LN’s holiday collection to benefit NURSES FOR NEWBORNS runs until Monday, Dec. 24. Suggested items for donation include baby formula, diapers, boy/girl toys (newborn to age 8), clothing (preemie to size 8), non-perishable food items and grocery gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. To see the complete Wish List, visit laduenews.com.
One of St. Louis’ best most fascinating Nativity displays can be found at the home of KEN MIESNER and JOHN SULLIVAN, where, for the past few decades, the couple has amassed a collection of pieces from their world travels and visits to antique shops. Their Italian Nativity figurines are housed in a canvas-lined niche dating back to the early 19th century. There are plenty of sheep, as the pair has collected the animals from various stops, including the Vatican, Germany and Austria. But perhaps one of the most cherished figures came from an unlikely place during a trip to Ireland. As Sullivan recalls, he and Miesner realized at the last minute that they had forgotten about purchasing a sheep figurine. Sullivan hurriedly found one—an eraser from the Shannon Airport gift shop. The Irish lamb now holds a prized spot next to the Virgin Mary.
Some terrific news came out of the recent St. Andrews Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans 10th anniversary gala: MARVIN WOOL (a 2003 Ageless honoree) and his wife, HARLENE, gave the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation a fundraising boost by announcing a $50,000 matching-gift challenge during the Nov. 11 event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The couple’s challenge was met enthusiastically, netting the foundation an additional $100,000 to benefit more than 8,000 area seniors served by the agency each year.
Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis has named its 2013 Man and Woman of the Year: Edwards Jones managing partner JIM WEDDLE and arts supporter NOEMI NEIDORFF are being honored for their active role in shaping the community for the better. Their efforts will be recognized during Variety’s annual Dinner with the Stars, planned for April 27.
A big birthday is in store for the RAJA the elephant. The Saint Louis Zoo’s 5-ton bull elephant is turning 20 years old, and everyone is invited to celebrate! Raja, the first Asian elephant born at the Zoo, has now sired three female calves with a fourth on the way. Look for a giant birthday cake, along with some of Raja’s favorite things like cereal, melons and popcorn, at the festivities, which begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, in River’s Edge, weather-permitting.
Students and staff at CHURCHILL SCHOOL recently unearthed a 40-year-old time capsule, filled with photographs, letters and historical archives. The time capsule was placed behind the cornerstone of the old Churchill School in 1972 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building, formerly occupied by Price School. Churchill School, which moved into the old building in 1984, has been at its current location since 2007. Among the documents found: a ‘History of Price School, 1872-1972,’ a paper written in 1937 and delivered by Miss Erna Copeland during the fall meeting of the Price School Association in 1937, and a 1973 declaration from school superintendent Charles McKenna commemorating Price School’s 100 years.