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2021 Champion of Kids Award Recipient

ST. LOUIS (September 27, 2021) Kids In The Middle (KITM), a non-profit counseling agency, has announced that Judy Rubin will receive the 2021 Champion of Kids Award for dedication to helping children and families heal from the trauma of divorce and separation. Judy will be recognized at the annual Kids In The Middle Gala: A Celebration of Childhood at RYSE Nightclub at Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa on October 14, 2021.

Rubin has held several key positions on the KITM Board of Directors since she joined in 2006. During her tenure, she has chaired the Finance Committee, Fund Development Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee and served as the Vice President and President. She was selected to receive this award because of her dedication to educating the community about KITM’s services and her generosity, helping raise over $105,000 to provide counseling services for families who otherwise could not afford them.

I have seen KITM grow from a small non-profit in an old Victorian home in Kirkwood to become a leader in divorce counseling providing parents with programs and services available to anyone throughout St. Louis,” says Judy Rubin. “KITM offers support and counseling through therapeutic services for the whole family, especially the kids. When divorce plants itself in a family’s life, it can be traumatic and permanently painful. KITM can help.”

Judy and her son, Whitey Holt, are partners at Plaza Advisory Group, a wealth management practice. Since her divorce in the 1990s with three young children, she has devoted much attention to educating and empowering those who find themselves “in the middle” of similar family transitions. She currently serves on the Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital Board and is on the Finance Committee. Furthermore, she supports her husband, Bruce Rubin, in his dedication to the Legacy Ice Foundation and Blues for Kids charities.

“For over 14 years, Judy has shown her undeniable support and passion for our mission through her various roles, and there is no doubt she deserves this award,” says KITM CEO Katy Walter. “She personally experienced the impact that divorce and separation have on a family and understands the need to provide them with life-changing social and emotional skills to heal from this trauma.”

The Champion of Kids Award will be presented at A Celebration of Childhood fundraising gala on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at RYSE Nightclub at Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa – St. Charles. To show your support for Judy, you can attend the event virtually, purchase a sponsorship, or send a donation to KITM in lieu of attending. Virtual ticket packages and sponsorships are available by calling (314) 909-9922 or visit

About Kids In The Middle

Kids In The Middle (KITM) helps children and families transition to a new way of life before, during and after separation and divorce, for the sake of creating healthier futures for all involved. Founded in 1977, KITM is a nationally accredited nonprofit agency that provides comprehensive and confidential counseling, education and support services focused on the entire family.  KITM is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and receives funds from the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund. KITM is located at 2650 S. Hanley Rd. in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, visit

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