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Mr. and Mrs. Doug and Katie Ackerman of Creve Coeur are delighted to announce the arrival of their daughter, Sally Marie. Grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Timothy H. Trout of Ladue are elated to welcome the newest addition to the family. The child\u2019s grandparents also include the late Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ackerman of St. Louis.

January 10, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.

8 lbs. 3 oz., 20 inches

Missouri Baptist Medical Center

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Logan Finerty & Adela Slovakova

Steve and Linda Finerty of St. Louis are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son, Logan William, to Adela, daughter of Tomas Slovak and Lenka Slovakova of Jesen\u00edk, Czech Republic. Grandparents of the future groom are the late Logan and Maxine Finerty, and the late William and Barbara MacCarthy.

The future groom graduated in 2005 from John Burroughs School. He earned his bachelor\u2019s degree in business at the University of Richmond in 2009. He is a senior advisor at Argent Capital Management and Moneta Group.

The bride-to-be graduated in 2013 from Lindenwood University, with a bachelor\u2019s degree in both international relations and political science. She also played tennis and continued on to earn her MBA. Adela works at SogoTrade in Chesterfield.

Logan first met Adela on her birthday in June 2015, and took her to the Saint Louis Zoo\u2019s Zoofari on one of their first dates. While at Boone Valley Golf Club, the couple came upon the Czech flag flying over the sixth hole. Logan proposed to Adela in her native language, pulling the ring from the cup . The couple plans to wed on July 8 in Jesen\u00edk, Czech Republic, with a party to follow in St. Louis in September. After honeymooning in Seychelles, they will reside in Clayton.

Douglas Munsch & Joy Hodge

Paul and Kathleen Munsch of Ladue are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Douglas, to Joy, daughter of Donald and Jane Hodge of Muscatine, Iowa.

The future groom graduated in 2005 from MICDS. He earned his bachelor\u2019s degree in philosophy from Santa Clara University in California. Douglas is a project developer for StraightUp Solar.

The bride-to-be earned her bachelor\u2019s degree in biology and environmental studies from Iowa State University. She currently is studying for her master\u2019s degree in environmental science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Joy is a project scientist for Trileaf.

The couple will be wed on May 20 at Strathalbyn Farms Club in Weldon Spring, Missouri, which overlooks the Missouri River Valley. The couple will reside in Webster Groves.

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May

Friday 2

15th annual SUNSET AT THE SHELDON WINE TASTING to benefit Sheldon Educational Programs, sheldonconcerthall.org.

Friday 2 \u2013 Saturday 3

19th annual ST. LOUIS MICROFEST at Forest Park in the Upper Muny Parking Lot to benefit Lift for Life Gym, stlmicrofest.org.

Saturday 3

BAND TOGETHER at the Randall Gallery to benefit the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section, ncjwstl.org.

CATWALK, COCKTAILS & CUPCAKES at Saks Fifth Avenue to benefit Friends of Wings, friendsofwings.org.

DERBY DAY SOIREE 2014 at Cedar Lake Cellars to benefit Therapeutic Horsemanship, derbydaystl.org.

Annual DINNER WITH THE STARS at Peabody Opera House to benefit Variety the Children's Charity, varietystl.org.

Annual DREAM GALA at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch to benefit JDRF, stl.jdrf.org.

Sixth annual SHOOT FOR A CURE at Strathalbyn Farms Club to benefit The Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center, friendsoftheslulc.org.

12th annual BLUE JEAN BALL at the World's Fair Pavilion to benefit Sherwood Forest Camp, sherwoodforestcamp.com.

Sunday 4

Fourth annual CELEBRATING SUCCESS FASHION SHOW at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis to benefit Lift for Life Academy, liftforlifeacademy.org.

DERBY BRUNCH 2014 at the Magic Chef Mansion to benefit St. Andrew's Charitable Foundation, standrews1.com.

Tuesday 6

GIVE STL DAY, stlgives.org.

Wednesday 7

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT at Sweetology to benefit Girls in the Know, girlsintheknow.org.

WHAT'S RIGHT WITH THE REGION! AWARDS 2014 at The Sheldon Concert Hall to benefit FOCUS St. Louis, focus-stl.org.

Thursday 8

AN EVENING WITH ELAINE VIETS at Left Bank Books to benefit the Animal House Fund Cat Shelter, animalhousefund.org.

The 10th annual EVENING OF HOPE at The Sheldon Concert Hall to benefit the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, hopehappens.org.

FLOWER POWER at the Piper Palm House benefiting Tower Grove Park, 771-4465.\u00a0

FOREST PARK UNCORKED at the World's Fair Pavilion to benefit the Young Friends of Forest Park Forever, forestparkforever.org/youngfriends.

10th anniversary JOE BUCK CELEBRITY BEE at Wings of Hope Airplane Hangar to benefit KidSmart, back2schoolwithjoebuck.kidsmartstl.org.

Friday 9

20th annual THE SKY IS THE LIMIT LUNCHEON at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark to benefit the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club, mathews-dickey.com.

Saturday 10

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Gateway Chapter's second annual BLOOD CANCER CONFERENCE at West Port Lakeside Chalet, lls.org.

DIAMONDS & DENIM at The Boatworks at the Loading Dock to benefit Beverly Farm's Equestrian Therapy Program, beverlyfarm.org.

20th annual GOLF FOR LUPUS AND JUVENILE ARTHRITIS TOURNAMENT at Norman K. Probstein Golf Course to benefit Saint Louis University Division of Rheumatology’s Lupus and Juvenile Arthritis Research, lupus.slu.edu.

Thursday 15

2014 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT LUNCHEON at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, woastl.org.

SCHNUCK MARKETS INC. 75TH ANNIVERSARY GALA at The Chase Park Plaza to benefit Operation Food Search, schnucks.com/anniversary.asp.

Friday 16

WINE, WOMEN & SHOES at Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Clayton to benefit the St. Louis Area Foodbank, winewomenandshoes.com.

Saturday 17

2014 SPRING GALA at St. Louis Union Station to benefit Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, opera-stl.org.

Inaugural SPIRIT OF MARYVILLE DINNER at Gander Dining Hall at Maryville University to benefit Maryville University, 529-6854.

Annual BARK IN THE PARK at Cricket Field in Forest Park to benefit the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Fund, hsmo.org/bark.

IMAGINE GALA & AUCTION at Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa to benefit the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, stchlibraryfoundation.org.

16th annual STEPS FOR HOPE in Creve Coeur Park to benefit Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis, cancersupportstl.org.

UNDER ONE ROOF at Garfield School to benefit Peter & Paul Community Services, ppcsinc.org.

Sunday 18

JAY-CRAIG CELEBRITY BOWL at Flamingo Bowl to benefit Great Circle, jaycraigbowl.com.

Monday 19

Annual APDA GOLF CLASSIC IN MEMORY OF JACK BUCK at Algonquin Golf Club to benefit the American Parkinson Disease Association St. Louis Chapter, stlapda.org.

GOLF TOURNAMENT at Meadowbrook Country Club to benefit Assistance League St. Louis, alstl.org.

Tuesday 20

JARED COOK'S CELEBRITY GOLF SCRAMBLE at Old Hickory Golf Club to benefit Jared Cook's Dreambuilders and Little Patriots Embraced, 615-535-3140.

Thursday 22

GRANT AND RECOGNITION LUNCHEON at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton to benefit the St. Louis Men's Group Against Cancer, 428-4452.

MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALE at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Gateway Chapter, mwoy.org.

Friday 30 \u2013 Sunday 1

44th annual CENTRAL WEST END HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR to benefit the Central West End Association, thecwe.org.

Saturday 31

Annual FLORA DORA GALA at the big top adjacent to Powell Hall to benefit Circus Flora, circusflora.org.

RELAY FOR LIFE OF WEST COUNTY at the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School to benefit the American Cancer Society, relayforlife.org/stlouis.

Coming in JUNE\u2026

Sunday 1 - Monday 2

29th annual CASSIDY TURLEY/RMH GOLF TOURNAMENT & DINNER AUCTION at Meadowbrook Country Club to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, rmhcstl.com.

Thursday 5

2014 LEFFINGWELL HAT LUNCHEON at the World's Fair Pavilion to benefit Forest Park Forever, forestparkforever.org.

Monday 9

Fifth annual SING FOR SITEMAN at John Burroughs School to benefit the Siteman Cancer Center, opera-stl.org/singforsiteman.

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Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline\u2014a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes\u2014in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.

\u201cIt was something that came to me easily, and helping others was something I have always wanted to do,\u201d says Mary Ruth, who explains she will continue to volunteer. \u201cIt\u2019s how I was raised. It\u2019s my drive to want to help others.\u201d

The strong philanthropic upbringing comes from the lead of parents Raymond and Ann Wagner. Mom Ann, the U.S. congresswoman who lists organizations such as Catholic Charities of St. Louis and St. Patrick's Center among the beneficiaries of the family\u2019s involvement, says giving back is a family commitment. \"It's our feeling that we should be involved as a family in giving back to the community, to our parish and to those who are less fortunate. The best way to do that with children is not to tell them, but to show them. Serving a cause greater than one's self is something that Mary Ruth and our two other children have not only been actively involved in, but have witnessed in their young lives,\u201d Ann says. \"You can tell your kids or you can show your kids, and I'm pleased they've picked up on this commitment through watching my husband and me, as well as others in my family who have decided to give back to the community in whatever way they can.\u201d

Outside of her volunteer work, Mary Ruth played on the varsity teams in cross country, swimming and track, participated in a charitable swim-a-thon, and was the cross country team captain during her junior and senior years\u2014a combination that surely influenced her nomination from Ursuline for the Skippy Keefer Sportsmanship and Participation award. Previously, while living in Luxembourg, Mary Ruth traveled as a member of the honors choir. Even at a young age, responsibility was present, as she says she understood she was a participating as a representative of the U.S.

Mary Ruth currently is a student at Miami University in Ohio, and recently was presented at the 55th annual Fleur de Lis Charity Ball.

\"I was glad she was interested in attending the classes, doing the preparation work and making the commitment of service to the Catholic church and community through the Fleur de Lis program,\" says her proud mom. \"We found it to be something very special, and we're glad she stayed involved and was able to be presented to the Archbishop.\"

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Perfect! We applaud Nerinx Hall senior LILLY WEBSTER, who recently earned a perfect score on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Only approximately one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test receive a top score. Lilly, an accomplished pianist, is a founding member and current president of the Academic Teams at Nerinx, and also has served as head of the set building crew for numerous musicals and plays. Proud parents are ALBERT WEBSTER and KRISTINA STIERHOLZ.

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The SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM has set a date for the grand opening of its much-anticipated expansion. A free, two-day public festival will be held June 29 and 30 to celebrate the completion of the David Chipperfield- designed East Building. Details on the celebration, as well as other events surrounding the opening, are still being planned. For more information, visit slam.org/expansion.

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An award-winning play by Fontbonne University professor DEANNA JENT is making its Off-Broadway premiere. Falling, which received the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play, will begin an open- ended run at New York\u2019s Minetta Lane Theater, with opening night set for Oct. 15. The play is about an autistic 18-year-old, and how his autism affects the lives of those around him. Falling was first developed last fall for Mustard Seed Theatre, where Jent serves as artistic director.

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\u2018Til you drop...Shopportunity, a one-day shopping event to help raise funds for SITEMAN CANCER CENTER, takes place Saturday, Sept. 29. Participating stores include Giddyup Jane, Ivy Hill, Laurie Solet, Pink Magnolia, Verde Kids, Egg by Susan Lazar, Blush, Cha, City Sprouts, Esther, Klutch, MACS Designs, Meka Boutique and Vie. Fifteen percent of purchases made from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. that day will benefit Siteman.

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To mark its 10th anniversary, WEST COUNTY CENTER is lending a helping hand to local women in need. Through Sept. 30, the mall will serve as a drop-off location for donations of new and gently used women\u2019s clothing and accessories on behalf of RUNG Boutique. The resale shop, which offers professional women\u2019s attire at affordable prices, donates a significant portion of its profits to the Women\u2019s Foundation of Greater St. Louis, which supports programs for at-risk women and children. Clothing donations can be dropped off during regular mall hours at Customer Service on the lower level (in front of Nordstrom).

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ADELAIDA PETERSON of Chesterfield is the 2013 Mrs. Missouri International. The 32-year-old wife and mother of three is a human rights advocate and has chosen to campaign against human trafficking as part of her pageant platform. She\u2019s headed to Chicago next summer to compete for the title of Mrs. International.

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Save the date…LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’s Light the Night Walk takes place next Friday, Sept. 28, in The Muny’s Upper Parking Lot in Forest Park. This year’s annual fundraiser also will feature a remembrance ceremony and a 5K run. The walk begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 590-2230 or visit lls.org.

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Do you know a woman who has inspired others to live healthier lives? ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Healthy Woman Award, a recognition for women who not only take steps to improve their own health, but who also inspire better health in the community. Winners will be honored Oct. 25 during St. Luke’s Spirit Girls’ Night Out. The nomination deadline is Oct. 1. For a nomination form or information about Girls’ Night Out, call 205-6654 or visit stlukes-stl.com.

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Joel Goldstein is one of the smartest people in St. Louis. He went to University City High, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, got his doctorate as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and then went on to Harvard Law School. He\u2019s been a law professor at Saint Louis University for the past 19 years and just happens to be one of the world\u2019s foremost experts on the vice presidency of the United States of America.

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With the presidential election now at \u2018DEF- CON-1\u2019 intensity, Goldstein has been in high demand. CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post and other outlets from around the globe all want to pick his brain for insights into how a running mate might affect the outcome this November.

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\u201cOne Saturday, I did 13 interviews,\u201d Goldstein says. \u201cI talked with reporters from China, the Netherlands, Australia, Spain\u2026it\u2019s been pretty active.\u201d

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Goldstein fills me in on his media schedule as he walks briskly across campus, quickly adding that all the attention still doesn\u2019t cut him any slack with his wife when it comes to taking out the garbage (never mind that C-SPAN is on hold). \u201cI don\u2019t want to make it sound like I\u2019m 24/7 talking about the vice president; or that I inflict this on my wife and children or friends,\u201d he explains. \u201cIf anything, I like to talk about a lot of other things.\u201d

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For example, Goldstein also likes to talk about sports: When I ask him if he thinks the Cardinals can do it again this year, he seamlessly shifts from Richard Mentor Johnson (Martin Van Buren\u2019s VP, in case\u2014for some reason\u2014you didn\u2019t already know that) to Mike Matheny\u2019s lineup card. \u201cIt\u2019s a funny team this year,\u201d he muses. \u201cThey\u2019ve got this incredibly robust offense and this bullpen that sometimes is lights-out, but other times, it falters.\u201d His analysis is spot-on\u2014 but weren\u2019t we just talking about Spiro Agnew? Either way, the conversation is intriguing. Professor Goldstein says sometimes, you just have to know your audience and speak accordingly. \u201cIf somebody raises it (the vice presidency) at a dinner party, I try to skew the conversation away \u2018cause I think that\u2019s not what\u2019s going to be most interesting.\u201d But get him on PBS and Joel Goldstein has moves like Mick Jagger. Even a recent New York Times story featured him on its \u2018Style\u2019 pages\u2014his friends couldn\u2019t believe it. But there he was, right next to the Gucci ad. \u201cIt\u2019s been a blast,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s a fascinating subject, actually. To some extent, anything you get interested in becomes fascinating.\u201d

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I\u2019m surprised when Goldstein tells me he thinks Walter Mondale was the most influential vice president because of the way Mondale changed the office to that of a high- level advisor\u2014a model which has been copied by every administration since. But I\u2019m not surprised to hear that he considers Agnew the worst. I\u2019m heartened, though, when he tells me the Spiro Agnew wristwatch I\u2019ve held on to all these years may actually be worth something! For the most part, Goldstein explains, Agnew (and many of his predecessors) turned the office into a national joke. The job was once considered so inconsequential that instead of working, some of the office-holders wrote books, ran taverns or generally slept their way through their terms\u2014despite being one heart- beat away from the presidency.

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So how did Goldstein become captivated by the subject? He says it was his father, the late St. Louis attorney Milton Goldstein, who suggested that he write a course paper on the topic. A senior thesis at Princeton followed, then a doctoral dissertation at Oxford. Books came next, and voila! Saint Louis U. now has the Bob Costas of VP analysis.

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There have been some unusual episodes mixed in with Goldstein\u2019s experiences over the years, like the time he was standing in SLU Law School lobby in the mid-\u201990s when a complete stranger approached him and said, Can you tell me what the vice president does? At first, Goldstein thought that one of his colleagues was playing a prank and had put the stranger up to it. It turns out, the person was about to take a test to gain his American citizenship, and was sure that a question about the VP would be a part of the exam. Goldstein says the man apparently wandered into the law school looking for answers. \u201cIt was total irony that here was this guy, coming up to the first person he saw, to ask this question because he was totally baffled about the vice presidency. And it just happened to be someone\u2014for better or worse\u2014who made this the major issue he studies.\u201d Nobody knows if the man passed his citizenship test, but like anyone who has spent much time talking with Goldstein on the topic, he probably went away with much more information than he could ever possibly use.

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We\u2019ve been talking for about 45 minutes and I can tell there are likely more interviewers waiting in the wings. After the election, however, Professor Goldstein knows his rock-star status will likely take a four-year hiatus. And besides, it\u2019s almost November and the garbage is starting to pile up. He\u2019s way too smart to let that happen.

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I know that I\u2019m speaking for most of us when I say I\u2019m glad this summer is over. This was the hottest, most humid summer I can remember. Yet, we did at least one wedding every weekend from May through August. My own niece\u2019s wedding (which I was so looking forward to) was on the hottest day of the year.

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So when considering the type of wedding you want, you\u2019ll want to imagine the scene in each season. The weather will have an undeniable impact on the tone of the occasion.

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SPRING: March can be a very wet and unpredictable weather month. April\u2014especially late April\u2014is an incredibly romantic month, with all the year\u2019s loveliest flowers available: lily of the valley, tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, even peonies and blooming branches. May is a pretty safe month weather-wise, but you may not be able to get some early-blooming branches like quince, forsythia, dogwood and pear blossoms. But, you\u2019ll be sure to have the wonderful peony, which was voted the most asked-for flower in 2012, beating out the rose for the first time in decades.

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SUMMER: Probably June is the most ideal month weather-wise: Gardens are still crisp and maintained; and the most romantic of all flowers, the rose, is available in profusion. The legend behind the \u2018June bride\u2019 goes back to ancient Rome, where the goddess Juno vowed to protect all those who married in this, her month. A big problem is vendors: If you don\u2019t book them early enough (up to a full year in advance), you may not be able to get all your preferred vendors on the same day. But being a June bride is so classic, it may be worth all the planning.

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Some couples who want a summer wedding, and are unable to get all their \u2018favorites\u2019 coordinated, might go into July or August. This is a great time to get all your family and friends together, as most people can get off school or work during these months.

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AUTUMN: Fall is for lovers\u2014there is that special crispness in the air that evokes romance. September and October can be mild and sunny, and the foliage and the scenery can be spectacular. All the colors of fall are fiery and rich with harvest motifs, wreaths, fruit and grain available (I particularly like bittersweet). Another advantage to a fall wedding is that honeymoon destinations can be less crowded, since schools start in late August and September.

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WINTER: What is more romantic than exchanging your vows in a candlelit chapel with the snow falling outside? With holiday d\u00e9cor usually already in place, clubs, hotels and restaurants can be lavishly decorated and you may be able to save on decorations. Wreaths can be used at home after the ceremony and some evergreen arrangements can last for weeks.

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Irish lore has it that the last day of the year is the luckiest day to get married. However, the Scots swear that January 1 is the best.

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A word to the wise: Be careful when planning weddings on holidays, especially Christmas Eve and Valentine\u2019s Day, as most of your caterers, florists and reception sites can be booked as far out as several years in advance.

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I think after this summer, we all may be a little reluctant to plan summer weddings, but hope is eternal and summer 2013 could be the most perfect ever. Right now, I\u2019m very excited about the fall weddings coming up. After the miserably hot summer, some cooler, crisp weather will be heaven-sent.

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John Sullivan has a fine arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute. He has partnered with Ken Miesner for the past 25 years at Ken Miesner\u2019s Flowers at Plaza Frontenac, where they have done flowers for more than 1,000 weddings!

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What better way to raise money for a worthy cause than a night out with the girls? That\u2019s what Chris and Scott Homan have done for three years running with Ladies Night Out, a gathering they host annually in their Ladue home.

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A group of 65 women gathered in support of Lutheran Family and Children\u2019s Services, which helps children throughout St. Louis and across Missouri through foster care and adoption services, youth mentoring programs, counseling and more. This year, the host couple was helped by a committee including Kati Connell, Lynn Kapp, Cindy Verseman and Karen Starnes. \u201cChris is a former board member and a longtime supporter,\u201d says LFCS annual giving coordinator Gina Haney. \u201cShe and her husband are always looking for ways to help.\u201d

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Guests enjoyed wine, appetizers and live music by Big Band St. Louis pianist Steve Luhmann, along with a presentation by LFCS school counselor Byron Devrouax. The presentation was especially relevant because the counseling program is expanding, and currently exists in 28 public and Lutheran schools in the area. \u201cThe need for counseling inside the schools is growing,\u201d Haney says. \u201cA lot of schools have had to cut back their counseling staff, so LFCS now has a program where we can take our counselors on-site to help deal with issues like bullying or divorce.\u201d

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LFCS is a full-service adoption agency that facilitates domestic and international adoptions, and supports 25 licensed foster families, who provide foster homes for children from birth to 5 years old. It also operates a sliding-fee childcare facility called Hilltop Child Development Center.

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The Ladies Night Out has been successful and grows every year, Haney says. \u201cThese women might plan a night out with their girlfriends anyway, and now that women know that we do it, they put it on their calendars,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s women from all walks of life\u2014 it\u2019s low-key, reasonably priced and a fun way to support a local charity. But mainly, we really appreciate that they do it. We\u2019re grateful for the fact that they put it together and chose us as the benefactors.\u201d

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THEIR STORY... Nina Schmid and Alex Engelsmann met through mutual friends in 2007. Fueled by their appreciation of the other\u2019s sense of humor, a romance blossomed. \u201cI knew pretty quickly Alex was \u2018the one.\u2019 We have a similar sense of humor and we just get the biggest kick out of each other,\u201d says Nina. Alex echoes her sentiment, \u201cShe makes me laugh more than anyone; and she thinks I\u2019m funny, which is a plus. We also share a lot of the same values.\u201d

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The couple\u2019s engagement mirrored their relationship. \u201cIt was very laid back and simple\u2014but that\u2019s how we do things,\u201d explains Nina. Alex popped the question one evening after dinner at his home. \u201cIt was no- frills, but I wouldn\u2019t have wanted it any other way,\u201d she adds.

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The couple was joined by family and friends on June 8 when they were married at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church in a ceremony of\ufb01 ciated by The Rev. James Tobin. The bride wore her grandmother\u2019s veil and Edelweiss from The Sound of Music played during her processional. \u201cIt was a remarkable moment to be walking arm-in-arm with my sweet dad to be given away to my sweet husband!\u201d recalls Nina. Following the ceremony, the couple rode off in a vintage Woody car that belonged to Alex\u2019s late mother.

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A Southern-inspired soir\u00e9e followed at Deer Creek Club. Blue and white vintage vases, (found by Nina and her mother at various antique stores) \ufb01lled with pink and white peonies graced each guest table, and favors were replaced with donation cards bene\ufb01ting the St. Louis Symphony in honor of the groom\u2019s late mother. Guests were served traditional Southern appetizers like ham biscuits, as well as shot glasses of cold soups. Dinner fare consisted of beef tenderloin and, in keeping with the Southern theme, shrimp and grits. Instead of the traditional bouquet toss, the bride presented the bouquet to her grandmother, who was celebrating 60 years of marriage.

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The newlyweds honeymooned on Maui, where they explored the island in a helicopter and took a submarine below sea level. Nina offers advice for brides to be: \u201cMake your wedding your own\u2014don\u2019t feel constrained by tradition or trends. Also, pick a good groom and none of the rest matters!\u201d The couple resides in Ladue.

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Nina Schmid is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Schmid II of Creve Coeur and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schmid and Mr. John Phelan and the late Shirlie Phelan, all of Ladue. Alex Engelsmann is the son of Richard and the late Judith Engelsmann of Ladue and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Engelsmann of Ladue and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hickey of Frontenac.

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THE DETAILS

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DATE

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June 8, 2012

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CEREMONY

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Our Lady of the Pillar

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Catholic Church

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RECEPTION

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Deer Creek Club

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PHOTOGRAPHER

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Lisa Hessel Photography

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FLOWERS

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Tina Barrera

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BAND

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Downtime Band

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CAKE

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McArthur\u2019s Bakery

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GOWN

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Vineyard by Priscilla of Boston-

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Town & Country Bridal Boutique

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES

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Coren Moore-Berrybridge Bridal

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THE OFFICIANT

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The Rev. James Tobin

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THE BRIDAL PARTY

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MAID OF HONOR

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Kimberly Musick

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MATRON OF HONOR

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Elizabeth Magee

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BRIDESMAIDS

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Abigail Giles

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Elizabeth Engelsmann

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Kate Munsch

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BEST MAN

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Peter Engelsmann

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Kenneth Engelsmann

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GROOMSMEN

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Douglas Giles

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Edwin Schmid III

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Patrick Schmid

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FLOWER GIRLS

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Flynn Engelsmann

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RING BEARERS

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Wyatt Giles

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Hunter Giles

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Julie Lanier Donnell and Brian Daniel Peak were married June 15 in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Mark Thomas at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church. Organist David Erwin and the St. Louis Children\u2019s Choir performed during the ceremony and the bride\u2019s grandfather, who was unable to travel, joined them via Skype. Dinner and dancing followed at Bellerive Country Club. The last song, Just One More, played as the newlyweds exited through a path of rose petals.

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The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Donnell of St. Louis. The bride\u2019s sister, Annie Donnell, served as maid of honor, along with Jamie Kever. Claire Barden, Nicole Deford, Katherine Burkhardt, Kelli Palm and Laurie Morrison were bridesmaids. Julie is a senior associate consultant at Mercer Human Capital Consulting. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Burns Jr. of Lake Bluff, Ill., and the late Mrs. Ruth Latzer Donnell of Ladue.

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The groom is the son of Mr. Daniel Peak of Vioqua, Wis., and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Luttrell of Grand Rapids, Mich. The groom\u2019s brother, David Peak, served as best man, along with Michael Palm. Micah Kienitz-Peak, Forrest Donnell, Ryan Williams, Patrick O\u2019Rourke and Matthew Barden served as groomsmen. Brian works as an equity research associate at RBC Capital Markets.

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The newlyweds honeymooned in Saint Lucia. They reside in New York.

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Marwen and Stewart McDowell of Charlotte, N.C., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Stewart McDowell, to James Rader Nowicke, son of Jeanne and Jim Nowicke of Town & Country. The bride-to-be graduated from Charlotte Latin School in 2004 and the University of Virginia in 2008 with a degree in biomedical engineering. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and anticipates receiving her doctor- ate in the spring of 2013. The future groom graduated from Saint Louis Priory School in 2004 and Princeton University in 2008 with a degree from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Currently, he is pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School and anticipates graduating in the spring of 2013. Kathleen and Jimmy met at an event in Charlottesville, Va., their junior year of college. Two years later, both were living in Baltimore, but it took a chance encounter in New York for them to realize they were living in the same city. The couple began dating and became engaged a year-and-a-half later. They are planning a spring wedding in Savannah, Ga. Following their graduations, they plan to reside in Houston.

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Let it be\u2026SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY is coming to St. Louis. As of press time, his Nov. 11 concert at the Scottrade Center is one of only two U.S. stops for his On the Run tour. This is McCartney\u2019s first St. Louis show in a decade (his Back in the U.S. tour stopped here in 2002).

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Acclaimed journalist GWEN IFILL is taking her show, Washington Week, to St. Louis. The show’s Sept. 28 broadcast will be taped before a live audience at The Touhill beginning at 2 p.m., and will air on Nine PBS later in the evening at its usual 7 p.m. slot. The program will be followed locally by Washington Week 2012 Town Hall St. Louis Edition, in which Ifill will take questions from the audience. Taping is free and open to the public, but a ticket is needed. Call The Touhill’s box office at 516-4949 or visit touhill.org.

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Don Draper\u2019s good deed: Mad Men star JON HAMM was in town earlier this month to help raise funds to build a new performing arts center and athletic center at his alma mater, John Burroughs School. While in St. Louis, the actor visited with several of his former teachers, including retired football coach JIM LEMEN and WAYNE SALOMON, his theater teacher and chair of the school\u2019s theater department. Hamm is spearheading efforts to name the black box theatre in the new building in honor of Salomon. Completion for the new facilities is expected sometime next year.

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STAGES St. Louis is (already) gearing up for the 2013 season, which opens with Always\u2026Patsy Cline, the true story of the country music star and her friendship with a Texas housewife. Also in the lineup: Legally Blonde, The Musical and My Fair Lady. The season begins May 31.

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Kirkwood H.S. sophomore IAN BORELLA had a pretty good Labor Day weekend: He competed in the annual THF Realty Gateway Cup and earned the overall Gateway Cup junior division champion title. The three-day race took cyclists through neighborhoods like Benton Park and The Hill. This was Ian\u2019s second year of participating in the race.

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Hotel highlights: In only a year-and-a-half, Midtown\u2019s HOTEL IGNACIO has earned a prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for 2013, a distinction given to less than 5 percent of properties approved by the AAA. The hotel, unveiled by Saint Louis University in April 2011, is located near campus and the Grand Center Arts District. Meantime, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ST. LOUIS has maintained its AAA Five Diamond status for the fifth consecutive year, making it the only Five-Diamond property in Missouri.

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Clang, clang, clang\u2026The Federal Transit Administration has awarded the LOOP TROLLEY TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (TDD) a grant totaling approximately $25 million. The grant was initially approved in 2010, but this final approval gives the TDD access to the balance of the funds in order to initiate construction. Plans call for a 2.2-mile fixed track trolley line from the Missouri History Museum to the University City Library. The Loop Trolley is scheduled to makes its debut in mid-2014.

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St. Louis recently welcomed two senior cyclists who rode the 3,000 or so miles from Seaside, Ore., to University City to build awareness for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. Among those making the journey was 75-year-old BOB FRICK, a Washington University alum who now resides in California. He and fellow cyclist, 70- year-old LEN HOLMES, made the trip to raise funds for Habitat East Bay (in the San Francisco Bay area). The men, who left the West Coast on June 11, ended their ride Aug. 18 at Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis\u2019 build site in University City, where five homes are scheduled to be completed in early December. LN recently spoke with a local family who will soon be moving into their Habitat home. Their story begins on p. 19.

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On Saturday, Sept. 29, St. Louis will join 10 other U.S. cities to beat the Guinness World Record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. The event, to take place at Saint Louis University’s Hermann Stadium, benefits AMERICA SCORES, a youth development program for underserved elementary school students that incorporates soccer, poetry and service. Last year, St. Louis made history at the first annual Great St. Louis Soccer Dribble when 428 people came together to set the Guinness World Record. However, the United Nations later defeated the record by having 2,068 dribblers in the Gaza Strip. America SCORES St. Louis has called upon other SCORES sites across the country to take back the world record this year. For more information, visit americascoresstlouis.org.

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The second annual Sept. 11 Interfaith Memorial in Music takes place on Sunday, Sept. 9, at The Sheldon, and will feature renowned soprano CHRISTINE BREWER, jazz pianist PETER MARTIN, soul artist BRIAN OWENS and the DICKSON STRING QUARTET. The concert is presented by ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS, a group that aims to promote harmony by establishing an ongoing relationship between local arts and faith communities. For more information, visit artsfaithstl.org.

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Make your cookie count\u2026a \u2018PRESIDENTIAL COOKIE BAKE OFF\u2019 will take place during Kirkwood\u2019s Greentree Festival. Everyone is encouraged to vote for either FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA\u2019s White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies or ANN ROMNEY\u2019s M&M Cookies. Voting takes place Sept. 14 through Sept. 16 during the festival at the McArthur\u2019s Bakery booth located near the Kirkwood Park entrance near Geyer Road and Adams Avenue. Cookies are $1.50 each and sales benefit the Wounded Warrior Fund.

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Missouri Baptist Medical Center\u2019s DR. NICHOLAS KOUCHOUKOS has been honored with the prestigious 2012 Antoine Marfan Award by the National Marfan Foundation (NMF). The award recognizes the doctor\u2019s global leadership in cardiovascular surgery and his accomplishments in pioneering surgical technique to improve aortic and valve surgery for patients with Marfan syndrome. Kouchoukos also was a recipient of the 2009 Hero with a Heart Award from the NMF at its Heartworks Gala.

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Former Cardinals manager TONY LA RUSSA will appear at a book-signing and discussion of his new memoir, One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season. His Sept. 28 appearance at St. Louis County Library headquarters (7 p.m.) will be a ticketed event. Each $35 ticket admits one and includes a copy of One Last Strike (or $50 for two people and one book). Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation.

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HISTORY: Ready Readers was founded in 1997 by Pat Simons and three other St. Louisans who aimed to help prevent reading problems in children from low-income areas. The program became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1999.

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COMMUNITY IMPACT: Ready Readers annually reaches 7,800 preschoolers in 491 classrooms from 132 early childhood centers in the St. Louis area. The 550 volunteers also distributed 53,000 new books to children last year. The program hopes to reach 8,500 children and distribute more than 57,000 books during this school year.

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MISSION: Ready Readers inspires preschool-age children from low-income communities to become readers by reading aloud to them, increasing their exposure to quality books, and providing reading-related activities.

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The nonprofit organization focuses on education as the key to ending the cycle of poverty\u2014only 4 percent of American adults with strong literacy skills are poor. Every week, trained volunteers read high-quality books to classrooms of preschoolers, and then engage them with reading-related activities. Those 30 minutes a week help to stimulate the development of early literacy skills. Six times a year and once during the summer, the children also receive new books to take home.

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WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Second Annual Fall Fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 6, at the home of Lenore and Edwin Pepper The fundraiser will feature a concert by award-winning vocalist, Brian Owens. For more information or to receive an invitation, contact Ready Readers executive director Lisa Greening at 564-8070 or lisa@readyreaders.org.

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In addition, the organization\u2019s biggest fundraiser is actually a \u2018non-event.\u2019 Supporters take on the responsibility of mailing fun invitations requesting contributions from family, friends and colleagues. Ready Readers asks invitees to make a donation, then stay home and read a book. With no actual event, almost every dollar raised goes directly to the program. The next non-event will be held in 2013.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED: To donate or volunteer, call 564-8070 or visit readyreaders.org.

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ON THE BOARD: Lynn Yearwood

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Lynn Yearwood thought she just had found a kindred spirit when she sat down next to fellow book-carrying bus rider Sandy Jaffe on the way to Jefferson City. But as Jaffe, an early board member of Ready Readers, began detailing the work of the organization, the bus trip turned into a gateway to the perfect opportunity for Yearwood. \u201cMy background was in education before I went into business, so I have a love of reading; and my husband was a librarian, so there was a natural affinity there.\u201d

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Today, Yearwood is entering her fifth year of involvement with Ready Readers and her second year as board president. Yearwood is focused on reaching as many children as possible through the reading program, with a future target of 10,000 young readers as the organization looks to expand its reach into Illinois.

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While Yearwood concentrates on fundraising and organizational and staff development, she enjoys witnessing the preschoolers interact with the volunteer readers, which include her husband. From musicians who perform alongside the words on the page, to actors who bring books to life, Yearwood sees how enthralled the children become with the world of reading. \u201cThese children face so many obstacles, but we believe that literacy is the key to success in school, work and life. It\u2019s phenomenal to see how eager they are for these opportunities.\u201d

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Saturday 8

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10th annual UNITED WAY 5K RUN/WALK AND NEW 10K RACE starting at UniGroup’s campus to benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis, 636-305-5000 or stl.unitedway.org/UniGroup5k.

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SHARE H2OPE gala at Hilton St. Louis Frontenac to benefit Shoeman Water Projects, part of Eagle Wings Ministries, 636-751-8197 or shoemanwater.org.

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Fourth annual \u2018HELP US HELP OUR VETERANS\u2019 trivia night sponsored by American Gold Star Mothers, St. Louis Chapter, at the Crestwood Elk Lodge to benefit Missouri Veterans Homes, USO, VA Health Care, Fisher House and Gold Star\u2019s Grant a Wish program, 956-4474.

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Sunday 9

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Second annual CHEFS’ FEAST FOR A KNIGHT cocktail party and four-course meal at Loyola Academy of Saint Louis to benefit the middle school, 531-9091 or feastforaknight.com.

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Monday 10

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Fifth annual CELEBRATION AT SUNSET event with St. Louis Blues announcer John Kelly at Sunset Country Club to benefit St. Joseph’s Academy’s Parent Scholarship Fund, 965-7205 ext. 216 or stjosephacademy.org.

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31st annual KILO GOLF TOURNAMENT at Greenbriar Hills Country Club to benefit Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Research Foundation, 434-6500 or kilorf.com.

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Thursday 13

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Sixth annual HCC STL FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park to benefit the charitable arm of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, 664-4432 or hccstl.com.

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Saturday 15

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Second annual VJ MANCUSO MEMORIAL FUND TRIVIA NIGHT at the Jewish Community Center to benefit children with special needs, vjman.org.

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OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS DAY educational event organized by St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Cancer Support Community of St. Louis at the Richmond Heights Community Center, 995-6220 or sloca.org.

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Sunday 16

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Third annual CARDINALS CARE 6K AND ONE-MILE FUN RUN with Jackie Joyner-Kersee at Busch Stadium to benefit the St. Louis Cardinals’ charitable foundation, cardinals.com/6K.

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Sixth biennial ALL-PORSCHE CAR SHOW presented by the St. Louis Region of the Porsche Club of America at Kemp Auto Museum to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation, 853-8335 or ctf.org.

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Monday 17

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PAR FOR RELIEF charity golf tournament at Persimmon Woods Golf Club to benefit The Relief Foundation, 497-0040 or relief-foundation.org.

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STS. JOACHIM AND ANN CARE SERVICE EIGHTH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING at Bear Creek Golf Club to benefit the organization, 636-441-1302 or jacares.org.

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Wednesday 19

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Sixth annual LADUE EDUCATION FOUNDATION EVENT luncheon at Ladue West Campus to benefit the foundation’s efforts, 477-7673 or laduefoundation.org.

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Friday 21

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\u2018SHRED-IT\u2019 paper-shredding fundraiser at South County Senior Resource Center to benefit the Mid-east Area Agency on Aging\u2019s Meals on Wheels program, 636-207-0847.

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Second annual SPARROW SCRAMBLE golf tournament at The Links at Dardenne to benefit The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home, 616-6474 or thesparrowsneststl.org.

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Saturday 22

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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S starting at Busch Stadium to benefit the organization, 800-272-3900 or alz.org/stl.

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Thursday 27

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ART FROM THE HEART evening of music, wine and art at Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis to benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer’s art therapy program, 275-7440 or friendsofkids.com.

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KALEIDOHOPE fall fashion and jewelry event at Mister Guy Clothiers Women’s Store to benefit Gateway to Hope, 991-5262 or misterguyclothiers.com.

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COMING IN OCTOBER

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1 Second annual ‘PAR FOR PRIESTS’ BISHOP HERMANN GOLF TOURNAMENT sponsored by the Alliance of the Two Hearts, St. Louis at Lake Forest Country Club to benefit the vocation of priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, 636-236-4520 or ath-stl.org.

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6 ST. LOUIS WALK FOR LUPUS NOW at Carondelet Park to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter, 644-2222 or lfaheartland.org.

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8 19th annual SWING TO END HUNGER golf tournament at WingHaven Country Club to benefit Operation Food Search, 726-5355 ext. 19 or operationfoodsearch.org.

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