Announcing the Raffle Prizes – 55″ Big Screen LED & iPAD Mini

55 Inch TVThanks to our Platinum Sponsor, World Wide Technology, we’re announcing  fantastic Prizes for this year’s Raffle.

  1. Samsung – 55″  LED – 1080p – 240Hz – Smart – 3D – HDTV
  2. Apple iPad Mini Black Wi-Fi 32GB
  3. His/Hers designer sunglasses
  4. Unique gift cards
  5. Missouri Mercantile gift basket


World Wide employees can contact Stephanie Biederman or Jessica Olwig for raffle tickets.  Tickets may also be purchased on line or day of Race.


The Village of Bel Vie in La Gonave Haiti has a New School!

A lot has been accomplished in the past few months.  Because of your generosity, the village of Bel Vie in La Gonave Haiti has a brand new school!

There are a few finishing touches but the classrooms are being used by the nearly 200 school children.

Thanks, again, to everyone for their generosity for our Fun Run and supporting God’s Ministry in La Gonave.

Thank You!

We had a fantastic turn-out on Saturday.   Here are some of the pictures.  I’ll post more as them come in.  We had over 100 runners and walkers with sunny skies and cooler (than it had been!) temperature.

Our raffle winners were:

  • HDTV – Mark Arneson
  • Bose Stereo – Doug Uthoff
  • iPad 2 – Joey Olwig

The final numbers aren’t all tallied but we’re over $20,000 in donations!  That will go a long, long way in helping Laura’s mission in the village of Bel Vie and to build the new school this summer.

Thank you to all of our volunteers:  Jessica Archer Olwig, Steph & Brian Biederman, Donna & Gene Hale, Debbie & Joe Olwig, Dan Catalano; Steve & Rose Schroader, John Spellman, Irene Werner, Scott & Heather Miller, Sara Vaughan, Bill & Pat Olwig.

Special thanks to our Sponsors: Redline Production – Rik Cannon; Propel Marketing GroupShirt Kong Screen Printing; Coldwell Banker Gundaker – John Spellman; Missouri Mercantile; and AD Creations.

A very special thank you to one of the best places to work in the world, World Wide Technology.  Jim Kavanaugh and Dave Steward have been wonderful in their financial support and moral support.  And there are a number of fantastic WWTer’s that made significant contributions with donations and the purchase of raffle tickets.

Laura, Sharon and me really appreciated all of the wonderful support for this event. Thank you!

P.S. It’s never too late too late to contribute and help Laura’s mission…feel free to visit her their website: Official God’s Ministry In La Gonave Website to learn more.  It only costs $50 to sponsor a child’s education for a full year!

Join Us Right After the Fun Run & Walk

After the fun run & walk, Sharon and I are inviting everyone over to our house/backyard  at  for for lunch and some cold refreshments (soda, beer, wine, tea etc.).  You’ll have time to visit with Laura, hear first-hand her experience in Haiti and to wish her well on her life-long mission!

Our home is located at 111 S. Spoede, 1/2 mile south of the race start/finish.

P.S. Hopefully, It will still give everyone time to attend St. Joe’s of Cottleville’s famous parish picnic that afternoon and evening.

More on Laura and GMLG

More on Laura and GMLG

As many of you know, I made a week-long trip (made famous by the World Wide Technology National Sales Meeting tasty Goat story!) over the Christmas holidays to visit Laura and bring some supplies.  Here’s a link to some photos I took:

Farah, Laura, Stephenson and Ester

I can tell you first hand that Laura is an amazing young lady who has dedicated her life, along with Beno and Wilto, to physically and spiritually helping the children and families in this remote Haitian village.

In one short week I witnessed Laura cook, feed many children, pray-with, sing beautifully, be a nurse to several villagers and their ailments, pay for a young lady’s medical care out of Laura and Beno’s “10%” fund, organize a village wide soccer match, skillfully hand out just the right kind/fit of donated clothes to the children after Sunday services; meet with schoolteachers; visit very poor villagers who needed some financial help from the ministry and a lot more.

“Faith, Hope and Love…and the greatest of these is Love.”

I attended a fantastic Sunday morning service lead by Beno.  His sermon was about “Faith, Hope and Love.”  In one short week, I saw first hand Laura’s deep Christian faith and her unfailing hope and dreams for a better future all delivered with the greatest love to the people of Bel Vie.

Howdy Spoede Neighbors! (and Graeser, Ladue, Olive…) & Our Lady of the Pillar!

Many of you may have seen me running on the weekends and a few of you have been gracious enough to hear my pitch and take one of our brochures about our Haiti Fun Run, Walk & Raffle event.  Sharon and me and our daughter, Anna, and son, Jake live just south of Ladue at 111 S. Spoede.

Thanks to Our Lady of the Pillar for running a notice in this week’s bulletin! Continue reading

New School Building

In addition to helping Laura and Beno build their home, proceeds from the Fun Run & Raffle will go towards building a permanent school building.

Temporary School and Church

Here are some pictures of the temporary school and church.  Not very big (or sturdy during the rainy season) for 150 kids!

New latrine for the school

Wilto has been leading the charge in planning and building the new school.  After buying some land and putting up the temporary building, they built a out-house latrine.

Wilto is traveling to Haiti in June to help with the construction of the new school.   There are several thousand mason bricks that have been hand made on site ready for the construction to take place.

Inside view of Temporary School