When…Miriam Foundation kicked off its centennial celebration with a 1910-themed tea? Sixty guests attended the event at the Ritz-Carlton dressed in hats and gloves, and many were presented with awards in honor of their dedication to the Miriam Foundation and Miriam School. Pictured: Selma Goldstein, Judy Zafft and Lanie Goldberg.

When…College Bound hosted a fundraiser, ‘Art Abound,’ in the atrium at Plaza Frontenac? College Bound is a preparatory program that gives academic and social support to promising, motivated high school students from under-resourced backgrounds. ‘Art Abound’ featured a silent auction of creative artwork and raised more than $10,000 to help the young people apply, matriculate and succeed in a four-year college. Pictured: Terry Ross, Ericka Gold and Lisa Orden Zarin. Photo by Margaret Rambo.

When…MICDS celebrated its sixth ‘Turkey Train’ with the whole student body participating? The school provided turkey dinners to 870 local families through the St. Louis Area Food Bank. Pictured: seniors Mike Scott, David Turken, Nick Pass, Arthur Hailand, Jack Theiss, Bryce Potter, Billy Acker, Harry Freeman, Dan Scherer, Luke Johnson and Michael Marra.

When…professional musical theater company STAGES St. Louis raised $272,000 at its eighth annual gala auction, APPLAUSE? Proceeds go toward the education and outreach programs conducted by STAGES Performing Arts Academy. Pictured: Corinne Melancon of Mama Mia!

When…Lucia Rodriguez, owner of the St. Louis Rams, was awarded the 2009 Champion for Kids award by Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis? Rodriguez sits on the Variety board and has her hand in several charities and outreach programs throughout the St. Louis area. Rodriguez also started a volunteer recognition program called ‘The Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback Awards.’ Pictured: Rodriguez and David Steward.

When…Assistance League of St. Louis held a ‘Cabaret Night’ fundraiser? Featuring comedian Rex Havens and singer/dancer Dana Stone, the sold-out evening raised more than $100,000 to support the Assistance League. Pictured: Janet Schmidt, Susie Tendler, Rex Havens and Suzanne Pratl.

When…The Ladies’ Club at the Hallmark Creve Coeur donated hundreds of pounds of food to the St. Louis Area Foodbank?

When…Coldwell Banker Gundaker hosted the 24th annual Coldwell Banker Gundaker Auction? The event raised more than $80,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis. Pictured: Jim Dohr and Carole McCabe.

When…Elizabeth Sayad, composers Robert Wykes and Harold Blumenfeld hosted the New Music Circle’s 50th Anniversary Reunion with founders and board members? The founders were president Sayad and a music committee of professional musicians and local composers who worked to determine the content of the music.  Pictured: Bob Coleman, Elizabeth Sayad and Charles Reay. Photo by Margaret Rambo.

When…Life Skills received a two-year, $125,000 grant from Missouri Foundation for Health? Life Skills is a local nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities live and work in the community. Pictured: Ryan Barker and Wendy Sullivan.