To celebrate their successful Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, The American Red Cross and St. Louis Rams held a small luncheon at Café Napoli for representatives of their partner organizations. The campaign encouraged local schools, organizations, companies and individuals to send holiday cards to American military members, veterans and their families around the world. Pictured: Jill Myers, Cindy Erickson, Jim Woodcock, Molly Higgins, Jerry Kiske, Karen Kelly, Dick Clark

Thanks to a $2,500 donation from the Ladue Garden Club, students at Kirk Day School soon will enjoy a school-wide garden program. The school’s outdoor space will become an innovative teaching laboratory, offering students a place to learn about ecology, nutrition and global food resources.

Ann Rotermund, senior director of mental health programs at St. Patrick Center, celebrated her retirement with friends, colleagues, former co-workers and clients. Rotermund spent 28 years serving clients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and directed the Shamrock Club, St. Patrick Center’s day treatment program. Pictured: Ann Rotermund and Jan DeYoung

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 SpecialSchool District’s Vocational Skills program, and works in Fountain View’s dietary department. Pictured: Cathy Niehaus, Taylor Huffman, Erin Rogers and Mary Lazare

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