th performance.

“In the Schools” is an educational program that challenges students while emphasizing team building, collaboration, and process. With “In the Streets,” neighborhoods are led in adapting a Shakespeare play to reflect their community’s own character. This year, it will be held in Clayton, which is home to Moneta’s main office.

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About Moneta Group Charitable Foundation

Headquartered in Clayton, Missouri, Moneta Group’s roots in St. Louis date back to 1869, which means that for almost 145 years the comprehensive financial planning firm has been invested in the success of the St. Louis community. In fact, in addition to their own personal involvement in numerous charities, Moneta principals furthered their commitment to philanthropy by establishing the Moneta Group Charitable Foundation in 1999.

Each year, the Charitable Foundation selects charitable organizations to provide with grants and to partner with throughout the year; they also have an internal volunteer initiative, Moneta Momentum, which allows employees who are passionate about a cause or organization to petition the Foundation for a financial grant.

About Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis aims to better our community by providing free performances, education, and nourishing an appreciation for Shakespeare and performing arts in the schools, in the streets, and in the park. It is the only free, professional theater in the St. Louis area featuring nationally recognized artists, and has received numerous awards including “Best Theatre Company,” “Most Innovative Arts Organization,” and “Exemplary Community Achievement” from the Missouri Humanities Council.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, unlike most regional theaters, depends almost entirely on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations and public institutions. Moneta Group is proud to support the Festival as a leader in our performing arts community.

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