GOVERNOR JAY NIXON’s efforts in securing special coverage for autistic children in Missouri has earned him Cardinal Glennon’s highest award for child advocacy. The Guv officially receives the Crystal Wagon Award during a Sept. 17 dinner at the Saint Louis Club.

Longtime Cardinals broadcaster MIKE SHANNON will be feted in late September as the St. Louis Press Club’s ‘Media Person of the Year.’ The Sept. 29 event at the Hyatt Regency will highlight Shannon’s finest hours as a Cardinals player and sportscaster. TONY LA RUSSA and JOE BUCK will be among the roasters. For tickets, call (636) 230-1973.

In celebrating the retirement of longtime Missouri Botanical Garden president PETER RAVEN, the Garden is throwing a party to honor his 40 years of leadership. The Aug. 6 celebration is free, but advanced registration is required by July 30. Call 577-0868 or visit for more information.

Do you know an exceptional philanthropist or volunteer? The ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS is seeking nominations for its National Philanthropy Day celebration. Awards will be presented to individuals, corporations and foundations for outstanding achievements in the areas of generosity, fundraising, volunteerism and philanthropic leadership during a Nov. 18 luncheon at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Call 416-2238 or visit to submit a nomination.

Shopping spree! It was the opportunity of a lifetime for Reed Elementary School teacher TOM HADFIELD: A $10,000 book shopping spree for being a ‘Top Teacher’ finalist on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. The third grade teacher recently visited the Scholastic Book Club warehouse in Jefferson City, where he had access to millions of books. Hadfield and two other finalists had an hour in the warehouse to build their schools’ libraries.

Clayton H.S. alum CINDY TEASDALE McGOWAN (’94) has launched mak•a•boo, an online retailer of personalized children’s gifts. We’re told her growing customer base even includes European royalty!

There’s a new sculpture in town…CHESTERFIELD ARTS has recently installed The Winning Poem by artist SEWARD JOHNSON. The bronze work can be seen in front of the St. Louis County Library-Sachs branch. Johnson was commissioned to create the sculpture as part of a competition in 1983. The artist is also the creator of the massive piece, The Awakening, which was unveiled in Chesterfield last year.

Also celebrating the mid-century mark is HANS WIEMANN. The hair restoration company is marking the milestone by moving its headquarters from Clayton to Creve Coeur, 1266 Andes Blvd.

And many more…Congratu lations to FRANK PATTON INTERIORS on its 50 years of doing business in St. Louis! Established in 1960, the company has evolved from carpets and draperies into a full-service interior design firm and showroom. FRANK PATTON’s sons—DAVID, STEPHEN and BRUCE—took over the business after he passed away in 1987. David, Stephen and Linda Patton currently manage the day-to-day operations.