After more than a decade, the internationally renowned DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM is making its return to St. Louis as part of DANCE ST. LOUIS’ 2014-2015 season. The upcoming 49th season, which kicks off Oct. 10, also features the St. Louis debut of Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage (Oct. 21 to Nov. 2) at the Fox Theatre, as well as Tango Buenos Aires (Jan. 30 and 31) at The Touhill. Dance Theatre of Harlem, the country’s first African-American ballet company, will appear Nov. 7 and 8 at The Touhill. For more information, visit dancestlouis.org.
British author JEANETTE WINTERSON has been named the 2014 SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY Literary Award recipient. The award recognizes a living writer who has enhanced our literary heritage by deepening our insight into the human condition and by expanding the scope of our compassion. Winterson, who published her first novel at 25, is the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on her own upbringing. She later followed with her best-selling memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? She will be honored at a special event at SLU on Sept. 23. For event information, call 977-3100 or email Donna Neely at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to MERCY’s SR. MARY ROCH ROCKLAGE, the recipient of the Catholic Health Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Rocklage, who started her career in health care more than 50 years ago, began as a nursing student and ultimately became Mercy health system’s first president and CEO, and board chair. She guided Mercy through its momentous growth to become the sixth-largest Catholic health system in the country. Rocklage currently serves as Mercy’s health ministry liaison and board member. In addition, she has served on numerous national and local nonprofit boards, including U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Nurses for Newborns.
The CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY has announced this year’s honorees for the Marsha Wolff and Tina Borchert Inspiration Award. They are: DR. ALAN LYSS and corporate honoree EXPRESS SCRIPTS. The recipients will be recognized at the annual Bounty of Hope gala, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton. All proceeds from the event benefit St. Louisans living with cancer. For more information, call 238-2000, ext. 235, or visit cancersupportstl.org.
Shop to your heart’s content…This summer’s HEART OF NEIMAN MARCUS campaign will benefit COCA (Center of Creative Arts) during its Last Call sale. On Wednesday, July 9, the NM’s Plaza Frontenac store will open one hour early at 9 a.m. for a private party, followed by shopping, with 10 percent of proceeds (from 9 a.m. to noon) going to COCA. Ticket-holders to the event will enjoy breakfast bites, beverages and the beauty bar. Attendance is limited to 100 people. For more information, call 994-5005.
A 16-year-old Visitation Academy student is the new Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen. CHARLEE BISCH is an incoming senior who serves as a volunteer for several local organizations, including Special Olympics, MDA St. Louis and Variety the Children’s Charity. She also is the recipient of President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award. Earlier this month, Charlee was crowned as the 2014 winner in Missouri and will represent the state at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in August in Orlando. The nationwide competition promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement.