For the second year, in a tight competition with less than 20 votes separating the top two churches, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Fenton, beat out St. Dominic Savio, Affton, to win Friendship Village Sunset Hills' Fourth Annual Quilting Competition. Several hundred voted in the week's competition and display of quilts from area churches at Fountain View, the freestanding assisted-living community at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. Pictured: Erlinda Madridondo, Ruth Finder, Donna Robinson and Mary Haukap (kneeling) proudly display their winning quilt.

More than 220 people attended the 'Evening of Possibilities' gala benefiting Therapeutic Horsemanship at The Crowne Plaza Clayton. Therapeutic Horsemanship announced an exciting new vision for the organization at the event, which raised more than $75,000 for the nonprofit's current equine-assisted therapy programs. The event was chaired by Greg and Shelly Reynolds and Debbie Tarlow. Pictured: Richard Alotta, Debbie Tarlow and Patrick Connor

In its ongoing effort to support homeowner retention, Bank of America recently announced $145,000 in grants to six St. Louis-area nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, to develop and provide innovative solutions for local housing issues. Nationwide, Bank of America has awarded $22 million in grants to nonprofits that revitalize neighborhoods and help working families find and keep suitable homes. Pictured: Bank of America employees pose in front of the house they completed for Habitat for Humanity.

Congratulations to the 17 newest inductees into the Parkway High School’s Hall of Fame. Inductees included Ray Hartmann, Robert Clark, Chris Nicastro, Maj. Gen. Gregg Sturdevant, Bryan Chapell, and more. Pictured: Three inductees, Dr. Jeff Burke (South '88) Peter Schuessler (West '79) and Ray Hartmann (Central '70)

Supporters of Saint Louis Crisis Nursery gathered at ‘Napoli Night for the Crisis Nursery’ to raise funds in support of child abuse prevention. This event, presented by Byrne & Jones Construction and hosted by Crisis Nursery’s Young Professionals Board, was held at Bar Napoli. More than 300 guests helped raise $24,000 for the organization. Pictured: Bernard Whittington, Danielle Smith and Cedric Cobb

St. Louis ‘own Cedric the Entertainer accepted Variety’s Champion for Kids award at the charity’s annual Champions for Children Summit. He left the crowd in stitches after accepting the nod and noted the Variety Kids’ determination and positive outlook are an inspiration to him. Variety the Children’s Charity celebrated raising more than $4.5 million to support 14,000 St. Louis kids with disabilities, honored Wells Fargo Advisors with this year’s President’s Award and seven agencies with the Stellar Performance Awards. Pictured: Cedric the Entertainer with Variety kid Elijah

Children’s bookseller Jennifer MacAdam-Miller of Reading Habitat partnered with her friend, Ruthie Zarren, owner of Little Fishes Swim School to host a book fair to to donate to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. The two women delivered $500 worth of books to the Bob Costas Cancer Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Pictured: Pictured (from L to R): Jennifer MacAdam-Miller, SSM's Aleeza Granote, Ruthie Zarren. 

The Assistance League of St. Louis celebrated its 25th anniversary milestone by hosting ‘Let’s Celebrate,’ a fundraising gala at The Ritz-Carlton, emceed by KSDK's Cindy Preszler. Volunteer Julie McAllister presented with Ada Edwards Laughlin award for outstanding service to the organization, and Elder Corporation received National Operation School Bell Award for their outstanding collaborative effort serving the community through the Operation School Bell program. The evening raised $155,000 for the philanthropic programs of the organization. Pictured: Julie McAllister

Students at Rossman School took a trip around the globe (figuratively speaking, of course) during International Week: India! Throughout the week, students experienced the diversity of India woven through the entire curriculum, including music and food samples from a different region of the country each day, history and geography, P.E. (where students learned to play cricket) and art. Pictured: A Rossman School third-grader and her mother perform a dance combining two styles of Indian classical dance, Bharanatyam and Kathak, during an international week assembly.

Local real estate team The Kelly Hager Group raised more than $30,000 in donated items for Friends of Kids With Cancer. The items were given to 18 children and their families. Pictured: Young cancer patients and their families benefitted from more than $30,000 in donated items gathered by The Kelly Hager Group.

McCluer High School recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. At one time, McCluer was the largest high school in Missouri with more than 1,400 students. It kicked off festivities with ‘Comet Pride—The Musical,’ a showcase of some of the school’s productions and performers in the last half-century. Pictured: LN columnist Paul Brown (’76); Jessica Williams (’13) and theater teacher Doug Irwin

Variety the Children’s Charity recently gave 239 bikes to local children in need during its 16th annual Bikes for Kids program. More than 100 volunteers helped assemble the bikes during the giveaway, held at Webster University.  In addition, a team from Creative Mobility in Chicago provided 50 specialty therapeutic bikes, which typically cost between $1,000 and $3,000.  Pictured: Joseph and Melanie Moon

The National Touring Company of Wicked hosted A Wicked Wonderland at the Sheldon Concert Hall to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and STAGES St. Louis. In addition to the performance, the event featured live and silent auctions, including several opportunities to join the company backstage at the Fox Theatre. The event raised almost $38,000! Pictured: Wicked leading ladies Jeanna de Waal (Glinda) (right) and Christine Dwyer (Elphaba) (left) with a happy fan

MERS/Goodwill was recently awarded with a grant from the Autism Speaks Family Services Chapter Grants to purchase iPads for the new MERS/Goodwill Lippman Autism Center in Brentwood. The Center is under development and will open soon.  Pictured: Amy Blumenfeld, Jeff Cartnal, Beth Brown, Jen Glassmeyer and Angela Dettmers.

Coldwell Banker Gundaker associates raised $115,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis at the company’s 27th annual auction. Over the past 27 years, the company’s associates, managers and employees have donated $1.76 million to the organization, which provides a home away from home for the families of children receiving life-saving medical care at area hospitals. Pictured: CBG president Jim Dohr with Ronald McDonald.

The Cancer Care Foundation, the charitable arm of The Steinberg Winter Classic hockey tournament, presented a $40,000 gift to assist cancer patients at Mercy David C. Pratt Cancer Center.  The foundation and its gift was the vision of event founder Joe Fresta, Jr., a two-time testicular cancer survivor. The gift will aid patients in need of financial assistance while battling cancer so they can focus on beating the disease. Pictured: Darren Pang, Carol Murphy, Joe Fresta, Jr., Dr. Bob Bergamini, Joe Pecoraro and Jeff Johnston

Civil rights leader Xernona Clayton was the keynote speaker during an event hosted by Saint Louis University to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For her individual achievements, Clayton was presented with the University’s Civil Rights Award. In addition, SLU honored six community, business and educational leaders who have worked to promote equality in our region, including: Karla Scott, Judge Jimmie Edwards, James Buford, Kathleen Osborn, Tom Voss and Keith Williamson. Pictured: Xernona Clayton.

To thank donors for their ongoing support, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) held a Donor Appreciation Reception at Bar Napoli in Clayton. Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) has provided high-quality legal assistance in civil cases to the low-income community for more than 50 years.  In 2012, LSEM helped more than 21,000 people in 21 eastern Missouri counties. Pictured: Tom Glick and Drew Yaeger.

Swing Fore Hope, a Metro East charitable organization, presented a check for $30,000 to the Siteman Cancer Center. The money was raised from the Swing Fore Hope Golf Tournament, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, and other events. Pictured: Kate Sollberger, Jason Baldus, Muriel Carp, Julie Gilliland, Roger Lewis, Tracy Lewis and Brett Gilliland.

Three hundred patients of St. Louis Children’s Hospital had something to smile about recently when Northwestern Mutual - St. Louis and Cheeriodicals brought cheer in the form of 300 big green boxes during  ‘Cheeriodicals Day' at the hospital. Cheeriodicals are 'big green boxes of cheer' made up, in this case, of age-appropriate magazines and activity books, room decorations, puzzles, stickers, games and other goodies for the children to enjoy. Pictured: Northwestern Mutual's Gerard Hempstead presents a Cheeriodicals box to a patient. 

JDRF Greater Missouri and Southern Illinois Chapter thanked its corporate walk teams, riders, corporate sponsors and volunteers at an awards celebration held at Orlando Gardens. Together, they raised $1.4 million for type 1 diabetes research and research-related education.




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