Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee event in St. Louis, held at the downtown London Tea Room, was attended by more than 200 people and raised more than $1,300 in support of the fight against Mucolipidosis III. Monsanto employees JC Chandler, Scott Stevener, Scott Stoltz, Mark Sutherland, Victoria Turner, Connie Vivrett and Glynn Young helped organize and run the event, and together logged more than 80 hours in the Monsantogether volunteer program.
As part of this celebration, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay presented Sutherland with a proclamation declaring June 5, 2012, “Queen Elizabeth II Day.”
“There is a strong and vibrant connection between St. Louis and the UK,” the Proclamation said. “The British community is a strong component of the St. Louis community in the areas of culture, business, and education, and actively works to increase the connections and partnerships between St. Louis and the UK.”
A letter from Buckingham Palace, presented to Mayor Slay by Sutherland, informed the Mayor that the Queen “was interested” regarding the proclamation, and The Queen asked Mayor Slay to “convey her best wishes to all concerned for a most memorable day and enjoyable Diamond Jubilee year.”
In another letter to Mayor Slay, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott sent his thanks “for this very gracious recognition of the importance of the Jubilee. It is a reminder of the deep and strong links which exist between the people of Great Britain and the people of the City of St. Louis.”
“It was an honor to be asked to host this incredible event,” Jackie James, co-owner of the London Tea Room and mother of a child with Mucolipidosis III, said. “And to have it all benefit efforts to cure children like my own daughter was amazing.”
“We are so grateful for the support Monsanto provides to volunteer efforts like this,” Sutherland said. “The event could not have happened without the hard work of the Monsanto volunteers, and the support of the Monsantogether program. This is another great example of Monsanto positively impacting the community and continuing to make this a great place to work.”
The Mayor’s Proclamation is now displayed permanently at the London Tea Room.