Ferring's passion for the arts has made her a leading philanthropist in the St. Louis region. She is a 2010 Grand Center Visionary Award winner, a 2003 Woman of Achievement, and serves on numerous boards, including Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis Public Library Foundation, St. Louis Public Library Board, and Sheldon Art Gallery Board. Ferring is also on the Sam Fox School National Advisory Board at Washington University. A founding member of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Ferring recently co-chaired the $20 million Campaign for the St. Louis Public Library. Together with her husband John, she is also very involved with Children’s Hospital, COCA, Contemporary Art Museum and Forest Park Forever. As with so many people, Alison is all too familiar with cancer. Her awareness and previous support of Cancer Support Community made it easy for Alison to decide to turn laughter into hope and empowerment for others impacted by cancer.