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Take a trip around the world to discover different tastes and flavors \u2013 all without leaving St. Louis. One neighborhood restaurant and butcher shop in Ladue promotes palate exploration at such a sensational level as to receive worldwide recognition.

\u201cWe may be a small neighborhood place on one hand \u2026 You know what to expect when it comes to service, food and drink,\u201d Aleksandar Jovanovic, general manager and wine director at Truffles & Butchery, says. \u201cOn the other hand, though, we are versatile and attuned to the community we serve. We offer a broad range of items on our ever-changing menu.\u201d

Truffles & Butchery sources directly from its recently acquired farm to create fresh cuisine. \u201cWe try to be seasonal but don\u2019t limit ourselves in any way,\u201d Jovanovic explains. \u201cThat means there\u2019s no limit to what you can experience at Truffles. We constantly add something new.\u201d

It\u2019s that inventive spin that brings in both regulars and new clientele. The restaurant\u2019s setting also proves another draw. \u201cOur patio is secluded, with farm-sourced vegetables and herbs in custom-designed, in-house planters,\u201d Jovanovic notes. \u201cIt\u2019s become a wonderful little addition. We have fans for warm weather and heaters for colder weather. Plus, it can seat up to 40 people. We have plans for the next several seasons, so its constant evolution will continue to attract.\u201d

Truffles & Butchery incorporates items of interest found at food and wine markets from around the globe to diversify its menus. The restaurant and shop recently received recognition for its outstanding wine collection: a Jury Prize 3-star award from the London publication The World of Fine Wine. \u201cIt\u2019s a dream come true,\u201d Jovanovic says. \u201cThere are only 50 in the North American continent and 112 selected worldwide from over 5,000 applicants. To be included in such company is truly special. We\u2019ve been [earning] this top-notch award since its inception four years ago. It\u2019s a phenomenal feeling, and we\u2019re just riding that highway right now.\u201d

For those wishing to whip up their own unique meal, the Butchery proves a vital source for fresh meats, seafood, breads, cheeses, vegetables and more. Choose your recipe, pick up delectable ingredients and snag a bottle of vino to impress friends and family.

\u201cYou can go into any decent restaurant and get your favorites \u2013 and we provide that in spades more than anybody else,\u201d Jovanovic comments. \u201cIf you want to experience something unusual and off the beaten path, though \u2026 something that may be recognized in the next five to 10 years, we offer that as well. You don\u2019t have to travel to find it. This unassuming neighborhood nook has it on offer, which makes us special.\u201d

Truffles & Butchery, 9202 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-567-9100, todayattruffles.com

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For community financial institutions like Reliance Bank, being able to reach out to companies and help them grow is at the core of their belief system. Reliance is a commercial lender to many companies across the St. Louis region, including McClure Engineering.

Reliance Bank Chairman and CEO Thomas H. Brouster Sr. says that Reliance and McClure began working together on an acoustical site analysis and again when McClure outgrew its previous office located in south St. Louis.

\u201cThey found an 80,000-square-foot, six-story building on Clark Avenue that would allow them to house their main operations and utilize the additional space for other tenants,\u201d Brouster says.

Built in 1896, the historic Cupples 1 building is part of the National Register of Historic Places and is located just a few blocks from Busch Stadium. Because of its size, McClure was able to work with Reliance on an owner-occupied building deal, where 50 percent or more is owned by the business.

Gaines Dittrich, vice chairman and chief credit officer for Reliance, says the partnership with McClure was an outstanding chance for Reliance to support more growth in the community.

\u201c[The move] gave McClure the chance to expand and add more engineers,\u201d Dittrich says. \u201cThey found a layout in the right space, and their future growth is tied to having the right kind of occupancy. In the process of doing that, they\u2019ve brought additional growth to downtown. We were pleased to be able to accommodate their needs, including the details in relation to their tax abatement structure.\u201d

Norm Toon, executive vice president and chief lending officer, notes that St. Louis\u2019 market depends a great deal on middle market business because it\u2019s very uncommon for large corporations to move their headquarters to St. Louis. \u201cWe see large corporations being acquired and subsequently moved out of our market,\u201d Toon says. \u201cHowever, we have been very successful in developing middle market companies to fill in the gaps when the large ones leave. Helping those companies grow, seeing them create jobs, and then watching them become the next great St. Louis business story is what makes our community special.

\u201cHelping those middle market businesses grow is vital to Reliance and vital to the economy as a whole, and we want to help them with financing their next step,\u201d Toon says.

Brouster notes that being a local bank and being able to personally establish relationships are what sets Reliance apart from bigger, out-of-state institutions.

\u201cWe\u2019re thrilled about the relationship with McClure, and we\u2019re always looking for midsize companies we can work side by side with,\u201d he says.

Eric Schactman, McClure chief financial officer, says working with Reliance was a pleasure and speaks highly of the bank\u2019s efficient, streamlined process: \u201cLike McClure Engineering, Reliance was very detailed and thorough, making sure everything was covered and all the documentation was complete.\u201d

Reliance Bank, 10401 Clayton Road, Frontenac, 314-569-7200, reliancebankstl.com

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Mission

\u201cPediatric research helps us [at St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital] pioneer possibilities in the prevention, treatment and care of childhood diseases, like developing personalized medicine, discovering how to edit fatal genetic errors and increasing survival rates for congenital heart and cancer patients,\u201d Malcolm Berry, chief development officer, says. \u201cMost importantly, through groundbreaking discovery, we live our mission of doing what\u2019s right for kids by giving them every chance to reach their potential.\u201d The hospital continues to grow its community of donors, known as the Guardians of Childhood, by reaching out to the community for charitable support.

History

Founded by eight pioneering women, St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital opened in 1879, with a rented house and 15 beds. It was the first children\u2019s hospital west of the Mississippi River and is the seventh oldest in the country. Today, the hospital\u2019s clinical and community outreach program annually affects more than 250,000 patients.

Community Impact

The hospital doesn\u2019t stop short at serving St. Louis families. It serves children across the world as the pediatric teaching hospital at Washington University School of Medicine. Its nationally recognized programs for physician training and research influence the way medicine is practiced worldwide while bringing in top talent, who offer bold and inventive ideas.

Support from the Children\u2019s Discovery Institute recently funded a trial to deliver chemotherapy drugs to a child with an inoperable brain tumor, which was done through the barrier protecting the brain from toxins and directly into his tumor. This kind of complex care requires state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies, as well as specialized individuals who form a child\u2019s care team. It also requires facilities and services oriented toward children and their families, who often are going through a traumatic experience and coping with unique psychological and emotional needs.

Advancing care for tomorrow\u2019s children is made possible through philanthropy, which covers the cost of programs, services and treatments \u2013 especially for those not eligible for reimbursement through insurance companies. It allows St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital to make decisions according not to what makes fiscal sense but to what\u2019s right for kids.

On the Board: Retta Leritz Tussey

\u201cI am thrilled to serve as this year\u2019s chair of Play Date, a highly fun and unique event that will take attendees back to those memorable summer camp days,\u201d Retta Leritz Tussey says. \u201cPerhaps the most exciting element of all is the funds raised will benefit pediatric research through the Children\u2019s Discovery Institute. The energy and excitement is something you don\u2019t want to miss!\u201d

What/When/Where

St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital Play Date

6:15 p.m. Nov. 18

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

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From a little girl or boy\u2019s dream to the big day, a wedding can be one of life\u2019s most treasured experiences. Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis plucks that childhood dream out of each bride or groom\u2019s head and brings it to life in spectacular fashion. From big and small, rustic chic to the height of glamour, it all comes down to listening to your dreams.

There are many ways to customize the event space, Sarah Johnson, director of sales and marketing, says. \u201cWe can add a cocktail lounge in the back of the room or add tables with fun treats for attendees. We find ways to reshape the room you\u2019re in to fit the type of event you wish to have.\u201d

She and her experienced team add inventive flair to each event, helping to shape a couple\u2019s idea into reality. \u201cWe stay on the cutting edge of trends in the wedding industry,\u201d Sarah Johnson notes. \u201cWe take a consultative approach to really bring out what\u2019s special to each couple.\u201d

Deedy Johnson, event coordinator, works directly with the bride and groom to understand their big picture. \u201cOne couple wanted a different way to serve snacks, so we created a doughnut wall,\u201d she explains. \u201cA lot of people love the Cardinals theme, so we\u2019ve done sliders and fries, and we even have a hot dog stand. We do whatever we can to achieve a couple\u2019s vision.\u201d

The venue itself appeals to guests who want to experience St. Louis. \u201cThere are a million things to do in Clayton,\u201d Deedy Johnson shares. \u201cWe\u2019re within walking distance of 50 different restaurants, and a minute away from Shaw Park and other parks, which are the perfect places for photo opportunities. We are located a block and a half away from the Metro, so out-of-town guests don\u2019t have to drive downtown to all the St. Louis destinations they\u2019ll want to check out, like City Museum and the Arch.\u201d

From beginning to end, she and her team take care of the details, so couples can spend more time celebrating with loved ones. \u201cWe take care of everything on the hotel end, so mom and dad or aunts and uncles don\u2019t have to,\u201d Deedy Johnson promises. \u201cAnything we can do upfront, from putting out the guestbook at the beginning to taking care of the hotel room for later that night.\u201d The Sheraton does whatever is possible to make weddings out of the things from which dreams are constructed, so that each couple can focus on their happily ever after.

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, 7730 Bonhomme Ave., 314-863-0400, sheratonclaytonhotel.com

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Amini\u2019s in Chesterfield recently opened an expanded home furnishings and lighting section of the store \u2013 making it a top-tier shopping experience for the St. Louis region.

The family-owned store has been offering an expansive selection of home d\u00e9cor and outdoor furnishings for decades. With more than 40 years of experience in styling homes, Amini\u2019s has built a strong reputation for selling only the best products in home furnishings. Whether looking for a stylish, yet cozy, sectional or a stunning statement light fixture, Amini\u2019s is sure to have something \u2013 regardless of taste or budget.

Beth Rzonca, interior designer and merchandiser, says the store has an extensive product base in terms of sectionals, as well as bedroom and dining furnishings \u2013 many of which are available in a variety of finishes and fabrics, Rzonca adds. Amini\u2019s prides itself on this variety of styles to reflect any taste, lifestyle or design, making your home as unique as yourself.

\u201cOur variety and price points are what we pride ourselves on,\u201d she says.

The extended home furnishings and lighting area has been warmly received by the St. Louis area. Rzonca says whenever the store gets new products in, it does a strong campaign to introduce them.

\u201cWe\u2019re getting new customers in all the time,\u201d she says. \u201cWe\u2019re getting a great response and have been fine-tuning everything to meet customer and client needs. We\u2019re very excited about that.\u201d

Rzonca says Amini\u2019s is considered a leader in the market because of its huge selection.

\u201cWe buy things from all over the world \u2013 everything from artwork to custom furniture,\u201d she says. \u201cWe are one of the leaders in the industry for home furnishings, and our lighting department is unbeatable.\u201d

Amini\u2019s has promotions going on throughout the fall season. Rzonca says it\u2019s the strongest season for the store, so its knowledgeable staff will be working tirelessly to bring the best shopping experience to customers.

\u201cWe have specialists in all of our areas to help customers find what they need at a price point they can afford,\u201d she says.

Amini\u2019s has four locations throughout the Midwest, including stores in Oklahoma and Kansas, and customers can always get the best prices with a price-match guarantee. Whether a customer is looking to outfit his or her game room or simply find a new area rug, Amini\u2019s is the perfect one-stop shop.

Amini’s, 17377 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636-537-9200, aminis.com

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Mission

The Next Step provides financial support for those individuals who are active in recovery from alcohol or chemical dependency and are pursuing academic and/or vocational education. Funds are used to help with tuition and are paid directly to educational institutions. Candidates of all ages, educational interests and educational levels, including advanced and master\u2019s degrees, are encouraged to apply.

History

The Next Step was founded in 2005 by several individuals in recovery. Board president Darcy Glidewell says the group started by helping one woman who was participating in a 12-step recovery program. Unfortunately, scholarships and her earnings weren\u2019t enough for her to attend college. Friends in recovery stepped in to provide the extra financial support, and the group realized the need for financial support in the recovery community. This eventually led to the formation of The Next Step.

Community impact

Over the past 12 years, The Next Step has been able to award $800,000 in financial support to 465 individuals in recovery. Director of development Sherry LeBlanc says the group was able to award $103,000 to 46 people this year alone.

\u201cWe\u2019ve helped people with their undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. and vocational degrees over a variety of majors,\u201d she says. \u201cThey can go [to school] anywhere they\u2019d like, but most of them do choose to stay local.\u201d

The organization\u2019s annual scholarships average about $2,500, which is paid directly to the educational institution for use during one or two semesters. The group aims to award more than $150,000 in assistance for 2018/2019.

The Next Step hosts two large fundraising events each year: an annual scholarship dinner and a golf tournament. The annual scholarship dinner is coming up, taking place Oct. 7 at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis.

\u201cOne of the great things we do is encourage the recipients for the year to come and attend,\u201d LeBlanc says. \u201cThey help out with registration and preparation, and it\u2019s also nice for them to meet the people who are funding them and vice versa.\u201d

Glidewell notes that sometimes individuals in recovery have not pursued a college education.

\u201cEveryone\u2019s journey to recovery is different,\u201d she says. \u201cQuite often, people get to the point where they want to literally take the next step, and education is the next step to them bettering their lives.\u201d

She notes that although news outlets commonly cover the deaths, overdoses and stories of people who never get sober, The Next Step can help dissipate these tragedies.

\u201cContinuing education is one of the most successful ways to rise above addiction,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s why we do what we do. These people are bettering their lives and, in turn, providing better lives for their kids and for the St. Louis community.\u201d

What/When/Where

2017 Annual Scholarship Dinner

5:30 p.. Oct. 7 at the Missouri Athletic Club Downtown Clubhouse

Join The Next Step to celebrate the achievements of scholarship recipients and the donors who support their success. Register at thenextstepstl.org.

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Sunnyhill, Inc. has an important message: Live life limitless. The organization\u2019s varied programs address the needs of many in a way that allows individuals with disabilities to feel life is not limited. \u201cWe take on people of all abilities,\u201d Vicky James, the president and CEO, says. \u201cOur youngest client is 4, and our oldest is 80. Sunnyhill provides programs for all.\u201d

One way it caters to the community is through its camp at Sunnyhill Adventures, where even the wheelchair-bound can experience alpine climbing and more. \u201cThe measure of success we use to evaluate the camp is based on the campers\u2019 interest and on the success of the individual,\u201d Rob Darroch, director of Sunnyhill Adventures, says. \u201cWe are providing a service to future leaders.\u201d

Sgt. Bob Parr of the Missouri State Highway Patrol furthers Sunnyhill\u2019s mission by giving kids a unique opportunity to consider law enforcement as a career. \u201cThe Missouri State Highway Patrol Youth Academy Program is for high school youth,\u201d he says. \u201cThe 5-day residential program models the state highway patrol training academy.\u201d

Inspired by similar initiatives, Parr and another trooper launched the program this past year with several intentions. \u201cThe goals of the program are career exploration; breaking down barriers between local youth and law enforcement; showing that police officers are people, who have families too; and letting troopers learn from the kids by seeing things through their eyes, especially in the current climate of law enforcement,\u201d he shares.

\u201cWe asked the kids, [after they graduated the program,] if they found they [possessed] any new strengths,\u201d Parr adds. \u201cA lot were surprised by their discipline and ability to lead the group. They also answered \u2018how not to give up\u2019 and \u2018performing over personal expectations.\u2019 They really pushed themselves.\u201d

Sunnyhill also looks out for people with disabilities as they age by offering residential programs that promote independence, as well as accessibility to recreation and education. \u201cWe offer innovative support, as well as an opportunity to enjoy our camp,\u201d James states. \u201cWe have a multipurpose building for more adventures and want to share the camp with anybody, from other nonprofits to family reunions and corporate picnics.\u201d

Community support is key to encouraging the Sunnyhill philosophy. \u201cWithout people\u2019s support, we can\u2019t do anything,\u201d Darroch says. From taking On-the-Road Adventures to offering a venue for the community, much as it teaches its participants, Sunnyhill never stops pursuing a life with endless opportunities for everyone.

Sunnyhill, Inc., 11140 S. Towne Square, Suite 100, St. Louis, 314-845-3900;

Sunnyhill Adventures, 6555 Sunlit Way, Dittmer, 636-274-9044, sunnyhillinc.org

Family Fun Day

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 14 at Sunnyhill Adventures

Experience activities designed for the entire family, like zip lining, paddleboating, climbing and more. Register online at sunnyhillinc.org/events or call 314-845-3900 to learn more.

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Every September, thousands gather in Forest Park at twilight for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society\u2019s (LLS) Light the Night Walk. Attendees light colored lanterns and walk through the park with one unified goal: working toward a cancer-free world.

Participants of LLS\u2019s Light the Night Walk have all been touched by cancer in different ways. Some are cancer survivors, some currently have cancer and some have friends or family members battling cancer. Some also attend to remember those who lost their fight to cancer.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m., with a powerful survivor ceremony beginning at 7:15 p.m. The walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. Participants will be able to honor their loved ones at the Remembrance Pavilion, which will be open all evening long. The night will conclude with a fireworks finale around 9 p.m.

Ameren CEO Warner Baxter, this year\u2019s event chairman, says last year\u2019s event attracted 18,000 attendees, and he\u2019s hoping for another large turnout this year.

\u201cThe St. Louis event is the 14th largest amongst the 200-plus Light the Night walks in the country,\u201d he says. \u201cSince 2014, the St. Louis walk has nearly doubled in attendees and grown revenue by more than 30 percent.\u201d

In 2017 alone, the Gateway Chapter has invested $5.9 million in research to find cures, advocating for access to those cures passing oral chemo parity in Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri; contributed more than $2 million in financial aid to patients; served more than 5,000 patients and families with financial support, education and support groups; provided information on cancer and volunteerism in 430 schools; and supported children returning to school after treatment.

Baxter says the goal for this year\u2019s walk is $1.3 million, which will all go toward supporting local patients and families.

\u201cThe Light the Night event brings light to the darkness of cancer and brings families together in a large support group \u2013 all who are fighting to find a cure,\u201d Baxter says. \u201cI\u2019m looking forward to thousands of people from our great community coming together for one evening, standing shoulder to shoulder and hand in hand to help beat blood cancer, to support the real heroes in the fight against cancer \u2013 the patients, the families, the caregivers, the doctors and the researchers \u2013 and to honor those we have lost to this disease.\u201d

Honored Heroes

During this year\u2019s walk, LLS is honoring two children who are battling cancer. Four-year-old Thomas Lorenz has been fighting B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia since his diagnosis last October. His mom, Carol Anne Lorenz, says her family has a long history of leukemia. Her brother had it when he was 3 years old and again when he was 18.

\u201cOne of the neat things I\u2019ve gotten to see through this amazing organization is how the treatments and protocols have been bettered by groups like LLS,\u201d she says. \u201cThomas has high-risk leukemia, and it\u2019s good to know someone is in my corner and fighting for my child.\u201d

Twelve-year-old Jadyn Williams is another honored hero this year. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia after Christmas last year and is currently receiving chemotherapy. Her father, Quentin Williams, says that his family is proud to be a face for LLS this year.

\u201c[They\u2019ve] provided our family with the opportunity to share Jadyn\u2019s story with others, so they can be inspired to have hope in fighting this disease,\u201d he says.

Williams says when you come to the realization that cancer has \u201csmacked you in the face,\u201d emotions run high. Having an organization like LLS that has the resources to provide the pertinent information has been a huge blessing, he says.

\u201cYou need to know that organizations like LLS are working toward finding a cure because you are praying, hoping and asking for a cure for that loved one \u2013 in our case, our daughter.\u201d

Become a part of LLS’s Gateway Chapter by visiting lls.org/gateway or calling 314-590-2230.

Light the Night Walk

Sept. 23 | Forest Park

Cricket Field | Register online at www.lightthenight.org/gat

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Arthritis takes a heavy toll on individuals, loved ones and, ultimately, the entire country. The No. 1 cause of disability in the nation racks up 172 million workdays lost each year and billions of dollars in health care costs.

One in five people will receive a diagnosis during their lifetime of one of the 100-plus types of arthritis. \u201cChildren are affected as well,\u201d Kim Rosenthal, Missouri | Arthritis Foundation development manager, says. \u201cArthritis affects all ages.\u201d More than 300,000 youth and countless young adults in their prime are afflicted, facing significant pain and limitation throughout their lives.

Arthritis Foundation helps patients to become better equipped at managing and controlling their disease. Personalized medicine, grounded in proven science, can eliminate trial and error. Gaps between patients, providers and researchers can be bridged. Patients can miss less school and work due to illness \u2013 and treatment costs don\u2019t have to drain pocketbooks as much as they do today.

\u201cArthritis Foundation\u2019s four health care initiatives touch everybody,\u201d Deb Winzen, volunteer and marketing chair, says. \u201c[The organization] really embraces patients\u2019 feedback \u2013 more than ever before. The No. 1 complaint from patients in any form of health care is that they feel like they\u2019re not being heard.\u201d (For a full list of these initiatives, see below.)

Alpha Omicron Pi [AO\u03a0] recently joined Arthritis Foundation as a national partner. Philanthropic work always has been a main focus for AO\u03a0, which targets issues important to women and their communities. In 1967, AO\u03a0 chose arthritis as its official philanthropy because of its impact. Since then, collegiate and alumnae chapters have raised more than $3 million to fund programs and research initiatives. At the national Juvenile Arthritis Conferences, children received and fell in love with their gifts of a stuffed panda, the unofficial mascot of AO\u03a0.

For seven decades, Arthritis Foundation has led the fight to advance scientific discovery for better treatments and a cure \u2013 for all types of arthritis. It is the largest source of nongovernmental funding for research leading to new arthritis therapies, developing tremendous new treatments and making progress toward cures. Newly diagnosed patients and caregivers looking for resources and trusted information can find the help they need through Arthritis Foundation.

Missouri | Arthritis Foundation, 9433 Olive St., Suite 100, St. Louis, 314-991-9333, 800-406-2491 (toll-free), arthritis.org

The Arthritis Foundation\u2019s 37th annual Silver Ball Gala

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Money raised at the annual gala funds valuable resources for local patients and their families, as well as research for improved treatments and cures.

Call 314-447-4880 or visit arthritis.org/silverballstl to register or donate.

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Statistics show moving is one of the most stressful life situations typically experienced. One local agency aims to remove all the guesswork for clients moving to St. Louis.

\u201cRealtors should be ambassadors for their community,\u201d Jill Butler, the owner of RedKey Realty Leaders, says. \u201cEverybody at RedKey has to have the Realtor distinction and agrees to adhere to a higher standard. When I hire agents, I want ones who are passionate about real estate, their clients and their communities.\u201d

That elite training proves effective at teaching agents the various aspects that make up and mold a community. \u201cThere\u2019s talk about, \u2018Oh, we won\u2019t need agents. Someday, an app will do everything,\u2019\u201d Butler comments. \u201cI disagree. It isn\u2019t a mathematical formula. It\u2019s about knowing who is the best architect, interior designer or electrician. It\u2019s about who\u2019s a good pediatrician or where to find a new dentist. You need someone who knows the community, how to get things done and how to connect people.\u201d

When creating RedKey, Butler set out with the intention of not creating a franchise, but building the ultimate local source for clients. \u201cWe started five years ago wanting to be an independent brand. Our goal was to create a local brand that gave outstanding attention to clients and a unique customer service experience. Think of when you go to Applebee\u2019s and have a hamburger. It may be good, but then compare that burger to a well-known St. Louis hamburger spot \u2013 it\u2019s a different experience. We wanted to be that local experience.\u201d

Butler\u2019s love for her city inspired that approach at RedKey \u2013 and it is a great pleasure for her and her team to bring in outsiders. \u201cSt. Louis is an awesome place to live,\u201d she boasts. \u201cPeople who move from other parts of the country are always surprised. We need to take pride in our city. It has everything. Forest Park is fantastic. So is the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and Saint Louis Zoo \u2013 all of which are free. From cultural institutions to our sports teams, St. Louis blows people away.\u201d

Moving may always trigger stress, but RedKey recognizes how to eliminate the trickiest part \u2013 showing how the unknown can make the perfect sanctuary for you and your family. \u201cIt\u2019s a challenge to move to a new place, especially when relocating,\u201d Butler says. \u201cYou need to have an emotional intelligence, so you can help clients through the process. Professionalism in the real estate world should be about warmth and empathy.\u201d Luckily, at RedKey, that\u2019s exactly what it\u2019s all about.

RedKey Realty Leaders, 10333 Clayton Road, Frontenac; 17107 Chesterfield Airport Road, Suite 160, Chesterfield; 314-692-7200, redkeystlouis.com

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For more than a decade, hundreds have gathered at Grant\u2019s Farm in September to celebrate the mission of St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association (St. Louis LDA).

St. Louis LDA is observing 20 years of the annual event and the nonprofit\u2019s dedication to enhancing the understanding and acceptance of learning disabilities. On Sept. 30 specifically, supporters and children alike will gather yet again at Grant\u2019s Farm for the organization\u2019s annual Unlock the Magic of Learning event, where they\u2019ll be greeted by stilt-walkers, musicians, face painters and more.

S. Louis LDA CEO Pam Kortum says the event is always family-driven and will feature dinner, live music by Smash Band, live and silent auctions, games and performances by the Muny Kids.

\u201cWe started [the event] at The Magic House and had maybe 70 people,\u201d Kortum says. \u201cWe kept it there for a few years and then moved it to the City Museum. After outgrowing that space, we moved to Grant\u2019s Farm and have been here ever since.\u201d

In the past few years, upwards of 600 people have attended the fundraiser, which supports the organization\u2019s scholarship program.

\u201cIt\u2019s so heartwarming to see everyone gathering for the same purpose of helping kids who wouldn\u2019t normally be able to get the help they need because the parents aren\u2019t able to pay the fee,\u201d Kortum says. \u201cThe more funding, the more we\u2019ll be able to help kids in our community.\u201d

Kortum says the parents who come to St. Louis LDA for help are often distraught and don\u2019t know where else to turn.

\u201cA lot of times, their child is flunking in school or are very young,\u201d she says. \u201cThey come to us, and we put a whole program together for the child, which can include tutoring, advocacy and training for teachers. It\u2019s a large cost factor per child, but we feel like that\u2019s the best way to impact their life.\u201d

What started as a small group of concerned parents has grown into a group that\u2019s been able to help more than 31,000 children, parents and educators in the St. Louis area annually. It\u2019s the only organization in the greater St. Louis area that provides a comprehensive range of services to children with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning differences and Asperger\u2019s syndrome.

\u201cIf you have a child who struggles, please contact us. We\u2019re here to help,\u201d she says. \u201cWe want to reach as many children as we can so we can help them become successful in the classroom.\u201d

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association, 13537 Barrett Parkway Drive, Suite 110, Ballwin, 314-966-3088, ldastl.org

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The Ryan Tradition has a rich history as a leading team in the luxury real estate market. Today, it has come to stand for more than million-dollar home sales. The name represents unmatched knowledge of the St. Louis area market and unparalleled service.

\u201cThe Ryan Tradition evolved when I joined Anne Ryan in 1991,\u201d says John Ryan. \u201cAnne had been a market leader for 26 years; I brought 13 years of experience in other real estate disciplines. Since then, our total sales have exceeded $980 million. Each person has special roles, which, when combined with team collaboration, best serves our clients. We have a cohesive, entrepreneurial and innovative environment.\u201d

The Ryan Tradition is well-known for showcasing spectacular homes, like 26 Upper Ladue, which boasts 5 bedrooms, each with its own private bath, plus another full bathroom and 2 half-bathrooms. \u201cThis home is essentially 8 years old and resides on a private 3.56-acre lot in one of Ladue\u2019s most prestigious neighborhoods,\u201d Ryan says.

Families will love the custom kitchen, which boasts two islands and access to the hearth room. The main-level study provides a wonderful space to work from home, while the solarium proves a pleasant place to savor some iced tea. The finished lower level features a family room, game and exercise rooms, and a media room. The heated pool easily demands attention.

\u201cThe fine craftsmanship of this special residence blends the architectural integrity of the original home with features of the new, custom home,\u201d Ryan notes. \u201cIt offers geothermal heating and cooling, two generators and a whole-house Lutron lighting and sound system, with intercoms.\u201d

From the 18-foot beamed cathedral ceiling in the living room, which features a Juliet balcony, to French doors that lead out to the limestone terrace, the architecture is outstanding. The home has the amenities to match, including heated limestone flooring in the kitchen and breakfast room, double-layer granite countertops and marble baths. The master suite offers its own entrance, opening up to reveal a double-coffered ceiling, a study with recessed paneling, a custom dressing room and a master bath, with heated marble flooring.

\u201cWe have all the latest technology \u2013 and the support of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury,\u201d Ryan says, which boosts the team\u2019s impressive capabilities. \u201cOur significant presence in the market and continual interaction with buyers, sellers and other agents are our strongest tools.\u201d

The Ryan Tradition, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, 9651 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-941-0572 (direct), 314-993-8000 (office), theryantradition.net

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According to Susan and Sam Hais, it is no coincidence they became family law attorneys. They consider family law their polestar \u2013 a directing principle that drives their professional goals. Their family has served as Susan and Sam\u2019s greatest joy and as a guide from which they draw insight into the complex dynamics of sharing their lives, hopes and dreams. Both feel fortunate \u2013 even twice-blessed \u2013 because their personal lives, which include two daughters, blend with their professional lives as family law attorneys at Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C.

Staff members, Sam and Susan say, share their commitment to family values, resulting in a positive effect on the employees\u2019 professional lives. For Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C., professional lives center exclusively on the problems \u2013 and solutions to problems \u2013 of domestic life. \u201cWe help our clients navigate the difficult times of coping with relationships that have gone astray and try to repair them, if possible, or move on if necessary,\u201d Sam says.

If moving on becomes the necessary option, the attorneys and their team strive to settle details in a manner that clients feel is fair to both them and their children. \u201cIt is our professional responsibility to do so, which is founded upon our years of experience in this area of law,\u201d Susan states.

Fortunately for clients, Sam and Susan\u2019s experience in divorce matters is extensive and offers different vantage points. \u201cSam\u2019s experiences with family law, combined with mine, add up to an excellent formula for providing insight and advice,\u201d Susan says. \u201cThis gives us a high potential for success in resolving cases to the satisfaction of our clients.\u201d Susan has a long history as a family law practitioner, while Sam has served, first, as a practitioner and, subsequently, for 20-plus years, as a family court judge, even serving as a founding member of the St. Louis County Family Court.

\u201cSusan\u2019s enormous talent as a litigator and negotiator is astonishing, which is readily apparent to new clients,\u201d Sam believes. \u201cThey frequently comment on her ability to listen to renditions of problems. She suggests a course of action that seldom, if ever, disappoints them. That is her genius \u2013 and it is awe-inspiring to watch.\u201d

Susan and Sam love what they do professionally, personally and for the sake of, as they say, seeing that \u201cjustice remains a right \u2013 not a privilege.\u201d

Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C., 222 S. Central Ave., Suite 600, Clayton, 314-326-4885, hhg-law.com

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Ditto Family Resale on Manchester Road is an upscale resale store with a unique twist \u2013 its proceeds benefit eight area Christian schools.

Started by local Christian schools to provide scholarships and help keep tuition costs low, Ditto has grown into a thriving business that caters to all and is celebrating five years of business this year.

Members from the participating institutions \u2013 Central Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Heritage Classical Christian Academy, Kirk Day School, Promise Christian Academy, South City Community School, Twin Oaks Christian School and Westminster Christian Academy \u2013 believe that Christian education should be available to all who want it. With $330,000 given to participating schools in the last five years, the resale shop has already been a huge success.

Ana Woodard, who was part of the group that founded Ditto, says this has turned into something much bigger than they could\u2019ve ever imagined.

\u201cIt\u2019s not just about earning money for our member schools,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s equally about our customers, donors and serving the community.\u201d

Ditto carries clothing, shoes and home goods for the entire family. The 11,000 square-foot store boasts a boutique atmosphere where shoppers can find everything from home d\u00e9cor to toys to new designer clothing.

Deborah Shields, the store\u2019s manager, says customers enjoy their shopping experience because of how they\u2019re treated and greeted.

\u201cThey feel the love of Christ when they walk through the door,\u201d she says. \u201cIt creates an atmosphere of love and joy.\u201d

The store has a small paid staff, but it\u2019s mainly run by volunteers who come from member schools.

Ninety percent of Ditto\u2019s profits specifically go toward tuition remission, while the remaining 10 percent of such profits go back to the neighboring community.

Ditto recently surpassed the $2 million mark in sales and distributed $25,000 to each of its member schools in August. They also plan to donate several thousand dollars of this past year\u2019s profits to two local public schools.

The store accepts donations during business hours, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations accepted include clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, jewelry, furniture, home goods, decorative and seasonal items, books, toys, and more. Ditto also offers a complimentary furniture pickup the second Saturday of each month.

10027 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-394-2026, dittostl.com

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For more than a decade, Epworth Children & Family Services has helped children through its biggest fundraising event, the annual Wine Dinner & Auction.

The wine dinner was initially a Family Support Network event that Epworth has continued since the merger of the two companies in 2012. For years, it has served as an opportunity for wine collectors to bid on rare and hard-to-find wines or to share wines from their own cellars with their table. As time went on, more and more attendees found they enjoyed wines that are paired with each dinner course by sommelier Jason Main, owner of The Wine Merchant, Ltd. in Clayton.

Because of the generosity of local distributors, restaurateurs, collectors and wine dinner attendees will have the opportunity to bid on rare and premium wines during the live auction part of the event. They will also be able to bid on and win trips and wine-tasting excursions. At the 2016 wine dinner, Epworth was able to offer an Oregon wine-tasting excursion, and it promises to offer exciting expeditions again this year.

The evening will include the five-course dinner with wine pairings, the live auction, a tax-credit paddle raise, live music by saxophonist Tim Cunningham and his band, and dancing.

Money raised during the wine dinner goes directly to supporting Epworth\u2019s programs to further the mission of helping children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment.

\u201cWe could not impact nearly 13,000 clients annually without the support we receive from the success of our wine dinner,\u201d says Chris Jones, Epworth\u2019s governing board chair, about the organization\u2019s efforts across the St. Louis area.

Proceeds have also helped Epworth provide psychological testing and evaluation to 216 children, teach life skills to more than 700 youth who are in or have aged out of foster care, and shelter more than 200 youth experiencing homelessness or other crises.

Because there\u2019s an ever-increasing need for the services Epworth provides, the organization continues to grow to meet those needs. Last year, the dinner raised more than $377,000. This year, Epworth hopes to exceed that milestone.

Epworth CEO Michelle Tucker says the wine dinner is an \u201cunmatched opportunity for wine enthusiasts and novices to sample great wine and access exclusive items.\u201d

\u201cI\u2019ve attended countless fundraising events over the past 10 years, but this incredible event continues to rank as one of the most memorable,\u201d she says.

Dr. Gregg Berdy calls his co-chairing position an honor.

\u201cAs a wine aficionado, I always look forward to this event and sampling the rare wines that are served,\u201d he says. \u201cMore so, however, I am proud to support the event\u2019s fundraising activities that help sustain Epworth\u2019s programs, which touch the lives of thousands of children and families right here in the St. Louis community.\u201d

Epworth Children & Family Services, 110 N. Elm Ave., St. Louis, 314-961-5718, epworth.org

2017 Wine Dinner & Auction

Nov. 11 | The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

The only paired dinner of its kind in Missouri, Epworth\u2019s annual Wine Dinner & Auction attracts corporate leaders, connoisseurs and wine lovers who know that great wines are best enjoyed with friends. Sommeliers from St. Louis\u2019 leading restaurants provide tableside service and share the story of each of the expertly selected wines and their pairing with the dinner\u2019s five courses. This event is a stellar experience for everyone who appreciates rare and fine wine.

For tickets or more information call 314-961-5718 or visit epworth.org

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