Saint Louis Crisis Nursery hosted the 7th annual 'Over the Top for Tots' ladies luncheon in St. Charles. The event benefited the Nursery's Healing Hearts Program, which provides art and play therapy for children who need help mending their broken spirits. Some 500 attendees enjoyed shopping, a live auction and a cake decorating contest; and honored the contributions of Pat Kulik, and Kara and Mike Gatto to the Nursery. Pictured: LN's Trish Muyco-Tobin and Millie Cain.

Founder and chief executive of Build-A-Bear Workshop Maxine Clark and local children from Westridge Elementary School cut the ribbon at the first-ever newly imagined Build-A-Bear Workshop store at West County Center. Pictured: Westridge students make bears to be donated to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 

Play ball! Mari de Villa's Mary Kay Wiesehan threw out the opening pitch to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny this season. Cardinal Hall-of-Famer and Mari de Villa board member Red Schoendienst was there to cheer her on. Pictured: Red Schoendienst, Mary Kay Wiesehan and Mike Matheny.

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate recently celebrated the opening of its new chocolate factory by hosting a party for friends, family and residents of The Hill, where the facility is located. A portion of the retail proceeds and all proceeds from a chocolate basket raffle went to the Shriners Hospitals of Children. Pictured: Shriners' director of public and community relations Tammy Robbins, owners of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Dan Abel, Sr., Rosalie Abel, Dan Abel, Jr., Christina Abel and Chris Abel, and Shriner David Dieckhaus

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School students, along with people around the world, joined together to celebrate International Day of Peace. Banners with peace doves and ribbons, symbolizing all the nations of the world, were hung in the school chapel. International Day of Peace has been recognized by the United Nations since 1982. 

The Ursuline Academy SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) welcomed Tina Meier, president and chief executive of the Megan Meier Foundation. During a presentation, Meier spoke about her daughter Megan’s tragic suicide, as well as the dangers children/teens face online, cyber-bullying, sexting, and more. Pictured: Tina Meier with SADD Club president Mary Seise.

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