Congratulations to Villa Duchesne senior SARAH SUTHERLIN, who has been selected as one of Missouri’s top youth volunteers of 2013. The recognition from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognizes Sarah for her involvement in personally raising more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society to fight the disease that claimed both of her grandmothers. As one of two state honorees, Sarah will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she will join other top volunteers from across the country to participate in recognition ceremonies.

Do you know an outstanding St. Louis senior? ST. ANDREW’S RESOURCES FOR SENIORS is currently seeking honorees to be recognized at its 11th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala. This year’s event, planned for Nov. 10, will honor exceptional seniors (age 75 and older), who have significantly contributed on the job front, and in areas of philanthropy and volunteer service. Nominations are being accepted through March 4. For more information, visit

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, THE SHELDON has commissioned a photography exhibit and book, The Sheldon: 100 Moments, featuring the works of accomplished local shutterbugs RAY MARKLIN, ODELL MITCHELL JR., KATHLEEN M. SANKER and JENNIFER SILVERBERG. The ‘100 Moments’ depicted in the presentation were culled from more than 420 events held at The Sheldon during the 2011-2012 season. An opening reception and book launch at The Sheldon Art Galleries will be held Friday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

St. Louis City license collector MICHAEL McMILLAN recently received international recognition for his community service, and he was in some very good company: Other honorees of the annual Trumpet Awards include singer/songwriter CHAKA KHAN (Legend Award), basketball great ALONZO MOURNING and wife TRACY (Humanitarian Award), and music icon CHARLIE WILSON (Lifetime Achievement Award). The Trumpet Awards, founded by civil rights icon XERNONA CLAYTON, celebrates the accomplishments of black Americans who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life for all. McMillan, who is co-founder and board chair of the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation, previously served as alderman for the city’s 19th ward.

The inaugural LOUIE AWARDS, celebrating the very best in local professional theater, will be held on Monday, March 11, at the Gaslight Theater in the Central West End. The awards will recognize theatrical achievements in 2012, as recognized by the St. Louis Theater Circle, a new organization of local reviewers. Founding members include LN’s own MARK BRETZ, along with JUDITH NEWMARK of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BOB COHN of St. Louis Jewish Light and HARRY HAMM of KMOX Radio. For tickets, call 838-9371 or email

Calling all charities and nonprofits! Ladue News is currently accepting submissions for its 2013 Charity Awards 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 Wednesday, March 15. Charity Awards winners will be recognized at an evening reception on June 13.