More than 1,200 walkers, volunteers and vendors hit the pavement at Saint Louis University as part of The Kidney Walk, hosted by the National Kidney Foundation. The event raised awareness and funds for lifesaving programs that educate and support patients and those at risk for kidney disease. In addition to hip-hop and Zumba warm-ups to get the blood flowing, participants enjoyed myriad activities and a program featuring stories of patients and their families affected by kidney disease. Surpassing the organization’s goal, the walk raised $152,000. Pictured: Larry McCulley, Ira Potter, Ken Cohen, Kathryn Abel-Groesch, Jennifer Adams, Andrea Schone, Michelle Sausen, Tania Paini, Chad Iseman, Jaime Torres and Kathy Joslin

Massage therapy students at Missouri College celebrated the end of tax season by giving more than 100 free 15-minute massages. The college invited neighboring BJC Healthcare employees and other businesses to make the season a little less taxing with the stress-relieving massages. The event, in its fifth year, encourages students to give back to the community through service-learning.

Siblings Sophia and Jack Saleeby both won their school spelling bees and went on to compete in the the St. Louis Post Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee. Jack, 6, attends Immacolata School, and was the youngest semi-finalist in the bee’s history. Sophia, 8, attends the Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students at Concord Elementary School. She made the ninth round of the bee’s finals, in which she was the youngest finalist ever. She tied for third place.

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

Coca-Cola executive Rick Mauger recently retired after 36 years with the company. Several of his clients traveled from across the country to attend the retirement celebration, which was held at the Ronald McDonald House in West County, where Mauger volunteers. Pictured: Javier Goizueta, Rick Mauger and Mike Slocum

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