At a black-tie reception and dinner at the Racquet Club of St. Louis, members of the German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis (GAHS) honored board members Wilma Prifti and Shirley Aschinger. Prifti received the 2014 GAHS Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award. She served as the project director of the German-American Student Exchange Program at St. Louis’ Higher Education Center for 30 years. Aschinger, who has been on the organization’s board of directors for the past eight years, received the 2014 GAHS Stemmler-Hecker Founder Award.

Participating in the March for Meals Community Champions Week, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and other volunteers delivered hot, nutritious meals to area homebound seniors. The event was sponsored by the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging. Many other municipal mayors and elected officials also participated. Pictured: Charlie Dooley and a Meals on Wheels volunteer

Stray Rescue of St. Louis recently partnered with the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center for Puppies for Parole, which gives selected offenders the opportunity to train and properly socialize the animals. The program allows the offenders to repair some of the debts caused by the crimes, and increases the safety and security of the faculty. After the dogs have completed the program, they are returned to Stray Rescue to await adoption.

High school students across the area entered their pieces into this year’s St. Louis Artists’ Guild Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase, an annual juried exhibit. Artist and instructor Jessi Cerutti served as juror, and the organization awarded several of the students with scholarships and cash prizes. Pictured: Tatyana by Grace Buchanan of Principia School, winner of the Francie Weinstock Scholarship Fund Prize

Recognizing its 28 years of dedication to Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, Coldwell Banker Gundaker was recently honored by NRT, its parent company, with the NRT Humanitarian Outreach Award. Coldwell Banker Gundaker’s offices have raised more than $1.8 million for the organization, through trivia nights, garage sales, car washes and raffles.

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