Three cheers for those who organized and supported the JIM SCHOEMEHL 5K run held recently at Webster High School. Thanks to generous support and good turnout, the event raised $15,000!

    Kudos to K-HITS radio personality J.C. CORCORAN, who was honored for 25 years in radio by the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS. Corcoran threw out the first pitch at a recent game and presented a check for $11,000 to the SALVATION ARMY, donated by the team in his honor.

    A show stopper…Tony-Award winning Broadway legend BEN VEREEN visited St. Louis recently to relate his experiences with diabetes before a standing-room-only crowd. His mission is to help educate about the disease he was diagnosed with in 2007.

    Big news from SLU! SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY recently announced a $100,000 Grand Challenge Exploration grant from the BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION. The grants were provided to scientists in 17 countries on six continents to encourage research around the world that will improve health in developing countries. The SLU grant will support an innovative project conducted by DR. LYNDA MORRISON, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology.

    Good news from FOOD OUTREACH! The nonprofit dedicated to nutritional support for low-income men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer has been given a $60,522 grant from the St. Louis affiliate of SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE. The funding will be used to provide comprehensive nutritional support, 25,200 meals and counseling, to 45 low-income women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

    Congratulations to JULIE ISSERMAN (Clayton H.S., 2000), who recently graduated from Olin Business School and was inducted into the International Honor Society. She also earned the Milford Bohm Prize in Marketing and is on her way to Dallas, where she will join Frito Lay’s SunChips marketing team.

    Paging Dr. HouseRONALD MUNSON, medical ethics scholar at UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS, has published a book that chronicles 10 real-life stories of people facing medical quandaries. The Woman Who Decided to Die (Oxford Press, $28) illustrates “the variety of potentially fatal issues people face,” says Munson, whose medical textbook is the most widely used in the U.S.

    Kudos to LN design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD (owner of Alan E. Brainerd Interiors), who was recently named chair of the ST. ANDREWS RESOURCES FOR SENIORS Friends Advisory Council. BARBARA COOPER, president of Cooper Consulting Company, is co-chair.

    And the winner is…congrats to LAUREN EPLEY, student at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School, who was the grand prize winner in the MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN’s ‘Power of Plants’ contest. The contest sought tributes to a plant ‘superhero’ via two-or three-dimensional works of art. More than 250 entries were submitted, and Epley won a $1,000 savings bond for her innovative spin on the vanilla bean plant. Hers and other winning entries will be on display through June 30 at the Garden.