This just in…Ladue News is proud to announce the finalists for the 2012 CHARITY AWARDS. They are: CITY ACADEMY, COVENANT HOUSE MISSOURI, FOOD OUTREACH, FRIENDS OF KIDS WITH CANCER, H.I.S. KIDS, OUR M.O.M. (Our Mark on Melanoma), SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN-ST. LOUIS, SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY and LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY-GATEWAY CHAPTER. The top three charities will be announced during LN’s annual Charity Award reception in June. Stay tuned!

A St. Louis teen has returned home with the World Medal for the U.S.A. from the World Championships of Irish Dancing in Belfast, Northern Ireland. MICHAEL HALL of Webster Groves represented the state of Missouri, as well as the U.S., earlier this month at the largest competition for Irish dance in the world. Michael, who placed 15th overall in the competition, is a student at Mayer-Torno School of Irish Dance.

The ST. LOUIS FINE PRINT, RARE BOOK AND PAPER ARTS FAIR is coming soon. Proceeds from the event (May 4, 5 and 6) benefit the St. Louis Mercantile Library at University of Missouri-St. Louis, the oldest library west of the Mississippi. Participating dealers include Kodner Gallery and Clark Graves Antiques. The fair opens May 4 at UMSL’s J.C. Penney Center with a preview night. For tickets, call 516-6740 or visit printfair.

With the Kentucky Derby fast approaching, many area organizations and businesses are busy planning Derby-related events to benefit charitable causes around town. On Thursday, May 3, BYRD STYLE LOUNGE in Clayton is hosting ‘Derby at the Byrdie’ to benefit EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPY, an organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding services for individuals with disabilities. The event, from 6 to 11 p.m., will feature a spring/summer fashion show, a Best Hat Contest and complimentary drinks and light appetizers. A suggested donation of $10 is required.

On Friday, May 4, MID AMERICA HORSE RESCUE will hold a St. Louis Derby Party to benefit its efforts to care for rescued thoroughbreds. The former race horses are then trained for therapy programs to serve people in need. The gathering at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis takes place from 7:30 to 11 p.m and will include silent and live auctions, as well as a Derby Hat competition. For tickets and more information, visit

Meanwhile, on Sunday, May 6, ST. ANDREW’S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION is hosting its Derby Brunch at the historic Hawken House in Webster Groves. Highlights include traditional Derby dishes and beverages, as well as hat contests, family-friendly activities and tours of the Hawken House. Tickets are available online at Proceeds benefit programs that enrich the lives of older adults.

Picture? Perfect! Ladue News is searching for the best SENIOR PICTURES! As the nod to the class of 2012, we’re featuring your senior pics in our May 11 issue. Just send us your favorite photo with your name, high school, information about where the picture was taken and the photographer’s name or company. Email photos to Lisa Watson at by Monday, April 30. Include ‘Senior Pics’ in the subject line.

LN also is looking for PROM PICS. If you had the perfect dress—or the perfect date—share it with us! Email your best prom photo by Monday, April 30. Be sure to include name everyone in the picture and your high school, and tell us when and where the prom was held. Submit photos to Laura Graesser at with ‘Prom’ in the subject line. Look for your pics in the May 11 issue of LN.