May 4, 2015 | News

Saales to Receive Circle of Care Award

Madison County, IL– For 22 years, Riverbend Head Start & Family Services has honored leaders in Madison County who are committed to making it a better place for us all to live.

This year, Riverbend Head Start is fortunate to honor Steve and Jane Saale with its Circle of Care Award on May 6 at 5:30 p.m. at The Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. The award is presented to an individual or couple who exhibits the spirit of caring about their community. The Saales embody that spirit every day.

A strong and supportive family structure has been key for the Saales being able to get involved in the community. In 2006, Steve and Jane made a decision that allowed them to spend more quality time with their children. Steve sold his portion of Saale Brothers Appliance to his brother and retired. It also allowed Jane flexibility in her work schedule. Jane is the president of Cope Plastics, Inc, in Alton, the company her maternal grandparents founded in 1946. Cope’s corporate offices are located in Alton and they have 17 sales offices and stocking locations throughout the mid-west. They are a premier distributor and the Midwest’s largest fabricator of plastic sheet, rod and tube for over 7,000 companies nationwide. Cope Plastics is ranked in the top 150 privately held companies and fifth amongst the largest women-owned business in the St. Louis metro area, according to the St. Louis Business Journal

When Jane became the president of Cope Plastics she and her sisters joined several boards and quickly realized the positive impact they could have on the community.

The help and impact is too much to be truly measured. In 2010, they hosted the American Cancer Society Mardi Gras Ball and helped raise more than $80,000. Jane is president of the Lewis & Clark Community Foundation Board and vice president of the Southern Illinois Employers Association. The Cope Plastics’ Team supports Pride, Inc., the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Friends of Kids with Cancer, United Way of Greater St. Louis, and the Riverbend Growth Association. The Saales are also very active in their church, Godfrey First United Methodist Church, and at their children’s schools.

Steve and Jane became invested in Riverbend Head Start’s mission when they helped plan last year’s Circle of Care event.

Now they hope their friends and community partners will join them as a sponsor, attend the Circle of Care Dinner & Auction, or donate in their honor. Reservations and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit to make your commitment, or contact Riverbend Head Start’s PR Director, Kristen Gosling, at 618-463-8913.

Proceeds from the Circle of Care Award Dinner and Auction benefit the mission of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, a 99-year-old non-profit organization that operates the federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Madison County, Illinois. Head Start provides unduplicated early childhood education and family strengthening services to over 1,000 children, age five and under, and their caregivers. Families who qualify for the programs live below the federal poverty line. The goal of the programs is to prepare children for kindergarten and enrich the lives of their families.

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