About us

About Us

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission of fostering, promoting, and encouraging young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances. The Foundation provides unique opportunities and develops educational performing arts programs focused on young artists.

Our beginnings

The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis was purchased in June, 1981 by Fox Associates, LLC, a private partnership. Robert J. Baudendistel, Harvey A. Harris, and the late Leon Strauss had a dream to restore the Fox Theatre to its original grandeur. Under their aegis, and with Mary Strauss directing the restoration, they made that dream a reality. Since then, the ownership has continued, through several additional restorations, to secure the Fox Theatre as one of the premier venues in the country. With the success of the Fox Theatre and Fox Theatricals, the producing arm of Fox Associates, LLC, the ownership took the next step in realizing the second part of their dream — the creation of Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation in 2002.

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation Board of Directors

Ms. Mary Strauss, President

Ms. Marlene Birkman, Ph.D., Vice President

Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, Treasurer

Ms. Lana Pepper, Secretary

Ms. Kelley Weber, Director

Ms. Danielle Durban, Director

Ms. Missy Heinemann, Director

Ms. Laurie Lock, Director

Ms. Donna Rogers-Beard, Director

Mr. Wayne Salomon, Director



Years of Service

Annual Programs

St. Louis Teen Talent Competitions

Kids' Night at The Fabulous Fox


The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation brings much joy and inspiration to the St. Louis community. I can’t imagine how many lives have been affected and spirits lifted by this amazing organization.
-Janet Smith