On behalf of Taylor Swift, America’s Center makes donation to Joe’s Place


Officials from America’s Center on Thursday provided a $10,000 donation to Joe’s Place on behalf of Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation Stadium Tour’ that came to The Dome at America’s Center on Sept. 18.

The donation was made as a gesture of gratitude to Swift who requested a local worthy charity for foster children be identified and provided the funds on her behalf, according to a press release from Explore St. Louis.

Joe’s Place is a residence which offers homeless teenage boys in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District a caring home environment that supports them for high school graduation, self-sufficiency, and positive transitions into their adult lives.

The check was presented to Joe’s Place by Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Ratcliffe, President of Explore St. Louis and Matthew Dewey, Senior Vice President, General Manager for the America’s Center Convention Complex.

Heath Moylan, president, Joe’s Place board of directors said, “We are grateful to have been selected to receive this gift on behalf of Ms. Swift and we are excited by the opportunities and resources these funds will provide for the young men at Joe’s Place.”

Kitty Ratcliffe, president, Explore St. Louis said, “It’s great to give back to the community after such a big show in The Dome at 
America’s Center. What a wonderful way to make a large impact not only for the concert goers, but helping those in need in a positive way.”

From left, front row: Matthew Dewey, General Manager, Explore St. Louis; Heath Moylan, Board President, Joe’s Place; Howard Goldberg, Board Treasurer, Joe’s Place; and Kitty Ratcliffe, President, Explore St. Louis. Back row: Vince Estrada, Director of Student Services, Joe’s Place, and Leslie Rigsby, Board Member, Joe’s Place.


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