Holocaust survivors LEO and SARA WOLF will be the guests of honor at a special dinner to benefit the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. ‘Sustain Their Dream: Preserve the History and Lessons’ will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, Marriot St. Louis West to pay tribute to the Wolfs for their vision and years of commitment to the museum. Proceeds will benefit the Leo and Sara Wolf Museum Fund. For tickets and more info, call museum director Jean Cavender at 442-3715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two local organizations that support St. Louisans with developmental and intellectual disabilities have announced their plans to merge. Effective July 1, The Belle Center will operate as part of St. Louis Arc and will be recognized as BELLE CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF ST. LOUIS ARC. The hope is to increase the number of children and their families aided by the organizations and provide a greater depth of innovative programs and therapies to existing clients. The Belle Center will move from its current office to St. Louis Arc’s recently renovated location at 1177 N. Warson Road.
Television journalist LEISA ZIGMAN of KSDK-TV is the recipient of this year’s Media Person of the Year award from the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis. Zigman will be feted at an Oct. 4 gala at the St. Louis Ballpark Hilton. Also being honored that evening are St. Louis Post- Dispatch photojournalists BOB COHEN and JIM FORBES for their coverage of the Joplin tornado aftermath, as well as public relations firm FLEISHMAN-HILLARD. Proceeds from the event benefit the Press Club’s scholarships for local students, investigative enterprise journalism grants and the Media Archives at the St. Louis Public Library. For tickets, call 636-230-1973 or visit stlpressclub.org.
Woof! Woof! VARIETY CHILDREN’S THEATRE is searching for a canine actor to play the role of ‘Sandy’ to star in its production of Annie this fall. Open auditions are being held beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the AKC Museum of the Dog (1721 S. Mason Road). Potential Sandys will go through a four-part audition, including walking on a leash, coming when called, sitting on command and chemistry with ‘Annie.’ Mixed breed and trained or untrained dogs are welcome. Variety’s production of Annie runs from Oct. 26 through 28 at The Touhill.
Remember Central Hardware? JIM COHEN, the fourth generation of the family who founded the local hardware chain at the turn of the 20th century, is back in the business as the owner of the new Overland Sears Hometown Store. The 7,000-square-foot facility at Page and 170 is now open for business—one of the first-of-its-kind in an urban setting. Traditionally, Sears Hometown Stores are located in rural areas, but with Cohen’s background and success in other larger cities, Sears was able to modify its business model. Cohen says customers should expect the service they experienced from Central Hardware, with the benefit of the Sears national brand and service.
Kudos to St. Louis-based EDWARD JONES, which was recently named ‘Firm of the Year’ by the Money Management Institute. The award, presented at the Institute’s Gateway to Leadership Awards Dinner in Chicago, recognized Edward Jones for its overall excellence and contribution to the long-term success and sustainability of the wealth management industry.
Fresh off his triumphant jawdropping Niagara Falls tightrope walk, NIK WALLENDA has rejoined his family’s act at Silver Dollar City. The Fabulous Wallendas! Famous Family Circus runs at the Branson theme park through Aug. 4. Nik Wallenda belongs to the world-famous Flying Wallendas, whose members also are popular Circus Flora regulars. Circus Flora at Grand Center runs through June 24.