It had to beHARRY CONNICK JR! The popular crooner has been announced as the headliner for this year’s Dinner with the Stars to benefit VARIETY THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY. The event takes place Saturday, May 3, at Peabody Opera House. Event chair is MARILYN FOX, who will be serving at the helm for the 17th consecutive year.

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It’s almost here: The first-ever Celebration of the Sound of Art to benefit RADIO ARTS FOUNDATION-ST. LOUIS takes place Wednesday, March 19, at The Sheldon. The concert fundraiser features three of classical music’s top luminaries—violinist GIL SHAHAM, pianist ORLI SHAHAM and St. Louis Symphony’s own DAVID ROBERTSON—performing together on stage. A dinner and cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 8 p.m. concert. For tickets, call 881-3523. The event is co-chaired by PEGGY RITTER and MARSHA RUSNACK, with SAM and MARILYN FOX serving as honorary co-chairs.

An upcoming luncheon to benefit the AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB MUSEUM OF THE DOG is drawing some star power: Beverly Hills jewelry designer to the stars HUTTON WILKINSON is the featured guest speaker for the June 19 event at Saks Fifth Avenue. Wilkinson, the former business partner of legendary designer TONY DUQUETTE, is sure to bring a dash of Hollywood to the festivities. VERONICA McDONNELL is serving as event chair. For tickets, call Stephen George at 821-3647 or email

The REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION has a new chair: MICHAEL SCULLY has been appointed chairman of RAC’s board of commissioners by County Executive CHARLIE DOOLEY effective immediately. Scully, the St. Louis regional president of PNC Bank, has served as the commission’s treasurer for the past eight years. He takes over for DONNA WILKINSON, who has been chair since 2007.

Do your part to help the elderly in St. Louis: An estimated one of every six seniors in America is threatened by hunger. And according to the Meals on Wheels Association of America, the numbers reflect a 42-percent increase since 2008. Next month, the MID-EAST AREA AGENCY ON AGING (MEAAA) is launching the March for Meals campaign to raise awareness of senior hunger and to generate greater volunteer and financial support. MEAAA provides nutritious meals to approximately 2,500 homebound senior citizens in the St. Louis area each day. The agency is seeking new volunteers to give an hour or more to help deliver meals. Donations also are needed to help pay for the cost of meals and transportation. MEAAA estimates the cost of one meal at $3; a donation of $100 will feed one senior for an entire month. For those wishing to volunteer or donate, call (636) 207-0847.

St. Louisan MONT LEVY recently returned from Rome, following a visit with POPE FRANCIS at the Vatican. Levy is a principal and wealth advisor at Buckingham. He’s also a vice-chair of American Jewish Committee’s National Interreligious Affairs Commission. Recently, Levy was instrumental in leading several key interreligious affairs initiatives. The meeting was Levy’s third papal visit; he's previously met with POPE JOHN PAUL II and POPE BENEDICT