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dede strano

Dede Strano

President,
Strano and Associates

How long have you lived in the Metro-East?

70+ years

In what Metro-East city do you live?

Swansea

What brought you here?

Born in E. St. Louis

What do you love most about the Metro-East?

Accessibility to St. Louis, less than 20 miles from the surrounding towns in the Metro-East. I love the people!
You will find everyone friendly and welcoming if you are relocating to the area.

What advice would you give someone moving to the area?

If you are new to the area, get involved within your community!

What are your favorite attractions in the Metro-East?

My favorite attractions are Art on the Square and Fairview Heights’ Salute to the Arts Festival, Belleville’s square (fountain), Shrine of the Lady of the Snows, Belleville’s Chili Cook-off.

What do you think are the Metro-East’s best assets?

Best assets of the Metro-East are its two hospitals, Financial institutions, Metro Link, and a plethora of diverse housing developments to meet the demands of the growing population.

What do you like to do for fun in the Metro-East?

Fun things to do in the Metro-East are visiting its many fine restaurants with family and friends, golfing at St. Clair Country Club in the West End of Belleville or at one of the many other beautiful golf courses available to residents in the area. I frequent one of several movie theaters that are all within a short driving distance.

Please list charities to which you lend your time.

My Company is involved In the “Tired Teddies Stuffed Animal Drive”. My Waterloo Office hosts the program and every holiday season we collect between 3,000 – 4,000
gently used stuffed animals which Stanley Steamer sanitizes and redistributes to first responders, to children in hospitals and to the Salvation Army. We also participate in the Belleville Chili Cook-Off and with the money we receive from this “Adopt a Family Project” we provide Christmas for needy families. This year we not only provided presents, food and clothes for 5 families we were able to provide beds for a family that were sleeping on floors.

Why do you think it’s important for people to volunteer and what drives you to volunteer?

I believe everyone, who can, needs to give back to help the less fortunate. There is much satisfaction when you know that you have helped to make someone else’s life just a little bit better.

Have you made any special friends or memories in your volunteer work?

I was very active in Junior Service years ago and they are a service driven organization through which I have made lifelong friends.