The Outstanding/Older Women’s League (OWL) has announced its 23rd annual Woman of Worth honorees. This year’s list includes NANCI BOBROW, RONNIE BROCKMAN, RUBY CHRISTIAN, LAURA CANNON, DEBRA HOLLINGSWORTH, PHYLLIS LANGSDORF, SUSAN NALL, GWEN PACKNETT, CHERYL POLK, LINDA SHER and CAROL VOSS. The 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardees are HENRIETTA FREEDMAN and LENORE PEPPER. The honorees, who are being recognized for their longtime service to the community, will be celebrated during an Oct. 24 dinner at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.

This year’s GATEWAY TO HOPE’s fourth annual KaleidoHope gala will feature its first-ever Visionary Award, to be given to its founders, DRS. DAVID CAPLIN and MARLYS SCHUH. Caplin, a reconstructive surgeon with Parkcrest Plastic Surgery, and Schuh, a board-certified oncologic surgeon with St. Louis Cancer and Breast Institute at Mercy, co-founded the organization eight years ago after seeing many uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients who did not have access to lifesaving treatment. They will be honored during the Oct. 26 gala at Four Seasons Hotel.

LIFE SKILLS has announced its new affiliation with EASTER SEALS. This will enable the local agency to access additional resources to better assist people with developmental disabilities and their families. The organization will continue to operate as Life Skills, but it also will begin using the name and logo of Easter Seals, a leading national association. Life Skills will retain its statewide operations and will continue to be governed by a local board of directors. In addition, proceeds from any local fundraising will stay in the community.

A win-win…RIVER CITY CASINO is celebrating the grand opening of its brand new hotel by giving back: Casino officials are inviting all local charitable groups the chance to unlock a ‘door’ to win a $7,500 VIP package to be used for fundraising purposes for their cause. The package includes a guaranteed $2,500 cash prize, plus a weekend getaway, concert tickets and more. Additional runner-up prizes also are being awarded. Interested nonprofits may email for more information. The drawing will be held during the hotel’s Sept. 16 grand opening celebration.

The SAINT LOUIS ZOO, one of only three U.S. zoos to care for the highly endangered ocellate mountain vipers, is marking the birth of nine of the snakes. The young snakes were born Aug. 16, and measured 7 to 8 inches in length at birth. The species from northeastern Turkey was thought to be extinct for 140 years until it was ‘re-discovered’ in 1983.

Don’t miss out… GLAMOUR: COSTUMES AND IMAGES FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARY STRAUSS will go on display Oct. 4 to Dec. 28 at the Sheldon Art Galleries, but LN can get you in before it opens to the public! A VIP Champagne Reception and Sneak Preview will be held Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. to benefit the Sheldon Art Galleries. Tickets are $50, and can be obtained through MetroTix (534-1111 or, or

Are you (or your parents) marking a MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY in 2013? Let us help you celebrate! Ladue News is honoring couples who are celebrating 25, 30, 40, 50 (or longer) years of wedded bliss. Send us a recent photo of the couple (at least 1MB) by Monday, Sept. 30; and include their names and their wedding date. We’ll publish as many photos in our Oct. 11 issue as space allows. Email submissions to Blaise Hart-Schmidt at