Congrats to CALEB PING, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who was recently accepted into four of the most prestigious musical institutions in the country: The Juilliard School, The New England Conservatory of Music, The Boston Conservatory of Music and Tanglewood Music Institute. A percussionist in the Ladue High band since 2002, Caleb is also a Missouri All-State Musician and member of the St. Louis Youth Orchestra. He will be the featured soloist at this year’s ‘Night of Percussion’ held at the TOUHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Happy 70th Birthday to BARBARA BOXER, who was feted recently by family and friends at the LEMP MANSION! Revelers included Boxer’s husband David, Lynn Pollak, Penny Kodner, Marlene and Bob Wolff, Marilyn and Larry Alton and Maureen and Bob Greenberg.
Speaking of big birthdays…Congrats to MARIANNE PRZETAK on her 30 years at the helm of LADUE FLORIST!
Next stop, D.C.! Two St. Louis students, Eagle Scout JACK O’NEILL and AMANDA VOGT, were chosen by the BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA to present the organization’s annual report on scouting as part of a seven-person delegation in Washington, D.C. Each year the organization selects a group of young men and women to represent Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing programs around the country during the conference. O’Neill is a Vianney graduate and a sophomore at Mizzou. Vogt is a graduate of Marquette High and a student at Lindenwood University.
A distinguished guest…Human rights activist, academic and lawyer RASHIDA MANJOO of South Africa has been named WEBSTER UNIVERSITY’S 2009 DES LEE VISITING SCHOLAR IN GLOBAL AWARENESS. The lectureship was founded in 2000 to help foster international understanding among students and the community. Manjoo will serve as a resource for the University, teaching courses on human rights and giving community presentations on the subject. She will also lead the University’s spring conference on American exceptionalism in May, which will focus on the International Criminal Court and the U.N. Human Rights Council.
In my other life…Actress JANE SEYMOUR, best known for her roles in Wedding Crashers, Live and Let Die and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, is also a painter and will display her work on March 27 and 28 at WENTWORTH GALLERY. The show will include oils, acrylics and watercolor works. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Seymour both days.
Ad whiz MARK SCHUPP, founder of SCHUPP COMPANY, was named ‘Ad Man of the Year’ by the Ad Club of St. Louis. An industry veteran, Schupp has been in the businesses since 1980, and spent many years at Anheuser-Busch, working on such well-known ads as ‘Spuds Mackenzie’ and ‘I Love You, Man.’ He founded his own company in 1993, and in the past five years has been the brains behind campaigns such as Metro’s ‘Decongestant M,’ and campaigns for the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues.
Give our regards…Broadway star and Tony-nominated actor LEE ROY REAMS will host the fourth annual KEVIN KLINE AWARDS March 30 at the Loretto-Hilton Center. Besides his extensive work on the New York theater scene, Reams has appeared in nearly 20 musicals at the Muny and considers St. Louis a second home. Tickets for the awards ceremony are $50 and can be purchased at kevinklineawards.com.
Bon appetit! JAMES STORM, certified executive chef (CEC) and a member of Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc., has earned the certified culinary administrator (CCA) designation from the American Culinary Federation, Inc. Storm is executive chef at BELLERIVE COUNTRY CLUB.
Fore! BRENTMOOR PLACE, a retirement community in University City, has teamed up with RUTH PARK GOLF COURSE to present a ‘Summer of Golf’ for seniors wishing to play the nine-hole course on Saturday mornings through October. There is no charge to join the senior league, and greens fees have been reduced to $10 per person for anyone who signs up by March 31. Golf carts will be provided for free on a first come, first serve basis. Persons must be 65 or older to play and can sign up at the golf course clubhouse or at The Brentmoor. Each player will receive a golf shirt, golf cap and sleeve of golf balls.