St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.

The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center honored Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (FCER) board member Steve Mahfood for his service as the director of Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources. Mahfood has served as a leader and innovator in the environmental, energy and natural resource fields for 40 years.

Students from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School and other area schools served at the Associates of the Archbishop Luncheon and Cocktail Reception. The students thanked donors, volunteers and priests for their generosity in aiding the school in its mission to provide excellent Catholic education to students.

The quilters of St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church needled their way to first place in Friendship Village Sunset Hills’ Fifth Annual Quilt Contest. The group’s quilt, which showcases a seasoned pattern in white and shades of blue, won $1,000, which will help parishioners in need. Ten local churches participated in the competition. St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church took second place honors. Pictured: Eileen Bunse, Hilda Ruppe, Dion Scherr and Anna Marie Krauska.

The Steward Family Foundation and David Steward, CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc., gave a special donation to the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation. The gift was made in honor of Steward’s mother-in-law, Dorothy Willis, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday. The contribution will provide less fortunate seniors the financial assistance necessary to remain living at Brooking Park Retirement Community.

Artists Larry Emerson and Byron Sletten greeted guests during the opening night of their photography, mixed media and video installations exhibition, Origins: Natural Selections, at The Regional Arts Commission. Curated by Ellen Curlee, the show explores the beauty existing within the mysteries of the world. It is free and open to the public and will run through Sat., Dec. 21. Pictured: Larry Emerson, Ellen Curlee and Byron Sletten

Customers of Mobil on the Run raised more than $30,000 for Life Skills’ Autism Services through the company’s ‘All Stars for Autism’ project. By purchasing stars at Mobil on the Run locations, customers supported the organization’s mission to help people with developmental disabilities learn, live, work and participate in the community.

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School students showed their dedication to service and compassion with a homecoming week food drive. The school’s National Honor Society sponsored the drive, which collected more than 1,500 items and more than $75 to be donated to food pantries at St. Patrick Center and The Circle of Concern.

The Community School hosted alumna and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley as its 61st annual book show guest author. The author of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch series headlined a student-body assembly before visiting with smaller groups of students and sharing her experiences as a writer. Smiley graduated from the school in 1961.

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