Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer JOHN MELLENCAMP will headline next month’s 25th Annual Bob Costas Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The April 20 event at the Fox Theatre signals Mellencamp’s return to the Costas Benefit stage. His 35 years of music has spawned iconic hits like Jack and Diane and Small Town. The event’s opening act will be announced shortly. For tickets, call 577-5605 or visit More information about the Bob Costas Cancer Center will appear in LN’s March 15 issue.

Forbes’ latest ranking of the world’s wealthiest people places St. Louisan JACK TAYLOR and his family on the list at No. 94, with a net worth estimated at $11 billion. This makes the 90-year-old Enterprise Holdings patriarch the richest man in Missouri and the 35th overall in the U.S. Taylor’s son, ANDY, is the company’s CEO, while daughter JO ANN oversees the Enterprise Foundation. The elder Taylor is retired, but continues to serve as an advisory director for the company.

Another St. Louis institution is getting its own reality show: the Women’s Closet Exchange in South County, owned and operated by SUE McCARTHY and her daughters, DIANA and LAURA, will be featured in Resale Royalty, an upcoming docu-series on the Style network. The series will focus on the world’s most prestigious designer resale shops, and premieres April 29.

Saint Louis University history professor THOMAS MADDEN is now a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, an honor among the highest bestowed on a medieval scholar in the world. Madden, the director of the school’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, focuses his primary academic research in the history and culture of the Mediterranean world. His latest book, Venice: A New History, was recently featured in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Whatever happened to…? A new book, St. Louis Cardinals: Where Have You Gone? tracks down former Redbirds like VINCE COLEMAN, ERNIE BROGLIO, JOHN TUDOR and 30 or so others to see what’s keeping them busy post-baseball. The book, authored by longtime baseball scribes ROB RAINS and KEITH SCHILDROTH, can be found at some local bookstores and on

Ladue News recently participated in Read Across America at West County Center, where editor-in-chief TRISH MUYCO-TOBIN and other local notables read to a group of youngsters as part of a nationwide reading motivation and awareness program. The campaign, which calls for every child in America to celebrate reading on March 2 (Dr. Seuss’ birthday), was created by the National Education Association.

There are just a few days left to nominate your favorite charity/nonprofit organization for LN’s 2013 CHARITY AWARDS. We are currently accepting submissions for the following five categories: Animal Advocacy, Best New Charity, Educational and Cultural Advancement, Health and Well-Being, and Human Services. To nominate an organization, visit for a submission form. Nominations are due Friday, March 15. Charity Awards winners will be recognized during a June 13 ceremony.