Alper Oztok, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis GM, donned a Santa suit to deliver unwrapped toys and gift cards to the young patients at Children’s Hospital and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. Hotel guests and Siteman Cancer Center patrons donated the gifts at the hotel’s 5th annual tree lighting a few weeks prior. Pictured: Mary Harrington, Janet Pruneu and Alper Oztok. Photos by Lawrence Bryant

The St. Louis Arc, a nonprofit United Way Agency providing services to St. Louisans with developmental disabilities, cut the ribbon to the new Jack Phelan Board Room in the Arc Family Center. Phelan was a former Arc board member and key figure at Edward Jones.

Executive members of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation presented a check for more than $13,000 to Little Sisters of the Poor—St. Louis Residence. The 8-story facility houses 115 low-income seniors. The donation will pay for tuckpointing of the organization’s building. Pictured: Jim Brennan, Gary Kolarcik, Greg Vatterott, Charlie Boyce

The St. Louis Artists Guild announced the five winners in its juried exhibition, Clearly Human. Art in the exhibit focused on the human figure, and winning pieces were selected by professional artist Barbara Fugate. Winners include Michael Schmidt, Jon Davis, Laura Bailey, Sherry Salant and Michael Reedy. Pictured: Laura Bailey’s oil on canvas painting, Claire, 2013

Brenda Warner, a former Marine, delivered coats to more than 75 veteran clients of St. Patrick Center as part of the 13th Annual Warners’ Warm-Up. Brenda and her husband, former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, created the organization, which collects new and gently-used winter coats and distributes them through Operation Food Search.

North Glendale Elementary School special ed teacher Kimberly Rappold was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education. The program rewards education professionals who inspire and motivate youth. Rappold received $1,000 for her dedication and effort, and will attend an awards gala at the end of the school year, where she will have the chance to be named Educator of the Year.

Guests toured 10 magnificent Central Corridor kitchens as part of JDRF’s self-guided Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour. The kitchens offered a range of styles, from country casual to sleek and modern. The event raised more than $120,000, which will help the organization fund research of type 1 diabetes. Pictured: Lana Mulholland, Bethany Borrenpohl, Patricia Knop

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