Ambassador Nancy Brinker was named Person of the Year at the George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University. Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization and a former U.S. Ambassador. Pictured: Walker School of Business dean Benjamin Akande, Webster president Elizabeth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Webster provost and senior VP Julian Schuster.

Darci Roberts, daughter of Steven Roberts and Dr. Eva Frazer was crowned Miss Fashionetta 2012. Darci is a 2012 graduate of Whitfield School. She was awarded a monetary scholarship that she’ll put toward her education at the University of San Diego. Pictured: Darci Roberts

St. Patrick Center raised $413,000 at its 28th annual Irish Open dinner auction at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser, and all proceeds will benefit those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Pictured: St. Louis Ram Cortland Finnegan and wife Lacey at the dinner auction

United Methodist Churches partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in the Carondelet neighborhood. The churches, including Salem in Ladue UMC, Green Trails UMC, and Manchester UMC donated $45,000 to help fund the build. Several local United Methodist churches have combined efforts to sponsor Habitat homes for the past 15 years, donating more than $750,000 and thousands of volunteer hours.

Dr. Steven Strasberg was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his ongoing work in pancreatic and liver surgery from the International Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Association at its recent meeting in Paris. The meeting was attended by 3,000 doctors from all over the world. Strasberg is the Pruitt Professor of Surgery at Washington University, where he was chief of Hepatobiliary & G.I Surgery from 1992-2007. Pictured: Dr. Steven Strasberg receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section (NCJW) were joined by 25 day campers from West County Day School Camp to bring hundreds of coats from storage to NCJW’s Back-To-School! Store. The store project will provide more than 1,000 needy children with new clothing and school supplies. More than 40 local agencies and 500 volunteers helped carry out the effort. Pictured: Local children help carry new coats to be donated to NCJW’s Back-To-School Store project.

A suit worn by St. Louis native and Broadway start Norbert Leo Butz was donated to the National Suit Drive. It’s the nation’s largest collection of gently used business attire for unemployed men in our area. The suit will benefit a man in need at the Worldwide Inventory Network and include a personal note from Butz. Pictured: Norbert Butz with a suit ready for donation to the National Suit Drive

The International Rett Syndrome Foundation raised $65,000 at its fifth annual St. Louis Strollathon. More than 500 participants, including 20 area girls and women who have the disorder participated in the one-mile family friendly stroll at Tilles Park. All proceeds funded Rett Syndrome research. Pictured: Amy Suchanek from Sunset Hills and Jessica Ernest from Lake St. Louis

The Art Institute of St. Louis hosted its Show Me Art Grand Opening event. More than 100 people turned out to celebrate the new school’s grand opening, including State Representative Chrissy Sommer, State Senator Joe Keaveny and St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith. Pictured from left: The Art Institute of St. Louis Campus Director David Hofmann, Director of Accounting Doloris Garry, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Jill Olmstead, Associate Director of Student Financial Services Erin Anderson, Education Management Corporation Senior Director of Communications Mark Toth, EDMC Vice President – Greenhouse Operations Scott Hodges, and Senior Director of Admissions Mika Heyl.

Wyman Center honored the legacy of its former board chairman, the late S. Lee Kling with the opening of a new hall devoted to teen leadership and service. The S. Lee Kling Hall of Teen Leadership and Service is a 4,500 square-foot-venue dedicated to learning and technology and providing teens a place to work with the tools they’ll need to be successful in today’s world. Pictured from left: Lee C. Kling (son), Rosie Kling (widow), Dave Hilliard, CEO, Wyman and Allan Kling (son)

The St. Louis Skeet Shooters won a national competition hosted by the Scholastic Clay Target Program. More than 180 teams from around the country participated. Team members include: James Barnard, Spencer Marsden and Timmy Carter. Barnard was recognized for achieving individual 3rd place in the skeet match. Carter won the Ruger Rimfire Challenge Rifle match as well as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge Pistol match. A $5,000 scholarship endowment was awarded to the championship team.

A golf tournament was held to benefit Opal’s House, an emergency shelter assisting abused women and their children. In addition to shelter, the organization also provides crisis interventions services, individual, children, group and family counseling, medical and legal advocacy, resource referrals and follow-up support. Pictured: Participants in the Opal’s House Golf Tournament

Area children raised more than $27,000 for JDRF. The kids, 37 from 20 different schools, were part of the Arch City Theater Troupe and participated in the group’s eighth annual musical revue. Proceeds from the sold out performances and the groups other fundraising efforts benefited JDRF, the largest global charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research.

With the help of local parishes, individuals and businesses St. Patrick Center collected and distributed more than 2,700 backpacks full of school supplies for children in need. The campaign was part of the organization’s Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway. St. Patrick Center serves area families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Pictured: Thanks to St. Patrick Center, needy children in our area were prepared for school.

St. Louis Arc raised more than $30,000 at its Showdown for the St. Louis Arc Texas Hold’em Tournament. More than 150 players betted and bluffed their way through the evening, and proceeds will benefit the organization’s programs that serve area adults and children with developmental disabilities. Pictured: Third Place Winner, John Berendzen; First Place Winner, Mark French; Lady Luck, Jessica Schroeder; Second Place Winner, Jim Lansing.

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School students conducted intensive research with St. Louis-area professionals and professors as part of the 2102 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists Program (STARS) at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Morgan Link, Kristen Buehne, Sophie Flotron, and Mary Grojean spent six weeks with research mentors from Washington University, St. Louis University, and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Pictured: Villa Duchesne senior Kristen Buehne received the Aerospace Inc. /D3 Technologies Award for Excellence in Research.

The Wilson School in Clayton kicked off its centennial year with a party for more than 400 students, parents, and friends of the school. In honor of the school’s 100th birthday, guests donated a total of 125 birthday boxes and gift bags containing items such as cake mix, frosting, decorations, candles and a small birthday gift to benefit Operation Food Search. Pictured: In celebration of Wilson’s 100 years of providing exceptional education, the Class of 2013 led everyone in singing “Happy Birthday."

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