When...guests showed their support for Operation Shower at ‘Operation Give Thanks,’ held at Monarch restaurant? Monarch donated a portion of the proceeds from a select menu to Operation Shower, which recognizes the sacrifices military families make by providing baby items for military families expecting new babies. Pictured: Nancy and Rick Seiler with Lena Morrissey.

When…Dine out for the Cure netted more than $127,000 with the help of more than 280 restaurants and 200 volunteers? The money raised will go towards research, mammograms, screenings and breast cancer education. Pictured: Midwest Medical Supply employees dine out at Portabella Restaurant: Linda Sandler, Sally Mayfield, Susie Nisen, Dayle Sandler, Ruth Sandler, Lisa Ackerman, Margie Kessler, Michelle Casey, Juanita Luster, Debbie Enstall and Jaymie Norber.

When…Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) honored Sue Matlof at its fourth annual Tree of Life Society party? The event recognizes donors who have given an annual gift to help sustain JF&CS, which provides food and financial aid for children and families in need. Pictured: Cathy Steele, Barbara Barnholtz, Karen Suroff, Sue Matlof, Lou Albert, Greg Siwak, Judy Kaplan, Stacy Siwak and Jan Abrams.

When…guests gathered for ‘An Evening of Star Gazing and Wine Tasting’ at Strathalbyn Farms Club to benefit Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Research Foundation? Event highlights included a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvre buffet and a guided tour of the galaxy. Pictured: Sallie and John Wharton.

When…Mr. Squiggles, the Zhu Zhu Pets Mascot, visited Shriners Hospital for Children? Each child at Shriners received a Zhu Zhu Hamster, the newest craze in children’s toys made by St. Louis-based firm Cepia LLC. Pictured: Mr. Squiggles with Hanah Phillips.

When…representatives from Ronald McDonald House Charities®, St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital and McDonald’s® Corporation gathered to commemorate the groundbreaking of the third St. Louis Ronald McDonald house and the 300th in the world? Pictured: Stuart Campbell, Mike DeCola, Denny DeNarvaez, Ronald McDonald, Marty Coyne, Jim Johannesen, Dan Harbaugh and Mike Klak.

When…Gina Galati received the James O’Flynn Community Service Award from the Historical Society of St. Louis County? Galati was honored for her efforts as founder and artistic director of New Opera St. Louis. Pictured: Dr. Arlen Dykstra, Gina Galati and Judge Arthur Litz.

When…Emerson awarded Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center $75,000 as a challenge grant? If Annie Malone reaches its $75,000 goal for the ‘Power of 57 Cents’ campaign, Emerson will donate another $50,000. The campaign raises funds for the organization’s residential services, transitional living program, therapeutic school, crisis programs and parenting workshops. Pictured: Richard King and Robert Cox.

When…The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2665 presented a check for $17,300 to the St. John’s Mercy Foundation for the hospital’s Burn Center? Pictured: Barrett Hadican, Cory Hogan, Michael Smock, Sean Murray and Mark Boehl.

When…the Saint Charles Crisis Nursery ‘Over the Top for Tots’ luncheon raised $105,000 to support the organization’s ‘Healing Hearts Program?’ The program provides art and play therapy to children in need of emotional healing. Pictured: Jack Banas and Heidi Glaus.