This week St. Louis held it’s annual Give STL Day — 24-hours of giving to help raise money for local non-profits. Therefore, it was only fitting that I was able to help highlight not only the Cardinals charitable organization — Cardinals Care — but two influential men in the organization that embody the spirit of ‘giving’.

“What you do dies with you, it’s what you do for others that lives forever.” -Joe Cunningham

Legendary player and front office pioneer, Joe Cunningham was surprised by the Cardinals with the dedication of an event space now named “Cunningham’s Corner.”

Former colleagues, players like Tim McCarver and manager Whitey Herzog, attended his ceremony — each expressing how much he gave back to the organization. It wasn’t just that Cunningham invented the concept of party suites, group sales and theme nights, but the way that he treated people and the mark he left behind.

One of Cunningham’s colleague’s, Jim Herren — Cardinals team photographer of 44-years — was also honored in a retirement ceremony the same week. The same wonderful traits were reflected on Herren as well.

Regarded as a true people person and someone that put those that he photographed at ease, Herren has already been missed in his first season away from the field. It was such a neat experience to go through many of the photographs he took over the years, from posing with Muhammad Ali and Stan Musial to capturing historic moments with Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith and Lou Brock, just to name a few.

Honoring another one of Cunningham’s influential projects — I tagged along on a ‘Doin’ It Right’ schools program visit this week as well. The program teaches kids to say ‘no’ to drugs, stay in school and lead a healthy lifestyle. It made my week to see their faces light up when they saw Fredbird!

Other notable stories produced in the past two weeks include:

Cardinals Care grants nearly $130,000 during Spring Grant Ceremony

Cardinals celebrate Green Week during homestand

Cardinals highlight ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ contest, Performance Program

International robotics competition makes a stop at Busch Stadium

I could go on-and-on about the people and subjects in each of these stories that touched me, and that is what being a journalist is all about — relating to people and bringing their missions, personalities and legacies to life.

I love my job more than anything because of the people I get to interact with and meet, and I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people the past few weeks: from smart and ambitious young women with bright futures ahead, to living legends who have left their mark on the past.