Twain Financial Announces Donations to Local Organizations; Welcomes Gerard Craft at Spring Quarterly Meeting

May 18, 2020

Twain Financial Partners takes great pride in the St. Louis community and strives to support local businesses and organizations on an ongoing basis. In the spirit of support, Twain announced at its spring 2020 quarterly meeting that the company has made donations to three local community-based organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The monetary donations were made to Habitat for Humanity – St. Louis, Operation Food Search and The Gateway Resilience Fund.

“We greatly appreciate Twain’s generosity in recognizing that now more than ever an affordable and safe place to call home has never been so important,” said Kimberly McKinney from Habitat STL.

St. Louis’ James Beard Award-winning chef, Gerard Craft

“We are truly grateful for the generosity of Twain Financial Partners,” said Operation Food Search Executive Director Kristen Wild. “Now, more than ever, families are turning to us for help, and we rely on the support of caring members of the community to do our work. This donation will provide meals for thousands of our neighbors in need.”

The spring 2020 quarterly meeting took on a virtual format due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Fortunately, Twain was still able to welcome a dynamic speaker – local James Beard Award-winning chef, President of Craft Restaurants, and newly-appointed culinary director of City Foundry STL, Gerard Craft. Craft spoke about challenges facing the restaurant industry in the current climate and highlighted how the Gateway Resilience Fund, which he co-founded, is providing aid to independent bars, restaurants and shops in the area.

“My business partner and I started talking about what we were going to do to keep paying our employees past shutting down,” Craft said. “We knew some help was going to come from unemployment and stimulus checks, but there would also be a gap that needed to be covered. We decided to start the Gateway Resilience Fund to bridge that gap. What you see in the restaurant industry is a group of people who will do anything to make people happy and will do anything to help people.”

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