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L. B. Eckelkamp, Jr. Named Variety's Man of the Year

L. B. Eckelkamp, Jr. portraitWashington, MO – Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis recently named L. B. Eckelkamp, Jr., as Variety’s 2018 Man of the Year. Each year, Variety honors one man and one woman who play an active role in shaping the St. Louis community for the better. The list of honorees is a veritable Who’s Who of St. Louis.

Eckelkamp believes that one individual can truly make a difference. Previously awarded the “Outstanding Missourian Award,” he is dedicated to serving both his home of Washington, MO and the greater St. Louis area any way that he can. Currently Chairman and CEO of the Bank of Washington, Eckelkamp serves his local community through multiple organizations, including the St. Francis Borgia Parish and Regional High School, Mercy Hospital, Four Rivers Family YMCA, City of Washington, Knights of Columbus, Washington Rotary Club, Washington Elks Club, and more. In a broader sense, he has served the Boy Scouts of America both regionally and nationally and is currently a trustee for St. Louis University, as well as having served as a trustee for multiple other universities. Eckelkamp has been involved with the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Papal Foundation, served as chairman of the board for the Regional Business Council and been a part of many St. Louis cultural organizations such as the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Variety’s 2018 Man and Woman of the Year will be celebrated at Dinner with the Stars, Variety St. Louis’ premier black-tie gala, on April 28. Leading arts philanthropist, Cheri Fromm, has been honored as the Variety’s 2018 Woman of the Year. The inclusive Variety Children’s Chorus and iconic entertainer John Legend will also perform at the event, held at the Peabody Opera House. For more information and tickets, visit

Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis empowers children with physical and developmental disabilities, also referred to as children with special needs, and improves their quality of life. Their programs highlight ability rather than disability. This holistic approach gives access to critical medical equipment and therapies, along with innovative Camp and Performing Arts programs, which provide opportunities for recreation, socialization, and artistic expression. Children gain or maintain independence, boost socialization among their friends and family, demonstrate belief in themselves, and increase skills they need to engage their world as fully as possible.