Walter Knoll Florist’s Chuck Knoll and Press Club board members gathered to create centerpieces for the Press Club’s Media Person of the Year gala? The Oct. 4 event, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, will honor KSDK-TV’s Leisa Zigman. It also will recognize photojournalists Jim Forbes and Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for extraordinary coverage of the 2011 Joplin tornado. St. Louis’ own Fleishman-Hillard will receive an award for its worldwide contributions to journalistic excellence. Proceeds benefit journalism/communications scholarships, as well as enterprise investigative journalism fellowships, and the St. Louis Library Media Archives. Pictured: Chuck Knoll with Press Club board members Alice Handelman and Ellen Soule.

Friendship Village completed a $1 million upgrade of its Chesterfield skilled nursing and assisted living location? Friendship Village also unveiled a new logo to mark the beginning of an overall $15 million expansion program for the entire community. In addition, Friendship Village Sunset Hills recently broke ground on 10 villas, which are part of a planned $50 million expansion to that location's facilities. Pictured: local Friendship Village board president Howard Curtis (right) shovels to break ground with Jim Hudgens (left), a development partner from architectural firm THW Design, on 10 new villas at the Sunset Hills community.

The Kirkwood School District and Kirkwood School District Foundation dedicated the new Alvin Miller Track? The Kirkwood high school track was named in honor of Alvin Miller, a 1983 KHS graduate regarded as the best athlete in the school’s history. He earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in football and two in track and field. He captured four individual track and field state championships in 1983 and still holds the three school track and field records. Pictured: Julie Beattie, Romona Miller, Alvin Miller, Lauryn Miller, Ariel Miller and Kevin Beattie.

The Onder Law Firm in Webster Groves hosted a cocktail reception to raise awareness for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM)? The organization provides legal assistance in civil cases to low-income clients in a 21-county service area. Pictured (from left): Gary Burger of Cantor & Burger, member of LSEM’s Bar Campaign Steering Committee; retired Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Sr.; Dan Glazier, LSEM executive director and general counsel; and Jim Onder of Onder Law Firm. Photo courtesy of Josh Monken.

Kohl’s Department Stores donated $123,478 to the Kohl’s Passenger Safety Program at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center? The funds will help purchase 850 car seats and 532 bike helmets to be distributed to free of charge this year. Since their partnership began in 2006, Kohl’s has provided a total of $621,195 in grants to SSM Cardinal Glennon.

The Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest hosted a Conservation Awareness and Fundraising Forum that raised more than $21,000 to help preserve the Children’s Eternal Rainforest? Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden gave a presentation to more than 300 people on the importance of global conservation and the need for rainforest protection. Pictured: Missouri Botanical Garden president emeritus Dr. Peter Raven, his wife, Dr. Pat Raven, New Chapter vice chair Tom Newmark and his wife, Terry Newmark.

Marilyn Woodard’s third grade classroom at North Glendale Elementary collected 2,500 dimes to give to former Kirkwood police officer and Safety Director for Kirkwood Schools Mike Bales? The gift was a result of Woodard’s challenge to her students to collect 1,000 things. When they reached 1,000, they decided to keep going. By the end of the fundraising they collected more than 2,500 dimes! Bales is suffering from a long-term illness resulting from brain injury and the money will be put toward his ongoing-health expenses. Pictured: Mike Bales with third graders from North Glendale Elementary

Alumni, current students, current and former faculty and staff, and friends celebrated St. Louis Community College’s 50th anniversary at the STLCC Homecoming Day event at Busch Stadium? The STLCC-Meramec choir, under the direction of Jerry Myers, sung the new STLCC Anthem prior to the game; former baseball and softball All-Americans and Hall of Fame inductees were recognized; and STLCC Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey threw out a ceremonial first pitch.  Pictured: St. Louis Community College Chancellor Myrtle E.B. Dorsey and Fredbird

Students, family and friends from John Burroughs and other local high schools raised $3,000 through the fifth annual Saint Louis Crisis Nursery 2012 5K Fun Run and Walk? More than 200 runners and walkers participated. Pictured: DiAnne Mueller, Crisis Nursery CEO, with Jeff, Jake and Julie Simpher of Sunset Hills. Jake Simpher is the founder of the Fun Run.

The YMCA honored Lyle Gilbertson with the J. Clinton Hawkins Award and Caroline Mitchell, Director of Y Community Literacy, with the Dick Stoll Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the 41st annual Lamplighter Dinner?  Gary Schlansker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, presented the awards.  Pictured:  Caroline Mitchell, Lyle Gilbertson, and Gary Schlansker

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.

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