Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis Susman recently presented at Webster University’s Speaker Series. Susman, an American lawyer and former team manager of the Cardinals, spoke about the history and future of the transatlantic alliance.

Penny Schneithorst recently celebrated the launch of her book¸ Milestones and More at Truffles. The book guides parents through the first six years of childhood, and will launch nationally on Feb. 17.

Jerry Schlichter, president of Arch Grants, received the 2013 St. Louis Award for his contributions to the region. Schlichter also is the founding and managing partner of the law firm Schlichter, Bogard & Denton. Arch Grants provides funding in the form of grants to entrepreneurs and new startups in the area.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jarioslav Halak has teamed up with Northwestern Mutual to create Havlak’s Heroes, a box at Blues games enabling ill, special-needs and underprivileged children to see a Blues game for free. Non-profits serving these children can participate by contacting Northwestern Mutual. Pictured: Stephen Gross Jr., Jarioslav Halak, Sean Gross, Zach Gross, Ryan Gross and Steve Gross.

Two manufacturing plants staffed by Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis celebrated five years without any lost-time injuries. LHB is a not-for-profit manufacturing and packaging organization that employs about 46 legally-blind individuals. Pictured: John Thompson and Mike Schneider

Several of Laura Schindler’s piano students were first-place winners in the recent Missouri Music Teacher’s Association State Honors Competition at Washington University. Jonathan Lin and Alice Hsu won in the senior high piano ensemble. Gloria Zhou and Sophia Wu won in the 7th through 9th grade piano ensemble. Michael Tu, Tong Zhao and Cindy Wang also placed in the competition.

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