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Excellence in Philanthropy


Jim and Cathy Berges,
The Berges Family Foundation

Jim Berges is a partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. and served as president at Emerson Storage Solutions from 1999-2005. Cathy Berges serves on the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Board of Directors and the Botanical Garden's Board of Trustees. Jim and Cathy founded the Berges Family Foundation in 2012 with the goal of supporting the institutions and organizations that make St. Louis a great place to live, visit and invest by funding initiatives for cultural engagement, STEM preparedness, youth empowerment and support for our heroes and first responders. The Bergeses have made significant capital and sustaining contributions to improve quality of life through arts and education; exposing future leaders to science, technology, engineering and math; serving at-risk and under-resourced children; and giving health, welfare and career guidance to first responders and veterans. The Bergeses have provided financial support to many arts and cultural organizations in St. Louis, including helping raise over $250,000 for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Mainstage and Studio performances, making top-level contributions to and investing in the Missouri Botanical Garden's most important projects and providing a leadership gift to the St. Louis Symphony’s “Realizing Greatness” Campaign.
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