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\u201cThe customer\u2019s imagination is really the only limit,\u201d says Sarah Johnson, director of sales and marketing at Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis. \u201cWe can host just about anything.\u201d

\u201cWe\u2019re very adept at being able to conform to the customer\u2019s needs and to make the event a success,\u201d maintains Johnson. This willingness to work collaboratively with clients is one of the many reasons the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis has become a premier destination for hosting local, national and international business events in St. Louis. With more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space \u2013 much of which is flexible and can be reconfigured, as needed \u2013 the hotel is able to accommodate a variety of events, from a 10-person board of directors meeting to corporate conventions of up to 350 attendees.

The Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis staff works diligently to make the scheduling, planning and execution of events as seamless as possible. To that end, the hotel assigns a conference services manager to every client. Three months prior to the event, the conference services manager will reach out to the client to discuss event details like setup and menu. \u201cThat person acts as the liaison from the time the contract is signed to the moment the customer has left the property,\u201d explains Johnson. \u201cThey add a personal touch.\u201d

Businesses and corporations holding events at the hotel will find a host of amenities from which to choose. The hotel has on-site audiovisual technicians to troubleshoot any technological hiccups, so there\u2019s no need to worry about faulty microphones or PowerPoint presentations that won\u2019t load. With a full service staff and a banquet kitchen \u2013 one of only five dedicated kosher kitchens in the area \u2013 the hotel is equally equipped to meet clients\u2019 dining needs. And, for those requiring room accommodations, the hotel boasts 259 elegantly-appointed guest rooms.

Because the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis is a Marriott International property, clients also benefit from a number of other perks.

\u201cMarriott is the world\u2019s largest hotel company,\u201d declares Johnson. \u201cAnd with that comes two of the top loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).\u201d By signing up for these programs, professional meeting planners and administrative personnel can earn rewards for both their professional and personal activities in one joint account.

Close to downtown St. Louis, the hotel\u2019s location in Clayton is especially desirable. Locals and out-of-town visitors alike can easily take in a Cardinals baseball game or pay a visit to the iconic Gateway Arch. After a long days\u2019 worth of meetings, clients can also take advantage of Clayton\u2019s bustling restaurant scene. With an array of dining options within walking distance, \u201cpeople don\u2019t have to roam around, not knowing where they\u2019re going, and they don\u2019t have to spend money to take a cab or an Uber,\u201d says Johnson.

With myriad amenities and a central location, the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis is the place to do business.

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

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Cast aside the fairytales and discover a dream come true. Miriam creates an atmosphere where children can truly thrive.

\u201cThese are smart kids who learn differently,\u201d executive director Andrew Thorp says. \u201cThey have above average intelligence but may struggle to learn in a traditional environment. They are looking for a place where they feel accepted. Their families are looking for a place where the child can feel safe, secure and have access to the education they need to reach their potential.\u201d

Miriam offers three programs for children with learning differences: Miriam School, serving kindergarten through eighth grades; Miriam Academy, serving ninth through 12th grades; and Miriam Learning Center, serving students aged three to 18 who wish to remain in their current school.

\u201cSome of these students come from schools too large for them to feel successful,\u201d Thorp explains. \u201cThe tendency is to get lost in big schools. We have a small student-to-teacher ratio, which allows children to really get the attention they need to excel.\u201d

Currently serving more than 1,000 students annually, Miriam launched the \u201cLearning to Succeed\u201d campaign to raise $9 million for further expansion.

\u201cWe are close to meeting our campaign goal,\u201d Thorp shares. \u201cFive million dollars will be directed to the startup of operations at Miriam Academy and $4 million will go to the Miriam School expansion and renovation. Next September, Miriam School students will walk into an entirely new learning facility.\u201d

Thanks to Miriam, these kids have an opportunity at a fairytale ending.

Miriam; 501 Bacon Ave., 314-968-3893; miriamstl.org

WHAT/WHEN/WHERE

Miriam\u2019s Storybook Ball

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

6 to 11 p.m.

The Khorassan Ballroom in The Chase Park Plaza

Experience an evening of entertainment, dinner and dancing, with live and silent auctions, to benefit Miriam’s “Learning to Succeed” campaign, which aims to raise $9 million. With the enchanting emcee Debbie Monterrey, a KMOX radio personality, and an auction led by Joe “Mama” Mason, the festivities promise to be one for the [story] books. Make your reservations at 314-962-6059 or miriamstl.org.

Event Co-chairs: Peggy Ritter & Judi Scissors

Honorary Co-chairs: No\u00e9mi & Michael Neidorff, Thelma & David Steward

Presenting Sponsors: Centene Charitable Foundation & World Wide Technology, Inc.

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Cynthia Brinkley, president and COO of Centene Corporation, wears red for her father and grandfather. Heart problems plague Brinkley\u2019s family. Two years ago, her father suffered a fatal heart attack. It was not his first \u2013 that occurred when he was just 39 years old. Her paternal grandfather passed away from a heart attack at only 42 years old.

Deb Hollingsworth, former vice president of external affairs at AT&T, wears red for her extended family. Over the years she\u2019s watched family members battle high blood pressure and undergo surgeries for stents and valve replacements.

Those personal connections are what inspired both women to become involved with the American Heart Association (AHA) and its Go Red for Women campaign. Together, they served as co-chairs for this year\u2019s Go Red for Women campaign, which will culminate at the annual luncheon on Feb. 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis in Clayton.

Although heart disease can strike anyone, it disproportionately affects women. The numbers are staggering: cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. Despite her family\u2019s history, Brinkley was taken aback by these statistics. \u201cI don\u2019t think people realize that. Or, I certainly didn\u2019t realize that it was such a silent killer,\u201d she says.

Go Red for Women promotes dialogue, research and awareness about the incidence and effects of heart disease in women. \u201cAs women, we\u2019re always taking care of everyone else first. It\u2019s rare that we take time for ourselves,\u201d observes Hollingsworth. \u201cEven if we aren\u2019t feeling well, we\u2019re often hesitant to have it checked out.\u201d

As champions of the Go Red for Women movement, both Brinkley and Hollingsworth encourage women to take ownership of their health. Women experience different heart attack symptoms than men, so understanding the signs is essential. It is also equally important for women to become more familiar with their family health history, especially heart health. Furthermore, Hollingsworth underscores the need for women to know their vitals, including blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar levels and weight.

If managing these numbers sounds too daunting, Hollingsworth offers some simple advice. \u201cConcentrate on one area that you can change or improve, and make that a priority,\u201d she recommends.

Brinkley hopes that this year\u2019s luncheon energizes attendees, emboldening them to become more involved in AHA and the Go Red for Women initiative. The event will honor not only survivors, but also \u201cthe women who did not make it, who were the statistics,\u201d says Hollingsworth. The luncheon will also celebrate some of the important health advocacy work undertaken by the AHA\u2019s Midwest affiliate this year.

\u201cWe want people to live a good healthy life, that\u2019s one reason why we do what we do,\u201d affirms Hollingsworth. \u201cWomen are why.\u201d

American Heart Association – Midwest Affiliate, 460 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 314-692-5635, heart.org

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YLANG YLANG, located in the heart of Ladue, brings fresh, innovative and often exclusive jewelry lines to St. Louis. This family-owned boutique has brought immense value to the community since its inception in 1985. Much like a prized heirloom, the popular shop was passed down to the next generation, daughter Julie Ettinger.

At YLANG YLANG, spotlighting incredible designers is a tradition that Ettinger fortifies with Single Stone, made all the more fitting by the artisan\u2019s focus on heirlooms. \u201cIn a time when possessions have become disposable, we believe having something that is sentimental and well-made is so important,\u201d Ari Madilian, co-owner of Single Stone, says. \u201cThese items, passed down for generations, can connect people to their past.\u201d

Ari and his wife, Corina, built the Single Stone brand on this concept. \u201cI grew up in the L.A. jewelry district,\u201d Ari shares. \u201cI was 23 years old when I fell in love with the hunt and discovered my passion for great jewelry and diamonds. The idea of finding the perfect piece for a client became my obsession.\u201d

Corina always admired adornments, but came into the jewelry business through marriage. \u201cIn the beginning, our business was directed at creating jewelry for other brands and designers,\u201d she says. \u201cI missed the connection of telling our own story and decided to work towards that.\u201d

The tale behind the designers\u2019 name came from Ari\u2019s heritage. \u201cSingle Stone is the direct translation of the name of my father\u2019s company in Turkey. Tek, meaning \u2018single,\u2019 and tas, pronounced \u2018tash,\u2019 meaning \u2018rock\u2019 or \u2018stone,\u2019\u201d he explains.

In 2014, a traveling buyer brought a ring with a story ready to be shared. Once purchased, the team at Single Stone discovered a hidden note inside its original box. \u201cThe paper was almost impossible to notice, as it perfectly fit the box,\u201d Ari remembers. \u201cThese words were written on it: \u2018To our beautiful Cora, from Mama and Papa, 1883.\u2019 Needless to say, everyone in the office burst into tears.\u201d

The true value found at YLANG YLANG extends to the story inspired by this wearable art. \u201cWe are romantics at heart,\u201d Ari says. \u201cThis is one of the reasons we prefer to use vintage diamonds in all our designs. It gives our pieces personality and soul.\u201d

YLANG YLANG, Colonial Marketplace, 8845 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314-725-7464, ylangylang.com

Single Stone Designer Showcase

Feb. 23 and 24 at YLANG YLANG

Ari Madilian of Single Stone will provide a custom design consultation on your dream engagement ring or future heirloom. Discover something to treasure at this special two-day store event.

Book your appointment at 314-725-7464.

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Being presented at the annual Veiled Prophet (VP) Ball is a big deal for every young woman who\u2019s ever made her debut at the venerable event. However, this year\u2019s VP Ball is the first in which some of the debutantes were among the very first class of Veiled Prophet Junior Maids in 2008.

\u201cI remember being so excited when I found out they were doing the Junior Maid program,\u201d reminisces Sophia Hibbard, one of the original class of Junior Maids who will be presented this year. \u201cI had been to the VP Ball before to see my cousins walk and couldn't wait to go again as a part of this program.\u201d The Junior Maids in question are girls in fifth grade who attend the VP Ball with their parents and meet the Veiled Prophet Organization\u2019s officers.

Hibbard notes that the Junior Maids program helped her recognize the importance of community service, a major component of the Veiled Prophet Organization and a requirement for debutantes. Many Junior Maids go on to participate in the Veiled Prophet Community Service Initiative during their high school and early college years.

Parker Condie Jr. was the VP Ball chairman in 2008 and initiated the Junior Maids program with 30 girls, including his own daughter, who also will be presented this year. Twenty-three of this year\u2019s debutantes were among the original class of Junior Maids. He notes that the program has grown to more than 40 Junior Maids this year and provides the girls with exposure to both the VP Ball and the community service undergirding the organization.

\u201cWe want to capture them at that moment where they really are looking for that princess environment of the VP Ball and get them excited about it,\u201d Condie says. \u201cThen, in the high school years, we reach out to them again to get them actively engaged in community service.\u201d This year\u2019s Junior Maids helped create care packages for troops through Operation Sunscreen.

\u201cThis opportunity started my community service within the VP, and it was an eye-opening experience,\u201d says Margot Cammon, another 2008 Junior Maid and 2017 debutante. \u201cI worked at many different sites [in high school and college], but my favorite was Girls Inc. This is a program that strives to empower girls to be strong, smart and bold, and equip them with the tools they need to overcome anything in order to succeed. This reminded me of the concept that was instilled in us as Junior Maids, and I found myself drawn to this idea of empowering young girls.\u201d

Both Hibbard and Cammon have continued to participate in community service organizations as college students at Fort Worth\u2019s Texas Christian University and New York\u2019s Syracuse University, respectively. \u201cIt\u2019s surreal that I\u2019m walking down the runway this year and that I\u2019m one of those girls that we stared at in awe so many years ago,\u201d Cammon says. \u201cI am so excited and grateful to have my Cinderella night!\u201d

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Camping at Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp involves much more than roasting marshmallows fireside. While no summer camp would be complete without s\u2019mores, Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp offers more than 100 activities across six areas: adventure, animals, arts and crafts, nature, science and traditional.

Does your child light up at the sight of a furry creature? Then, he or she would love the camp\u2019s popular Adopt an Animal program. During this week-long course, campers \u201cadopt\u201d one of the camp\u2019s animals, learning not only how to feed and take care of it, but also about its natural habits and habitat.

If science ignites your child\u2019s interest instead, then the camp\u2019s Chemistry program might be the perfect fit. Campers enrolled in this course especially delight in making giant bubbles, which are used to teach properties of surface tension and light.

Cub Creek campers can also take part in more traditional camping activities like archery, riflery, ropes and zip lining. \u201cWe\u2019re a well-rounded camp with a unique aspect that few other camps can offer,\u201d underscores Farley. \u201cBut we\u2019re still about those traditional camp experiences, like making friendships, meeting people and admiring your camp counselors.\u201d

A former Cub Creek counselor, senior camp leader and camp photographer, Farley has watched kids grow up at the camp, returning year after year \u2013 often with friends that they made right there.

\u201cCub Creek is a camp that cares a lot about camper experiences,\u201d emphasizes Farley. \u201cWe try to build self-confidence and to foster an appreciation for the environment and for each other. Our goal is that everyone leaves with at least one friend.\u201d

Farley encourages interested parents to schedule a camp tour or to call her directly, so that she can answer any questions that may not be addressed in Cub Creek\u2019s brochure or on its website. \u201cI love to build relationships with campers and their parents. I am invested in their camper\u2019s [well-being],\u201d she says.

Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp, 16795 Route E, Rolla, 573-458-2125, mosciencecamp.com

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On a blustery Saturday in November \u2013 one that saw temperatures drop a dozen degrees in a matter of 20 minutes \u2013 a group of dedicated volunteers elected to spend their morning working outside in the rain. Why? Because the students of The Biome School in St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood deserve a better outdoor space to play and learn.

\u201cWe used to call this the mud pit when it was wet and the dust bowl when it was dry,\u201d says Bill Kent, president and CEO of The Biome School, referring to the patch of land next to the charter school on Olive Street. \u201cIt was pretty awful.\u201d

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\u201cThey also had these two wooden pyramids that were more like hazards out here,\u201d adds Jim Johnson III, chair of Veiled Prophet\u2019s Community Service Initiative. \u201cThose were the first to go.\u201d

The volunteers, members of Veiled Prophet and the Royal Vagabonds and their families, had been preparing for the outdoor learning center build for months, in partnership with Edward Jones, U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve, PK Construction LLC, Forum Studios, Civil Design, Inc. and The Biome School. It\u2019s their second such partnership, following a successful build in 2016 at Zion Child Development Center in Ferguson.

\u201cIt\u2019s been great,\u201d says Aaron Fields, a member of both the Royal Vagabonds and Veiled Prophet. \u201cEveryone arrived early this morning ready and willing. Some even brought their own shovels and rakes, and we have a great team of guys with the playground, so it just all came together. It\u2019s fun to see the start and finish and that people got their kids involved, too, which is another big positive.\u201d

The students who will eventually spend time on this playground number 140 this year. This is The Biome School\u2019s third year in operation, with classes ranging from kindergarten through third grade. A 501(c)(3) charter school sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis, The Biome School grew out of the Youth Learning Center, an after-school STEAM (the ubiquitous acronym for \u201cscience, technology, engineering, art and math\u201d) enrichment program for public school students established in 2003.

\u201cOne of our goals was to create a small school in the city of St. Louis that was different from any of the schools around it,\u201d Kent says. \u201cSo [we\u2019re] really heavily focused on engagement with our students. The point is to make learning fun and engaging. And the kids have a lot of voice and choice in what we do here.\u201d

Kent says The Biome School curriculum focuses on project-based learning, weaving key subjects such as math and literacy into various programs throughout the year, like the two-week residency last year\u2019s second-graders had at the Saint Louis Zoo. He\u2019s excited to complete the outdoor learning center at The Biome School, which will feature a playground and a Socratic-style outdoor classroom setup, including a vertical garden and new landscaping with 1,100 plants, come spring.

\u201cThe kids didn\u2019t have a proper place to play, which we think is a really important part of learning,\u201d Kent says. \u201cAnd we think learning happens everywhere. Now because of the Veiled Prophet Foundation and the Royal Vagabonds, it can even happen in our play space, so we\u2019re really excited about that.\u201d

The playground build is a nice tie-in to the Royal Vagabonds\u2019 main philanthropic focus: awarding sizable college scholarships to inner-city youth. Fields says they provide sizable scholarships for 10 to 15 students a year.

The Veiled Prophet\u2019s tradition of service to the St. Louis community dates back to 1878. For the past 15 years, the Veiled Prophet has redoubled its community service efforts, deploying its members and their families on dozens of projects that have had a lasting impact on St. Louis families. The Biome School outdoor learning center is just one of 28 projects the group has tackled this year. Veiled Prophet\u2019s Community Service Initiative has contributed more than 3,000 hours with 24 different organizations in the area and boasts a roster of more than 750 active volunteers in 2017 alone. On the same Saturday as The Biome School project, another group of 100 Veiled Prophet volunteers gathered at a warehouse in Fenton, putting together care packages for Operation Sunscreen, a nonprofit that ships the packages to members of the Missouri National Guard serving overseas.

Johnson says he\u2019s proud of Veiled Prophet\u2019s efforts this year and the strides the organization has made in prioritizing service for the last 15 years.

\u201cWe\u2019re adapting and changing the culture to be one about volunteering and community service first,\u201d says Johnson. \u201cIt\u2019s all about making St. Louis a better place to live for everyone. Whether that\u2019s through the VP Parade, Fair St. Louis or all the things that go unseen, we really think we need to lead with community service. If we don\u2019t take ownership, who will? We\u2019re in a position to help, so we should.\u201d

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A lavish winter f\u00eate, brimming with elegant young maidens bedecked in white gloves and splendid gowns. A jubilant cavalcade of high school marching bands and elaborate floats snaking through downtown St. Louis. A summertime tradition of fireworks and festivities in celebration of America\u2019s birthday.

Mention of the Veiled Prophet Organization (VP) likely conjures up images of storied balls, parades and fairs held throughout the city. But there\u2019s so much more to this historic, 139-year-old civic group than pageantry.

\u201cTo promote and improve St. Louis. That\u2019s the original purpose of the VP,\u201d stresses Troy Duncan, owner of PK Construction LLC and vice-chair of VP\u2019s Community Service Initiative (CSI).

In 2002, the VP launched CSI as a way for the Ball\u2019s maids of honor to give back to St. Louis and to learn about the importance of community service. CSI was originally a \u201cdads and daughters project,\u201d says Jim Johnson, partner at Johnson Bender Asset Management and CSI chair. About six years ago, however, CSI\u2019s mission began to shift and expand. No longer viewed as a niche initiative, CSI now sees entire families participating in its many service projects.

\u201cLeadership has made community service a foremost, front-and-center part of the VP,\u201d underscores Duncan. \u201cNew members coming in are really excited by that.\u201d In 2017 alone, CSI completed 34 projects, benefiting 24 charities and enlisting 750 volunteers. CSI also works consistently with multiple local nonprofits, including Beyond Housing, Brightside St. Louis, Food Outreach and St. Patrick Center, among others.

In addition to these regular volunteer opportunities, CSI has also become more focused on realizing larger legacy projects that focus on children and education. This past year, VP members not only fundraised, but also helped to construct a new outdoor learning center for The Biome School, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) public charter school in the Central West End.

This project marked the second collaboration between the VP and the Royal Vagabonds, another likeminded civic organization. \u201cWe had two long-time organizations that want to see things improve in St. Louis and wanted to spend some time with each other to see what their interests, concerns and focus are,\u201d says Johnson of the partnership. The two groups are already in the process of identifying new opportunities to work together throughout the coming year.

In addition, each committee involved in the VP Ball made a commitment to service this year. \u201cWhat we\u2019d like to see is that community service gets embedded in everything that the VP does,\u201d says Johnson. In the spring, the Courtier Committee organized a First Responders Appreciation Day. Through fundraising and generous donations, the committee\u2019s members assembled and delivered over 2,000 care packages to St. Louis-area firefighters and police.

This past December, the Queen\u2019s Supper and Traffic Committees joined forces with Mission: St. Louis on Affordable Christmas, an annual holiday pop-up shop offering gifts for sale at highly-discounted prices. Besides raising money for the event, members of both committees cooked breakfast for attendees, acted as personal shoppers and wrapped gifts.

For Johnson, the VP\u2019s ultimate goal is to make community service an inextricable part of its DNA. \u201cWe\u2019re all champions of St. Louis and just want to be proud of our city. You\u2019d have to be blind not to recognize that there\u2019s a lot of need out there,\u201d he declares. \u201cIf the VP is going to be around for the next 140 years, it\u2019s got to adapt and learn. We\u2019ve got to step it up.\u201d

Veiled Prophet Organization, veiledprophet.org

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The Veiled Prophet can easily be described as elaborate. From its posh parade to beautiful ball, details abound that make it one of a kind. However, the focus of the ball \u2013 generation after generation of local debutants \u2013 takes \u201celaborate\u201d to the next level, as these ladies are focused on bettering not only themselves but also the community and world around them.

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Meredith Wright

Meredith Wright

Meredith Wright, a graduate of Kirkwood High School, is a busy sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she\u2019s majoring in German and journalism. \u201cI decided to attend Mizzou because of its top-rated journalism school, as well as being close to home,\u201d she says. \u201cI enjoy being able to come home and visit my parents, as my sister lives far from home in New York City.\u201d

However, New York City is where Wright hopes to end up herself as a successful journalist. Her emphasis in magazine writing at her university\u2019s School of Journalism positions her to work at The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine or Vogue, all publications Wright admires.

Wright volunteered for a number of organizations in high school, including the Motion for Kids Holiday Party, sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, for thousands of children who are in foster care or who have a parent incarcerated in a Missouri prison; Food Outreach; Link Crew, a high school mentoring program that pairs upperclassmen with freshmen; and Operation Sunscreen, which sends thousands of care packages to soldiers deployed to Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Kuwait. \u201cI enjoy giving back to my community, especially for people in need,\u201d she says.

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Katherine Spence

Katherine Spence

As a child, Katherine Spence would accompany her mother to Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, where they delivered birthday cakes each month. \u201cMy mom\u2019s motto was \u2018Today you were born to be who you are, and we want to celebrate you being exactly who you are because we all love you and support you,\u2019\u201d she says. \u201cThis stuck to me because I believe no matter where you come from, you are put on this earth for a reason.\u201d

That early influence helped shape Spence\u2019s future commitment to volunteering, and as a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in special education, Spence continues to make time for community service activities. She volunteers for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and also participates through her sorority, Chi Omega, in supporting Make-A-Wish.

She remembers one recent Make-A-Wish child that she helped raise money for: \u201cWe had a huge blackboard outside of Speaker\u2019s Circle [on her university\u2019s campus] where everyone walks to class that read, \u2018Why we love Colton.\u2019 We decided that we wanted not only Chi Omega support for Colton but the Mizzou community\u2019s as a whole. At the end of the week, we filled the whole board with inspiring messages such as \u2018Get well soon!\u2019 and \u2018Mizzou loves you, Colton.\u2019\u201d

After her debut, Spence is excited about spending next semester studying at City, University of London.

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Grace Colbert

A graduate of Parkway West High School, Grace Colbert is studying nursing at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. \u201cAs soon as I stepped on TCU\u2019s campus, I knew it was the place for me,\u201d she says. \u201cI love the school spirit, the athletics and the size of the school. Furthermore, they have direct-entry admission to their nursing program that I was accepted into when I applied to the school.\u201d

Colbert volunteers with her sorority\u2019s philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve, a childhood literacy program. \u201cOnce a week, we travel to a local grade school to read one-on-one with students, promoting the importance of lifelong reading skills,\u201d she says. \u201cAs an extension of Read > Lead > Achieve, I created a program where TCU students could donate gently used or unused school supplies. We raised close to $400 worth of school supplies.\u201d

Colbert also participates in Cycling Without Age, a program she learned about through her sociology class that helps senior citizens safely cycle. Colbert enjoys chatting with the residents of a Fort Worth nursing home while safely riding a motorized bike alongside them.

\u201cThis has been especially important to me because this past summer I lost my grandma, with whom I was very close,\u201d Colbert says. \u201cSome of the residents do not have family who can visit or call often. One of my favorite people, named Miss Emma, tells me that she looks forward to riding with me every week. I really appreciate cycling and spending time with these lovely seniors.\u201d

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Sarah Finlay

Sarah Finlay

After graduating from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, Sarah Finlay sought a balance of academics and athletics in college. She chose Hanover, New Hampshire\u2019s Dartmouth College, where she majors in psychology and competes on the women\u2019s swimming and diving team.

Swimming is more than just a sport to Finlay, whose father died from cancer when she was a freshman in high school. \u201cI started when I was only 4 years old,\u201d she says. \u201cMy dad was also a swimmer in college, so I aspired to be just like him when I was younger. He would help me with my strokes and my race strategy, and when he passed away, it was really hard for me to continue on with my career without having him by my side. However, whenever I jump in the pool now, I always think of him and know that he is with me.\u201d

Finlay\u2019s loss also influenced her volunteer work. \u201cAfter having lost my dad, I feel that it\u2019s really important for me to give back to the cancer community and share my experiences in order to make it easier for others, which is why I am so passionate about Camp Kesem,\u201d a program for children who have a parent with cancer, she says.

Her passion for swimming led Finlay to the Disabled Athletes Sports Association, an organization specializing in therapeutic sports and fitness opportunities for people with disabilities. Finlay continues to teach swimming through the Dartmouth Swim School and WaterWorks program.

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There comes a day when the number on the scale is too frightening, or the doctor\u2019s reports are too alarming. On that day, one call to Charles D\u2019Angelo might just change your life.

\u201cEvery client is unique and has their own story,\u201d the weight loss expert says. \u201cWe all can console ourselves by using distractions in response to fear and feelings. When we develop more trust in ourselves, we find real power. We can embrace a healthy approach to eating and exercise. The work I do with clients is in that space \u2013 helping to disconnect emotionally from food and gaining the freedom they deserve.\u201d

Ralph Staiert reached his turning point when those closest to him feared the toll on his lifespan. Taking a multitude of medications and using a C-pap machine, he knew he needed a plan that would stick \u2013 not a quick fix. His wife, Wendy, introduced Staiert to D\u2019Angelo when she found an article on the celebrity coach in their local newspaper, eMissourian.

\u201cThe way I was going, I was afraid I might lose my life,\u201d Staiert says. \u201cIn October 2016, I weighed 330 pounds. I met with Charles in February and signed up with him that same day.\u201d

Staiert originally viewed food as a comfort or reward. \u201cThe biggest obstacle was retraining my mind,\u201d he admits. \u201cWith encouragement and insight from Charles, I realized I used food as a crutch. I no longer come home and camp out in front of the T.V. Instead, I am active again. I no longer pull myself up steps. I now run up them two at a time. I am extremely motivated and can taste my final goal \u2013 pun intended.\u201d

Today, he has lost 140 pounds, with only 10 pounds to go. His wife also achieved her weight loss goal, shedding 95 pounds. \u201cAll because we had the courage to get up off the couch and make that first phone call,\u201d Staiert reflects.

D\u2019Angelo helps clients to recognize that success can take a non-linear path. \u201cA wise man once said, \u2018Every discipline effects every other one,\u2019\u201d he remarks. \u201cWhen you learn to keep a commitment to yourself, your self-esteem sky rockets. The ripple of changes go far beyond the numbers on the scale dropping.\u201d

Darlene Copeland witnessed an approach to weight loss unlike any other. \u201cInstead of fixing the obvious problem, D\u2019Angelo solves the issue at the core,\u201d she says. \u201cThe whole process is self-discovery. I peeled back layers that told me I had to be perfect or else I was a failure. For the first time in my life, I realize I don\u2019t need the approval of others \u2013 just consistent progress.\u201d

Copeland lost a total of 150 pounds, but what she gained has left a true mark on her. \u201cI have had a year of heartache,\u201d she shares. \u201cI am thankful to have something in life I can control: The exercise I do and food I eat. Charles helped me understand my power \u2013 the power of my choices.\u201d

Jamie Loftus experienced a revelation when faced with her own reflection. \u201cAt the start of 2017, I did some soul searching,\u201d she says. \u201cI saw Charles on television and made the call. At my first meeting, I thought, \u2018This is the time. I can do this!\u2019 I started the program weighing 258 pounds. Today, I weigh 165 pounds.\u201d

Though D\u2019Angelo\u2019s plan has simple steps, the physical and mental transformation requires hard work and dedication. \u201cI now love how I look, feel, act \u2013 and I will not go back,\u201d Loftus declares. \u201cThe most rewarding part is having my confidence back. I am a better person for it and for the other people I can affect.\u201d

D\u2019Angelo helps clients redesign their lives by changing their mindsets and teaching them to embrace discipline.\u201cPeople who come to me aren\u2019t really asking to just lose weight,\u201d he says. \u201cThey are looking to feel better about their lives. Getting their energy and health back in order is the first step in that process.\u201d

Charles D’Angelo, St. Louis, 314-495-3228, charlesdangelo.com

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\u201cFor more than 70 years, Mosby has been a leader in the St. Louis remodeling industry,\u201d client experience coordinator Noel Powers says. \u201cWe have everything our clients need from start-to-finish\u2026Certified designers, an architect and qualified project managers, who all strive to give clients the truth upfront, allowing for a transparent, smooth remodeling process.\u201d

As the client experience coordinator, Powers serves as a first point of contact for each customer. Recently, she kept one couple in the loop as designer Jill Worobec transformed their three-season room. \u201cI ensure client expectations are met during the process, and that the process is as seamless and stress-free as possible for them,\u201d she explains. \u201cThis project [seen pictured] started with installing drainage while working on the clients\u2019 patio. The clients then decided to add a fireplace to their existing three-season room.\u201d

Kristi of Clayton, the client in question, knew she could trust the change of plans to the capable team at Mosby. \u201cOf course we called Mosby,\u201d she says. \u201cThere were different aspects to this job that needed organization. We knew Mosby could figure it all out.\u201d

Powers assisted the clients in determining the necessary steps to prep the space for every occupant in the house. \u201cWe\u2019ve worked before on their kitchen and a couple of other projects with this client,\u201d Powers shares. \u201cThe clients took into consideration the safety and care of their two dogs when adding a fireplace to the room by making sure the hearth was not too low to the ground.\u201d

With the new addition, the clients\u2019 three-season room was converted into an all-season space. \u201cThe renovations tie in really well with the original aesthetics of the home,\u201d Powers notes. \u201cThe brick used in the fireplace was matched to the existing brick found in the room.\u201d

Kristi and her husband were pleased with the results \u2013 and will continue to trust all future renovations to their favorite builders and designers. \u201cMosby is easy and meticulous when it comes to the planning and execution [of any project],\u201d she says. \u201cWe\u2019ve never had to worry about something being overlooked. Everything is done to the highest expectation.\u201d

Mosby Building Arts, 645 Leffingwell Ave., Kirkwood, 314-909-1800; Right Bath by Mosby, 314-909-1820; Exteriors by Mosby, 314-909-8383; mosbybuildingarts.com

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A core set of values derives from the work of Stonecrest Senior Living\u2019s dedicated and capable staff. \u201cWe put people first, take ownership of every situation, do the right thing every time and live generously,\u201d declares Doreen Scarfino, director of sales and marketing.

In the spring of 2018, Stonecrest Senior Living will launch a brand-new community in Wildwood. The community will offer a total of 81 apartments, with a maximum capacity of 96 residents. Forty-nine of these apartments will be devoted to assisted living as studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom options. Thirty-two apartments, comprised of studios and shared suites, will support the community\u2019s Generations Memory Care household.

Residents in assisted living will reside on the first and second floors, while Generations Memory Care residents will live on the building\u2019s secured third floor. A professional staff, consisting of nurses, nurse assistants and medication technicians, will provide around-the-clock care and services.

Future residents of this upscale community will find a variety of luxurious amenities, including outdoor living spaces, a movie theater, a fitness center, massage therapy, salon services and a media center. The community will also be pet-friendly.

Connoisseurs of fine cuisine will especially delight in the community\u2019s award-winning Dining by Design Program. The elegant dining room will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. An experienced, professional chef will prepare every meal, ensuring that residents enjoy superior hospitality in this aroma-filled, restaurant-style dining room. Residents can choose their own tables and will be given menus boasting daily specials, as well as signature items.

For those busy moments, when there is simply no time for a sit-down meal, there is also the Bistro. At the Bistro, residents will find an exquisite, home-like atmosphere in which to enjoy a light snack or coffee \u2013 at any time, day or night.

Stonecrest\u2019s Vibrant Life Program will offer on-site and off-site activities, such as Cardinals games, concerts at Powell Symphony Hall and local shopping, as well as crafts, happy hours and other entertainment. According to Stonecrest, the Vibrant Life Program is designed \u201cto optimize health and well-being by passionately promoting a vibrant life filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors and abundant opportunities to connect with family, friends and the local community.\u201d

Although Stonecrest already operates locations in Clayton and Town and Country, the company saw a real need for its services in Wildwood. Each community possesses a unique identity. \u201cWe all look different, but yet we\u2019re all very modern, and we share the same core values and mission, which sets us apart from the other communities,\u201d Scarfino emphasizes.

Stonecrest is proud of its communities and looks forward to meeting prospective residents! The community is now pre-leasing apartments and offering personal tours.

Stonecrest of Wildwood, 251 Plaza Drive, Wildwood, 636-273-3900, stonecrestofwildwood.com

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Disasters don\u2019t just end when the storm is over. The disaster continues to harm as more damage is revealed and families are left scrambling. Restoration of damaged property can bring back peace of mind. One company in St. Louis \u2013 ULTIMA Disaster Restoration \u2013 offers clients a better way of clearing the destruction.

\u201cULTIMA Disaster Restoration has seen unprecedented growth in its first year, especially in this industry,\u201d James Plemmons, VP of commercial large loss, says. \u201cI\u2019ve been in this business a long time, and seeing this much growth is unheard of in just one year. After handling a lot of commercial work down in Houston, we opened an office there. Soon, we\u2019re opening an additional satellite location in Denver.\u201d

ULTIMA fields calls relating to fire, water, mold and storm damage. And now, the company has created an additional department to meet the needs of clients. \u201cNot only are we handling water mitigation and fire cleanup, we now have a roofing division,\u201d Plemmons shares. \u201cA lot of times, the jobs go hand-in-hand. We do reconstructions and roofs, as well as residential and commercial jobs. We do it all. The future of our company is to be St. Louis\u2019 one-stop shop for restoration.\u201d

ULTIMA discovered that the secret to successful disaster repair management lies in utilizing all the tools made available to the trade. \u201cThrough our use of technology, we streamline the restoration experience,\u201d Plemmons states. \u201cPeople may be experiencing something with which they\u2019ve never had to deal, and, with our ability to remotely log in to see the current status and learn who talked to the clients, we can make the whole process seamless.\u201d

Plemmons believes one of the differences between ULTIMA and its competitors is its innovative quality control. \u201cThe competition doesn\u2019t have the same capabilities to build programs and monitor the restoration process remotely,\u201d he explains. \u201cWe have programmers and software developers on staff. Disaster restoration requires a 24-hour, 365-day response \u2013 and we have a response time of one hour.\u201d

As the company continues to develop a wider operating base, the team delivers a consistent approach and stays dedicated to clients. \u201cOur tagline, \u2018expect better,\u2019 is what we hope people will come to associate with ULTIMA as we continue to expand across the country,\u201d Plemmons shares. \u201cOur president, Steven DeRossett, has made it clear that he wants ULTIMA to be the best. We live by that motto and go the extra mile for our customers. Our staff has a high sense of urgency and communicates with customers on a daily basis.\u201d

Disasters come and go, but the damage they leave behind doesn\u2019t have to wreck your life. \u201cDisaster restoration, for the most part, is reactive,\u201d Plemmons says. For Plemmons, \u201cULTIMA is the future of restoration in St. Louis.\u201d \u201cWe all clean up,\u201d he acknowledges, \u201cbut what sets ULTIMA apart is our effective communication throughout the process.\u201d

ULTIMA Disaster Restoration, St. Louis, 888-999-2610, ultimarestoration.com

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A new Porsche parked in the driveway makes the ultimate gift for your family this holiday season. Discover a model perfectly suited for each family member and guaranteed to bring a smile to his or her face. As you seek that ideal gift this year, search no further. With so many luxurious models, the decision may be tough \u2013 but you\u2019re up to the challenge. LN got the lowdown on which of Porsche\u2019s top vehicles will best match your family of drivers, based on each car\u2019s most exciting features. Get the most enjoyment out of your holiday shopping, while you\u2019re at it. Truly, the only way to find that just-right model is to take each one for a spin.

For the dad who loves road trips:

Dreaming of long, winding roads and wide, open spaces? The Cayenne is designed for those grand escapes. With a large luggage compartment, a roof transport configuration and an online navigation system, the Cayenne is the ideal choice for hitting the open highway. Plus, the estimated highway fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon makes it the most efficient Porsche SUV on the road.

For the mom who can do it all:

Named the 2017 \u201cCar of the Year\u201d by Business Insider, the new Panamera boasts sports car power and the convenience of a sedan. The Panamera\u2019s four-door design is roomy enough to haul groceries home or ferry the kids and their friends around town. Whether you\u2019re carrying project materials for work or driving the kids to school, the Panamera can get you there. And with 330 horsepower, the car jets from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds, allowing you to make the trek in no time at all.

For the daughter heading to college:

The Macan SUV has high safety standards and a spacious design able to seat a carful of friends. With ample storage space for moving, a Porsche Communication Management System to navigate and make calls via BlueTooth, and plenty of driver assistance programs, the Macan is the ideal college car.

For the son seeking the \u201ccool\u201d factor:

The two-door 718 Boxster S provides the ultimate, sporty-cool factor. With 350 horsepower and the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in a mere 4.4 seconds, this Porsche can fly down any track. On the road, it handles masterfully and packs advanced safety features to protect drivers on their daily journeys, granting you peace of mind.

Ready to put wheels to pavement? Find the perfect Porsche by visiting indiGO Auto Group\u2019s Porsche St. Louis today.

Porsche St. Louis, 2970 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, 888-377-4319, porschestlouis.com

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The Bissinger\u2019s name is synonymous with legendary chocolate. From being named the Confiseur Imperial (confectioner to the Empire) by King Louis XIV to earning a spot on Oprah\u2019s famous \u201cFavorite Things\u201d list in O, The Oprah Magazine, the award-winning chocolate company invites you to take part in the tradition with a taste of its gourmet chocolates.

\u201cWhen it comes to handcrafting chocolates, Bissinger\u2019s has 350 years of history on its side,\u201d Dave Owens, chief chocolatier and VP of Taste, says. \u201cGenerations of chocolatier techniques and recipes have been handed down and carefully guarded. We marry them with innovative flavor combinations, so customers can discover new favorites.\u201d Bissinger\u2019s travels the globe in search of the finest, most responsibly-sourced ingredients. Crafted from cocoa beans found in the Cote d\u2019Ivoire, their proprietary chocolate yields a rich, smooth taste.

\u201cThe holidays are an extra special time at Bissinger\u2019s,\u201d Owen shares. Owens feels like a part of the family as, each year, customers recount placing a chocolate Santa in their kids\u2019 stockings or adorning the holiday tree with Bissinger\u2019s festive chocolate mice ornaments.

Bissinger\u2019s recently unveiled its new Signature Truffle Collection, available in four sumptuous flavors and resembling a tiny ornament. In addition to nostalgic favorites, like molasses lollipops and bear claws, the three-pound centerpiece Santa proves a popular addition to one\u2019s holiday table. A variety of hand-decorated and boxed assortments are easy for sharing with loved ones. Bissinger\u2019s also stays busy fulfilling corporate gift orders for companies across the country.

The beloved chocolate company is enjoying a new home in the heart of downtown St. Louis in the former Missouri-Katy-Texas Railroad building. Through the property\u2019s renovation, Bissinger\u2019s quadrupled its facility space. The Caramel Room, a grandiose special event space atop the building, accommodates up to 400 guests. \u201cIt was important for us to stay in St. Louis and serve as an anchor in the area, adding jobs and supporting local growth,\u201d Owens states.

Calling St. Louis home since 1927, generations of fans have contributed to the growth of the Bissinger\u2019s brand. Owens says tours of the chocolate-making facilities are a popular activity this time of year. \u201cVisitors get an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the art and science of making chocolate in a state-of-the-art facility,\u201d he says. \u201cI\u2019ve visited a lot of manufacturing spaces around the world and none of them are more attractive. There isn\u2019t anything quite like this space.\u201d

And there isn\u2019t anything quite like Bissinger\u2019s chocolate.

Bissinger’s Chocolate Shoppe, 1600 N. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-615-2400; Handcrafted by Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314-367-7750; Bissinger’s at Plaza Frontenac, 97 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314-432-1329; bissingers.com

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