The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer held its 42nd annual luncheon and donated more than $365,000 to 24 cancer charities. The group, which raises money for research, prevention and care for cancer patients and their families, has raised more than $3 million for cancer research to date. Pictured: Frank Cognata (right) representing Ronald McDonald House and accepting a check from emcee Guy Phillips.

The Chesterfield Day School sixth grade presented a check for $3,215 to support Operation Homefront. Students raised the funds through the year by conducting bake sales and other activities, including staging a production of Mulan Jr. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of U.S. service members and wounded warriors. Pictured: Chesterfield Day School students

Great Circle hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception and presented volunteers with Circle of Caring Awards. This year’s recipients include The Mission Continues, Dee Joyner, Cindy Munich, Jeff Randolph and Jim Wuertenberg, all of whom gave of their time and talent to help children is the organization’s various treatment programs. Great Circle provides treatment, education, prevention and support services to children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Pictured: The Mission Continues volunteers help beautify the Edgewood campus of Great Circle in Webster Groves.

Rossman School presented awards for special achievements to three graduating sixth graders. Hunter Sigmund earned the Pauline Marshall Award for Scholarship, for having the highest grade point average. Hunter is the son of Jeff and Lisa Sigmund. Berkeley Bearden received the Mary B. Rossman Award for Citizenship presented to a sixth grader who displayed outstanding citizenship. Berkeley is the daughter of Tom and Pam Bearden. August Ball received the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Specialty Subject for his accomplishments in Social Studies. August is the son of Hal and Holly Ball. Pictured: Hunter Sigmund, Berkeley Bearden and August Ball.

United Way of Greater St. Louis' Women's Leadership Society held its kickoff at Wells Fargo Advisors. This year’s theme is Purses with a Purpose, and handbag designers 1154 LILL, Carrie Ella and fashion designer Emily Brady Koplar with her Wai Ming collection were all on hand. More than $225,937 has been raised so far for United Way from the Women’s Leadership Society for 2012. Pictured: Meg Shuff, Egan Inc., and Rachel Seward (right), Wells Fargo Advisors, co-chaired the Purses with a Purpose event for United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Women’s Leadership Society. In the middle are Cassandra Sanford and Kelly Mitchell, this year’s Women’s Leadership Society chair for United Way.

When a Budweiser Clydesdale stopped by Parties in the Park in Clayton recently to charm the near-record crowd for Clayton’s monthly seen-and-be-seen social event? Pictured: a Budweiser Clydesdale

The Harvey Kornblum Foundation presented a donation to Rainbow Village’s capital campaign. Rainbow Village immediate past president of the board Jim Fogle presents the Harvey Kornblum Foundation trustees with plaque thanking them for the generous donation to Rainbow Village. Pictured, from left: (Back row) Michael Silver and Ann Mandelstamm. Middle: Laura Silver, Gay Kornblum and Jim Fogle. Front: Ryan and Katie Silver

Demitasse Underground Restaurant hosted Dining Under the Stars in Forest Park. Guests at the intimate al fresco dining experience enjoyed food, wine and conversation in a picturesque setting. Proceeds from the event benefited Forest Park Forever.

St. Patrick Center raised $413,000 at its 28th annual Irish Open dinner auction at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser, and all proceeds will benefit those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Pictured: St. Louis Ram Cortland Finnegan and wife Lacey at the 28th annual St. Patrick’s Irish Open dinner auction


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