When...more than 1,200 attended the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ third donor appreciation event? It was held at the Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center and featured the music of Neil Sedaka. Pictured: Lee Wielansky delivering closing remarks.

When…St. Louis for Kids, along with ARCHS and the Youth Development Provider Network (YDPN) Advisory Committee, held the 2008 ‘Lights on Afterschool’ Recognition and Awards Luncheon? The event was at the St. Louis Science Center with a keynote address given by Merita Irby, managing director and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, D.C. Pictured: Science Center president Doug King, St. Louis for Kids assistant director Ron Jackson and Urban League president James Buford.

When…Dr. David Caplin, co-founder of Gateway to Hope, received this year’s Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback Award? Caplin also was awarded a $7,500 check to benefit his ‘Clinic Without Walls,’ which arranges comprehensive breast cancer treatment for uninsured and underinsured low-income St. Louisians.

When…Hallie Williams devoted her seventh birthday party to Friends of Wings? Guests were asked to bring art supplies for the charity and $500 in materials was collected for the pediatric hospice care program at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Pictured: Williams with the donated art supplies.

When…the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, in association with the Cigar Box and Glazer Spirits, hosted ‘The Essence of Fine Living’? The event was held at the Cigar Club at the Ritz-Carlton and featured John Kacur Jr., one of the country’s leading cigar experts. Kacur guided guests through the art of cigar creation and the techniques of cutting, lighting and smoking. Pictured: Charles Felton, GM and VP of Lumiere Place, Todd George and Bill Cocos.

When…the Realtor Housing Assistance Fund (RHAF) donated $60,000 to 29 local charities at a ceremony at the St. Louis Association of Realtors? Charities that received funds will assist homeless individuals and families in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. Pictured: 2008 RHAF grant recipients, along with board leaders from the St. Louis Association of Realtors, St. Charles County Association of Realtors, Mis America Regional Information Systems and RHAF.

When…Opera Theatre of St. Louis received a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund? The grant will benefit Opera on the Go!, which exposes students in grades three through 12 to opera. Since it began in 2005, the program has reached 4,000 students in 20 urban and rural schools throughout the St. Louis area. Pictured: Robert Paley, VP and treasurer of Monsanto, and Allison Felter, director of education and outreach for Opera Theatre of St. Louis.