[ {"id":"c9a1487b-360b-5629-8539-20b4cd0123f3","type":"article","starttime":"1490802900","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-29T10:55:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1490805963","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"St. Louis Speakers Series announces lineup for 2017-2018 season","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_c9a1487b-360b-5629-8539-20b4cd0123f3.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/st-louis-speakers-series-announces-lineup-for---season/article_c9a1487b-360b-5629-8539-20b4cd0123f3.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/st-louis-speakers-series-announces-lineup-for---season/article_c9a1487b-360b-5629-8539-20b4cd0123f3.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"As the St. Louis Speakers Series celebrates its 20th\u00a0anniversary, it is preparing to welcome a stellar lineup of some of today\u2019s most celebrated and influential personalities to take the stage at Powell Hall.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["st. louis speaker series","maryville university","david cameron","jeffrey toobin","jane pauley","robin wright","rick steves","president bill clinton","paul nicklen"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"27487700-9d74-5c5c-9230-151c50541a6f","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"290","height":"476","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/74/27487700-9d74-5c5c-9230-151c50541a6f/56e9a847b1151.image.png?resize=290%2C476"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"164","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/74/27487700-9d74-5c5c-9230-151c50541a6f/56e9a847c1f96.preview-100.png"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"492","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/74/27487700-9d74-5c5c-9230-151c50541a6f/56e9a847b1151.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1681","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/74/27487700-9d74-5c5c-9230-151c50541a6f/56e9a847b1151.image.png"}}}],"revision":2,"commentID":"c9a1487b-360b-5629-8539-20b4cd0123f3","body":"
\"St.
St. Louis Speaker Series

As the St. Louis Speakers Series celebrates its 20th anniversary, it is preparing to welcome a stellar lineup of some of today\u2019s most celebrated and influential personalities to take the stage at Powell Hall. Officially kicking off on Oct. 10, and presented by Maryville University, the 2017-2018 Series will offer seven evenings of thought-provoking discussion and lively entertainment, highlighted by a presentation featuring former President Bill Clinton. The complete list of presenters in order of appearance includes:

\u2022 Oct. 10, 2017 - David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016)

\u2022 Oct. 24, 2017 \u2013 Jeffrey Toobin, Supreme Court expert and esteemed legal analyst

\u2022 Dec. 5, 2017 \u2013 Jane Pauley, television journalist and author

\u2022 Jan. 23, 2018 \u2013 Robin Wright, Middle East expert, award-winning journalist and author

\u2022 Feb. 20, 2018 \u2013 Rick Steves, author, television host and European travel guide

\u2022 March 20, 2018 \u2013 President Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States

\u2022 May 1, 2018 \u2013 Paul Nicklen, award-winning National Geographic photographer

Tickets for the 2017-2018 St. Louis Speakers Series are available now by visiting www.StLouisSpeakersSeries.org or by calling 314-534-1700. As in years past, the series is being sold by subscription, with subscribers guaranteed admission to hear all seven dynamic speakers. Subscriptions for the entire series range from $295 - $435. All presentations will begin at 8 p.m. and each is followed by a spirited Q&A period during which the speaker addresses questions from the audience.

The 2017-2018 series will get underway with a presentation by David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. As the youngest British Prime Minister in two centuries, Cameron led a transformation of the U.K.\u2019s economy through his work to remodel the Conservative Party with a modern, compassionate agenda. In 2016, Cameron resigned following the U.K. vote to leave the European Union.

On Oct. 24, Jeffrey Toobin will grace the stage at Powell Hall. Best known for his books, The Oath and The Nine, which chronicled the inner workings of the Supreme Court, Toobin began his career clerking for a federal judge and later served as an associate counsel to Lawrence Walsh during the Iran-Contra affair and Oliver North\u2019s criminal trial. He has since provided legal analyses on high-profile cases for CNN and The New Yorker. His book on the O.J. Simpson murder case was adapted as a television series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and aired in 2016 as the first season of FX\u2019s American Crime Story, winning numerous Emmy awards.

In December, the St. Louis Speakers Series will welcome television journalist and author Jane Pauley. Pauley is currently the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. She is best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC\u2019s Today, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. Her bestselling memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, made public her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Pauley also penned a second book titled Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.

The Speakers Series will continue in January 2018 with a presentation by Robin Wright. As a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International School for Scholars, Wright has received numerous awards for her reporting for The New Yorker and other publications. She is also the author of many books on the Middle East. The most recent, titled Rock the Casbah, was named the best book on international affairs by the Overseas Press Club.

Rick Steves will take to the Speakers Series stage in February 2018. In addition to authoring numerous European travel guides, Steves is the host of the public television series Rick Steves\u2019 Europe and a public radio show called Travel with Rick Steves. He advocates for independent travel, encouraging Americans to become \u201ctemporary locals\u201d by visiting cozy villages away from popular tourist routes, in addition to seeing major cities.

On March 20, 2018, St. Louis Speakers Series attendees will appreciate the highlight of the season as they hear from former President Bill Clinton. Under Clinton\u2019s leadership as the 42nd President of the United States, the nation enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history, which featured the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

The 2017-2018 St. Louis Speakers Series will conclude in May 2018 with a presentation by Paul Nicklen. An award-winning National Geographic photographer, Nicklen uses his camera to reveal the nature of the changing polar regions due to climate change. His work also includes serving as an interpreter and translator of scientific information about environmental challenges.

Presented by Maryville University, the St. Louis Speakers Series is sponsored by PNC Bank, Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis Public Radio, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Polsinelli. Individual speakers are sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Green Charitable Foundation, Emerson, the St. Louis Cardinals, MonetaGroup and Ladue News.

For more information about the 2017-2018 St. Louis Speakers Series, visit StLouisSpeakersSeries.org.

"}, {"id":"c17d4de0-a1ba-506f-a69f-b923e31d0bf0","type":"article","starttime":"1490385780","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T15:03:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1490388723","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Were You There When...","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_c17d4de0-a1ba-506f-a69f-b923e31d0bf0.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/were-you-there-when/article_c17d4de0-a1ba-506f-a69f-b923e31d0bf0.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/were-you-there-when/article_c17d4de0-a1ba-506f-a69f-b923e31d0bf0.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":6,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Stacey Stahlman","prologue":"Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon on February 4, raising over $44,000 for the Children\u2019s Miracle Network Hospitals. The participating students spent months on fundraising efforts, and they celebrated with music, dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Patient families, or \u201cMiracle Families,\u201d also attended the event to share their stories. The Ladue Dance Marathon has raised nearly $127,000 over the past four years. All funds remain local and go to Children\u2019s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["were you there when"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"8143949f-fb34-5bd7-82c8-da89e9778891","description":"Rich Sames and Officer Doug Manninger","byline":"","hireswidth":1609,"hiresheight":1287,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/14/8143949f-fb34-5bd7-82c8-da89e9778891/58d581d7cd723.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"580","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/14/8143949f-fb34-5bd7-82c8-da89e9778891/58d581d7cc295.image.jpg?crop=1580%2C1205%2C3%2C50&resize=760%2C580&order=crop%2Cresize"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"76","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/14/8143949f-fb34-5bd7-82c8-da89e9778891/58d581d7cc295.image.jpg?crop=1580%2C1205%2C3%2C50&resize=100%2C76&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"229","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/14/8143949f-fb34-5bd7-82c8-da89e9778891/58d581d7cc295.image.jpg?crop=1580%2C1205%2C3%2C50&resize=300%2C229&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"781","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/14/8143949f-fb34-5bd7-82c8-da89e9778891/58d581d7cc295.image.jpg?crop=1580%2C1205%2C3%2C50&resize=1024%2C781&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"21b1e9d2-585d-57c1-94a2-6f4607990cd8","description":"Andriana Chuchman","byline":"","hireswidth":1175,"hiresheight":1762,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/1b/21b1e9d2-585d-57c1-94a2-6f4607990cd8/58d581d689b2e.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"507","height":"760","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/1b/21b1e9d2-585d-57c1-94a2-6f4607990cd8/58d581d68810e.image.jpg?resize=507%2C760"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"150","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/1b/21b1e9d2-585d-57c1-94a2-6f4607990cd8/58d581d68810e.image.jpg?resize=100%2C150"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"450","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/1b/21b1e9d2-585d-57c1-94a2-6f4607990cd8/58d581d68810e.image.jpg?resize=300%2C450"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1536","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/1b/21b1e9d2-585d-57c1-94a2-6f4607990cd8/58d581d68810e.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1536"}}},{"id":"24a258af-2d10-5aab-bb6a-5898b2073da9","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/4a/24a258af-2d10-5aab-bb6a-5898b2073da9/58d581d6dc76d.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"507","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/4a/24a258af-2d10-5aab-bb6a-5898b2073da9/58d581d6db97f.image.jpg?resize=760%2C507"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/4a/24a258af-2d10-5aab-bb6a-5898b2073da9/58d581d6db97f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/4a/24a258af-2d10-5aab-bb6a-5898b2073da9/58d581d6db97f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/4a/24a258af-2d10-5aab-bb6a-5898b2073da9/58d581d6db97f.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"0bb14095-99e8-5d6a-887a-c8fc0c4b9da5","description":"Jenifer Russell","byline":"","hireswidth":1216,"hiresheight":1702,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/bb/0bb14095-99e8-5d6a-887a-c8fc0c4b9da5/58d581d732835.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"543","height":"760","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/bb/0bb14095-99e8-5d6a-887a-c8fc0c4b9da5/58d581d731d25.image.jpg?resize=543%2C760"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"140","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/bb/0bb14095-99e8-5d6a-887a-c8fc0c4b9da5/58d581d731d25.image.jpg?resize=100%2C140"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"420","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/bb/0bb14095-99e8-5d6a-887a-c8fc0c4b9da5/58d581d731d25.image.jpg?resize=300%2C420"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1433","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/bb/0bb14095-99e8-5d6a-887a-c8fc0c4b9da5/58d581d731d25.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1433"}}},{"id":"35cf5bd7-b402-55e1-9c1a-d523118037eb","description":"Mary Gladys, Loving Hearts Early Learning Center","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"570","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/5c/35cf5bd7-b402-55e1-9c1a-d523118037eb/58d581d77b146.image.jpg?resize=760%2C570"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/5c/35cf5bd7-b402-55e1-9c1a-d523118037eb/58d581d77b146.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/5c/35cf5bd7-b402-55e1-9c1a-d523118037eb/58d581d77b146.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/5c/35cf5bd7-b402-55e1-9c1a-d523118037eb/58d581d77b146.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"0e65a20c-65b3-5a4c-896b-0965c782beac","description":"Michael O\u2019Meara","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"500","height":"625","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/e6/0e65a20c-65b3-5a4c-896b-0965c782beac/58d581d7a9c59.image.jpg?resize=500%2C625"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"125","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/e6/0e65a20c-65b3-5a4c-896b-0965c782beac/58d581d7a9c59.image.jpg?resize=100%2C125"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"375","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/e6/0e65a20c-65b3-5a4c-896b-0965c782beac/58d581d7a9c59.image.jpg?resize=300%2C375"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1280","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/e6/0e65a20c-65b3-5a4c-896b-0965c782beac/58d581d7a9c59.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":8,"commentID":"c17d4de0-a1ba-506f-a69f-b923e31d0bf0","body":"

Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon on February 4, raising over $44,000 for the Children\u2019s Miracle Network Hospitals. The participating students spent months on fundraising efforts, and they celebrated with music, dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Patient families, or \u201cMiracle Families,\u201d also attended the event to share their stories. The Ladue Dance Marathon has raised nearly $127,000 over the past four years. All funds remain local and go to Children\u2019s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.

Operation Food Search (OFS) was recently granted $30,000 from the PNC Foundation to support its Cooking Matters programming. The initiative offers two classes, Cooking Matters for Parents and Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals, in which participants gain the needed skills to plan, shop and cook healthy affordable meals for young children. OFS is working with various partners to recruit program participants and aims to create a healthy food environment for children ages birth to five.

\"Mary

Mary Gladys, Loving Hearts Early Learning Center

The Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund to help continue the support of its ArtSmarts program. ArtSmarts serves 22 underserved schools in the city of St. Louis and North St. Louis County which have severely limited art programs. Through the program, each school brings classes of up to 30 students (grades 5-12) to the Craft Alliance gallery and studios three times during the academic year. The students experience an exhibition tour led by a docent and a two-hour hands-on class with a professional artist. \u00a0The grant from the Monsanto Fun will help support ArtSmarts programming for schools within the St. Louis Public Schools.

\"Andriana

Andriana Chuchman

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis announced soprano Andriana Chuchman as the 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize winner for extraordinary artistic potential in early-career artists. She will receive a $10,000 grant to support her continued artistic and professional development. Chuchman sang the doule role of Boonyi Kaul and India Ophuls in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla and\u00a0 Rajiv Joseph\u2019s Shalimar the Clown during Opera Theater\u2019s 2016 Festival Season. She has also performed in operas across the nation and in Canada.\u00a0

Renaissance Financial hosted an awards banquet on January 13 and recognized several of its advisors. Memberships and awards by Securian Financial Services, Inc.

\"Jenifer

Jenifer Russell

Jenifer Russell, the community life services director of Friendship Village Chesterfield (FVC) was recently awarded the prestigious lifetime achievement award from VOYCE, an organization which honors exceptional work in caregiving and person-centered care.\u00a0 For 22 years, Russell has served the residents of FVC and is described as being dynamic, energetic, and the chairwoman of fun by spreading cheer, decorating for events and holidays, and managing diverse activities, classes, outings and plays.\u00a0 VOYCE annually selects individuals recognized by their peers and supervisors, and the 2016 award recipients were chosen from more than 300 long term care communities, home care providers, hospice agencies and adult day programs across a 21 county service area.

Officer Doug Manninger of the Creve Coeur Police Department was recognized as the 2016 Police Officer of the Year by the Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce. Manninger became the department\u2019s crime prevention officer in January of 2016 and worked to educate citizens, students and businesses on crime prevention strategies. He also coordinated programs such as DARE, Rape Aggression Defense, West County Citizens Police Academy, active shooter training, identity theft presentations, personal safety and business security. Manninger has also worked to improve trust and relationships between the police department and Creve Coeur community by coordinating events such as Creve Coeur Night Out, Neighborhood Watch Halloween Party and Trivia Night, and the first Coffee with a Cop. He arranged fundraisers for BackStoppers and the Special Olympics, and he has increased the department\u2019s online presence with crime prevention tips and information via Facebook and twitter.

\"Rich

Rich Sames and Officer Doug Manninger

\"Michael

Michael O\u2019Meara

Michael O\u2019Meara, managing director-midwest of Raymond James & Associates (RJA), has been named as the RJA 2016 Complex Manager of the Year. O\u2019Meara was recruited to the firm 11 years ago to open the first RJA branch in St. Louis and now oversees the Midwest, including 11 offices in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Southern Illinois. He is recognized as a perennial leader in all metrics of manager performance, particularly in recruiting.\u00a0 The award was presented recently at the firm\u2019s annual branch managers\u2019 conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Beyond Housing was recognized with the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence by The Missouri Community Forestry Council and Missouri Department of Conservation. The award recognizes projects that demonstrate a sustained effort to care for the trees of Missouri. Beyond Housing focuses on renewing and building the 24:1 Community, the 24 municipalities of the Normandy School Collaborative (district) in north St. Louis County. Community forester Doug Seely was added to its staff in 2016 and has led efforts to conduct routine maintenance of trees that have been neglected for years, hosted training workshops for community leaders and forestry companies, and hosted two tree planting projects in an effort to improve and maintain the community\u2019s trees.

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery was recently awarded $70,000 from Shop \u2018N Save in support of their commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and providing emergency intervention to families in crisis. Shop \u2018N Save president, Randy King, stated that the Nursery is one of their charities of choice because they see the dollars working in our communities and their associates and customers can become personally involved.

\"crsis
crsis nursery shopnsave.jpg
"}, {"id":"4da91433-05e6-5971-9da0-8cb62d1f7477","type":"article","starttime":"1489432800","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-13T14:20:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1490290802","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Vote in this year's LN Lil' One contest!","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_4da91433-05e6-5971-9da0-8cb62d1f7477.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/vote-in-this-year-s-ln-lil-one-contest/article_4da91433-05e6-5971-9da0-8cb62d1f7477.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/vote-in-this-year-s-ln-lil-one-contest/article_4da91433-05e6-5971-9da0-8cb62d1f7477.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Robyn Dexter","prologue":"Vote for your favorite cutie to win a photo shoot in the May 12 issue of\u00a0Ladue News!","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["ladue news","lil' one"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"d7b358cf-4842-5571-b63c-20fa0f9d35eb","description":"","byline":"Photo by Sabrine Rhodes","hireswidth":1444,"hiresheight":964,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/7b/d7b358cf-4842-5571-b63c-20fa0f9d35eb/58cacae7a2a3b.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"507","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/7b/d7b358cf-4842-5571-b63c-20fa0f9d35eb/58cacae7a0d84.image.jpg?resize=760%2C507"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"70","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/7b/d7b358cf-4842-5571-b63c-20fa0f9d35eb/58cacae7a0d84.image.jpg?crop=1325%2C925%2C0%2C32&resize=100%2C70&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"209","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/7b/d7b358cf-4842-5571-b63c-20fa0f9d35eb/58cacae7a0d84.image.jpg?crop=1325%2C925%2C0%2C32&resize=300%2C209&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"715","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/7b/d7b358cf-4842-5571-b63c-20fa0f9d35eb/58cacae7a0d84.image.jpg?crop=1325%2C925%2C0%2C32&resize=1024%2C715&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":4,"commentID":"4da91433-05e6-5971-9da0-8cb62d1f7477","body":"
\"jordan
jordan 2016 lil one

It's that time of year again: time for the annual LN Lil' One contest!

Our 2017 pint-size ambassador will star in an upcoming fashion shoot to grace LN's pages in our May 12 issue.

The 2017 LN Lil' One contest is open to U.S. residents, children between the ages of 2 and 4 years old, who live in the Ladue News delivery area. Must be two years old by March 23, 2017 and must not turn five years old before May 12, 2017.\u00a0

Contest entries will be accepted between March 15 and 5 p.m. March 22. Contest voting will begin March 23 at and end March 31. Winner must meet requirements. Officers, employees and associates of Lee Enterprises, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journals, Ladue News, the DMS Group, STLtoday, and/or Second Street Media are not eligible to claim the prize.

VOTE HERE

"}, {"id":"e83c7ea3-534c-594c-bd86-07ca71b4e5f5","type":"article","starttime":"1489436040","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-13T15:14:00-05:00","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Were You There When...","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_e83c7ea3-534c-594c-bd86-07ca71b4e5f5.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/were-you-there-when/article_e83c7ea3-534c-594c-bd86-07ca71b4e5f5.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/were-you-there-when/article_e83c7ea3-534c-594c-bd86-07ca71b4e5f5.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":7,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Stacey Stahlman","prologue":"Edward Jones and its associates contributed more than $976,000 to the Arts and Education Council (A&E) in 2016. Associates volunteered on the campaign committee to raise more than $609,000 from the home office and more than $42,000 from the branches. Edward Jones then matched its associates\u2019 contributions with a corporate gift of $325,000. A&E\u2019s annual campaign benefits nearly 70 grantee organizations with financial support, professional development opportunities and incubation services. Edward Jones has supported A&E for 38 years and invested more than $9 million in arts and arts education throughout the bi-state region.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["were you there when"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"2f1ffc47-4e85-5277-8127-e721623489a8","description":"Michael Fross, Cynthia Prost, Irasa Downing, Annette Meyer and Jim Weddle","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"506","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/f1/2f1ffc47-4e85-5277-8127-e721623489a8/58c70206b9546.image.jpg?resize=760%2C506"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/f1/2f1ffc47-4e85-5277-8127-e721623489a8/58c70206b9546.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/f1/2f1ffc47-4e85-5277-8127-e721623489a8/58c70206b9546.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/f1/2f1ffc47-4e85-5277-8127-e721623489a8/58c70206b9546.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"493f1e7b-9006-5da6-b0e6-e3d422d2caa2","description":"Dr. Scott Spurgeon","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"212","height":"279","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/93/493f1e7b-9006-5da6-b0e6-e3d422d2caa2/58c7020688fed.image.jpg?crop=212%2C279%2C28%2C0&resize=212%2C279&order=crop%2Cresize"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"132","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/93/493f1e7b-9006-5da6-b0e6-e3d422d2caa2/58c7020688fed.image.jpg?crop=212%2C279%2C28%2C0&resize=100%2C132&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"395","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/93/493f1e7b-9006-5da6-b0e6-e3d422d2caa2/58c7020688fed.image.jpg?crop=212%2C279%2C28%2C0"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1348","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/93/493f1e7b-9006-5da6-b0e6-e3d422d2caa2/58c7020688fed.image.jpg?crop=212%2C279%2C28%2C0"}}},{"id":"7d351f6f-313a-525f-933d-361314326038","description":"Miriam Middle School expansion rendering","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"487","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d3/7d351f6f-313a-525f-933d-361314326038/58c70206de58e.image.jpg?resize=760%2C487"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"64","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d3/7d351f6f-313a-525f-933d-361314326038/58c70206de58e.image.jpg?resize=100%2C64"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"192","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d3/7d351f6f-313a-525f-933d-361314326038/58c70206de58e.image.jpg?resize=300%2C192"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"657","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d3/7d351f6f-313a-525f-933d-361314326038/58c70206de58e.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"ec266474-a457-5dfe-aacb-ee64b6b35583","description":"Celeste Rueter, Meghan Mueller, and Kim Hibbs","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"535","height":"385","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/c2/ec266474-a457-5dfe-aacb-ee64b6b35583/58c70205b0181.image.png?resize=535%2C385"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"72","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/c2/ec266474-a457-5dfe-aacb-ee64b6b35583/58c70205b0181.image.png?resize=100%2C72"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"216","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/c2/ec266474-a457-5dfe-aacb-ee64b6b35583/58c70205b0181.image.png?resize=300%2C216"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"737","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/c2/ec266474-a457-5dfe-aacb-ee64b6b35583/58c70205b0181.image.png"}}},{"id":"55536c25-4df9-5e3f-9f54-3501ded52363","description":"Dr. Tom Williams","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"284","height":"381","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/55/55536c25-4df9-5e3f-9f54-3501ded52363/58c7020694f9c.image.png?crop=284%2C381%2C89%2C5&resize=284%2C381&order=crop%2Cresize"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"134","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/55/55536c25-4df9-5e3f-9f54-3501ded52363/58c7020694f9c.image.png?crop=284%2C381%2C89%2C5&resize=100%2C134&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"402","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/55/55536c25-4df9-5e3f-9f54-3501ded52363/58c7020694f9c.image.png?crop=284%2C381%2C89%2C5"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1374","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/55/55536c25-4df9-5e3f-9f54-3501ded52363/58c7020694f9c.image.png?crop=284%2C381%2C89%2C5"}}},{"id":"e8d22d6b-b55b-5503-bab9-e28077fe20a1","description":"Stephanie Hall, DiAnne Mueller, Toni Burrow, and Rev. Patrick Chandler","byline":"","hireswidth":1662,"hiresheight":1246,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8d/e8d22d6b-b55b-5503-bab9-e28077fe20a1/58c70207026a2.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"541","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8d/e8d22d6b-b55b-5503-bab9-e28077fe20a1/58c7020701bff.image.jpg?crop=1384%2C986%2C217%2C224&resize=760%2C541&order=crop%2Cresize"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"71","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8d/e8d22d6b-b55b-5503-bab9-e28077fe20a1/58c7020701bff.image.jpg?crop=1384%2C986%2C217%2C224&resize=100%2C71&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"214","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8d/e8d22d6b-b55b-5503-bab9-e28077fe20a1/58c7020701bff.image.jpg?crop=1384%2C986%2C217%2C224&resize=300%2C214&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"730","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8d/e8d22d6b-b55b-5503-bab9-e28077fe20a1/58c7020701bff.image.jpg?crop=1384%2C986%2C217%2C224&resize=1024%2C730&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"51807f7b-3b8f-57cf-a7d8-a465d109ea89","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":1764,"hiresheight":1174,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/18/51807f7b-3b8f-57cf-a7d8-a465d109ea89/58c702073f2fa.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"506","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/18/51807f7b-3b8f-57cf-a7d8-a465d109ea89/58c702073e3b4.image.jpg?resize=760%2C506"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/18/51807f7b-3b8f-57cf-a7d8-a465d109ea89/58c702073e3b4.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/18/51807f7b-3b8f-57cf-a7d8-a465d109ea89/58c702073e3b4.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/18/51807f7b-3b8f-57cf-a7d8-a465d109ea89/58c702073e3b4.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"e83c7ea3-534c-594c-bd86-07ca71b4e5f5","body":"

Edward Jones and its associates contributed more than $976,000 to the Arts and Education Council (A&E) in 2016. Associates volunteered on the campaign committee to raise more than $609,000 from the home office and more than $42,000 from the branches. Edward Jones then matched its associates\u2019 contributions with a corporate gift of $325,000. A&E\u2019s annual campaign benefits nearly 70 grantee organizations with financial support, professional development opportunities and incubation services. Edward Jones has supported A&E for 38 years and invested more than $9 million in arts and arts education throughout the bi-state region.

\"Michael

Michael Fross, Cynthia Prost, Irasa Downing, Annette Meyer and Jim Weddle

\"Dr.

Dr. Scott Spurgeon

Riverview Gardens School District administrator, Dr. Scott Spurgeon, has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award. This award is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation and recognizes the best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the nation who are making a difference in students\u2019 lives. Spurgeon has worked in education for over 25 years and joined Riverview Gardens in 2013. His efforts include creating partnerships with organizations such as Whirpool to meet student needs and helping graduating seniors secure college scholarships. The attendance and graduation rates have also increased to 84% and 85%. Fifteen individuals will be selected as winners and will receive a cash award to be spilt with their school. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2017.

The Miriam Foundation was awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for its Middle School expansion project. The funds will be given toward the $4,000,000 capital project when Miriam raises the balance of funds needed to complete the project. $2 million has been committed by many friends of Miriam, and the remaining $1.5 million is to be raised by January 2018 to receive the Mabee award.

\"Miriam

Miriam Middle School expansion rendering

The Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF) and Hibbs Homes donated $4,180 to Marygrove, an organization providing a safe living environment for children and youth while addressing their mental health needs. The donation will be used to help with a kitchen renovation in Arbor House, one of the six therapeutic foster homes at Marygrove. HBA executive vice president, Celeste Rueter, and HBCF contributor, Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes, presented the donation to Meghan Mueller, grants manager for Marygrove.

\"Celeste

Celeste Rueter, Meghan Mueller, and Kim Hibbs

The Monsanto Fund awarded an $8,000 grant to the SoulFisher Ministries to help support its Educate Now to Achieve Later (ENAL) 2017 Summer Initiative. The summer program consists of eight weeks of academic tutoring and enrichment programs for 40 at-risk elementary students. The program is provided at no cost to families, as many of them have one or both parents currently incarcerated. Students are provided with positive adult role models and are given opportunities to foster leadership skills and goal-setting. This is the second year Monsanto Fund has supported this initiative to curb summer learning loss for these students.

\"Dr.

Dr. Tom Williams

Dr. Tom Williams, superintendent of the Kirkwood School District (KSD), will retire at the end of the school year, effective June 30, 2017. Williams\u2019 eight-year tenure included several achievements which benefited the district. A $33.5 million bond issue added classrooms, provided safety measures, three elementary gymnasiums and new science classrooms at both middle schools. Tuition-free, full-day kindergarten was implemented in 2012, and Williams launched the KSD Task Force to strategize eliminating the achievement gap for African-American students. The Board will determine next steps in the search for a new superintendent.\u00a0

The Electrical Connection has been named an Arcus Awards finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber for its corporate citizenship. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International\u00a0Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1\u00a0and the\u00a0St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical\u00a0Contractors Association (NECA). They are being honored for several initiatives to improve the communities in which its contractors and electricians serve. Examples of their community efforts include their support of the Ferguson, MO and rural St. Francois County \u201cShop with a Cop\u201d programs, and sponsoring the lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Other finalists include Accenture, Anders, Emmis St. Louis, Gateway to Innovation and Mastercard. The Arcus Awards honors companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive\u00a0place to live, work, and invest for all people.

Trailnet and the American Planning Association Missouri Chapter (APA Missouri) received a $60,000 grant through the APA\u2019s Planners4Health initiative, with the goal of creating stronger, healthier communities.\u00a0 The partnership of these two organizations focuses on educating planners and public health professionals on the health impacts of street design. Their Plan4Health initiative involves pop-up traffic calming demonstrations throughout the city of St. Louis, with results such as permanent crosswalk improvements and beautification projects. Trailnet and APA Missouri will use the grant to share knowledge and resources on building coalitions with public health professionals, and to integrate public health into local and regional planning practices.

\"trailnet.jpg\"
trailnet.jpg

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery recently celebrated the grand opening of their Ferguson Outreach Center inside the Ferguson-Dellwood Community Resource Center. Mayors, councilmembers, local community leaders and supporters joined Crisis Nursery CEO, DiAnne Mueller, to celebrate the opening. The Crisis Nursery Ferguson Outreach Center will provide families with crisis counseling, community referrals, home visitation and parent education groups. The center is located at 1433 Stein Rd., Ferguson.

\"Stephanie

Stephanie Hall, DiAnne Mueller, Toni Burrow, and Rev. Patrick Chandler

The 30th\u00a0annual Budweiser Guns \u2018N Hoses boxing event provided a record donation of $653,000 to The BackStoppers. The event, held November 23, 2016 at the Scottrade Center, hosted its largest turnout with 18,038 guests in attendance. The blue team was victorious over the red team in an 11-5 decision. Six emergency responders who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored that evening. BackStoppers is a nonprofit organization that assist families of first responders who die in the line of duty. The donation was presented to The BackStoppers with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

"}, {"id":"f5b85b7f-b893-50dc-8a20-afe0eac9a078","type":"article","starttime":"1489171020","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-10T12:37:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1489177803","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Matthew Mayfield shares details about his new record and upcoming tour","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_f5b85b7f-b893-50dc-8a20-afe0eac9a078.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/matthew-mayfield-shares-details-about-his-new-record-and-upcoming/article_f5b85b7f-b893-50dc-8a20-afe0eac9a078.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/matthew-mayfield-shares-details-about-his-new-record-and-upcoming/article_f5b85b7f-b893-50dc-8a20-afe0eac9a078.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Kaitlynn Martin","prologue":"On Friday, March 17, singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield will perform at The Pageant, with the promise to mix up the songs on his current and previous records.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["matthew mayfield"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"ed687839-17d3-5cc9-b395-c54c592db082","description":"","byline":"Photo by Cary Norton","hireswidth":750,"hiresheight":1334,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d6/ed687839-17d3-5cc9-b395-c54c592db082/58c30c901b377.hires.png","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"427","height":"760","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d6/ed687839-17d3-5cc9-b395-c54c592db082/58c30c901946d.image.png?resize=427%2C760"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"178","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d6/ed687839-17d3-5cc9-b395-c54c592db082/58c30c901946d.image.png?resize=100%2C178"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"534","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d6/ed687839-17d3-5cc9-b395-c54c592db082/58c30c901946d.image.png?resize=300%2C534"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1821","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d6/ed687839-17d3-5cc9-b395-c54c592db082/58c30c901946d.image.png"}}}],"revision":3,"commentID":"f5b85b7f-b893-50dc-8a20-afe0eac9a078","body":"
\"MatthewMayfield.PNG\"
MatthewMayfield.PNG

On Friday, March 17, singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield will perform at The Pageant, with the promise to mix up the songs on his current and previous records and be completely in the moment \u2013 letting the music take him wherever it needs to go.

Eleven years ago, Mayfield had his debut performance at The Pageant with Switchfoot. The 32-year-old Birmingham, Alabama native has been writing songs since the early age of 10. With influences like Johnny Cash, Lemmy from Motorhead and Slash, Mayfield is known as an unpredictable artist, wanting to bring a dangerously honest element to his music. His latest LP, RECOIL, released last year, cuts deep with vulnerable songwriting where Mayfield focuses on the good, bad and ugly of the world around him. Mayfield claims that RECOIL is his most honest record to date.

St. Louis is the second show in Mayfield\u2019s roughly two-month tour, with shows that extend to Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Why was making RECOIL harder than your previous LP, Wild Eyes?

I was in a really bad place in my personal life before I started writing RECOIL. It was my first case of writer\u2019s block. I\u2019ve never experienced that in my whole career. I would pick up a guitar, and I felt like a brick. But I figured that I would work through it, and all these songs started spilling out. Some of them were up tempo and hopeful, and some of them were vicious and raw. There is a lot of vulnerability in the songs. But I think the best music is always the most honest.

How long did it take you to make the record?

It was the fastest record I\u2019ve ever written. I\u2019d say a little over a month. And I had about 15 songs for the record and we ended up with 11. It was a really cathartic process. I wanted to write all the time - middle of the night, all night, the middle of the day. It\u2019s like the levee finally broke and all this stuff started spilling out, and it really helped me get through what I was going through. It was extremely therapeutic. I\u2019m really happy that we did it, and I\u2019m really proud of this record.

How would you describe your song-writing process?

It usually starts with a melody for me. I could be driving down the highway in my car, and I\u2019ll just sing in my phone recorder. Or I\u2019ll be playing the guitar and something will pop up. And I\u2019m like, I need to remember that. I usually wait to find a melody I really like and settle on it before I put lyrics on top of it.

What continues to push you to create music?

It has always been inside of me. I knew when I was 8 or 9 that I wanted to be a full-time musician in a rock band. Now, looking back on those younger years, I think a lot of about how I\u2019ve changed, but at the same time, I am still that little kid. I still love rock \u2018n\u2019 roll just as much. And I\u2019ve never wanted to do or be anything else, and I feel very fortunate.

What kind of experience do you hope people have when they listen to RECOIL?

My hope is that people will believe me. That is always my hope - whether it be making a record or performing. My rule is that I tell all the producers that I\u2019ve worked with to push me to be better, challenge me on the songwriting side. And then, push me to deliver. If you don\u2019t feel like I am giving you all my heart, and you can\u2019t believe me when I\u2019m in there singing, then make me do it again until you do.

You are about to begin this tour, what can people expect from your performances?

We are going to be doing a little bit of everything. We will be playing a lot of the songs on RECOIL, a handful of my favorites from the back catalog, and then some other tunes that I haven\u2019t played in a long time that I miss. I\u2019m looking forward to playing my new stuff the most because it has gotten the least amount of stage time.

What are you most excited for ahead in your music career?

I\u2019m excited to do this tour. And then, getting back on the horse and writing more. I never like to force it. It is something where you need to trust your instincts. You need to sort of stumble upon it. That is the most exciting thing - when the spark becomes fire, and you write it down and play it, and you love it.

Matthew Mayfield will play at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17 at The Pageant as part of \u201cThe Heart Go Bang Tour\u201d with Blue October\u00a0(matthewmayfield.com)

"}, {"id":"d86c4ec8-1aea-5837-bcee-b6dd898f0277","type":"article","starttime":"1488219300","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-27T12:15:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1488220503","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Women of Achievement announces 2017 honorees","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_d86c4ec8-1aea-5837-bcee-b6dd898f0277.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/women-of-achievement-announces-honorees/article_d86c4ec8-1aea-5837-bcee-b6dd898f0277.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/women-of-achievement-announces-honorees/article_d86c4ec8-1aea-5837-bcee-b6dd898f0277.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The 10 area women will be recognized for their outstanding commitment to volunteer service and leadership at a luncheon on May 16.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["women of achievement","claire applewhite","christine buck","adrienne d. davis","marlene hammerman","rosemary hanley","margaret hopkins","kathy lambert","elizabeth mannen","colleen kelly starkloff","asha zimmerman"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"090106c5-d2de-54bf-b202-df0907b810be","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"438","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/90/090106c5-d2de-54bf-b202-df0907b810be/58bdb80c30932.image.jpg?resize=620%2C438"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"70","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/90/090106c5-d2de-54bf-b202-df0907b810be/56c1f5c8784b8.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"212","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/90/090106c5-d2de-54bf-b202-df0907b810be/58bdb80c30932.image.jpg?resize=300%2C212"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"723","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/90/090106c5-d2de-54bf-b202-df0907b810be/58bdb80c30932.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":3,"commentID":"d86c4ec8-1aea-5837-bcee-b6dd898f0277","body":"
\"women
women of achievement logo WOA

Women of Achievement is pleased to announce the 2017 Women of Achievement honorees\u2014a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. Founded in 1955, the St. Louis Women of Achievement Award is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The recipients will be recognized at the 2017 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year\u2019s luncheon chair is Gin Wachter and the vice chair is Phyllis Langsdorf.

The 2017 Class of Honorees includes:

Claire Applewhite \u2014 Educational Enrichment

Christine Buck \u2014 Youth Dedication

Adrienne D. Davis \u2014 Arts Advocacy

Marlene Hammerman \u2014 Social Justice

Rosemary Hanley \u2014 Youth Services

Margaret Hopkins \u2014 Community Betterment

Kathy Lambert \u2014 Social Enterprise

Elizabeth Mannen \u2014 Volunteer Leadership

Colleen Kelly Starkloff \u2014 Human Welfare

Asha Zimmerman \u2014 Caring and Compassion

Joni Karandjeff, the president of Women of Achievement, notes that volunteers are the \"unsung heroes of our community.\"

\u201cThe strength and longevity of the region\u2019s nonprofit organizations and programs rely heavily on dedicated volunteers,\" she says. \"We take pride in honoring some of these outstanding unsung heroes\u2014women volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy, and leadership to helping the community in tremendous ways and inspire others to do the same.\u201d

Gin Wachter, the chair of this year's luncheon, says the event will be a special way to honor and highlight the awardees.

\u201cSurrounded by family, friends, past Women of Achievement, and those affiliated with each honoree\u2019s nonprofits and charities along with the general public, the feeling in the room is joyous and delightful,\" she says. \"In addition to a delicious lunch and awarding the honorees, we also feature a dynamic 30-minute video about the volunteers and their history of service, which really hits home the message that helping others makes an enormous impact in our community.\u201d

Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy.

Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at www.woastl.org/luncheon-reservations or by contacting Women of Achievement at 314.896.4962 or woastlouis@gmail.com.

"}, {"id":"355c9ffc-d7a7-58fe-8a71-8e90293e3da0","type":"article","starttime":"1487710560","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-21T14:56:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1487711344","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Missouri Historical Society hosting forums about Soldiers Memorial plans","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_355c9ffc-d7a7-58fe-8a71-8e90293e3da0.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/missouri-historical-society-hosting-forums-about-soldiers-memorial-plans/article_355c9ffc-d7a7-58fe-8a71-8e90293e3da0.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/missouri-historical-society-hosting-forums-about-soldiers-memorial-plans/article_355c9ffc-d7a7-58fe-8a71-8e90293e3da0.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"soldiers memorial renderingThe Missouri Historical Society is hosting a series of community forums to share its progress on the Soldiers Memorial Revitalization Project and unveil latest plans for core exhibits and building renovations. During these public forums, the organization hopes to engage the community in dialogue about the most recent plans for this important local project.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["missouri history museum","missouri historical society","soldiers memorial"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"4b6c4d2e-e8e2-5576-9a9f-638fb5f01c70","description":"","byline":"Rendering courtesy of the Missouri History Museum","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"630","height":"473","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/b6/4b6c4d2e-e8e2-5576-9a9f-638fb5f01c70/58acab456558f.image.jpg?resize=630%2C473"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/b6/4b6c4d2e-e8e2-5576-9a9f-638fb5f01c70/58acab456558f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/b6/4b6c4d2e-e8e2-5576-9a9f-638fb5f01c70/58acab456558f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"769","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/b6/4b6c4d2e-e8e2-5576-9a9f-638fb5f01c70/58acab456558f.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":3,"commentID":"355c9ffc-d7a7-58fe-8a71-8e90293e3da0","body":"
\"soldiers
soldiers memorial rendering

The Missouri Historical Society is hosting a series of community forums to share its progress on the Soldiers Memorial Revitalization Project and unveil latest plans for core exhibits and building renovations. During these public forums, the organization hopes to engage the community in dialogue about the most recent plans for this important local project.\u00a0

The community forums are open to all St. Louis Metropolitan residents. The Missouri Historical Society is also reaching out to local veterans groups to encourage their members to attend.

2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22

AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room at the Missouri History Museum

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room at the Missouri History Museum

5:30 p.m. Monday, March 6

Atrium at the Old Post Office

9 a.m. Saturday March 18

Soulard American Legion, BK Post 422

In 2015, the Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, took the reins for the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis through a long-term agreement with the City of St. Louis. The Missouri Historical Society is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic structure to create a state-of-the-art museum facility that honors military service, veterans and their families. The revitalized Soldiers Memorial Military Museum will feature more than double the amount of exhibit space, and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and programming that are both reverent and relevant to veterans, military families and the larger St. Louis community. Soldiers Memorial is scheduled to reopen to the public in 2018.

For more information, visit mohistory.org/soldiersmemorial.

"}, {"id":"373f394d-679b-5d75-a2f8-6d7e1ca181b4","type":"article","starttime":"1487111040","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-14T16:24:00-06:00","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Working Women's Show to showcase vendors, speakers and more","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_373f394d-679b-5d75-a2f8-6d7e1ca181b4.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/working-women-s-show-to-showcase-vendors-speakers-and-more/article_373f394d-679b-5d75-a2f8-6d7e1ca181b4.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/working-women-s-show-to-showcase-vendors-speakers-and-more/article_373f394d-679b-5d75-a2f8-6d7e1ca181b4.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Kaitlynn Martin","prologue":"working womens showAround 400 exhibitor booths will be set up in the St. Charles Convention Center for attendees to find almost anything they desire at the St. Louis Working Women's Show. From Feb. 24 to 26, visitors can participate in activities such as sessions with Painting Art Studio and Mason Mani Craft Studio, and be a part of a 5K run/walk.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"bbbaa4bf-0f65-5686-9c00-e31d4865919c","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"500","height":"361","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/bb/bbbaa4bf-0f65-5686-9c00-e31d4865919c/58a388e7d0ecf.image.png?resize=500%2C361"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"72","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/bb/bbbaa4bf-0f65-5686-9c00-e31d4865919c/58a388e7d0ecf.image.png?resize=100%2C72"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"217","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/bb/bbbaa4bf-0f65-5686-9c00-e31d4865919c/58a388e7d0ecf.image.png?resize=300%2C217"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"739","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/bb/bbbaa4bf-0f65-5686-9c00-e31d4865919c/58a388e7d0ecf.image.png"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"373f394d-679b-5d75-a2f8-6d7e1ca181b4","body":"
\"working
working womens show

Around 400 exhibitor booths will be set up in the St. Charles Convention Center for attendees to find almost anything they desire at the St. Louis Working Women's Show. From Feb. 24 to 26, visitors can participate in activities such as sessions with Painting Art Studio and Mason Mani Craft Studio, and be a part of a 5K run/walk.

Bartenders from Masters of Mixology will create innovative cocktail recipes and show participants how to make them at home. The Wine Garden and Cuisine on the Green will provide a variety of food and wine. A Dillard's fashion show will take place on the main stage, and on the cooking class stage, The Missouri Pork Association will present Chef Martin as he cooks up Mexican fare with hints of European inspiration.

Vendors will be selling an expansive array of items for kitchen, beauty and fashion needs. Cutco Cutlery, Damsels in Distress, The Letter Lady, body and bath products from Anita\u2019s, Cabela\u2019s, Diba footwear and Easy Living Products will be available. There will also be booths featuring handmade children\u2019s clothing, books and footwear.

If you find yourself in the mood for something sweet, vendors like Milo\u2019s teas, Cake Pops, Blue Owl\u2019s fried pies, Nothing Bundt Cakes of Chesterfield, Dave\u2019s Coffee Cake and more.

Fashionistas will be excited to find beauty and jewelry booths to search through. Snappy Chicks and Snaps and Lilla Rose Hair are just a glimpse at the unique, sparkling finds at the show. As a special treat, Robert Govero, a highly regarded stylist and artistic director, will host a presentation on the show\u2019s main stage.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., actress and singer Janine Turner will make an appearance. She is best known for her role as Maggie O'Connell in\u00a0Northern Exposure.

In addition, dentistry, hospital, vacation, vision, hearing and other service areas will have representatives on hand to help with any questions guests have about recommended practices or upcoming trips.

Throughout the weekend, Gilligan\u2019s Island Game Shows, presented by The Missouri Lottery, will give guests chances to win lottery tickets and prizes. There will also be a Mardi Gras bingo presented by Goodwill with prizes like shopping bags, T-shirts and more.

These guest speakers, vendors and activities just scratch the surface of all that is planned for the three-day St. Louis Working Women\u2019s Show.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guest speakers and presentation times vary. Admission is $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for seniors over 60 and children ages 6 to 11. A two-day wristband pass is also available for $13. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of, or in advance at wwssonline.com.

"}, {"id":"4439ad41-5cec-53e9-b414-8c8626139c5e","type":"article","starttime":"1486143960","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-03T11:46:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1486144864","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Five local pups to play in this year's Animal Planet Puppy Bowl","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_4439ad41-5cec-53e9-b414-8c8626139c5e.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/five-local-pups-to-play-in-this-year-s-animal/article_4439ad41-5cec-53e9-b414-8c8626139c5e.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/five-local-pups-to-play-in-this-year-s-animal/article_4439ad41-5cec-53e9-b414-8c8626139c5e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Robyn Dexter","prologue":"Five Stray Rescue of St. Louis puppies out of a total of 80 nationwide have been selected to participate in this year\u2019s Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XIII.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["stray rescue","puppy bowl","animal planet","adoption","randy grim"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"e0c0c21c-f1b0-58fd-8eb6-e87c6542cfb3","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":1200,"hiresheight":440,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0c/e0c0c21c-f1b0-58fd-8eb6-e87c6542cfb3/5894c3bf2b5eb.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"279","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0c/e0c0c21c-f1b0-58fd-8eb6-e87c6542cfb3/5894c3bf29c76.image.jpg?resize=760%2C279"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"37","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0c/e0c0c21c-f1b0-58fd-8eb6-e87c6542cfb3/5894c3bf29c76.image.jpg?resize=100%2C37"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"110","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0c/e0c0c21c-f1b0-58fd-8eb6-e87c6542cfb3/5894c3bf29c76.image.jpg?resize=300%2C110"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"375","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0c/e0c0c21c-f1b0-58fd-8eb6-e87c6542cfb3/5894c3bf29c76.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C375"}}}],"revision":2,"commentID":"4439ad41-5cec-53e9-b414-8c8626139c5e","body":"
\"puppy
puppy bowl 2017

Five Stray Rescue puppies out of a total of 80 nationwide have been selected to participate in this year\u2019s prestigious Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XIII. Animal Planet worked with more than 45 shelters and rescue groups across the country to participate in Puppy Bowl XIII, including Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Stray Rescue\u2019s team includes adorable Beebop, Wesley, Beatrix, Radcliffe and Stretch, and three of them will even be in the starting lineup! Television\u2019s original adoption extravaganza returns to Animal Planet for Puppy Bowl XIII from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 5, with two hours of fuzzy faces, sloppy kisses and puppy penalties.

Learn more on Animal Planet's website or Stray Rescue's website.

"}, {"id":"4c9ce68c-f83f-52f8-9ffe-5b122722d739","type":"article","starttime":"1485968760","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-01T11:06:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1485970083","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"COCA announces $40 million \"Create Our Future\" campaign","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_4c9ce68c-f83f-52f8-9ffe-5b122722d739.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/coca-announces-million-create-our-future-campaign/article_4c9ce68c-f83f-52f8-9ffe-5b122722d739.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/coca-announces-million-create-our-future-campaign/article_4c9ce68c-f83f-52f8-9ffe-5b122722d739.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":2,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Robyn Dexter","prologue":"COCA has announced a $40 million, multi-year fundraising campaign called Create Our Future.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["coca","create our future","university city","arts","capital campaign"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"87076d6e-a0bb-5ffa-b9d6-207354aad505","description":"","byline":"Rendering courtesy of COCA","hireswidth":1866,"hiresheight":1110,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/87076d6e-a0bb-5ffa-b9d6-207354aad505/589219477fe24.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"452","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/87076d6e-a0bb-5ffa-b9d6-207354aad505/589219477e0bd.image.jpg?resize=760%2C452"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"59","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/87076d6e-a0bb-5ffa-b9d6-207354aad505/589219477e0bd.image.jpg?resize=100%2C59"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"178","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/87076d6e-a0bb-5ffa-b9d6-207354aad505/589219477e0bd.image.jpg?resize=300%2C178"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"609","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/87076d6e-a0bb-5ffa-b9d6-207354aad505/589219477e0bd.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C609"}}},{"id":"765edfb9-b504-54df-a02a-524f0ddfa2e7","description":"","byline":"Rendering courtesy of COCA","hireswidth":2049,"hiresheight":1011,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/65/765edfb9-b504-54df-a02a-524f0ddfa2e7/589219481d5b1.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"375","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/65/765edfb9-b504-54df-a02a-524f0ddfa2e7/589219481c5f1.image.jpg?resize=760%2C375"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"49","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/65/765edfb9-b504-54df-a02a-524f0ddfa2e7/589219481c5f1.image.jpg?resize=100%2C49"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"148","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/65/765edfb9-b504-54df-a02a-524f0ddfa2e7/589219481c5f1.image.jpg?resize=300%2C148"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"505","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/65/765edfb9-b504-54df-a02a-524f0ddfa2e7/589219481c5f1.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C505"}}}],"revision":4,"commentID":"4c9ce68c-f83f-52f8-9ffe-5b122722d739","body":"
\"COCA_TheaterView_WC.jpg\"
COCA_TheaterView_WC.jpg

Late Friday, COCA announced a $40 million, multi-year fundraising campaign called Create Our Future. As part of the campaign, $27 million will go toward capital renovation and expansion of COCA's historic building in University City, and $13 million will go toward funding its endowment and reserves. COCA has already raised $25 million toward the goal.\u00a0

With a planned start date in early 2018 and completion in late 2019, the project includes:

To learn more, visit\u00a0cocastl.org/capitalcampaign.

\"COCA_StreetView_WC.jpg\"
COCA_StreetView_WC.jpg
"}, {"id":"eac0d061-f852-5c54-8d62-6d9cfa4cca35","type":"article","starttime":"1485792180","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-30T10:03:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1485795063","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Board News","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_eac0d061-f852-5c54-8d62-6d9cfa4cca35.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/board-news/article_eac0d061-f852-5c54-8d62-6d9cfa4cca35.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/board-news/article_eac0d061-f852-5c54-8d62-6d9cfa4cca35.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":8,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Stacey Stahlman","prologue":"St. Luke\u2019s Medical Group\u00a0announced last December that\u00a0Dr. J. William Campbell, MD\u00a0has been named as its medical director.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"74e54405-b6eb-5332-ad5b-f5ca77096db8","description":"Dr. J. William Campbell","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"426","height":"599","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/4e/74e54405-b6eb-5332-ad5b-f5ca77096db8/588f68ac1c47d.image.jpg?resize=426%2C599"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"141","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/4e/74e54405-b6eb-5332-ad5b-f5ca77096db8/588f68ac1c47d.image.jpg?resize=100%2C141"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"422","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/4e/74e54405-b6eb-5332-ad5b-f5ca77096db8/588f68ac1c47d.image.jpg?resize=300%2C422"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1440","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/4e/74e54405-b6eb-5332-ad5b-f5ca77096db8/588f68ac1c47d.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"9ae93a84-4d25-5022-97ce-e9c7be6e0a0a","description":"Tom Guebert","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"246","height":"352","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/ae/9ae93a84-4d25-5022-97ce-e9c7be6e0a0a/588f68adf3596.image.png?resize=246%2C352"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"143","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/ae/9ae93a84-4d25-5022-97ce-e9c7be6e0a0a/588f68adf3596.image.png?resize=100%2C143"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"429","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/ae/9ae93a84-4d25-5022-97ce-e9c7be6e0a0a/588f68adf3596.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1465","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/ae/9ae93a84-4d25-5022-97ce-e9c7be6e0a0a/588f68adf3596.image.png"}}},{"id":"ed1b4bbe-3f47-5fb8-bec8-74a6a362f8a0","description":"Scott Hammack","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"318","height":"386","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d1/ed1b4bbe-3f47-5fb8-bec8-74a6a362f8a0/588f68adac994.image.png?resize=318%2C386"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"121","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d1/ed1b4bbe-3f47-5fb8-bec8-74a6a362f8a0/588f68adac994.image.png?resize=100%2C121"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"364","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d1/ed1b4bbe-3f47-5fb8-bec8-74a6a362f8a0/588f68adac994.image.png?resize=300%2C364"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1243","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d1/ed1b4bbe-3f47-5fb8-bec8-74a6a362f8a0/588f68adac994.image.png"}}},{"id":"84e40e0c-df7f-56d4-aeb4-190db9cd7769","description":"Brian Roy","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"260","height":"387","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/4e/84e40e0c-df7f-56d4-aeb4-190db9cd7769/588f68ab7d928.image.png?resize=260%2C387"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"149","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/4e/84e40e0c-df7f-56d4-aeb4-190db9cd7769/588f68ab7d928.image.png?resize=100%2C149"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"447","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/4e/84e40e0c-df7f-56d4-aeb4-190db9cd7769/588f68ab7d928.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1524","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/4e/84e40e0c-df7f-56d4-aeb4-190db9cd7769/588f68ab7d928.image.png"}}},{"id":"0cb39042-09e1-5e71-8a7a-71ce9ec26a99","description":"Tiffany Jackson","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"286","height":"429","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/cb/0cb39042-09e1-5e71-8a7a-71ce9ec26a99/588f68addbe76.image.jpg?resize=286%2C429"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"150","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/cb/0cb39042-09e1-5e71-8a7a-71ce9ec26a99/588f68addbe76.image.jpg?resize=100%2C150"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"450","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/cb/0cb39042-09e1-5e71-8a7a-71ce9ec26a99/588f68addbe76.image.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1536","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/cb/0cb39042-09e1-5e71-8a7a-71ce9ec26a99/588f68addbe76.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"3c1d9543-1f5e-53ed-8c6a-3abdf7d3d7a8","description":"Ken Kruse","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"275","height":"388","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c1/3c1d9543-1f5e-53ed-8c6a-3abdf7d3d7a8/588f68acc7b02.image.png?resize=275%2C388"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"141","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c1/3c1d9543-1f5e-53ed-8c6a-3abdf7d3d7a8/588f68acc7b02.image.png?resize=100%2C141"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"423","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c1/3c1d9543-1f5e-53ed-8c6a-3abdf7d3d7a8/588f68acc7b02.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1445","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c1/3c1d9543-1f5e-53ed-8c6a-3abdf7d3d7a8/588f68acc7b02.image.png"}}},{"id":"502819a8-8e36-52bf-a953-99667ccca111","description":"Joseph Blanner","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"312","height":"387","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/02/502819a8-8e36-52bf-a953-99667ccca111/588f68ac54b1c.image.png?resize=312%2C387"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"124","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/02/502819a8-8e36-52bf-a953-99667ccca111/588f68ac54b1c.image.png?resize=100%2C124"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"372","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/02/502819a8-8e36-52bf-a953-99667ccca111/588f68ac54b1c.image.png?resize=300%2C372"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1270","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/02/502819a8-8e36-52bf-a953-99667ccca111/588f68ac54b1c.image.png"}}},{"id":"4f08d7a5-db9c-5cc8-94ad-06e575ca1f40","description":"Rev. Michael Jones","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"259","height":"386","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f0/4f08d7a5-db9c-5cc8-94ad-06e575ca1f40/588f68ad6efee.image.png?resize=259%2C386"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"149","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f0/4f08d7a5-db9c-5cc8-94ad-06e575ca1f40/588f68ad6efee.image.png?resize=100%2C149"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"447","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f0/4f08d7a5-db9c-5cc8-94ad-06e575ca1f40/588f68ad6efee.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1526","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f0/4f08d7a5-db9c-5cc8-94ad-06e575ca1f40/588f68ad6efee.image.png"}}}],"revision":18,"commentID":"eac0d061-f852-5c54-8d62-6d9cfa4cca35","body":"
\"Dr.

Dr. J. William Campbell

\"Tom

Tom Guebert

\"Scott

Scott Hammack

\"Brian

Brian Roy

\"Tiffany

Tiffany Jackson

\"Ken

Ken Kruse

\"Joseph

Joseph Blanner

\"Rev.

Rev. Michael Jones

St. Luke\u2019s Medical Group announced last December that Dr. J. William Campbell, MD has been named as its medical director. Dr. Campbell is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease and has been with Medical Specialists of St. Luke\u2019s since 2004.

The St. Louis Chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its 2017 executive officers and board directors.

Officers for 2017:

Board directors:

Almost Home is pleased to welcome Bernice Brooks-Jones, training specialist at Express Scripts, and Julia Reinbold, accountant, to its board of directors.

The National Children\u2019s Cancer Society (NCCS) is pleased to announce two new members to its board of directors, Tom Guebert and Scott Hammack. Guebert retired from a 38-year career with COUNTRY FINANCIAL and recently completed his term as Rotary District 6510 Governor. Hammack is a financial advisor and owner of Hammack Advisory Group, LLC.

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) announced that Amy Scheers has been named as its new executive director, replacing Kathryn Ballard at the end of 2016. Scheers brings over two decades of performing arts experience, including director of program design and production at COCA-Center of Creative Arts, prior to that as director of dance, and a teacher at the Alexandra School of Ballet.

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan St. Louis announced its new officers for the 2017 term:

Variety the Children\u2019s Charity is pleased to name Brian Roy as its executive director. Roy has worked at Variety since 2010 with the last four years as chief operating officer. He also previously worked at Live Nation, Momentum Worldwide, and he is a graduate of the University of Dayton, School of Business Administration.

Room at the Inn recently welcomed Tiffany Jackson, MSW, as its first executive director. Jackson brings over 18 years of experience in the social service field and 14 years working in shelter settings. She previously worked with Beyond Housing, the Haven of Grace, the Salvation Army and Redevelopment Opportunities for Women. She is an adjunct instructor for the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and has served in similar roles at Washington University and St. Louis Community College.\u00a0

Kids In The Middle (KITM) is pleased to announce five new members to its board of directors:

Marilu Knode, executive director of Laumeier Sculpture Park, has resigned from her position to pursue other projects, effective December 2, 2016. Knode served in this role for seven years with several notable accomplishments, including completion of the $10 million Sculpting the Future capital campaign, construction of the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, development of new national partnerships and new educational programs, and the receipt of three grants.

The St. Louis Public Library Foundation has elected its new board leadership:

In addition, the Foundation elected two new trustees: Carolyn Farrell and Laura Shaughnessy, and re-elected the following trustees to three-year terms: Deborah Dolgin, Julian Edison, Judy Harris, Michael Kahn, Jean-Paul Montupet, Deborah Patterson, Lee Rodgers, Ellen Sherberg, David Sliney and Matt Villa.

Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri announced the election of Ken Kruse as its president. Kruse, president of Payne Family Homes, is the 83rd president of HBA.

The Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri has also appointed Joseph Blanner of McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, L.C.to serve on its board of directors.

Midwest BankCentre recently announced that Rev. Michael Jones has been elected to its legal board of directors. Jones is a senior pastor at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church and leads the church\u2019s economic development and community outreach efforts. Jones earned his bachelor\u2019s in business administration from Columbia College and a master\u2019s degree in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary. The Friendly Temple church and Midwest BankCentre partnered in 2016 for a new bank branch at the church\u2019s campus as St. Louis City\u2019s sixth branch.

The Saint Louis Zoo Association has elected new officers and members for 2017:

Officers:

Members:

SSM Health welcomes Paul Ross, MBA, as its new vice president of philanthropy for the St. Louis region. Ross will develop a strategic philanthropy plan at SSM Health DePaul, St. Clare and St. Mary\u2019s Hospitals, as well as St. Charles County. He will also lead a development plan for the new $550 million SLU Hospital and ambulatory care center. Ross previously served as assistant vice chancellor for advancement-health sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia and led fundraising for The Salvation Army and Mayo Clinic.

Ursuline Academy welcomes the following members to its board of trustees:

"}, {"id":"cc8fe9eb-ff82-5534-a7d9-aff4be6db48f","type":"article","starttime":"1484944200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-20T14:30:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1485452706","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Q&A with John Cleese","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_cc8fe9eb-ff82-5534-a7d9-aff4be6db48f.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/q-a-with-john-cleese/article_cc8fe9eb-ff82-5534-a7d9-aff4be6db48f.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/q-a-with-john-cleese/article_cc8fe9eb-ff82-5534-a7d9-aff4be6db48f.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Robyn Dexter","prologue":"Monty Python co-founder John Cleese will be part of the St. Louis Speaker Series this Tues., Jan. 24 at Powell Hall.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["john cleese","monty python","a fish called wanda","st. louis speaker series","maryville university","powell hall"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"edadc11b-14eb-51e4-af8b-bfc0be49fddf","description":"","byline":"Photo courtesy of Bob King","hireswidth":1174,"hiresheight":1764,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/da/edadc11b-14eb-51e4-af8b-bfc0be49fddf/588279ddd3abb.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"506","height":"760","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/da/edadc11b-14eb-51e4-af8b-bfc0be49fddf/588279ddd21ca.image.jpg?resize=506%2C760"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"74","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/da/edadc11b-14eb-51e4-af8b-bfc0be49fddf/588279ddd21ca.image.jpg?crop=1169%2C867%2C1%2C139&resize=100%2C74&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"222","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/da/edadc11b-14eb-51e4-af8b-bfc0be49fddf/588279ddd21ca.image.jpg?crop=1169%2C867%2C1%2C139&resize=300%2C222&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"759","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/da/edadc11b-14eb-51e4-af8b-bfc0be49fddf/588279ddd21ca.image.jpg?crop=1169%2C867%2C1%2C139&resize=1024%2C759&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":10,"commentID":"cc8fe9eb-ff82-5534-a7d9-aff4be6db48f","body":"
\"JOHN
JOHN CLEESE

Monty Python co-founder John Cleese will be part of the St. Louis Speaker Series this Tues., Jan. 24 at Powell Hall. Cleese is best known for his work with the legendary Monty Python troupe,\u00a0Fawlty Towers and\u00a0A Fish Called Wanda. In late 2014, he released his\u00a0New York Times bestselling memoir,\u00a0So, Anyway..., which details his early life and breaking into the world of comedy. Cleese is currently on a tour of the United States, where he's making appearances at screenings of\u00a0Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

LN had a chance to catch up with Cleese ahead of his appearance on Tuesday.

What has this tour been like so far?\u00a0

It's been quite hard work, but very enjoyable. The shows themselves have been terrific with wonderful audiences. They're great, especially the\u00a0Holy Grail audiences. They have my sense of humor.

A couple of days ago, we traveled for seven hours and then did a show at the end of it. If you do a couple of those in a row, it's very tiring. We're doing Worcester, Mass. tonight, which will be the eighth show in eight days, and then we fly to Chicago for a day off, which feels like a week off!

Do you have anything in particular you're planning on speaking about on Tuesday in St. Louis?

What I like about [these types of speaker series] is you never really know where it's going to go. I've had three interviewers so far, and we've just had a wonderful time because they come at me from different angles and ask me different questions. I don't like saying the same thing I did last night, and with this speaker series, there's none of that at all. You can end up talking about anything at all!

What was your writing process like for\u00a0So, Anyway...?

It was extraordinarily enjoyable, and I didn't know whether it was going to be or not. I know one famous British film star who started writing his autobiography and found it was so emotionally painful to go through a relive some things that he stopped writing. I had the opposite response, probably because I've had so much therapy over the years, so I feel like I've worked through most of those things. So when I was able to look back on those moments when I'd been very upset, I remember how I felt at the time, but I was no longer influenced by it emotionally and was able to watch it from sort of a distance.

Are you planning on writing more in the future?

Yes, I'm going to write another [book] when I get some time.

\u00a0

Cleese's appearance at the St. Louis Speaker Series begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Powell Hall. To learn more about the St. Louis Speaker Series, visit\u00a0stlouisspeakersseries.org.

Check out the Jan. 27 issue of\u00a0LN\u00a0to read the full Q&A with Cleese.

"}, {"id":"c3e78568-415a-5be5-b709-45d1de46994e","type":"article","starttime":"1484691660","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-17T16:21:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1484693465","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Were You There When...","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_c3e78568-415a-5be5-b709-45d1de46994e.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/were-you-there-when/article_c3e78568-415a-5be5-b709-45d1de46994e.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/were-you-there-when/article_c3e78568-415a-5be5-b709-45d1de46994e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":8,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Stacey Stahlman","prologue":"Former Rams\u2019 quarterback\u00a0Kurt Warner\u00a0and wife\u00a0Brenda Warner,\u00a0along with\u00a0Operation Food Search,\u00a0distributed 15,000 coats during the annual Warners\u2019 Warm-Up coat drive.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"9df85432-7411-5748-b7d3-f2cbce1b5ac2","description":"Holiday Heart sponsors","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"517","height":"385","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/df/9df85432-7411-5748-b7d3-f2cbce1b5ac2/587e9c1e5ecd6.image.png?resize=517%2C385"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"74","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/df/9df85432-7411-5748-b7d3-f2cbce1b5ac2/587e9c1e5ecd6.image.png?resize=100%2C74"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"223","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/df/9df85432-7411-5748-b7d3-f2cbce1b5ac2/587e9c1e5ecd6.image.png?resize=300%2C223"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"763","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/df/9df85432-7411-5748-b7d3-f2cbce1b5ac2/587e9c1e5ecd6.image.png"}}},{"id":"6e5dab8d-8899-5033-9fe2-363fe18ca926","description":"Brenda Warner with a new coat recipient","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"365","height":"390","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/e5/6e5dab8d-8899-5033-9fe2-363fe18ca926/587e9c1db0d49.image.png?resize=365%2C390"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"107","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/e5/6e5dab8d-8899-5033-9fe2-363fe18ca926/587e9c1db0d49.image.png?resize=100%2C107"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"321","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/e5/6e5dab8d-8899-5033-9fe2-363fe18ca926/587e9c1db0d49.image.png?resize=300%2C321"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1094","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/e5/6e5dab8d-8899-5033-9fe2-363fe18ca926/587e9c1db0d49.image.png"}}},{"id":"422846f0-7ba7-5597-b092-69f70879bffc","description":"Catherine Skubiz and Tyler Kim","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"517","height":"388","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/22/422846f0-7ba7-5597-b092-69f70879bffc/587e9c1df19fc.image.png?resize=517%2C388"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/22/422846f0-7ba7-5597-b092-69f70879bffc/587e9c1df19fc.image.png?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/22/422846f0-7ba7-5597-b092-69f70879bffc/587e9c1df19fc.image.png?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/22/422846f0-7ba7-5597-b092-69f70879bffc/587e9c1df19fc.image.png"}}},{"id":"76bd90ed-2fbb-5299-831d-de558e711ec4","description":"Colleen Quigley with Marian Middle School students","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"654","height":"464","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/6b/76bd90ed-2fbb-5299-831d-de558e711ec4/587e9c1e21684.image.jpg?resize=654%2C464"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"71","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/6b/76bd90ed-2fbb-5299-831d-de558e711ec4/587e9c1e21684.image.jpg?resize=100%2C71"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"213","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/6b/76bd90ed-2fbb-5299-831d-de558e711ec4/587e9c1e21684.image.jpg?resize=300%2C213"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"727","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/6b/76bd90ed-2fbb-5299-831d-de558e711ec4/587e9c1e21684.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"df408d16-a7b5-513c-8fd7-ea19301be70b","description":"Dr. Tom Williams","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"292","height":"376","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/f4/df408d16-a7b5-513c-8fd7-ea19301be70b/587e9c1e36781.image.png?crop=292%2C376%2C84%2C1&resize=292%2C376&order=crop%2Cresize"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"129","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/f4/df408d16-a7b5-513c-8fd7-ea19301be70b/587e9c1e36781.image.png?crop=292%2C376%2C84%2C1&resize=100%2C129&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"386","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/f4/df408d16-a7b5-513c-8fd7-ea19301be70b/587e9c1e36781.image.png?crop=292%2C376%2C84%2C1"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1319","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/f4/df408d16-a7b5-513c-8fd7-ea19301be70b/587e9c1e36781.image.png?crop=292%2C376%2C84%2C1"}}},{"id":"834f1480-93c3-50a0-915a-2ae577ce27f7","description":"Mandy Rose with KECC students","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"582","height":"385","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/34/834f1480-93c3-50a0-915a-2ae577ce27f7/587e9c1e85898.image.png?resize=582%2C385"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"66","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/34/834f1480-93c3-50a0-915a-2ae577ce27f7/587e9c1e85898.image.png?resize=100%2C66"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"198","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/34/834f1480-93c3-50a0-915a-2ae577ce27f7/587e9c1e85898.image.png?resize=300%2C198"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"677","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/34/834f1480-93c3-50a0-915a-2ae577ce27f7/587e9c1e85898.image.png"}}},{"id":"5855d841-f29f-5518-9d00-86d30ea1af1c","description":"Reagan Becnel","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"173","height":"229","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/85/5855d841-f29f-5518-9d00-86d30ea1af1c/587e9c1eb394e.image.png?resize=173%2C229"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"132","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/85/5855d841-f29f-5518-9d00-86d30ea1af1c/587e9c1eb394e.image.png?resize=100%2C132"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"397","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/85/5855d841-f29f-5518-9d00-86d30ea1af1c/587e9c1eb394e.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1355","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/85/5855d841-f29f-5518-9d00-86d30ea1af1c/587e9c1eb394e.image.png"}}},{"id":"40ce0c20-29b1-5523-9912-61f34ede1656","description":"Robert Totterer and Jim Dohr","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"290","height":"388","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0c/40ce0c20-29b1-5523-9912-61f34ede1656/587e9c1ec74b0.image.png?resize=290%2C388"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"134","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0c/40ce0c20-29b1-5523-9912-61f34ede1656/587e9c1ec74b0.image.png?resize=100%2C134"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"401","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0c/40ce0c20-29b1-5523-9912-61f34ede1656/587e9c1ec74b0.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"1370","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0c/40ce0c20-29b1-5523-9912-61f34ede1656/587e9c1ec74b0.image.png"}}}],"revision":11,"commentID":"c3e78568-415a-5be5-b709-45d1de46994e","body":"
\"Brenda

Brenda Warner with a new coat recipient

Former Rams\u2019 quarterback Kurt Warner and wife Brenda Warner, along with Operation Food Search (OFS) distributed 15,000 coats during the 16th\u00a0annual Warners\u2019 Warm-Up coat drive. During the two-week coat drive in November, St. Louisans donated new and gently-used winter coats to over 600 drop-off locations. OFS distributed the collection of coats among homeless shelters, schools and other social service agencies across the bi-state region. More than 200,000 coats have been distributed since the first Warners\u2019 Warm-Up in 2001.

Olympian and St. Louisan, Colleen Quigley, recently visited Marian Middle School to speak with and encourage its students to reach for their dreams. Quigley shared her personal experiences and keys to success by addressing the entire student body and then having lunch with 19 students. Quigley graduated from Nerinx Hall High School in 2011 and from Florida State University in 2015. Her athletic accomplishments include winning the steeplechase title at the 2015 NCAA Women\u2019s Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, and finishing 12th\u00a0in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. She placed third in the U.S. Olympic trials in 2016, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she placed 8th\u00a0in the women\u2019s 3000-meter steeplechase. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

\"Colleen

Colleen Quigley with Marian Middle School students

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery gave hope and help last December to a record-breaking 600 families and over 1,600 children throughout the St. Louis/St. Charles region via their annual Holiday Hearts campaign. The campaign begins in August, when the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery sends out notices asking families, churches and companies to help cover high priority needs and special wishes of Nursery families experiencing financial hardship. Throughout December, volunteers worked to sort the sponsors\u2019 donations and organized the pick-up process for the families. Sponsors could sponsor a family, purchase Holiday Wish List items and/or donate to the Crisis Nursery. Donations included toys, diapers, housing and utility, transportation assistance, household needs, food, formula, and shoes and clothing.

\"Holiday

Holiday Heart sponsors

\"Robert

Robert Totterer and Jim Dohr

Coldwell Banker Gundaker sales associates and employees carried out their 21st year of delivering holiday gifts to children in foster care. More than 65 children in the St. Charles Division of Family Services foster care program received gifts last December. Sales associates from each branch bought clothes, shoes, toys and wish list items for each child ranging in ages six months to 19 years old. President Jim Dohr and staff delivered truckloads of gifts in time to make the kids\u2019 holidays brighter.

The St. Louis Bridge Center hasmoved to a new, larger facility located at 1270 North Price in St. Louis. Per Ann Lemp, president of the board of directors for the Bridge Center, the new facility holds 100 tables, a dedicated training room and the ability to add more games. The center aims to grow the game of duplicate bridge in St. Louis by offering classes and playing opportunities for students and players of all levels. The bridge center began four years ago and ranked 10th in the country last year in number of games held.

Variety the Children\u2019s Charity announced the receipt of a $20,000 gift from The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Trustee to support Varity Children\u2019s Theatre. The gift will help support the inclusive theatre program which gives kids ages 7-21, with and without disabilities, the opportunity to learn on-stage and backstage theater craft from experienced performing arts professionals. The kids put on a Broadway-level production, all designed to help kids achieve their full potential.

\"Reagan

Reagan Becnel

Ursuline Academy junior, Reagan Becnel, is being recognized as a rising STEM student both locally and nationally. She has been named an honorable mention recipient of the 2017 National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award. Reagan is also a member of the Ursuline Girls Who Code Club, a participant in this year\u2019s World Wide Technology STEM Student Forum and a student taking AP Computer Science. She is the only student from the St. Louis area to be recognized at the national level and was a 2016 winner of the local level award.

Several Kirkwood High School (KHS) students won awards in a national writing competition by Yes! Magazine. To participate, students were invited to read a selected Yes! Magazine article, \u201cFive Reasons to Vote When you Hate Everything on the Ballot\u201d then respond with an up to 700-word essay using a writing prompt, \"Is not voting a responsible option in a presidential election? Weigh in with your argument.\" More than 2,000 student writers from across the country competed in four categories: middle school, high school, college, and Powerful Voices.

KHS juniors took two of the top four prizes:

Other KHS students earned the Literary Gem award and excerpts of their essays will appear in an upcoming edition of Yes! Magazine.\u00a0 Winners: Will Drury, Najma Omar and Evelyn Opper.

\"Catherine

Catherine Skubiz and Tyler Kim

Kirkwood Early Childhood Center (KECC) assistant principal Mandy Rose was selected as a 2016-2017 Missouri Outstanding Assistant Principal by the board of directors of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP). Rose learned of the award via a surprise school assembly held January 6 at the KECC gymnasium, where upon walking in, she was greeted with applause from students, staff and Kirkwood School District administrators. Among the speeches and festivities, a video produced by staff members was presented with messages from students and staff expressing their appreciation for Rose, and the assembly concluded with a dance party. MAESP recognizes the critical leadership assistant principals provide to support the teaching and learning environment and specifically developed this recognition to showcase assistants that building principals recognize as critical contributors to the school communities in our state. Rose will be recognized at the 2017 MAESP Leadership Conference in March 2017 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO.

\"Mandy

Mandy Rose with KECC students

\"Dr.

Dr. Tom Williams

Kirkwood School District Superintendent, Dr. Tom Williams, announced he is retiring at the end of this school year, effective June 30, 2017. Dr. Williams has served children for over 40 years, with eight of those years in the Kirkwood School Community. He helped pass a $33.5 million bond issue in 2010 to add classrooms and provide funds for safety measures, three elementary gymnasiums and new science classrooms at both middle schools. He implemented tuition-free, full-day kindergarten in 2012, 1:1 instructional technology for K-12, and launched the KSD Task Force, a group organized to focus in eliminating the achievement gap for African-American students. Since taking office in 2009, student enrollment has increased by nearly 700 students and graduation rates continue to steadily climb. The board will soon announce the process for determining next steps in the search for a new superintendent.

"}, {"id":"506efedd-a4a8-5a92-befd-18056c43fada","type":"article","starttime":"1484151660","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-11T10:21:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1484152744","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"SLU, Urban League to host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial tribute tomorrow","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_506efedd-a4a8-5a92-befd-18056c43fada.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/slu-urban-league-to-host-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/article_506efedd-a4a8-5a92-befd-18056c43fada.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/slu-urban-league-to-host-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/article_506efedd-a4a8-5a92-befd-18056c43fada.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":2,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Saint Louis University and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis will host their 5th annual memorial tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow, Jan. 12.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["martin luther king jr.","saint louis university","urban league of metropolitan st. louis","george fraser"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"3c22af10-1cff-5dea-818e-751d2a520572","description":"George Fraser","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"450","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c2/3c22af10-1cff-5dea-818e-751d2a520572/58765f2f4b9f9.image.jpg?resize=450%2C576"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"128","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c2/3c22af10-1cff-5dea-818e-751d2a520572/58765f2f4b9f9.image.jpg?resize=100%2C128"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"384","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c2/3c22af10-1cff-5dea-818e-751d2a520572/58765f2f4b9f9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C384"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1311","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c2/3c22af10-1cff-5dea-818e-751d2a520572/58765f2f4b9f9.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"ee696fdf-221f-5235-8339-b5ce6cc5dec8","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":1265,"hiresheight":1637,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/e6/ee696fdf-221f-5235-8339-b5ce6cc5dec8/58765fa8114cf.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"587","height":"760","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/e6/ee696fdf-221f-5235-8339-b5ce6cc5dec8/58765fa80ded1.image.jpg?resize=587%2C760"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"129","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/e6/ee696fdf-221f-5235-8339-b5ce6cc5dec8/58765fa80ded1.image.jpg?resize=100%2C129"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"388","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/e6/ee696fdf-221f-5235-8339-b5ce6cc5dec8/58765fa80ded1.image.jpg?resize=300%2C388"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1325","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/e6/ee696fdf-221f-5235-8339-b5ce6cc5dec8/58765fa80ded1.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1325"}}}],"revision":4,"commentID":"506efedd-a4a8-5a92-befd-18056c43fada","body":"
\"george

George Fraser

Saint Louis University and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, in partnership with Ameren, will host their fifth annual memorial tribute honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Wool Ballroom of SLU's Busch Student Center.

The breakfast will begin at 8:30 and continue with a program featuring keynote speaker George Fraser and the awards presentations starting at 9:30 a.m.

Fraser, who has been called \u201cthe new voice of African Americans,\u201d has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Frasenet, Inc., a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent, for nearly 20 years.

Today, Fraser is considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.

The program also will include a welcome by Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., president of Saint Louis University, prayers by Father Michael Barber, S.J., professor of philosophy, and a reflection by Jonathan C. Smith, Ph.D., special assistant to the president for diversity and community engagement.

In addition, SLU graduate and student Garvaundo Hamilton, and Sylvester \u201cSunshine\u201d Lee will perform musical selections, and Sharon Harvey Davis, vice president and chief diversity officer for Ameren, will speak.

Nineteenth Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis will join Pestello and SLU alumnus Michael McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, to present awards. McMillan will emcee the program.

\"mlk
mlk poster

During this special event, the following individuals and businesses will be honored for their contributions to the St. Louis community:

\u2022 Kelvin Adams, Ph.D., superintendent of St. Louis Public School District

\u2022 Natalie DuBose, owner of Natalie\u2019s Cakes and Natalie\u2019s Sweet Success

\u2022 Mary Gould, Ph.D., director of SLU\u2019s Prison Program

\u2022 Eugene Redmond, Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, educator and writer

\u2022 Elizabeth \u201cBeth\u201d J. Stroble, Ph.D., president of Webster University

\u2022 Halbert Sullivan, founding president and chief executive officer of Father\u2019s Support Center St. Louis

\u2022 Julio Su\u00e1rez, senior director of community affairs at Anheuser-Busch

\u2022 Gentry W. Trotter, founder of Heatupstlouis.org

\u2022 U.S. Bank, philanthropic supporter of African Americans and Ferguson

Parking is available in the University garage located at Grand and Laclede.

For more information or to RSVP for this free event, call 314-977-2254 or email rmcmilla@slu.edu.

"}, {"id":"1300124f-9da0-5d3b-ab9c-b8f9c1d608f4","type":"article","starttime":"1483455600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-03T09:00:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1486067883","sections":[{"the-cut":"the-cut"}],"application":"editorial","title":"LN currently accepting applications for 2017 Charity Awards","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/article_1300124f-9da0-5d3b-ab9c-b8f9c1d608f4.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/ln-currently-accepting-applications-for-charity-awards/article_1300124f-9da0-5d3b-ab9c-b8f9c1d608f4.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/the-cut/ln-currently-accepting-applications-for-charity-awards/article_1300124f-9da0-5d3b-ab9c-b8f9c1d608f4.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"We are currently accepting applications for the 2017\u00a0Ladue News\u00a0Charity Awards.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["charity awards"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"5a73deb9-60a2-5076-acd5-4c550b0cb02b","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":1838,"hiresheight":1127,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/a7/5a73deb9-60a2-5076-acd5-4c550b0cb02b/58641eb2a50e5.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"466","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/a7/5a73deb9-60a2-5076-acd5-4c550b0cb02b/58641eb2a366a.image.jpg?resize=760%2C466"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"61","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/a7/5a73deb9-60a2-5076-acd5-4c550b0cb02b/58641eb2a366a.image.jpg?resize=100%2C61"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"184","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/a7/5a73deb9-60a2-5076-acd5-4c550b0cb02b/58641eb2a366a.image.jpg?resize=300%2C184"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"628","url":"http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/a7/5a73deb9-60a2-5076-acd5-4c550b0cb02b/58641eb2a366a.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C628"}}}],"revision":5,"commentID":"1300124f-9da0-5d3b-ab9c-b8f9c1d608f4","body":"
\"2017
2017 charity awards logo BIG

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017\u00a0Ladue News\u00a0Charity Awards. To apply, please download the PDF application below. Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 10.\u00a0

To submit a completed application, email the document to\u00a0lncharity@laduenews.com; or mail a completed form to Charity Awards,\u00a0Ladue News, 8811 Ladue Rd., Ste. D, St. Louis, Missouri, 63124.\u00a0

Please direct all questions to\u00a0lncharity@laduenews.com.

2017 LN Charity Awards Application

2017 Ladue News Charity Awards application

"} ]