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Unclaimed property can convert to charitable donations

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:35 Published in Local News

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced a new program allowing Missourians to donate their Unclaimed Property to charity.

Treasurer Zweifel currently holds more than $810 million in Unclaimed Property belonging to 4.7 million account owners.

Under the new program, Missourians may choose from 20 charitable organizations in the state to which they may donate, part or all, of their Unclaimed Property. These organizations support vital medical research, children’s needs, military families and more.

Missouri is the second state in the nation to provide this option and provides the most charities from which account owners can choose.

"These charities provide invaluable services to the people of Missouri and now, with this program, we have created a simple way to give back to citizens in our state,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “This new program was created in response to requests from constituents to donate their Unclaimed Property. I am proud of the good it can do for our communities at no cost to taxpayers.”  

The average return on a claim is $300. Many accounts are worth just a few dollars, but those donations can add up quickly to make a big difference.

More than half of all account owners will be able to search for, claim and donate their Unclaimed Property entirely online.

The list of charities eligible to accept Unclaimed Property donations include: After-School Retreat Reading and Assessment Grant Program Fund, American Cancer Society Heartland Division, Inc., American Diabetes Association Gateway Area, American Heart Association, American Lung Association of Missouri, American Red Cross, ALS Association, Arthritis Foundation, Childhood Lead Testing Fund, Children’s Trust Fund, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Recruitment and Retention Fund, March of Dimes, Missouri Military Family Relief Fund, Missouri National Guard Trust, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Organ Donor Program Fund, Veterans Trust Fund, and Workers’ Memorial Fund.

Since January 2009, Treasurer Zweifel has returned $176 million to Unclaimed Property owners from more than 605,000 accounts.

Individuals may check for Unclaimed Property 24 hours-a-day, sign up for email alerts or email search results to family and friends at www.ShowMeMoney.com.

Monks to continue making famous fruitcakes

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:48 Published in Local News

 AVA, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri abbey famous for its Christmas fruitcakes was in danger of closing because the Trappist monks who live there are aging and no other monks have moved in to take their place.

But that will soon change, when four monks from Vietnam arrive to live at the Assumption Abbey in Ava. Four more are expected to arrive next year at the Abbey which is about four hours southeast of Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reports that sometime in the next decade Assumption will change from the Trappist to Cistercian order. The Trappist order is a reform version of Cistercian.

The Vietnamese monks plan to carry on the tradition of making fruitcakes, which are sold across the country and help finance the Abbey.

St. Louis Art Museum makes major purchase

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 08:31 Published in Local News

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Art Museum's governing board has signed off on spending $825,000 for a 110-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright chandelier.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the purchase approved Monday will add the 1903 chandelier in brass, bronze and leaded glass to a Frank Lloyd Wright chair the museum already owns.

Museum curators call the chandelier purchase with private donations a "rare opportunity" and something that's "been top of our wish list forever."

The chandelier is one of two from the master bedroom of the Wright-designed Francis W. Little House in Peoria, Ill.

Wright, who died in 1959, designed 1,141 architectural works, including everything from houses to bridges and museums.

More than one-third of his buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places or are in a National Historic District.

 

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