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Michael and Barbara Richter have come to value education much differently over the years. Of course as children it was a required part of their lives but now, as parents and grandparents, they both see education as the most significant agent for change in the world. Mike and Barbara are both St. Louis natives, with Mike attending St. Louis University High School while his brothers attended St. Mary's High School. He was awarded a scholarship, which allowed him to attend SLUH. Two of the Richter's sons also attended SLUH, but it wasn't until their adopted son Josh was accepted to CBC that they began to love and appreciate De La Salle's mission of education and all that CBC offers to young men in St. Louis.
CBC has a long tradition of embracing young men from all backgrounds. Mike and Barbara were impressed with the value CBC places on diversity and, as their adopted son is African American, they were confident CBC was the right school for him. Since then, they have also had a grandson and another student for whom they served as guardian graduate from CBC. They now have a third grandchild at CBC and they couldn't be happier with the school.
Barbara was welcomed to CBC with open arms by other parents. "I couldn't believe how much they included me. I knew I was much older than the rest of the parents and they made sure that I was welcomed at every event and included in all of the amazing opportunities at CBC," she said. It wasn't until she and Mike became more involved and saw how well their son and grandsons have done at CBC that they truly understood CBC's special community.
Mike was an entrepreneur and a businessman, and had this to say about CBC, "I think return on investment is what CBC does. They are given something very special in raw material and they turn it into something wonderful. That's why we love CBC."
Their love of CBC prompted Mike and Barbara to include CBC as part of their estate. They will provide for their children and grandchildren as well as CBC through gifts from their estate. In the end, Barbara explained, the Richters feel this gift is an important part of the couple's lasting legacy.