If you’ve always wanted a piece of the DUNDER MIFFLIN Paper Company, here’s your chance: JENNA FISCHER, aka Pam Beesley Halpert, is working on securing items from The Office to donate to the 2010 Nerinx Hall High School auction. Fischer, a ’91 grad, has agreed to co-chair AuctioNerinx at Sheraton Westport-Chalet on March 13, saying that she’d always dreamed of chairing her alma mater’s big fundraiser. When she was a student, another famous alum, MARY FRANN (’61) of The Bob Newhart Show, was chair of the auction and inspired young Jenna to follow suit.
Last month, Webster Groves High School math teacher ERIC DUNN and his students gathered in the gym, expecting to hear a speech from the state’s new education commissioner. Instead, the whole assembly of students, staff and dignitaries broke into cheer with the surprise announcement that Dunn had won the 2009 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD! With the recognition, Dunn receives an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. He’s the only Missouri recipient of the prestigious teaching award for exemplary leadership in promoting excellence in public education. Dunn, a 12-year teacher at Webster, is also leader of the school’s popular a cappella men’s choir, A-MEN.
More than 60 local independent restaurants are offering free food in exchange for toy donations. Through Dec. 14, when you donate an unwrapped, unopened toy to the MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM at eateries such as Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood, Cardwell’s at the Plaza, Llywelyn’s Pub and Seasons St. Louis, you’ll receive a coupon good for free food. For a list of restaurants, visit WeCareMo.org.
A groundbreaking ceremony takes place today at St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital to celebrate St. Louis’ third RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE and the 300th ‘House’ in the world. The $4.5 million facility on the St. John’s campus will serve up to 20 families of patients staying at the hospital.
On the shelves…Two St. Louis attorneys have joined forces for Divorce in Missouri, hailed as the definitive guidebook for getting a divorce in the Show-Me-State. Authors ALAN FREED and ALISSE CAMAZINE, who have practiced law together for 16 years, have culled advice stemming from more than 55 collective years of guiding couples into, through and sometimes out of, the divorce process.
DIERBERGS has released Appetizers, the latest in a series of cookbooks filled with easy recipes for entertaining. Recipes from Dierbergs School of Cooking, such as Stuffed Baby Potatoes, Devil’s Own Chicken Wings, and Martini Shrimp Cocktail are included, along with tips from party guru SHARON DIERBERG.
Big break…EDDIE WILLIAM SON (John Burroughs School ’91) is celebrating the success of MICHAEL JACKSON’s This is It, one of the year’s most talked-about films. Williamson worked on the production of the tour rehearsals and movie.
YWCA Metro St. Louis has announced its 2009 LEADER LUNCH honorees, recognizing the contributions of women in the workplace and the community. The list includes KATHERINE BUTTON BELL, MARY KULLMAN, CONSUELO MADERE, KRISTA MOSBY, AGNES REY-GIRAUD, JOYCE ABOUSSIE, MARY ELIZABETH NELSON, DARCELLA CRAVEN, BILLIE MAYO and future leader LAURA COGHLAN, a senior at Francis Howell High School. More than 1,200 people are expected to attend the Dec. 3 luncheon at the Millennium Hotel downtown.
St. Louis sisters TALIA GOLDFARB and DANIELLE EASON are hoping that an endorsement by the MATERIAL GIRL herself from halfway around the world will boost the visibility of their soon-to-be-iconic MYSELF BELTS. Last month, MADONNA’s daughter MERCY was seen wearing a metallic heart Myself Belt in Malawi. Goldfarb came up with the Velcro belt after successfully potty training her toddler and then watching him struggle to undo a small sized version of an adult belt. The belts are sized for kids ages 2 to 10, and have been featured on The Today Show and in In Touch Weekly.