St. Louis, MO – The 2010-11 Class of Pink Tie Guys, an awareness program of the St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was announced Thursday and this year’s class includes nine men of leadership in the St. Louis community dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer.
Every 69 seconds a woman dies of breast cancer and the nine men selected to this year’s class are dedicated to bringing awareness of the deadly disease to the forefront.
“While it might seem rare for men to get breast cancer, it is far too common for the disease to impact our mothers, our wives, our daughters, our friends, our co-workers, and our neighbors,” said Randy Weller, Vice President of Community Development at Citi and member of this year’s class. “For that reason, the Pink Tie Guys are dedicated to creating awareness, inspiring involvement, and encouraging compassion. It is our hope, that together, we can help find the cures.”
All nine men have received a Komen-inspried necktie to wear throughout the year, on specific days and to Komen St. Louis Affiliate events. These men support and will draw attention to our promise of ending breast cancer forever by wearing his tie and speaking out about the importance of doing everything possible to find the cures. An estimated 207,090 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and an Oct. 21, 2010 estimated 39,840 will die. An estimated 1,970 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and an estimated 390 will die. Breast cancer is a disease that affects everyone and, in coordinating this group, it is important to make a powerful statement that all must be committed to the cause.
“Once again, the leadership in our community has wrapped its arms around our cause and that is apparent in the remarkable men who are part of this year’s class of Pink Tie Guys,” said Helen Chesnut, executive director of the Affiliate. “We are extremely lucky to have these men out in our community, making an impact in the lives of those they encounter each day. Together, we will make a difference for so many.”
Pink Tie Guys, Class of 2010-11
Davis Payne, Head Coach, St. Louis Blues Davis Payne was named head coach of the St. Louis Blues on January 2, 2010, becoming the 23rd head coach in the franchise’s history. Davis, 39, is currently the second youngest head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). Davis spent a season and a half coaching the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Peoria Riverman. In his first year (2008-09) as an AHL head coach, Davis guided the Rivermen to a 43-31-2-4 record and returned Peoria to the postseason following a two-year drought. Prior to joining the Rivermen before the 2007-08 campaign, Davis had spent a total of seven seasons as a head coach in the ECHL. A graduate of NCAA Division I Michigan Tech, Davis appeared in 22 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and played a total of eight professional seasons in the AHL, International Hockey League (IHL) and ECHL. He was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round, 140th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He and his wife Jane have two daughters, Allison and Lydia and reside in St. Louis.
Mike Bush, Anchor, KSDK NewsChannel 5 Mike Bush has been a part of the NewsChannel 5 news team for more than a quarter century. Recently, he won three prestigious 2010 Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting and writing. He was a 2009 recipient of the National Murrow Award given to only a handful of local reporters in the country. Mike has also won 19 Emmy awards in the past four years including “Best Anchor”. Most recently, in 2010, he captured six awards including categories like Journalistic Enterprise and Writer/News. Mike has won 45 Emmy’s since joining the KSDK news team. In addition to being involved in the community, Bush has been the co-host of the Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® Race-day coverage on KSDK for the last five years. When he’s not working, Mike plays baseball in what he calls an “old man’s league” and is most proud of his family, his wife Claudia and four children, Matthew, Jennifer, Daniel and Ryan. He attended the University of Arizona and is a native Chicagoan.
Ralph Butler, Performer With 25 years experience and more than 7,500 performances, Ralph Butler is still one of the most sought after performers in the region. Butler is consistently labeled as "Public Entertainer Number One." His established popularity makes him a staple when it comes to any performance venue. "I make it a point to get in touch with the audience right away and to stay in touch throughout the engagement," says Ralph. "These are real people that I'm performing for, and when I share the warmth and togetherness by connecting with them and letting them know how special they are, it creates the true magic of a live performance." Ralph has also performed the survivor serenade to more than 4,500 breast cancer survivors for many years at the annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure.
Kevin Demoff, EVP of Football Operations & COO, St. Louis Rams Kevin is in his second year as Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Chief Operating Officer with the St. Louis Rams. In this capacity, he serves as a liason to ownership on all operational matters. Kevin works closely with General Manager Billy Devaney and Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo to develop the Club’s strategic plan for player signings and player acquisitions.Since arriving in St. Louis, Kevin has been responsible for re-organizing the Club’s business efforts with a focus on delivering a better overall experience for Rams’ fans and increasing the Club’s presence in the greater St. Louis community. Since coming to St. Louis, Kevin and his family have established “Demoff’s Dreamers” ticket program, where they personally donate tickets to Children’s Hospital for every Rams’ home game. He also served as the co-chair of this past June’s March of Dimes Real Golf Challenge benefitting the Missouri Chapter of the March of Dimes. Kevin and his wife Jennifer reside in St. Louis.
Doug Elgin, Commissioner, Missouri Valley Conference Doug Elgin enters his 23nd year with the Missouri Valley Conference leading an experienced staff that has blazed a trail of excellence over the past two decades for the second-oldest conference in NCAA Division I athletics. Since being named the Valley’s ninth commissioner on May 17, 1988, Elgin and the Valley staff have been catalysts in helping the St. Louis-based conference regain a position of prominence in college athletics. In his career spanning more than 35 years in intercollegiate athletic administration, Elgin has served in a variety of capacities at four schools and in two conference offices. The 59-year-old native of Hagerstown, Md., is a 1973 graduate of Lafayette College. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1975. Doug and his wife Melaine have six daughters: Lisa, Jessica, Julie, Anna, Emma and Mary.
Todd George, Sr VP & General Manager, Lumière Place Casino & Hotels Todd George has led Pinnacle Entertainment’s downtown St. Louis operations as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lumière Place Casino & Hotels since September 2010. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Lumière Place, beginning in 2006. In late 2009, as the company’s second St. Louis property, River City Casino, neared its opening date, Todd served as Regional Vice President and General Manager of River City. Under his leadership, both properties have demonstrated strong financial performance, while creating nearly 3,000 jobs in St. Louis, making Pinnacle a significant employer in the region. Todd grew up in upstate New York, earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1991. In St. Louis, Todd has quickly become an integral part of the community. He serves on the boards of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, the St. Louis Minority Business Council and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. Todd is also president of the Missouri Gaming Association. He has been recognized for his contributions to the St. Louis region, earning a prestigious Forty Under Forty award by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2008. He is involved with a number of national charities including the V Foundation for Cancer Research and Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure.
Tim Metz, Co-Owner, Pickles Deli Tim Metz is co-owner of Pickles Deli in the Central West End. His deli has twice been named the Riverfront Times Best Delicatessen in St. Louis. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Tim, who currently resides in University City, has been in the restaurant business since 1985 and got his deli experience while working at Jack Carl’s Two Cent Plain as a young entrepreneur. After gaining the knowledge he needed to open his own deli, Tim partnered with Sean Olson to open Pickles Deli and this past August, the restaurant celebrated its three-year anniversary. Tim has personally been touched by breast cancer. His mother and sister are both survivors. Pickles Deli has also been a proud participant the past two years in the Komen St. Louis Affiliate’s Dine Out for the Cure®. According to Tim, one of the biggest perks of owning a business is being able to give back to the community and doing bigger things to make an impact.
Wiley Price, Photojournalist, St. Louis American Newspaper Wiley Price is the award winning staff photojournalist for the St. Louis American Newspaper. With more than 29 years of experience, Wiley began his career in 1979 with the publication. In the early 80’s, he also worked as a freelancer for the St. Louis Bureau of the Associated Press and a staff photojournalist for the Suburban Journals of St. Louis. His photos have been published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Globe Democrat, USA Today, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dallas Morning News, Heart and Soul Magazine, Emerge, and Ebony. He was also the photographer for book “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” In addition, Wiley is a 10-time winner for spot news in the Missouri Press Association, a five-time winner of the National Newspaper Publisher’s Award, and has won the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalist Excellence in Photojournalism award 14 times. He has received community service awards from the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Annie Malone Children and Family Service The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri’s Distinguished Fine Arts Award, and the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association Contributing Medium Award from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Randy Weller, Vice President of Community Development, Citi Randy began his career at Citi in 1989 as a Management Associate, and currently serves as Vice President of Community Development. Randy stays involved with various charities in the community and has recently been awarded the Heat Up St. Louis Volunteer of the Year (2009), Mathews Dickey Boys & Girls Club – 2009 CLIP Volunteer of the Year, and March of Dimes – 2009 Community Grant. Randy graduated with a BS from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Georgetown University. He has a wife, Gail, and two children, Mitchell and Elly.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen St. Louis Affiliate Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. The Komen St. Louis Affiliate is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancers in the local community. Through events like the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®, the St. Louis Affiliate has invested more than $13 million in community breast health programs in 17 counties in Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the St. Louis area. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Research and Awards Program to fund research. For more information, call 314-569-3900 or visit www.komenstlouis.org.