Congrats to JOSEPH WHITE, former head of the St. Louis chapter of the AMERICAN RED CROSS, who has accepted the position of senior VP of chapter organizations for the national organization. White’s career is distinguished and includes stints as an executive at Fleishman-Hillard, as well as a 27-year career in banking during which he was chairman and CEO of Boatman’s Bancshares of Iowa, president of St. Louis City Region for Boatman’s, and president and CEO of Boatman’s investment services. He’ll oversee more than 700 Red Cross chapters but will continue to be based in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife Debby.

Bravo! The SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has named St. Louis native ADAM CRANE (Ladue High ’93) its new director of communications. Crane will join SLSO from his post as director of public relations and communications for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Love the thrill of the bargain hunt? Then you’ll be happy to know a new GOODWILL store has opened at West Clayton Road in Chesterfield. Besides uncovering bargain treasures, you’ll feel good knowing Goodwill purchases enable the nonprofit MERS/GOODWILL to help people find jobs and live independently in our community. In conjunction with the new store’s opening, local jewelry designer DIANE KATZMAN has launched a new ‘Diane K’ line that will be available exclusively in area Goodwill stores.

Congratulations to MARY ALICE RYAN, president and CEO of ST. ANDREW’S RESOURCES FOR SENIORS, who was honored for 25 years of service to the network of resources and services for seniors and their caregivers.

The work of Ladue artist MARY OSTERTAG is featured in an exhibition in the lobby gallery of No. 1 Metropolitan Square downtown through October. A longtime hairstylist, Ostertag retired from that career 10 years ago to focus on her art.

When the moon hits your eye…Bommarito Wines is hosting a wine tasting at Fortel’s Pizza in Creve Coeur Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Stop by, have a little pizza, taste a little wine and enjoy the sounds of the Tony Viviano Band.

Crazy about kitchens? ST. LOUIS CHAPTER HADASSAH’S second annual ‘Dream Kitchen Tour’ takes place Sunday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. and will feature seven amazing kitchens in Clayton, Frontenac and Ladue. For more information, visit Proceeds benefit the organization’s work in medical research and public health education and its support of advocacy programs for women, children at risk and environmental issues.

The FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS has launched an online ‘Foreclosure Resource Center’ that provides information for homeowners, prospective buyers and community groups to help prevent foreclosures and mitigate their impact on neighborhoods. Visit for more information.

Leaving the nest…Clayton fashionista MARGO KOPMAN has sold her boutique, BYRD, after seven years. Kopman has started a retail consulting company, Insight Retail Solutions. But merchandising guru JULIE STOTLAR, a Missouri native recently relocated from Miami, will carry on the Byrd tradition as the new proprietor.

Feeling green? Check out the GREEN HOMES & RENEWABLE ENERGY FESTIVAL and GREEN HOUSE TOUR Sept. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the 3600 block of Grandel Square. The street festival will feature more than 65 displays by local businesses, and organizations will offer information about everything from alternative fuels to renewable energy. The house tour will take place Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. and includes 11 area green homes. Tickets are $10 to $15, available at the festival. Visit

Good luck to KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL freshman MELISSA REY, who was named one of 10 national finalists in the 2008 Discovery Young Scientist Competition. Melissa won with her project, ‘The Doppler Effect,’ and will compete in Washington, D.C., for a $50,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

Cabaret collaboration…JIM DOLAN, former producer of The Cabaret at Savor, and PAUL REUTER, executive director of The Sheldon Concert Hall, have formed CABARET ST. LOUIS, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the finest cabaret performances to our area. The fall lineup includes FRAN LANDESMAN, STEVE ROSS, SYLVIA MCNAIR, LEE LESSACK and TONY SANDLER. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2 and are available at all MetroTix locations and online.

Kudos to the Missouri State Archives, which received an Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society. The distinction is presented to institutions that make an exceptional contribution to the field of genealogy.

Congratulations to SYDNEE STOTTLEMYRE, daughter of Brent and Tricia Stottlemyre of Chesterfield, who recently won a $5,000 scholarship at the 2009 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, where she was named fourth runner-up.