Making a bow…JULIE ELISE FRANK and KATHERINE ELIZABETH LINDBERG STONE were among 27 young women of distinction presented recently at the 56th International Debutante Ball at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. Julie graduated from Villa Duchesne and currently attends University of Mississippi. She is the daughter of TERRENCE FRANK and MARY FRANK. Katherine, a senior at MICDS, is the daughter of MR. AND MRS. ERIC STONE

    It may be closing its doors this spring, but the DANFORTH FOUN DATION’s final gift of $70 million to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will live on for years to come. Last week’s announcement was made by former U.S. senator and foundation chair JACK DANFORTH, who says that the grant will be used to help the center take on the first phase of a three-part expansion of its scientific staff and research capabilities and facilities. For more than eight decades, the foundation has awarded more than $1.2 billion in grants, with $226 million awarded to the Danforth Center.

    There’s still time to nominate your pick for this year’s GRAND CENTER VISIONARY AWARDS honoring women in the arts. If you’ve ever been inspired by the work of a female artist or an advocate who’s made a difference in the community, nominate her by visiting by Jan. 28. The ninth annual Visionary Awards will be held May 17 at The Sheldon.

    Award-winning health writer and Ladue H.S. alum JULIA TOLLIVER MARANAN (’95) is seeing much success with her new book, The 100 Best Ways to Stop Aging & Stay Young. Launched via Fair Winds Press just this month, we’re told the book is flying off the shelves! Maranan and her husband, DAN, a Chaminade grad, live in Boston but return to St. Louis frequently to visit family. She’ll be back Feb. 7 to discuss her book during a St. Louis OASIS event at the Kirkwood Community Center. 

    Lifelong friends RICH FUEGNER and DAVID ROTH pay tribute to St. Louis’ original hot spot with their new book, Gaslight Square Illuminated. The authors, both from the Kirkwood area, co-wrote the book in honor of their times spent there. During its heyday in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the L-shaped intersection of Olive Street and Boyle Avenue attracted the likes of TINA TURNER, BARBRA STREISAND and the SMOTHERS BROTHERS.

    Bestselling suspense author ROBERT CRAIS will be in town for a discussion and book-signing of The Sentry, his latest featuring ex-Marine private investigator Joe Pike. His appearance at St. Louis County Library headquarters will be held Jan. 21.

    Internationally renowned retina specialist DR. NANCY HOLEKAMP has joined Pepose Vision Institute as its director of Vitreo-Retinal Disease and Center for Macular Degeneration. Considered one of the leading experts in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusion and retinal surgery, Holekamp has been actively involved as leading researcher for more than a dozen national clinical trials over the years.

    The mother-daughter team of CONNIE LUCKS and KRISTIN LUCKS SHELTON has unveiled FLEUR DE LIS, a Clayton bridal boutique offering a collection of leading couture designers new to the area, including RIVINI, Liancarlo and Elizabeth Fillmore. Fleur de Lis, which focuses solely on bridal gowns and accessories, begins taking private appointments Jan. 21.

    In Frontenac, the new ATHENA BOUTIQUES boasts one-of-a-kind women’s fashions from Greece, including collections from noted Greek designers Orsalia Parthenis, Lussille, Celia Kritharioti and others. Owner LISA McKINNEY travels extensively to Greece to meet with the designers in-studio and hand-select items for her shop. LN