‘Worth’ their weight in gold…OWL (The Voice of Midlife and Older Women) has announced its 2009 Women of Worth honorees. The list includes PEGGY ROSS and daughter PAM ROSS TODER, the first time in awards history that a mother and her daughter will be recognized on the same night! Also being honored is KPLR-TV news anchor CHRISTINE BUCK, who will receive the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her charitable involvement over the past 30 years. The awards dinner takes place Oct. 15 at the Missouri Athletic Club.
In memoriam…A memorial service for newspaper veteran, author and longtime University City resident MARY KIMBROUGH is planned in St. Louis for later this month. Kimbrough passed away Aug. 20 at age 94. She worked as reporter and editor for the old St. Louis Star-Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the old Globe-Democrat. Kimbrough has won numerous awards, including the Women in Communications National Headliner Award and the Press Club of St. Louis’ Media Person of the Year award.
Lifelong child advocate MARY GREER ROSS passed away Aug. 7 at age 93. Ross founded Ladue Chapel Nursery in 1957 and served as its director for more than three decades. Following her retirement, she continued her work on behalf of early childhood education, including serving as parent educator in the Webster Groves Parents as Teachers program.
Memories of Stan…THE FOX THEATRE’s mighty Wurlitzer organ, which has been silent since the September 2008 passing of longtime organist STAN KANN, is making music once again. Beginning this month, the Saturday public tours of The Fox will include an organ presentation. Local organists DENNIS AMMANN, KEN IBORG, JACK JENKINS, JACK MOELMANN and ED PLITT will alternate organ-playing duties.
Way to go! For the third consecutive year, LADUE LIGHTNING TRACK TEAM members are the 4 x 800 meter relay gold medalists at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games. Under the guidance of coach SEAN BURRIS, LAUREN JOHNSON (Parkway Central), SAMANTHA LEVIN (Ladue), and LAUREN and LYNETTE ATKINSON (Ladue) won the national championship held in Iowa last month.
Comprehensive health care services are now available, free-of-charge, to victims of domestic violence seeking help at LYDIA’S HOUSE. A partnership between the transitional housing program, the Family Health Care Center, Saint Louis University School of Nursing and the Missouri Foundation for Health will give the more than 100 women and children who live at Lydia’s House much-needed care, including access to a primary care physician and dental, vision and counseling services.
Original Geisha-inspired works by artist ADRIANE INSELBERG DEDIC are now available in her native St. Louis. Mugs and T-shirts showing off four of her most popular designs are the featured items at the Garden Gate Shop at Missouri Botanical Garden, just in time for this weekend’s Japanese Festival. A 1965 graduate of LADUE HORTON WATKINS HIGH SCHOOL, Dedic now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cheers! Fashionistas will toast designer DIEGO ROCHE at a cocktail reception at WISH in The Ladue Marketplace. The Chicago-based handbag designer is making an appearance at the boutique Sept. 24 to debut his fall line of custom leather and skin handbags and clutches.
Adventurers rejoice…BACKWOODS has arrived at The Meadows at Lake St. Louis. The upscale outdoor retailer has opened its first Missouri store, with 10,000 square feet of equipment, gear and clothing in brands like The North Face, Osprey, Keen and Patagonia. During its grand opening late last month, 10 percent of sales benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.