Tony Award-winning Broadway star SUTTON FOSTER is coming to town Feb. 4 for a one-night only concert at The Sheldon to benefit CABARET ST. LOUIS. Foster, considered one of today’s premier musical theater actresses, has starred in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein and Shrek the Musical. The night’s repertoire, under the direction of music director MICHAEL RAFTER, will feature Broadway hits as well as selections from Foster’s new CD, Wish.
A special benefit for Haiti will be held Feb. 4 at HIGHLANDS BREWING COMPANY in Kirkwood. Local band SPONTANEOUS NUGENT will play from 8 p.m. until midnight, and the $5 cover charge will go to Haiti, via CRUDEM Foundation. The foundation was established in the early 1990’s by St. Louisans DR. TED DUBUQUE and businessman CARLOS REESE to provide health care to the impoverished people in and around the village of Milot.
Attention, ladies…GRAND CENTER INC. is looking for Outstanding Women in the Arts nominees to be recognized at its upcoming Eighth Annual Visionary Awards ceremony. They will be honored at a May 19 reception at The Sheldon. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 12 and can be submitted online at grandcenter.org; by mail, 3526 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103; or fax, 533-3345.
…and gentlemen…The inaugural class of SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE’s ‘Pink Tie Guys’ has been announced, honoring St. Louis men who have shown leadership and dedication in raising awareness about breast cancer. They are: Wells Fargo’s FRANK BATES, business adviser JOSEPH CASTELLANO, radio personality CORNBREAD, retired businessman ROBERT KNOPF, TV sports anchor RENE KNOTT, Ecolab’s SCOTT KOMEN, SSM’s TOM MILLER, and radio host MARK REARDON.
100 candles…Deaconess Sister MARIE LEE is celebrating the turn of the decade by marking her own milestone. Lee, the only remaining and oldest practicing Evangelical Deaconess Sister in the U.S., turned 100 this month. Still residing in St. Louis, she served her nursing career in pediatrics and orthopedics at Deaconess Hospital.
Dozens of needy children are getting a better night’s sleep, thanks to the efforts of some DELMAR GARDENS residents and their families. The Sweet Dreams for Homeless Children project, spearheaded by RUTH BERMAN and CAROL GRAHAM, provides each child with a bag containing a blanket, teddy bear, toothbrush and other essentials for a cozy bedtime. To date, 40 handmade blankets have been distributed through GATEWAY HOMELESS SERVICES in St. Louis, the largest homeless shelter for women and children in the state.
St. Louis entrepreneur and philanthropist BEN FIXMAN has documented his rags-to-riches story in his book, The Ben Fixman Story: From the Ghetto to the Gold. As a young boy who grew up in the city’s slums in the 1920s, the self-educated Fixman overcame adversity to become a pioneer in the American metals industry. With a $500 loan from his father-in-law, Fixman grew Diversified Metals Corporation (Diversified Industries) into a Fortune 500 company that at one point owned 36 subsidiaries. He’s credited with revolutionizing the scrap metal industry by perfecting the ‘cold process’ to separate metals.
Two St. Louis couples are featured in a new book highlighting real-life romances of people over 50. In Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love After 50, author CAROL DENKER retells how 80-somethings NORA BEISWENGER and JOHN NORRIS found love and what attracted former co-workers NANKA CASTULIK and BOB BYRNE to each other. Denker will discuss and sign books Feb. 2 at Left Bank Books in the CWE.
Cheers to funny girl LARA CSENGODY (Ladue Horton Watkins H.S. ’99), who recently made her St. Louis debut before a sold-out crowd at House of Comedy downtown. Born and raised here, Csengody trained at Chicago’s Second City, Improv Olympic and Comedy Sportz. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles as a writer and comedienne.
Got the need for speed? The new Lotus Evora has made its debut in St. Louis. The sports car—with a base price of around $73,500—is available here exclusively through ST. LOUIS MOTORSPORTS. It’s the world’s only mid-engine 2+2 vehicle and the only one of its kind capable of accelerating from zero to 60 in less than five seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. Lotus brand manager ADRIAN HILL predicts the Evora will be a superstar, already generating plenty of local interest since its unveiling earlier this month.