St. Louis Partner Ken Mallin was featured Dec. 14 in Ladue News for his role and involvement as chairman for Christmas in St. Louis, also known as CISL. CISL produces the annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown St. Louis and puts up the Salvation Army Tree of Lights in Kiener Plaza. CISL also provides grants to nonprofit groups that work with area children, and Mallin seeks contributions from local corporations and individuals for this purpose.

“On Christmas morning I’d like everyone to feel the excitement that there’s no bridge too far that we can’t build, no hole we can’t jump over, no problem that we can’t as a community solve,” Mallin told the publication.

Another part of his job as CISL chairman is to promote St. Louis. “My passion in my community is to convince anyone that this is one heck of a great place,” Mallin said. “The people here truly care about each other. Yes, we have our warts, but together, we can solve those problems – so long as we look each other in the eyes, talk about those problems, recognize where they exist and hopefully come up with plans to solve them.”

Among his other extensive civic projects, Mallin is active with Fair St. Louis, the Veiled Prophet Parade known as America’s Birthday Parade (serving as Grand Marshal in 2014 and 2015); the Little Bit Foundation; and the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.

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