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Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 10:16 am, Thu Nov 10, 2011.

When…Lowe’s recently adopted six Rainbow Village homes for major improvements? Lowe’s donated all the materials needed for the projects, and employees volunteered to renovate the homes. Rainbow Village provides long-term, affordable, quality, neighborhood homes for people with developmental disabilities.

When…Kwame Building Group of St. Louis raised $80,000 during its fifth annual Kwame Foundation Golf Tournament in Forest Park? The Kwame Foundation provides approximately $150,000 a year in scholarships and grants to colleges and universities that improve educational opportunities for minorities. Pictured: William Fedrichs, Sam Davis, Brenda Battle and Dr. Steven Player.

When…Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted its 15th annual McDonald’s Scramble for Charity event? The Scramble was held at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club in Chesterfield, and all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Each year, Ronald McDonald House awards thousands of dollars to children’s charities. Pictured: Event co-chairs Carla Valenti and Jim Sramek with Ronald McDonald.

When…100 St. Louis area breast cancer survivors took the field at halftime at a recent Rams football game? The survivors, chosen from among nominations submitted by the public, formed a giant human pink ribbon in tribute to all who have battled breast cancer. Pictured: St. Louis Rams player Will Witherspoon (center) with the 100 survivors.

When…Moneta Group employees, friends and spouses worked on Habitat for Humanity’s Frazier Family Home project? Volunteers hung siding, scraped floors, applied brick veneer and painted the entire home. Headquartered in St. Louis, Moneta Group provides a range of financial planning services. Pictured: Volunteers at the Frazier family home.

When…Gateway to Hope received four grants totaling $72,000? The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund awarded a $20,000 grant, Express Scripts a $25,000 grant, Sign of the Arrow a $7,000 grant and the Greater St. Louis Health Foundation a $20,000 grant. Gateway to Hope is a nonprofit that arranges medical care for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer who cannot afford treatment. Pictured: Gateway to Hope board members Roberta Gartenberg, president Rebecca Brown, Diane Gallant, Sue Lesser and Fran Zamler.

When…the AKC Museum of the Dog held Uno Gala Fantastico? More than 150 guests attended to remember and honor Donald Danforth, founder of Kennelwood Village. Corporate sponsors of the event included Build-A-Bear Workshop and Nestle Purina PetCare Company. Pictured: Fiery O’Byrne, Brooks Parriott, Mike Shanahan, Kathy Shanahan and Faye Beth O’Byrne.

When…the YMCA of Greater St. Louis received a $50,000 gift from Wentzville area businessman Bob Cox? The donation will help build the new Wentzville Family YMCA. Pictured: Gary Schlansker, Bob Cox, Ron Berrey and Paul Lambi.

When…the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center celebrated its 10th anniversary? The center held a community-wide celebration of science and international culture to commemorate the milestone. The center was founded in 1998 and is a nonprofit research institute with a global vision to improve the human condition. Pictured: William Danforth, Terry and Roger Beachy, and Connie and Dan Burkhardt.

When…Connect With…held its third annual kick-off happy hour at Skybox on the Landing? Connect With… is a nonprofit of the region’s young professionals and an initiative of FOCUS St. Louis.  Pictured: Amanda Poppe, Jamie Sondermann, Jason Pello, Roy Sundermeyer and Neal Schaefer.

When…more than 800 runners participated in the inaugural St. Michael’s Day Dash? The 5K race raised more than $15,000 for St. Louis Backstoppers and the families of the Kirkwood City Hall shooting victims.

When…Bill O’Reilly was the featured speaker at a private fund-raising event for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul? More than 630 guests attended the sit-down dinner.

When…St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired held its 97th anniversary recognition dinner? The event took place at the Coronado Ballroom. Pictured: board members Sheila Sweeny and Gerald Brooks .

When…Give Kids A Smile hosted the fourth annual ‘Night of 1,000 Smiles’ gala at the St. Charles Convention Center? The event raised $19,000 to further its ongoing efforts to provide free, comprehensive dental care to local, underserved children. Guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner, music from the Ladue High School Strolling Strings, raffles, auctions and more. Pictured: Phyllis Zust and executive director Joan Allen.

When…22,000 people participated in this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Metro St. Louis/Greater Missouri Chapter Walk to Cure Diabetes?  Nationally, 200 JDRF Walk locations and 500,000 participants helped raised more than $100 million for diabetes research and education. Pictured: Ribbon cutters Jim, Melissa, Jimmy and Annie Fox.

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