Settling In…

MEI’s main office has moved!  For the past 2 months we have been occupying our new office space.  We are still getting settled and finding our places, but we are loving our new space! We did not go far though.  You can find us at 3800 Missouri Avenue entering at Gate No. 1.

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We Can Help…and We DID!

We would like to thank all who contributed to the “We Can Help” Christmas Giving Campaign.  MEI raised $170,000 to help 4 charities!

For Kids – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – We Helped $48,000

For Pets – Gateway Pet Guardians – We Helped $39,000

For Veterans – Operation Warm Heart – We Helped $42,000

For Our Community – Christian Activity Center – We Helped $41,000

MEI is happy and proud to give back to make lives better for those less fortunate.  Thank you for helping us make that possible!

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Making It Better


MEI will once again give back in an effort to make lives better for those less fortunate. We have chosen four charities this year, and ask that you direct your gift to the cause that matters most to you.

1. For Kids – Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation –
2. For Pets – Gateway Pet Guardians –
3. For Veterans – Marine Corp Law Enforcement Foundation –
4. For Community – Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis –

To track our progress we have erected a 24 foot “Making It Better” tree. This tree is located on top of the North elevator shaft of the 6 story building, across from the MEI cube. The tree will start with red lights, then blue lights, green lights and finally, white lights for each 25K raised.

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Ron Ortyl Day

City of East St. Louis Declares Ron Ortyl Day gpg logo edit

Ortyl’s Memorial Golf Tournament raises $41,000 for animal rescue in East St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS. (October 2, 2013) – Gateway Pet Guardians, a local nonprofit animal rescue, has partnered with the City of East St. Louis to declare September 17th Ron Ortyl Day in the city.

Ortyl was the owner and operator of Metro East Industries in East St. Louis and Alorton for 17 years before passing away in 2007. He always had a soft spot for animals and encouraged his employees to take in and care for sick or injured stray dogs and cats that would inevitably find their way onto Metro East’s 70 plus acre property.

Since his passing, Ortyl’s family has continued his legacy of caring for animals by supporting local animal welfare organizations and hosting an annual golf tournament in his name that benefits Gateway Pet Guardians, whose mission is to end homelessness for strays in East St. Louis through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, community outreach and education. This year’s tournament, held on September 17th, raised a record breaking $41,000 for the organization.

Executive Director Jamie Case states, “I would like to formally thank the Ortyl family – Cindy Ortyl Tampow, Jen Tampow Dolce, Mark Tampow Sr., Mark Tampow Jr., and of course Gayle Ortyl for all of their hard work putting on this amazing fundraiser. I am so astounded at the amount raised this year! Some of this money will go immediately into our savings account for a rainy day and the rest will keep us functioning smoothly for the year.”

“The tournament was a success because of the generous support of numerous people – including many affiliated with Gateway Pet Guardians who donated, attended and volunteered, so thank you all. Having the event is the easy part – rescuing, fostering, volunteering, educating, etc. is what those of us at Metro East Industries consider the more difficult end of it, and we wonder what we would do without Gateway Pet Guardians,” said Ortyl’s daughter, Cindy.

The money raised at this year’s tournament will support Gateway Pet Guardians’ current programs including food and veterinary care for stray and abandoned animals in East St. Louis and help community members better care for the pets in their custody. Metro East Industries’ 400 plus employees continue Ron Ortyl’s philosophy of caring for stray and injured animals on a regular basis regardless of their condition, providing them food, veterinary care and support.

Contact: Ashley Kleffer
Gateway Pet Guardians
Twitter: @gatewaypets