2019 Honorees: Dan Harbaugh & Frank Viverito

Dan Harbaugh

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). 

 

Frank Viverito

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

Gabe Alberici 

Joe Barbaglia 

Msgr. Elmer Behrmann 

Dr. Robert Bergamini 

Fr. Lawrence Biondi, S.M. 

Joe Boccardi 

Frank Bommarito 

John Bommarito 

Vince Bommarito 

Frank Borghi 

James Brickey 

Jack Buck 

Ed Calcaterra 

Dr. Carmen Castellano 

Sam Caputa 

Jim Castellano 

Joe Castellano 

Santo Catanzaro 

Sister Felicetta Cola 

Joe Colagiovanni 

Aldo Dellacroce 

Charlie Fazio 

John P. Ferrara 

Joseph A. Fresta 

Giovanni Dominic Galati 

Rosalie Garavaglia-Lagates 

Michael Genovese 

Charlie Gitto 

George Giudici 

Guy Giudici 

Rosemary Locascio Hanley 

Tony Intagliata 

John Iovaldi 

Matt Iovaldi 

Michael LaMonica 

Mark Lamping 

Tony LaRussa 

Dr. Mark Lombardi 

Richard LoRusso 

Caterina Maltese 

Eleanore Berra Marfisi 

Stan Musial 

Tony Monachello 

Barbara Moynihan 

Carmelo Natoli 

Sister Helen Negri, D.C. 

Al Onfrio 

Jan Orlando 

Dr. Slavatore Pagano, D.D.S. 

Amrando Pasetti 

Antonio Pietoso 

Msgr. Sal Polizzi 

Peter Puleo 

Tony C. Ribaudo 

Michael Roarty 

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 

Gene Slay 

Paul Spica 

Joe Tangaro 

Sam Temperato 

Rudy Torrini 

Joe Torrisi 

J. Kim Tucci 

Cesare Vitale 

John Vitale 

Sam Vitale