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Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Kim Bass are thrilled to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lo\u2019Real Chiffon, to Olubunmi (Bunmi) Babatunde, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison and Margaret Akingbade. Ms. Eunice Bass, grandmother of Lo\u2019Real, joins in sharing the celebratory news.

The bride-to-be graduated in 2002 from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She earned her bachelor\u2019s in 2006 from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and her master\u2019s in interdisciplinary graduate studies from Iowa State University. Lo\u2019Real works as a technical recruiter for Diversant.

The future groom graduated in 2006 with a bachelor\u2019s in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. He is a project engineer at McFarland Construction, Inc.

The couple first met in North Carolina at a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce networking event, hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when Lo\u2019Real found a place to set her appetizer plate at Bunmi\u2019s table. They exchanged business cards and went to the Alive After Five Networking event, which took place at the Charlotte Epicenter, that same evening. Bunmi connected with Lo\u2019Real online through LinkedIn, inviting her to see Jurassic World in theaters the very next night. On Lo\u2019Real\u2019s birthday, August 13, in 2016, the couple got engaged in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Independence Park. They plan to marry on May 6 in St. Louis and will reside in Charlotte.

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Mr. and Mrs. Jay and Maria Shields of Frontenac are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Marguerite Grace, to Mark Lorin (Ren), son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Julie Mullinix of Richmond, Virginia. Grandparents Mr. and the late Mrs. John and Claire Shields of Ladue and Mr. and Mrs. Pete and Nancy Piccione of University City join in celebrating the happy news.

The bride-to-be graduated in 2007 from Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. She earned her bachelor\u2019s degree from the University of Kansas (KU). She works as a stylist for Trunk Club in Chicago.

The future groom graduated in 2006 from Claremont High School in California and earned his bachelor\u2019s degree from KU. He is a managing consultant at Navigant in the health care strategy practice.

The couple first met at KU, kindling a romance in 2009 at the St. Louis Mardi Gras parade in Soulard. When they both found themselves at the Great Grizzly Bear Bar, Ren asked for Marguerite\u2019s phone number. They returned seven years later to the bar, and Ren took a knee (in a puddle of water) to ask for Marguerite\u2019s hand in marriage. The couple plans to wed on June 10 next year at Our Lady of Lourdes, with a reception to follow at St. Louis Country Club. After honeymooning in Italy along the Amalfi Coast, they will reside in Chicago.

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Kathryn (Katie) O\u2019Brien Trout met Douglas (Doug) Martin Ackerman at the wedding of some mutual friends, not knowing, one day, the celebration would be for them. \u201cWe met again a couple of years later at a charity event and went on our first date,\u201d Katie says. \u201cI soon [went] to Rome to witness the papal conclave, where Pope Francis was elected. Doug and I racked up a huge phone bill across the ocean.\u201d

She knew from that initial separation Doug might be the one to change everything. \u201cThe first time I met Katie, I had to get to know her better,\u201d Doug says. \u201cShe gave me that special feeling I have been looking for all my life.\u201d

The next step seemed natural. With a ready excuse to take them to the Windy City, he set out to plan a proposal. \u201cThere is a charming Italian restaurant she loves; I knew that would be the place. All I had to do was book a nice place to stay, fuel the plane \u2013 and let Chicago do the rest,\u201d Doug tells. Caught by surprise, Katie said yes through blinding tears.

The wedding represented the three pillars of their lives. \u201cWe wanted to incorporate faith, family and friends,\u201d she says. \u201cWe knew the wedding needed to be in Rome, where our love story began. Thanks to my family\u2019s dear friend, His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, we got married inside St. Peter\u2019s Basilica, which has always been a dream of mine.\u201d

The bride honored Doug\u2019s deceased mother, alongside her own, by bearing their school pins on her bouquet. She also carried a rosary, gifted by her matron of honor and grandmother. \u201cI took a long walk, with the Swiss Guard escorting and holding tourists back, to the chapel. The \u2018Wedding March,\u2019 which is no longer allowed to be played in the states, swelled from the organ,\u201d Katie recalls. \u201cI saw Doug face-to-face for the first time that day, and my heart skipped. It all got very real at that moment.\u201d

Doug experienced a similar sensation upon seeing his bride across the aisle. \u201cI cherished the sight of the most beautiful woman in the world, standing in the middle of St. Peter\u2019s Basilica \u2013 ready to marry me \u2013 and the overwhelming presence of God,\u201d he says. \u201cIt was like we were in a fairy tale.\u201d

The celebrations continued with a luncheon at their Italian hotel and, again, in St. Louis at The Racquet Club. The couple honeymooned in Tuscany and Portofino.

THE DETAILS

The Date

Oct. 13, 2015

The Bride

Kathryn O\u2019Brien Trout

The Groom

Douglas Martin Ackerman

The Bride\u2019s Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hayden Trout of St. Louis

The Groom\u2019s Parents

The late Mr. and Mrs. Jerold Ackerman of St. Louis

The Bride\u2019s Grandmother

Mrs. Joseph (Ann) Patrick Frayn of St. Louis

Matron of Honor

Mrs. Joseph (Ann) Patrick Frayn, grandmother of the bride

Best Man

Mr. Ryan Ackerman, son of the groom

The Ceremony

St. Peter\u2019s Basilica in Vatican City

The Reception

Residenza Paolo VI in Rome; The Racquet Club in St. Louis on Oct. 24, 2015

The Officiant

His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali

The Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige from Maiden Voyage Bridal

The Invitations

William Arthur from The Service Bureau Fine Stationery & Gifts

The Rings

Custom ring for the bride and Lordo\u2019s Diamonds for the groom

The Florist

Residenza Paolo VI in Rome; Ken Miesner\u2019s Flowers in St. Louis

The Cake

Residenza Paolo VI in Rome; McArthur\u2019s Bakery Caf\u00e9 in St. Louis

The Band

Residenza Paolo VI in Rome; Push the Limit in St. Louis

The Photographer

Luca Bellocchio of Photo Bellocchio in Rome; Suzy Gorman in St. Louis

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June 24

Inaugural BACKSTOPPERS SUMMER DANCE at the Machinists' Hall (backstoppers.org)

June 25

The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter\u2019s ST. LOUIS WALK in Forest Park (alsa.org)

United Way of Greater St. Louis\u2019 SUMMER BASH at the Saint Louis Zoo (stl.unitedway.org)

June 27

Mathews-Dickey Boys\u2019 & Girls\u2019 Club\u2019s 27th Annual Donald E. Fahey GOLF CLASSIC at the Norman K Probstein Golf Course (mathews-dickey.com)

Marygrove's 23rd Annual Jeff Clinton Memorial GOLF CLASSIC and Dinner Par-Tee at Norwood Hills Country Club (marygrovechildren.org)

Our Lady\u2019s Inn 13th Annual \u201cTee Off for Life\u201d GOLF TOURNAMENT at Greenbriar Hills Country Club (ourladysinn.org)

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Brittany Arrigoni & Kyle Wilcutt

Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Sharon Wilcutt of Creve Coeur are delighted to announce the marriage of their son, Kyle Stephen, to Brittany Lynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Sherry Arrigoni. Kyle is the grandson of Mrs. Rose Marie Turner and the late Maj. James Turner, and the late Mr. and Mrs. D.C. and Vivian Wilcutt.

The groom attended John Burroughs School, graduating in 2006. He earned a bachelor\u2019s degree in business from Milliken University in 2010 and now works as a consultant for Ameritime and e3 Wealth.

The bride attended Carl Sandburg High School. She earned her degree from Milliken University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, followed by Lakeview College of Nursing. She is a pediatric ICU nurse for St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital.

Kyle first met Brittany at Milliken University at a Delta Delta Delta sorority formal. They became engaged on Christmas Day 2014. The wedding took place on May 28, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Orland Park, Illinois, with a reception following at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They reside in Brentwood.

Grace Anne Broughton & Jonathan Sieker

Mr. and Mrs. David and Kathleen Broughton of Chesterfield happily announce the engagement of their daughter, Grace, to Jonathan, son of Mr. and Mrs. George and Tina Sieker of St. Charles.\u00a0\u00a0The couple will be married at Ascension Catholic Church, followed by a reception at Forest Hills Country Club.

The bride-to-be graduated from Ursuline Academy. She earned her master\u2019s degree in occupational therapy from Saint Louis University in May 2012. Grace Anne is an OT in a comprehensive rehab facility for SSM Health.

The future groom graduated from Francis Howell High School. He earned a degree in business management and communications from the University of Missouri. He is a business banking officer at First Bank.

The couple met in 2011 at the wedding of Jon\u2019s nephew, Steven, and Grace Anne\u2019s friend, Amy. Jon served as best man, and Grace as maid of honor. They became friends throughout the wedding process and kept in touch afterward. Two years later, they caught up over a drink one Friday evening and found the spark between them stronger than ever. On an exotic trip to Iceland in October 2015, Jon proposed beneath the incredible Glj\u00fafrab\u00fai Waterfall, found hidden within a cliff face. The couple plan to wed this fall.

Jean Francisco & William Klassen

Mr. and Mrs. Rich and Nan Klassen of Ladue are happy to announce the engagement of their son, William (Wil) Karl, to Jean Ululani, daughter of Mrs. Carmen Francisco and the late Mr. Antero Francisco of Oahu.

The future groom graduated in 2003 from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He went on to earn his bachelor\u2019s degree in photography from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Wil is a digital equipment manager for Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California.

The bride-to-be attended Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu. She graduated in December 2005 with a bachelor\u2019s degree in communications and public relations from the University of San Francisco. Jean is an event sales manager at Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Through a mutual love for all things food-related, A Tribe Called Quest and good tequila, the two began dating in August 2014, after a friendship of three years. December 2015 in St. Louis brought with it endless rain, but even so, Jean happily accepted Wil\u2019s proposal. The couple plan to wed in April 2017 near Jean\u2019s hometown of Oahu. They currently reside in San Bruno, California.

Courtney Walther & Robert Swieterman

Mr. and Mrs. James and Catherine Walther of St. Louis are thrilled to announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth, to Robert Logan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Susan Swieterman of Lexington, Kentucky.

The bride-to-be graduated from Visitation Academy and earned her degree in business marketing from Truman State University. She works in commercial banking at Fifth Third Bank.

The future groom earned his degree in finance and marketing from the University of Kentucky. He currently is pursuing his MBA at Indiana University. He works in wealth management at Fifth Third Bank.

The couple became engaged on a memorable Fourth of July in 2015 at Norwood Hills Country Club on the 18th green, just before fireworks lit up the sky. The couple will wed on June 25, 2016, at Shrine of St. Joseph, with a reception following at the Missouri Athletic Club. They plan to reside in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Patrick and Shelley Carleton of Ladue are pleased to announce the arrival of their son, Oliver Patrick Carleton. Grandparents Jack and Susan Carleton of Richmond Heights, and Ray and Carole Ruby of Frontenac are happy to welcome the newest addition to the family. Oliver joins his siblings, Isabella, age 5, and Andrew, age 3.

November 13, 2015 at 10:50 a.m.

6 lbs., 11 oz., 20.5 inches

Mercy Hospital St. Louis

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Join Ladue News as we honor these nine deserving local charities and non-profits and announce this year's winners at our annual Charity Awards event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at Palladium Saint Louis. This year's Charity Awards are presented by Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty.

American Parkinson Disease Association, Greater St. Louis Chapter

Burns Recovered Support Group

Disabled Athlete Sports Association

Emmaus Homes

Gateway Paralyzed Veterans of America

Gateway to Hope

Lydia's House

Operation Food Search

VOYCE

Read all about these groups and their missions in the June 3, June 10 and June 17 issues of Ladue News.

A portion of every tickets purchased in advance will be donated to your choice of one of these charities.

Click \"register now\" below to purchase tickets, and RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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April 8

Ruth's Chris Steak House WINE TASTING to benefit Easter Seals Midwest at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch (eastersealsmidwest.org)

Rainbow Village\u2019s 20th annual SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW GALA at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis (rbvstl.org)

April 9

The Sheldon\u2019s annual gala CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION featuring Chita Rivera at the Sheldon Concert Hall (thesheldon.org)

Variety the Children\u2019s Charity\u2019s RUNWAY LIGHTS FASHION SHOW at Union Station (varietystl.org)

Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Art\u2019s THE LIVE ART PROJECT at Chesterfield City Hall, to benefit the City of Chesterfield public art projects (chesterfield.mo.us)

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University\u2019s annual MAKE THE MAGIC event to benefit children who have been touched by a parent\u2019s cancer (campkesem.org/slu)

Megan Meier Foundation\u2019s Annual CELEBRATION FOR CHANGE at the Hollywood Casino & Hotel (meganmeierfoundation.org)

April 12

Saks Fifth Avenue, Saint Louis Fashion Fund and Ballpark Village present REAL MEN HAVE STYLE men\u2019s fashion event to benefit Saint Louis Fashion Fund (stlballparkvillage.com)

April 15

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis\u2019 gala and auction, THE ART OF THE MATTER, to benefit the museum (camstl.org/gala)

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Buckingham Asset Management proudly honors those who seek to \u201cdo the right thing\u201d for our community with the Pillar Grants.

The wealth management firm launched an awards program to further nonprofit organizations whose mission aligns with the founding principles of Buckingham Asset Management. This year\u2019s winners are working hard to improve the lives of youth through expanded educational opportunities, family support for victims of abuse and neglect, the healing nature of the arts and much more. Visit buckinghamadvisor.com or call 800-711-2027 to learn more.

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The foundation of a moral compass has one true north, the philosophy of \u201cdoing the right thing.\u201d Buckingham Asset Management abides by this philosophy, using it as a cornerstone for its business principles. The wealth management firm has expanded on this belief with the creation of the Buckingham Pillar Grants, an initiative geared toward empowering those in the community who hold steadfast to this ideal.

\u201cIt\u2019s the foundation of who we are,\u201d says Mont Levy, chairperson of the Pillar Grant Committee. \u201cIt\u2019s about trust\u2026 It\u2019s about integrity, and it\u2019s about putting your clients first in every decision that gets made. When you start with that \u2013 and everyone in your organization understands that the value of doing the right thing is primary \u2013 the right decisions get made.\u201d

In its inaugural year, the Pillar Grant initiative has already established a spirit of giving within the organization that expands into the community. \u201cPart of the design of this program was to engage our associates,\u201d Levy explains. \u201cApplicants had to share how associates could get involved, which resulted in a treasure trove of opportunities.\u201d This altruistic attitude began 21 years ago when the firm's original associates made significant contributions and volunteer commitments. The grant initiative pinpointed these efforts into a collaborative demonstration of how Buckingham values the community at large.

The brand-new program generated significant interest, garnering more than 100 applicants. Each applicant was evaluated on three central principles: \u201cHow these organizations carry out their missions of doing the right thing, a demonstrable planning effort and evidence,\u201d Levy says. \u201cWe want to support nonprofits whose methodology drives their programs forward.\u201d

Levy notes the review process was daunting, but only because so many candidates recognized the significance of the pillars in their own mission work. \u201cWe were really gratified by that and are confident in our success moving forward with this program,\u201d he says. The Pillar Grant initiative recognizes nonprofits from two of six categories each year. A companywide survey chose this year\u2019s categories: education, as well as children and youth.

Each winner of a Buckingham Pillar Grant has a plan in place to utilize its grant money in an effective way to benefit the local community. CHADS Coalition for Mental Health intends to expand its school-outreach services with programs for bullying and suicide prevention to aid youth in crisis. St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association plans to increase its coverage to serve St. Louis\u2019 most underserved neighborhoods with valuable assessments, workshops and coaching.

The Buckingham Pillar Grant initiative set out to improve the community by promoting an idea as important as the work of these notable organizations. \u201cDoing the right thing is about trust. It\u2019s about integrity and putting your clients first in every decision,\u201d Levy says. \u201cIf it was the foundation for how the rest of the world operates, we would have a much better world to live in.\u201d

The organizations chosen to receive grants to further programming include: CHADS Coalition for Mental Health, Circus Flora, City Academy, Our Little Haven, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association.

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Christina Gianino & Felix Kadirov

Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Maria Gianino of Town and Country are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina, to Felix Kadirov, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman and Yana Labutin of New York City. The bride-to-be's father is president and owner of Homewatch Caregivers; her mother is managing director and owner of Legacy Appraisals. The future groom's father is CFO at Citi Private Bank and his mother is the owner of M&I Dental Office PC in Manhattan. The wedding will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, with a reception following at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

The bride-to-be graduated from Visitation Academy in 2009. She earned her bachelor\u2019s degree in textile and apparel management from University of Missouri \u2013 Columbia in 2013. Christina currently works as an account manager for Fourth Floor Fashion Talent in New York City.

The future groom graduated in 2010 from Hofstra University in New York with a degree in business administration. He is director of marketing and business development for Dart Medical in New York City.

The couple met over spring break in 2011 along the beach in Miami. Felix proposed on the bride\u2019s birthday \u2013 Christmas day 2015 \u2013 while they were in Paris. The couple plans to reside in New York City.

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Shannon Heaney & James Terrill

Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Mary Heaney of Chesterfield are thrilled to announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Michele, to James Bennett (Ben), son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan and Joe Ann Terrill of Oklahoma City. The couple will wed on May 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. She earned her bachelor\u2019s degree from Saint Mary\u2019s College \u2013 Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Shannon then earned her MBA from Saint Louis University. She is the vice president of product marketing at Ungerboeck Software International.

The future groom earned his bachelor\u2019s degree from Missouri School of Journalism at University of Missouri \u2013 Columbia. He currently serves the nation\u2019s veterans as regional business development manager at Veterans Care Coordination.

It took many near encounters, through mutual friends from nearly every aspect of their lives, before Ben and Shannon finally met at an annual pre-Mardi Gras \u201cKegs and Eggs\u201d breakfast. Another opportunity arose when they met again at a Kentucky Derby Party. Romance soon sparked, and the couple became engaged in March while on the beach at sunset in Sanibel Island. They will reside in Town and Country.

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Colleen Kaveney & Kellis Moss

Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Cathy Kaveney of Warson Woods are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen, to Kellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Marilyn Moss of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The couple will wed on April 2 in Colorado Springs.

The bride-to-be graduated in 2007 from Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School and from College of the Holy Cross in 2011. She now works as manager of federal government affairs at Duke Energy in Washington, D.C.

The future groom graduated from University of Mississippi in 2001 and now works as director of public policy at Ducks Unlimited in Washington, D.C.

Colleen and Kellis met through mutual friends in Senator Roy Blunt\u2019s (R-MO) office in Washington, D.C., where the bride-to-be worked from 2012 to 2014. The couple plans to reside on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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Alison King & Robert Moore

Dr. and Mrs. Gregory King of Crystal Lake Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alison Elizabeth, to Robert Joseph, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hampton Moore of Glassboro, New Jersey. The wedding will be held at Kirkwood United Methodist Church in January, with a celebration held the following weekend in Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The bride-to-be graduated from John Burroughs School in 2005. She then earned her bachelor\u2019s degree in anthropology at Haverford College in 2009. She is set to complete the Global Master of Business Administration in May 2016 at the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The future groom graduated from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University in 2006, where he studied operations research and financial engineering. He is the co-founder and CEO of RJMetrics, a business intelligence company.

The couple first met in Philadelphia through a free Internet matchmaking service in 2012. They currently reside in the Italian Market neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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Sat., Jan. 16

Ranken Jordan ANNUAL GALA at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis (gala.rankenjordan.org)

Girls in the Know presents a conversation with the co-authors of \u201cMOTHERING AND DAUGHTERING: KEEPING YOUR BOND STRONG THROUGH THE TEEN YEARS\u201d to benefit 100 fifth- and sixth-grade female students at Earl Nance Sr. Elementary School (girlsintheknow.org)

Fri., Jan. 22

World Pediatric Project\u2019s TREASURES IN PARADISE at Old Warson Country Club (worldpediatricproject.org)

Sat., Jan. 23

Independence Center\u2019s DANCING WITH THE ST. LOUIS STARS at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis (dancingwiththestlouisstars.org)

Mon., Jan 25

The Arts & Education Council\u2019s 25th annual ST. LOUIS ARTS AWARDS at the Chase Park Plaza (keeparthappening.org)

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Sat., Jan. 9

The Tennessee Society of St. Louis\u2019 ANNUAL BALL at the Saint Louis Woman\u2019s Club (stlwomansclub.org)

VOODOO IN THE LOU MASQUERADE to benefit Young Friends of Kids With Cancer at the Fabulous Fox Theatre (friendsofkids.com )

Tue., Jan. 12

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at Saint Louis University (slu.edu )

Sat., Jan 16

Ranken Jordan ANNUAL GALA at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis (gala.rankenjordan.org )

Girls in the Know presents a conversation with the co-authors of \u201cMOTHERING AND DAUGHTERING: KEEPING YOUR BOND STRONG THROUGH THE TEEN YEARS\u201d to benefit 100 fifth- and sixth-grade female students at Earl Nance Sr. Elementary School (girlsintheknow.org )

Fri., Jan. 22

World Pediatric Project \u2019s TREASURES IN PARADISE at the Old Warson Country Club (worldpediatricproject.org )

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The Veiled Prophet (VP) Organization is known for many things: the parade, the ball, the fair and its long-standing traditions in St. Louis. Now, members of the organization look to the future and work to enhance their reputation as a community service organization through the Veiled Prophet Foundation.

The Veiled Prophet Organization has strived to reinforce its community service initiatives since the 125th anniversary in 2003. VP spokesperson Tom Cooke says that during the course of 2015, the VP Foundation and the Maids of Honor program have served several thousand hours of volunteer time with 14 partner agencies. Among them are Beyond Housing, Brightside St. Louis, Flora Conservancy, Food Outreach, Girls Inc., Great Circle, Marian Middle School, North Side Community School, Operation: Sunscreen, Rainbow Village, St. Louis County, St. Patrick\u2019s Center, U.S. VETS, the YWCA and the VP\u2019s own parade.

\u201cThis gives an opportunity to these girls (in the Maids of Honor program), their fathers and sometimes their entire families to work with these organizations and expose them to the problems that are facing our community,\u201d Cooke says. \u201cThese young women are our future leaders. It\u2019s more than just volunteering. It\u2019s the experiential side of it that\u2019s so meaningful. This positions them for a lifetime of community leadership and service.\u201d

Cooke notes that the VP Foundation has just finished the first phase of a process for planning what the organization will look like in 2020.

\u201cAs a part of that process, we\u2019ve characterized this theme for the future under the vision of helping make St. Louis a better place to live for all,\u201d he says. \u201cWe\u2019re challenging each one of our key franchises (the ball, the fair, etc.) to integrate community service into everything we\u2019ve done without losing many of the traditions and values that have been developed over all these years. We think that this strategy for the future will help ensure us to be a healthy and vibrant organization for years to come.\u201d

VP member Dave Plufka says the foundation is set up to instill in the membership base the importance of community service, including giving of time and talent. \u201cIt\u2019s not just about writing a check. It\u2019s about giving up a Saturday to go help paint and physically do what needs to be done,\u201d Plufka says.

Plufka notes some of the work that has been performed by VP volunteers during the course of 2015.

Through U.S. VETS, an agency charity that helps displaced veterans returning from active military service who don\u2019t have a home, the VP members and volunteers helped build a playground for kids in their St. John community.

\u201cWe spread mulch and planted flowers, along with building planter boxes for vets who can\u2019t get down on their hands and knees to work in the garden,\u201d Plufka says.

Volunteers also distributed 1,500 backpacks filled with school supplies in the Normandy school district and assembled care packages for overseas soldiers before Thanksgiving.

\u201cWe gathered 100 volunteers and packed everything from shampoos to lotions to slippers for the soldiers. We made sure every unit got a Christmas tree, and we contributed $3,000 to the cost of shipping those items,\u201d Plufka says.

Through Food Outreach, volunteers packed 15,000 meals for HIV-positive persons and cancer patients. Food Outreach reached out to the VP last winter about a freezer that was beginning to fail, and the VP was able to respond quickly so the food stored in it wouldn\u2019t be lost.

Volunteers fixed up a basketball court and painted a mural at North Side Community School, and also worked with Marian Middle School to install new bookshelves and renovate an art room.

\u201cMoney is always needed, but you can\u2019t overlook the importance of rolling up your sleeves and helping out on a Saturday,\u201d Plufka says. \u201cWe\u2019re really trying to help these charities in very special ways. We show up and lend a hand and open our pocketbook when necessary. We pride ourselves on being an organization that instills in our members and families the importance of giving back to the community.\u201d\u00a0

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Although the Veiled Prophet (VP) Organization is a prominent fixture in St. Louis society, and even across the nation, much is kept under lock-and-key about the secretive group. From the selection of debutantes, or Maids of Honor, to be featured in the VP Ball to the identity of officers, the 137-year-old organization reveals little in the way of ceremonial details. Yet LN has been granted an insider\u2019s pass to learn the meaning behind some of the familiar symbology associated with the VP. Take a closer look at the sashes and medallions members wore at the illustrious VP Ball this year:

Bengal Lancers Committee

The brightest of the sashes, featuring a rainbow array of colors, distinguishes the personal guard of the Veiled Prophet, the Bengal Lancers.

Centurion Committee

The red-and-green sash is associated with the Centurion Committee, the theatrical group that conducts shows and creates songs for the organization.

Courtier Committee

The red- and white-striped sash belongs to the Courtier Committee, which consists of multiple subcommittees responsible for various duties at the VP Ball, including escorts and backstage hospitality. It is representative of the largest committee for the ball.

Hall Committee

The blue-and-red sash marks the Hall Committee, which covers seat arrangements and usher duties.

Krewe Committee

The Royal Krewe, represented by shades of purple, symbolizes the entertainers seen at the ball. Krewe members also are seen on the Fourth of July at the annual VP Parade as performers on the elaborate floats.

Member-at-Large Sash

The deep purple sash with tricolor medallion symbolizes a member-at-large, and every member of the VP Organization receives one.

Public Relations Committee

The purple- and white-striped sash belongs to the Public Relations Committee.

Queen\u2019s Supper Committee

The yellow-and-white sash represents the Queen\u2019s Supper Committee, which includes several subcommittees for specific duties.

Queen\u2019s Transport Committee

The green-and-white sash, with a carriage-bedecked medallion, symbolizes the Queen\u2019s Transport Committee, which takes care of the crowned Queen of Love and Beauty.

Receiving Line Committee

Bearing spots instead of stripes, this red-and-black sash is associated with the Receiving Line, which follows the ball. Responsibilities for this committee include setting up and preparing drinks, among others.

Slayback Society

The Slayback Society medal is bestowed by the foundation upon a member who contributes a substantial sum to further the community services of the VP Organization.

Traffic Committee

The gold-and-red sash represents the Traffic Committee, which is responsible for organizing the traffic route and parking for the annual event.

Vice Chairman Medallion

The purple-and-yellow sash is associated with the vice chairman. A historic medal, the sash and medallion are no longer in use, but still symbolize an important role in the VP.

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The Veiled Prophet Organization\u2019s philanthropic arm, the Veiled Prophet Foundation, helps 14 area nonprofits:\u00a0Beyond Housing, Brightside St. Louis, Flora Conservancy, Food Outreach, Girls Inc., Great Circle, Marian Middle School, North Side Community School, Operation Sunscreen, Rainbow Village, St. Louis County, St. Patrick\u2019s Center, U.S. VETS, the YWCA and the VP\u2019s own parade.\u00a0Here, we highlight four young women in the Maids of Honor Project who are prime examples of the VP\u2019s service initiative.

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Allyson Kang, Maid of Honor

Allyson Kang is a sophomore biochemical engineer major and a president\u2019s scholar. She is a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo and competed in the 2015 National Collegiate Taekwondo Association. She attended Parkway Central High School, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2013 and was a national merit finalist. She was a member of the National Honor Society and performed service projects on behalf of Wings of Hope. Her work with the VP\u2019s Community Service Initiative includes projects with Beyond Housing, Food Outreach and Girls, Inc.

\u201cI really like helping out the community because I feel it\u2019s an important thing to do, not just to improve the community, but to also be a part of it. I really enjoyed working through the (Veiled Prophet) because a lot of people have those views. We had fun.

\u201cWhen I worked with Beyond Housing, we had two projects: painting a house and cleaning up the neighborhood garden. When we painted the house, it was eye-opening to see that we were doing something relatively simple that would improve a person\u2019s life significantly. Working with the garden was heartbreaking. It was really only maintained by an elderly woman and her friends. They were so grateful. It was nice to feel, but also sad to see how much they needed that help.

\u201cWhen I worked with Girls, Inc., we went out to a school and helped clean classrooms to get ready for start of school. There were a lot of people doing the work together.\u201d

John Kang, father

\u201c(Allyson) is a good kid, and we\u2019re very proud of her. We\u2019re very glad she sees the VP as a service organization. Her orientation toward volunteering makes her involvement that much more meaningful and significant. I think it's been rewarding for both my daughters to do something with dad. It's a true chance to work together and doing something beneficial to the community.\u201d

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Adrienne Brauch, Maid of Honor

Adrienne Brauch attended MICDS and Community School and was awarded the Presidential Service award three years in a row. She was also class salutatorian at MICDS and was named as a St. Louis County Outstanding Students Leader in 2013. Her volunteer work includes being a counselor with Variety the Children\u2019s Charity of St. Louis for several years, a tutor with Vanderbilt\u2019s Pencil Project, and a member of Best Buddies Vanderbilt. She also volunteers through her sorority and has worked with Food Outreach, JDRF and Open Door Animal Sanctuary.

\u201cVolunteering is something that\u2019s been ingrained in me since a young age. It\u2019s important to give back to the community, all times of the year. Volunteering has a domino effect and is a great way to get the entire community involved.

\u201cI also think it was part of the legacy my mom left behind when she passed away, and seeing the impact she had made me realize the importance of reaching out whenever possible. Even though I don't have much time in college, I always try to find time to give back in my busy schedule. There is always time to help someone out and make their day a little bit easier and happier.

\u201cI'm so fortunate to have been healthy, to have grown up in a supportive family, and to have great friends, and many people don't have that in the St. Louis (and Nashville) community. I love to give back knowing that I have made even the smallest of differences, and the world is a little bit better than it was before.\u201d

John Brauch, father

\u201cAdrienne\u2019s mother, who passed away two years ago, valued community service so much and made sure she involved Adrienne in organizations and charities so Adrienne could understand that it\u2019s important to give when you can. I can\u2019t say enough about my daughter. She has a package of credentials that most of us would die for. The roots and inspiration for her to be active in the community is a gift from her mother. She\u2019s been nothing but a superstar. It\u2019s in her blood, and she\u2019s blessed to have a mother who valued that commitment. I\u2019m a lucky dad.\u201d

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Alexandra (Lexi) Gorman, Maid of Honor

Alexandra (Lexi) Gorman is a sophomore and is active in her sorority and through volunteer work. She previously attended St. Joseph\u2019s Academy, Christ Prince of Peace and Visitation Academy. She was class vice president each year of high school and was active in basketball and lacrosse. Her volunteer work in recent years includes Guardian Angel Childcare, Cardinal Glennon Children\u2019s Hospital Fashion Show, Covenant House and St. Patrick\u2019s Food Kitchen, along with various tutor and counselor positions.

\u201cThrough the Veiled Prophet, I\u2019ve worked with Beyond Housing in the community center, where there was a family event for kids coming back to school. We packed backpacks and played with kids. My dad and I did that together and it was a great bonding experience.

\u201cI\u2019ve also worked with Girls, Inc., an after-school program focused on girls and their education. We painted and cleaned up, and my dad and little sister helped, too.

\u201cHere at Mizzou, I\u2019m involved in Girls on the Run through my sorority. We\u2019re really involved with it and are mentors to the girls. I was a coach last year and it was so amazing. You get to help girls in second, third and fourth grade with their confidence and help them build their self-esteem.

\u201cThe reason I love community service is because of how involved my parents are. I\u2019ve been so fortunate in my life, and I want to give back. I really like working with underprivileged children and am majoring in nursing. I want to help kids and their families.\u201d

Mark Gorman, father

\u201cLexi has been active in lots of community service, partly through school, but partly because of her upbringing. We\u2019ve always encouraged her and her sister to give back to the community. We chose certain things that we believed in, often tied to the educational community. I\u2019m in mortgage business, so Beyond Housing was right in alignment for our family to get involved in. I\u2019m very proud of her. She has a unique talent to work with children. She\u2019s a kid-magnet!\u201d

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Taylor Harris, Maid of Honor

Taylor Harris is a sophomore and a Residential College Council Representative and John B. Ervin Scholar. She previously attended Villa Duchesne High School and is a graduate of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is a musician and vocalist. She also founded Love for Lubasi, a fund that raises money for the Lubasi Home orphanage in Zambia, Africa.

\u201cEver since I was little, I\u2019ve been involved in volunteer work. I was in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., which is all about service and passing on your blessings and gifts to other people. That was huge for me and was a huge introduction for me to give back to the community.

\u201cI founded a fund that helps fund an orphanage in Zambia through Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Part of what they needed was funds for food, fun and education, so that\u2019s what this fund does. I visited in 2005 and wanted to give back to their community.

\u201cI also did Girls, Inc. and was interested in being a role model for young women and be a mentor. I helped with teaching and being a camp counselor. I\u2019m planning on getting involved again this coming summer.\u201d

Dr. Alan Harris, father

\u201cIt makes us so proud that Taylor is carrying on a tradition in our family that\u2019s always been important to us. I can remember a time when she was about 5 years old\u2026We went to church and were coming back on Easter and talking about how important it was to be mindful that other people don\u2019t have a chance to have an Easter meal. We were going by the Salvation Army and (Taylor) begged us to stop and made us go in and give money to people she saw outside waiting for a meal. She was able to share some of her childlike cheer with them, and that brought tears to my eyes. Since then, I think she\u2019s understood the fact that she\u2019s blessed and shouldn\u2019t go without her sharing her blessings with others. This is something that\u2019s near and dear to her heart.

\u201cYou can\u2019t be African American in a city where there are so many both black and brown people who are struggling and be blind to that struggle. You have to give back. I was particularly pleased when the VP created a separate community service initiative that really focused on what has been one of the principals of the organization since its beginning.\u201d

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