Trish Muyco-Tobin photo by Sarah Crowder; makeup by Amy Koehler; hair by Ren Binder of Renditions Salon. Shot on location at La Patisserie Chouquette.

In this week’s pages, we present you with our photo gallery of the 2014 Ladue News Charity Awards. From providing youngsters with reading skills and allowing kids of all abilities the chance to seesaw and swing to their heart’s content, to giving disadvantaged individuals the gift of good vision and keeping military veterans engaged in their communities, this year’s nine finalists run the gamut of answering the call to help St. Louisans in need.

And we couldn’t say enough about our top charities, including Doorways, which annually assists 2,300 St. Louisans living with HIV/AIDS with housing and other support services; Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, which reaches out to more than 13,000 people a year by providing families with a place to stay while their loved one seeks treatment at area hospitals; and RX Outreach, an organization that so far this year, has helped 51,000 people who otherwise couldn’t afford life-saving medicine.

I urge you to take a look at the faces behind these organizations—they are the people who make it their mission to make a difference, one St. Louisan at a time. Our coverage begins on p. 5.