Dance patrons recently enjoyed a kickoff party at the home of Susan and David Sherman to learn more about this month's St. Louis Ballet Love is in the Air gala. Funds raised from the dinner and performance will support the Ballet and its educational programs. Pictured: Miran Halen, Susan Sherman, Shane Petyko, Paula Reed, Anjali Kamra and Tania Beasley-Jolly

Mary Institute and Country Day School senior and basketball captain Emily Kyman recently scored her 1,000th point in a game against Clayton High School. She is only the second girl in the program history to surpass the milestone. Kyman plans to continue playing basketball at Washington & Lee University in Virginia.

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

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

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

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

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