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Fontbonne Announces Founders Award Recipients

Fontbonne University recently presented Founders Awards to five people for their distinguished service to the greater St. Louis community.

Charlie Brennan, of Clayton, KMOX-AM radio host, was honored for his distinguished service to life-long learning and enrichment. Brennan developed the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club, where authors - both local and national - come to speak to their readers. He has been voted St. Louis' favorite talk show host four times in the readers' polls of The Riverfront Times. Brennan was also named one of America's top 25 "most influential radio talk show hosts" in USA Today and was named in Talkers Magazine's Top 100 talk show hosts nine times.

Francis Regis Feise of Crestwood, a 1960 Fontbonne graduate, was honored for her distinguished service to youth at risk. Sister Francis served disadvantaged teenage boys in St. Louis, Chicago, New Orleans and Atlanta. She focused on education, self-confidence, spirituality and life skills for disadvantaged boys.

Victoria Bayot Sharp of University City, a 1963 graduate, was honored for her distinguished service to disadvantaged women. Sharp and her husband founded Women in Charge in 1992. The program offers interfaith mind, body and spirit programs to help women achieve their full potential and become self-supporting.  Women in Charge serves 70 women and 75 children each year and employs teachers, counselors and parents-as-teachers instructors.
Marvin Talley of St. Louis, a 1993 Fontbonne graduate, was honored for his distinguished service against gun violence. Talley has taught at Riverview Gardens High School since 1996 and is chair of the art department, assistant athletic director and head basketball coach. In 2005, he launched Coaches Against Gun Violence, the first local chapter of the Washington, D.C.-based program. The chapter works to educate parents and students about gun violence.

    Agnes Wilcox of University City was honored for her distinguished service promoting individual and social change. She founded Prison Performing Arts (PPA), a not-for-profit outreach program dedicated to enriching the lives of adults and youths in the Missouri criminal and juvenile justice systems. PPA provides inmates opportunities to participate in performing arts as artists, students and audience members. Prior to PPA, Wilcox served as the artistic director of The New Theatre in St. Louis.