2019 Honorees: Dan Harbaugh & Frank Viverito
President of Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis
Dan is a lifelong St. Louisan born and raised in South County. Dan graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis and began his career at Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Starting as an intern through college, Dan advanced over an eight-year period to become the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. After two years as the Executive Director, Dan made the move to join Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.
Dan has served as the President of the Ronald McDonald House for 25 years. Since Dan joined the Ronald McDonald House, they have grown from one House in St. Louis to now having three Houses, an apartment complex for long-term families, and four Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms located inside the local children’s hospitals.
In April 2018, the organization purchased a piece of property in The Grove and is currently planning to break ground on a 65–70 bedroom House in 2020.
In addition to his work at Ronald McDonald House, Dan is on the Board of Directors of St. John Vianney High School and serves on the Board of the Police Athletic League. Dan is also very active in his parish, St. Raphael the Archangel in St. Louis Hills. Dan and his wife, Kelly, have two children Libby (26) and Jack (21).
President of The Sports Commission
Frank Viverito is the president of the St. Louis Sports Commission, the privately-funded nonprofit organization that makes St. Louis a better place to live, visit, work, and play through sports. Attracting, creating, and managing major sporting events for the St. Louis region, the organization uses the power of sports to enhance the area’s quality of life and generate economic and social benefit for the community. Viverito became president of the Sports Commission in 1995. Although he is quick to deflect credit for the Sports Commission’s achievements, Viverito’s guidance, perspective, and personality have steered the organization and the region on a path of success.
The Sports Commission’s accomplishments during Viverito’s tenure include hosting such high-profile events as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours, NCAA DI Wrestling Championships (8 times), NCAA Frozen Four, SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, PGA Championship, Missouri vs. Illinois Arch Rivalry football series, U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Olympic Diving Trials, and the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, and Men’s Olympic Gymnastics Trials.
Reflecting Viverito’s vision for the Sports Commission to be a leader and innovator – beyond simply an event producer – the organization has developed an impactful initiative that promotes sportsmanship, creates positive environments for kids to play sports, and help children lead healthier, happier lives. As part of its focus on sportsmanship, the Sports Commission produces the Musial Awards, a national event that celebrates the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character. The organization’s entrepreneurial spirit also is behind its efforts to raise the profile and impact of St. Louis’ Olympic legacy.
Frank is married to Patty Viverito, the senior associate commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference and commissioner of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They have two sons, Greg and Matt.
Recognizing Past Honorees
Saluting Past Honorees
Msgr. Elmer Behrmann
Dr. Robert Bergamini
Fr. Lawrence Biondi, S.M.
Dr. Carmen Castellano
Sister Felicetta Cola
John P. Ferrara
Joseph A. Fresta
Giovanni Dominic Galati
Rosemary Locascio Hanley
Dr. Mark Lombardi
Eleanore Berra Marfisi
Sister Helen Negri, D.C.
Dr. Slavatore Pagano, D.D.S.
Msgr. Sal Polizzi
Tony C. Ribaudo
Sister Jude Ruggeri, ASCJ
Anthony F. Sansone
Joseph C. Sansone
Bart Saracino, Sr.
Dr. A. J. Signorelli
Judge Joseph Simone
The Honorable Mayor Francis Slay
J. Kim Tucci