Couldn’t make it to Community Living’s 23rd Annual Legacy Ball? You can now experience a mini version of the event from the comfort of your home!
Fund a Need: Sensory Rooms
When an individual with a developmental disability becomes overly stimulated, aggression and irritability may present. The creation of these sensory rooms will provide a dedicated space at each center designed to support the individuals we serve in the de-escalation of periodic disruptive behaviors. Some specific benefits of a sensory room, include:
- Mental and physical calmness
- De-escalation of disruptive behaviors
- Sensory improvement, such as sight, touch, and sound
- Increased concentration
- Soothing activities that support fine and gross motor skills
- Improved social skills
Meet the Honorees
Since 2000, Community Living’s Legacy Ball has celebrated those who make outstanding contributions to people with disabilities and to the community as a whole by honoring an impactful person with the Legacy Award.
Legacy Award: Peg Capo
Peg Capo was raised in suburban Detroit. Her parents instilled strong values in Peg and her four siblings, including family, faith, fun and contributing to the community. After 12 years of Catholic education, Peg was admitted to the University of Notre Dame in the 3rd Freshman class to include women. Upon graduation, she worked for the Girl Scouts of Singing Sands, organizing troops and training leaders. She left the Girl Scouts to enroll in graduate school at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington, where she earned an M.B.A. in Marketing. Peg moved to St. Louis to work in Product Management at Ralston Purina in the cereal group, managing brands such as Ghostbusters, Rainbow Bright and GI Joe Cereal.
After eight years at Purina, Peg returned to mission-based work when she was hired as the first Executive Director of the Handicapped Facilities Board of St. Charles County, now the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board (DDRB). The Board challenged Peg to create a funding process that was transparent and equitable to partner agencies, accountable to St. Charles County taxpayers and, most importantly, ensured that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families were able to access the services and supports they needed to be fully included in the St. Charles County community.
Peg has served as executive director of the DDRB for 29 years. The DDRB contracts with over 35 partner agencies to provide a broad array of services to over 2,500 individuals. The DDRB also provides case management services to over 1,300 St. Charles County citizens with developmental disabilities.
Peg has helped to establish the DDRB’s reputation as a leader in funding and providing supports to St. Charles County citizens with developmental disabilities through strong provider partnerships, innovative funding strategies and transparent processes that actively engage the St. Charles County community. Peg is a founding partner of the Eastern Regional Alliance (ERA), a partnership of the four County Developmental Disabilities Boards in the St. Louis Region. The ERA has created a common funding and accountability framework for partner agencies. Collaborating with public, non-profit, civic and corporate organizations, the DDRB has attracted innovative programs to St. Charles County.
Peg serves on committees and workgroups with state and national significance, including UMKC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities’ Leadership Advisory Team and the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disability Services’ (MACDDS) Best Practices and Governmental Affairs Committees.
Peg has received several awards over the years, recently including East West Gateway Council of Government’s Lifetime Public Service Award (2022) and the Community Council of St. Charles County’s Community Collaboration Award, along with the Eastern Region Alliance (2022). Professional awards are wonderful, but Peg’s greatest inspiration has come directly from individuals with developmental disabilities who have benefitted from the supports they have received – people who work, live and build their own families in St. Charles County. It is their stories that have forever impacted Peg’s life and fill her with gratitude!
Peg lives with her wife, Gayle, in St. Louis County and is looking forward to spending time with their new grandson Henry! She especially treasures time spent with family and friends and will forever be a devoted fan of the Fighting Irish!
Since 2012, Community Living’s Legacy Ball has celebrated those who puts service before self, making St. Charles County a better place to live by honoring an impactful person with the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Volunteer of the Year: Mike Hebert
Mike Hebert grew up in the St. Charles County. He, to answer the regions most asked question, attended Francis Howell High School. After High School he attended Lindenwood University where he played football.
Mike has been a State Farm Agent since 2005. As a State Farm Agent he has received awards; Ambassador Travel Qualifier, Legion of Honor Agent, and Bronze Tablet Agent.
Mike is a very active member of the community and served in many leadership roles as a past Board Member with organizations like the Cottleville Weldon Spring Chamber of Commerce, IAABO Basketball Officials, IAFO Football Officials. Mike has been active in refereeing High School and College football and basketball for over a combined 30 years. He has dedicated countless hours of his time to many charitable causes and events throughout the region and rarely uses no as an answer when asked to volunteer.
When Mike has a free moment you can find him enjoying outdoor activities or spending time with his kids. Mike has furry and non- furry kids. As parents we are not to have favorites, however, if the truth must be shared Mike’s favorites would be the ones with fur. Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Ivy, and Violet.These four fur kids are 5 pound Tea Cup Yorkies that rule the roost in the Hebert household.
A resident of St. Charles County, Mike is married to his Bride Sherry Farmer-Hebert. Sherry is the glue that keeps Mike focused on commitments and community. As a team they volunteer throughout the region. Together, they believe Community Living is truly what makes St. Charles County the best place to live.