TAYLOR ROBINSON, a senior at Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, is one of 814 high school athletes nationwide who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. The 2013 nominees include high school basketball players from across the country who have been selected by coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Pictured: Taylor Robinson with Colleen Schoendienst, local McDonald's owner/operator

UNIVERSITY CITY HIGH SCHOOL recently hosted an enrichment program called 'New Orleans: Cultural Exchange on the Mississippi.' It featured the performance of an original poem by Cassandra Conner, science teacher; a Kinesis dance performance to the sounds of Duke Ellington played by the Jazz Band, which will provide multiple selections; and finally, a presentation about New Orleans and its influence on jazz by Stan Coleman, Jazz Band director.

DILLARDS’s at Chesterfield Mall recently presented Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis with a check for more than $21,000. The donation was made possible through the sale of Dillard’s exclusive Southern Living Cookbook. It marked the sixth year that Dillard’s has offered the cookbook, which raised a total of more than $1.6 million this year across the country. Pictured: Chesterfield store manager Amy Hastings and Ronald McDonald

The ST. LOUIS AREA FOODBANK and BLICK&STAFF COMMUNICATIONS partnered with several local companies recently to launch to #SweetonSTL. The campaign brought in more than 450 pounds of food for those in need of food assistance in the St. Louis-area. Pictured: Ryan Farmer, St. Louis Area Foodbank; Harriet Blickenstaff, Blick&Staff Communications; and Casey Milton, St. Louis Area Foodbank

The WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE recently honored the following individuals for outstanding work in 2012: Deborah Russell of Send Out Cards with the Don Essen Heart of the Chamber award; Jeff Boraz with Firestone Complete Autocare with the 'Business Person of the Year' award; Callier’s Catering with the 'Business of the Year' award and Brian Durbin of Genghis Grill with the 'Young Professional of the Year' Pictured: Jeff Boraz receiving his award

EAGLE BANK & TRUST donated $4,700 to support the efforts of the Burns Recovered Support Group. The donation was made through Eagle Bank’s Gift-Back program, which provides financial assistance for not-for-profit organizations throughout the area. Burns Recovered Support Group assists burn survivors and provides aid during the recovery process. Pictured: Eagle Bank's Missy Munoz and bank CEO Michael Walsh flank Linda Hansen, executive director of Burns Recovered Support Group. 

Lifelong Vision Foundation has recently announced partnerships with two local organizations that serve youth in need: WYMAN CENTER and COLLEGE BOUND. The partnership will provide eye health education and career paths, vision testing an eyeglasses to teens participating in those programs. The services will be provided by the staff and physicians at Pepose Vision Institute. Pictured: College Bound's Lisa Zarin with College Bound participants Monique Edwards and Micheal Jackson

Congratulations to Navy Counselor First Class (NC1)SHAUNELL HYATT, a St. Louis sailor who has been presented with the 2012 Award of Excellence from The Navy League of the United States - St. Louis Council, in addition to being named 2012 District Sailor of the Year for Navy Recruiting District (NRD) St. Louis. NC1 Hyatt received both awards based on his leadership, teamwork and job performance, as well as his community involvement. Pictured: NC1 Shaunell Hyatt (center) receives 2012 Award of Excellence from The Navy League of the United States - St. Louis Council. 

TheCREBE COEUR-OLIVETTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held its annual Gala Awards Dinner and Auction to honor both Creve Coeur and Olivette firefighters and police officers. From Creve Coeur, firefighter/medic Paul Vessells from the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District received the Firefighter of the Year Award; and Detective Thomas Rich from the Creve Coeur Police Department received the Police Officer of the Year award. From the City of Olivette, firefighter/paramedic Private Justin Schulte received the Firefighter of the Year award; and detective Edward Delaney received the Police Officer of Year award. Pictured: Thomas Rich, Paul Vessells, Chamber president Teresa Crossland, Private Justin Schulte and Edward Delaney. 

St. Louisans showed their love for pooches at the HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI’s Puppy Love event, which featured adoptable dogs and cats, an appearance by Trooper (the dog rescued after being dragged behind a truck), cocktails, appetizers and even a Doggie Kissing Booth! Proceeds benefitted the Cinderella Fund, which makes it possible for HSMO to go the extra mile for animals that have suffered abuse or neglect and require specialized medical treatment.

LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK received a $70,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of The River Between Us, Laumeier’s summer 2013 exhibition that physically and metaphorically links two Mississippi River communities—St. Louis and New Orleans. The River Between Us was organized by Laumeier Executive Director Marilu Knode and Joe Baker, former executive director/chief curator of Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans. Pictured: The River Between Us, Bernard Williams, Route 27, 2013. Mixed media, 72 x 240 x 84 inches. Courtesy the artist, Chicago.

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