A group of pediatric specialists from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is back from its fourth medical mission in Haiti. The team of doctors includes DANIEL NIEVA, DAVID LIMBRICK and KEITH RICH. Together, they have performed life-saving neurosurgery on more than 90 children (mostly infants) with hydrocephalus, a medical condition in which there is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. The group is holding a June 18 fundraiser to benefit Project Medishare Medical Missions in Haiti. ‘Rally for Haiti’ will feature St. Louis’ first-ever adult tennis foam ball tournament. For more information, email dnieva@yahoo.com

     Actor GARY SINISE, best-known for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, was in town recently to hold a concert benefit for our town’s CPL. TODD NICELY, one of three surviving quadruple amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan. Before Sinise’s concert with his Lt. Dan Band, he stopped by Paul Mineo’s Trattoria in Westport, where he held a private fundraiser, also in honor of Nicely.

    In memoriam…Businessman, philanthropist and patron of the arts LOUIS SACHS passed away on May 27 at his Bozman, Md., home. He was 83. As chairman of Sachs Properties, he built Chesterfield Village, which would later become the blueprint for the City of Chesterfield. He also was instrumental in developing Faust Park and creating the nonprofit Chesterfield Arts. Plans for a St. Louis memorial were pending at press time.

    A major international exhibition is coming to the Missouri Botanical Garden next year: Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night, the first exhibition of its kind in the U.S., will feature 26 larger-than-life lighted works of art from Zigong, China, as a nod to one of the country’s most ancient traditions. The outdoor display will be held May 26 through Aug. 19, 2012.

    The ENDANGERED WOLF CENTER is celebrating the birth of six Mexican gray wolf pups, and for the first time, you’ll be able to watch them as they grow! The pups, born May 1, are one of only four litters to be born in 2011. The center has been the birthplace for 170 Mexican grays. Critically endangered, only 50 Mexican gray wolves, often referred to as ‘Los Lobos,’ are living outside captivity in New Mexico and Arizona.

    Got cute baby? It’s time for our annual Cute Babies photo gallery, and we’d love to feature your bundle of joy! Parents, send us a photo of your baby (up to a year old), with the baby’s name, by June 15. We’ll publish as many photos as space allows in our July 1 issue. Email submissions to mbush@laduenews.com.

    Here’s your chance to get into the Guinness record books: On Tuesday, June 14, at 10 a.m., kids and adults will get together at Clayton’s Shaw Park pool to set a new world record for ‘The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.’ Last year, Clayton also was involved in establishing the record when some 4,000 people across 34 states, five countries and three continents participated. The event is an effort to build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. LN