Lift for Life founder (and 2011 LN Most Dynamic Person honoree) MARSHALL COHEN is retiring from the nonprofit gym he established in 1988. During his 24 years as executive director, Cohen impacted the lives of more than 350 youngsters each year through fitness and recreational programs offered free-of-charge. Nonprofit veteran Joseph Miller replaces Cohen; but we’re told that Cohen will remain involved in the gym, and will continue his duties as executive director of Lift for Life Academy, the charter school he founded in 2000. Cohen will be honored at an Oct. 12 event at SqWires restaurant in Lafayette Square. For ticket information, call 231-2337 x. 226 or visit liftforlifegym.org.
Save the date…LADUE EDUCATION FOUNDATION will hold its annual luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Ladue West Campus in Creve Coeur. Proceeds from the event benefit unique programs and initiatives for students in the district. For ticket information, call 477-7673 or visit laduefoundation.org.
The UNITED WAY OF GREATER ST. LOUIS has announced a $72-million fundraising campaign goal for 2012. The United Way funds more than 170 health and human service agencies across the bi-state area. Last year, more than 200,000 individuals and 2,500 businesses helped raise $71 million-plus for the organization. This year’s campaign officially begins Sept. 4 and ends in early November.
The UNITED WAY also is seeking more than 1,000 volunteers to participate in the 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance. Multiple projects, including preparing military care packages, historic preservation and community beautification, are planned throughout the St. Louis Metro area. The event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 539-4298 or visit stl.unitedway.org/stlremembers.aspx.
THE MAGIC HOUSE, one of the top museums in the nation, is seeking student and adult volunteers. Participants can set their own schedules, but are required to make a minimum commitment of 30 hours a year. Shifts are three to four hours long. For details, contact volunteer coordinator Kim Westerman at 288-2522 or apply online at magichouse.org.
Kudos to Parkway South H.S. senior MARY ANN MCCAIN, who recently completed an international half-marathon in Stuttgart, Germany. Mary’s trip was sponsored by the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, an organization that invites a half-marathon or 10K runner from their respective sister cities each year. Mary is currently on the U.S.A. Junior Elite triathlon team, has two national titles for Olympic distances and has won 18 out of 21 triathlons.
Best-selling author TESS GERRITSEN, creator of the Rizzoli & Isles series, will be at St. Louis Public Library’s Schlafly Branch to discuss and sign copies of her new book, Last to Die. Her Sept. 6 appearance begins at 7 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian TONY HORWITZ will make his way to St. Louis County Library headquarters for a book-signing of Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War. Horwitz, who has won acclaim for works such as Confederates in the Attic, sets his new book in Virginia before the Civil War and explores John Brown’s troubled soul and the passion of his followers. The author’s appearance on Sept. 12 starts at 7 p.m.