Alderman Jack Coatar presents Luke Reynolds with a Proclamation from the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

Alderman Jack Coatar presents Luke Reynolds with a Proclamation from the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

On Sunday April 28, the Soulard Restoration Group’s Residential Promotion and Beautification Committees – along with dozens of neighbors - gathered in Pontiac Square Park to celebrate new additions to the public space. Two Cassilly lion benches (designed and created by Bob Cassilly, the same artist and entrepreneur who created City Museum), as well as two large fleur de lis planters, were dedicated. All four pieces were generously donated to Soulard by Luke Reynolds, owner of 808 Maison and Molly’s, who was presented with a Proclamation by Alderman Jack Coatar on behalf of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

Luke Reynolds and Luann Denten, chair of the SRG Residential Promotion Committee

Luke Reynolds and Luann Denten, chair of the SRG Residential Promotion Committee

Not only did Reynolds financially gift the iconic art from his friend Cassilly, he also put the footings in place and installed them himself. The Soulard Restoration Group is thankful for Reynolds support, not only for these art pieces, but also for his ongoing donation of time and resources. Reynolds serves on the Beautification committee (hosting the committee’s annual May fundraiser at Molly’s) and assists with the Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball (donating food, beverages, silent auction items and his own time, as well as that of his staff). Reynolds also serves on SBA, MGI and SSBD. He’s a supporter of the gardens, a supporter of the arts and an ultimate supporter of Soulard!

John Durnell, Luke Reynolds and Richard Eaton, chair of the SRG Beautification Committee

John Durnell, Luke Reynolds and Richard Eaton, chair of the SRG Beautification Committee

Soulard neighbors celebrate the dedication of Pontiac Park’s new Cassilly benches

Soulard neighbors celebrate the dedication of Pontiac Park’s new Cassilly benches

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