More than 150 guests stepped right up to Chesterfield Day School’s annual benefit dinner auction, ‘Under the Big Top,’ in the school’s gym-turned-circus tent. A juggler, stilt-walker, human statue, magician, trapeze artist and live music provided entertainment at the event, which raised more than $90,000 for the school’s programs and curriculum. Pictured: Tina Chen, Matt Virgil, Kira Mangan, Lauren Gates, Robby Leavitt, Alexandria Latuda, Kyle Fehr, Austin Isaak and Adam Saleh

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Omega Chapter presented scholarships to 26 local college-bound high-school seniors. The $1,000 scholarships, given to recipients at schools, including Nerinx Hall and Ladue H.S., were awarded based on academic performance, community activities, ACT scores, need, an interview and an essay. State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal served as the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.

Supporters of St. Martha’s Hall, a shelter for abused women and their children, joined Mary Engelbreit at the home of Maria Shields for a dessert party featuring treats from the author’s Fan Fare Cookbook. Engelbreit signed copies of the book, raising $10,000 for the children’s program. Pictured: Jessica Woolbright, Maria Shields, Mary Engelbreit and Michelle Schiller-Baker

Toasting the life and sacrifice of Erik Heidt, a soldier killed in action in Iraq in 2005, more than 100 guests and active military and veterans attended A Toast to Spring at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The wine-tasting event benefitted Always Brothers, which gives back to the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Pictured: Dave Glover, Taylor Heidt, St. Louis City SWAT Team Officer Brandon, Brian Rossomanno and Geoff Dill

Ladue High School graduate Tom Boldt recently won a gold medal in the parallel giant slalom at The United States of America Snowboard Association National Championships. Boldt is spending the month of August training in Chile. He is the son of Laura and Tom Boldt.

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