Keller Williams Realty St. Louis in Kirkwood recently celebrated its annual RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) with plenty of flowers and sunshine. RED Day was created for agents and their families as a nationwide Keller Williams commitment to give back to the communities they serve. The Kirkwood team planted flowers for the City of Kirkwood to beautify the downtown area. Pictured from left to right are agents Dan Delpha, Andrew Hannigan and Denise Sanford.
The fourth annual Unsung Heroes awards hosted by the Missouri Children’s Burn Camp welcomed a sell-out crowd of almost 340 people and honored 11 individuals who make a difference in the community through their selflessness, volunteerism and advocacy. 2013 Unsung Heroes were: Rita Swiener, Josh Goldman, Jan Baron, Nate Noss, Sam Pepose, Will Hopkins, Derek Cohn, Herb Eissman, Zubaida Ibrahim, Rick Rovak, Rachel Miller and Sandy Silverstein. Pictured are co-chairs Mariiyn Ratkin, Sheri Sherman and Jane Weiss.
Dillards, Dior and Coldwell Banker Gundaker recently hosted 125 attendees for a luncheon, wine tasting, music, fashion show and Dior makeovers that delighted the guests. The event, Springtime in Paris, welcomed realtors, retail, bankers and brokers to support economic growth in Town & Country. Pictured: Betsy Delahunt, JC Wilson, Larry Wilson Jr., Amy Koehler, Michelle Tinker, Jan Cross-Baniak, Jeremy Rentfro, Gabriella Bolm, Kim Stewart.
Linda and Pete Werner were presented with the Oliver M. Langenberg Award during City Academy's graduation ceremony. This year, all 16 sixth-graders were accepted into private independent secondary schools, including: Chaminade, Crossroads, John Burroughs, MICDS, Thomas Jefferson, Villa, Westminster and Whitfield. Pictured: Pete and Linda Werner with Don Danforth III.
More than 80 guests at the home of designer Anjali Kamra were the first to see the Rungolee Spring/Summer line and to celebrate its new e-commerce website. Hosts were Suzanne Johnson, Linda Renner and Lisa Melandri. Models, including dancers from the Saint Louis Ballet, walked the hot pink runway poolside, wearing beautiful hand-embroidered and beaded blouses, tunics, dresses and jackets. Pictured: Sarla Khanna, Anjali Kamra, Swaran Kamra.
The Junior League of St. Louis (JLSL) recently honored two members with the Drue Lane Webster Volunteer Service Award established in 1985 by Judge William Webster in memory of his wife, Drue. The award is given annually to two JLSL members who exemplify the spirit and purpose of the JLSL through commitment to voluntarism. Patricia Dolson of Kirkwood and Karen McFarland of Ladue (pictured) were honored.
Renaissance Financial took to the lanes again for its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. This year’s event raised $6,300 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Since 2001, Renaissance Financial has raised $57,000 – allowing BBBS to match more than 45 children with mentors. Pictured: Back row, from left: Nick Jones, James Androuais, Steve Steinbruegge, Andrew McCluer. Front row: Kristin Thompson, Stacy Androuais.
The Saint Louis Zoo recently opened its new Monsanto Education Gallery, which provides unique opportunities for children and their caregivers to explore the wonders of the natural world together and to discover ways to extend love of nature to their everyday lives. Pictured: Monsanto's Hugh Grant and Saint Louis Zoo's Jeffery Bonner. Photo by Brian Schmittgens.
The third annual COCAbiz Business Creativity Conference was a conference that featured keynotes by two influential thought leaders on innovation, Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, and Scott Belsky, author of Making Ideas Happen, as well as sessions presented by a select group of highly innovative leaders from the St. Louis region and beyond. Pictured: Spark participants learn to juggle. Photo by Peter Wochniak.
More than 700 Wilson School families recently attended the school’s Centennial Picnic in Forest Park. The event celebrated an amazing history of providing exceptional education to children in the St. Louis region and was the most heavily attended event in the school’s history. Pictured: Two Wilson School students enjoy a hot air balloon ride. Photo by Rachel Rose.
The Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs announced that 10 area agencies will receive $20,000 in grant funding as part of The Jewish Fund, a joint program of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Saint Louis Rabbinical Association with support from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and its Lubin-Green Foundation, which allocates grants to St. Louis area grassroots social services agencies that have little or no Jewish presence. Pictured: Kristin Bulin (left), executive director of grant recipient Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma, with members of the JFHN committee in front of a mural painted by clients of the Center.
Ursuline Academy recently hosted UA Leadership Academy, a two-day experience for seventh- and eighth-grade girls providing the opportunity to interact with other young leaders from throughout the St. Louis Archdiocese. Pictured: Ursuline Academy hosted 80 young leaders (white shirts) and welcomed back 26 returning participants as Junior Leaders in its UA Leadership Academy.