During the third annual kickoff of their home run pledge program, Homers for Health, St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday and Allen Craig were interrupted by two teammates making an announcement of their own: Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright announced the launch of K’s for Kids, a new twist on the charitable program. This season, fans will have the chance to pledge for every home run hit by a Cardinal hitter, or every strikeout thrown by a Cardinal pitcher. Homers for Health has raised more than $1 million. Pictured: Allen Craig, Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Jason Motte

After competing against 40 other schools from across the country in a tournament in Portland, Ore., the Kirkwood High School racquetball team finished fifth overall. Sophomore JT Westcott was named the U.S. National Racquetball Champion, while senior Katie Garasky placed as the U.S. Girls Singles National Runner-Up. Several other members of the team received individual awards.

Clayton High School graduate Alex Freedman made his Major League Baseball broadcasting debut during a spring training game between the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins in Kissimee, Fla. The following day, he called a game between the Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals. Freedman works as the manager of media relations and broadcasting for the Oklahoma City Redhawks, the Triple-A affiliate of the Astros.

Richard Masland recently won the fifth annual Jay Pepose ’75 Award in Vision Sciences from Brandeis University. Masland is the associate chief for ophthalmology research and director of the Howe Laboratory, and a senior scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. His research has given scientists important insights into cell organization and how visual centers function. The award is named after Dr. Jay Pepose, the founder and medical director of the Pepose Vision Institute in St. Louis. Pictured: John Lisman, Dr. Jay Pepose and Richard Masland

Taylor Huffman, an employee at Friendship Village Sunset Hills (FVSH) recently received an unprecedented seven nominations for employee of the month at Fountain View, FVSH’s assisted-living arm. Huffman participated in FVSH’s partnership with the Special School District’s Vocational Skills program, and works in Fountain View’s dietary department. Pictured: Cathy Niehaus, Taylor Huffman, Erin Rogers and Mary Lazare

Civic organization Progress 64 West presented John Hammond with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Hammond is a Frontenac Bank director, and recently established the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University, where he serves as a board member. This was Progress 64 West’s third Lifetime Achievement Award in 26 years. Pictured: Barbara and John Hammond, Gary Hollingsworth, Debbie Shaw-Franke and Donnie Wieland

After winning the Northwestern Mutual Memorial Golf Tournament, Northwestern Mutual wealth management adviser Peter Racen used his winnings to present a $3,290 check to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis. Pictured: Dan Harbaugh, Peter Racen and Steve Gross

Local shoppers and cashiers at two local Whole Foods Market stores teamed up to raise more than $40,000 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The Feed 4 More program will provide more than 160,000 meals to struggling families in the area. Raising $7,003, Whole Foods Market-Brentwood cashier Lisa Frumhoff brought in the most donations of any cashier in the Midwest. Pictured: Verletta Cole, Lisa Frumhoff, Jessica Seratti, Marcia Whalen and Frank Finnegan

More than 125 Webster University students, faculty and community members enjoyed a presentation from H. Melvin Ming, the president and CEO of Sesame Workshop. Ming’s presentation, Lessons from Sesame Street & Beyond, showcased the nonprofit’s work in domestic programs, international projects and technology to help children learn. Pictured: Benjamin Akande, Chris Krehmeyer and H. Melvin Ming.

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