Do you know an exceptional female volunteer? Perhaps she runs a food pantry in her garage, rocks babies to sleep at a crisis nursery or has worked tirelessly to promote awareness for the arts. Maybe she bakes cookies for young cancer patients or helps raise money to buy school supplies for needy students. If this sounds like your favorite volunteer, it’s time to nominate her for the 2014 class of WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT.
“We are looking for women from the St. Louis metropolitan region who have made an outstanding or extraordinary contribution in one or more areas of volunteer service over and above their professional responsibilities,” says organization president NANCI BOBROW. Next year’s luncheon honoring the 2014 class will be held Thursday, May 15, at The Ritz-Carlton, with JUDY HARRIS serving as luncheon chair.
Nomination forms are available online at woastl.org or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Women of Achievement, c/o MAC Meetings and Events, 801 N. 2nd St., Suite 320, 63102. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 13.
Next month, ST. ANDREW’S RESOURCES FOR SENIORS SYSTEM will recognize 19 honorees at its 11th annual Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans gala. The Sunday, Nov. 10, event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch will pay tribute to the group of active and engaged seniors (age 75 and older), who are continuing to reshape the face of aging in the community and provide a fresh perspective on what it means to grow older. Among those being honored are former circus performer and current volunteer dance teacher ELIZABETH HERRING, St. Louis’ ‘First Lady of Jazz’ JEANNE TREVOR, world-class endurance athlete EDWIN WOLFGRAM, businessman and philanthropist KEN KRANZBERG, and former U.S. District Judge STEPHEN LIMBAUGH.
Congratulations to Growe Eisen Karlen partner RICHARD EISEN for being chosen as the 2014 Champion of Kids by Kids in the Middle, an organization that helps children and families transition before, during, and after separation and divorce. Eisen, who is being honored for his dedication to children in the community, served on the organization’s board of directors for eight years and as volunteer attorney for 10 years.
The YMCA Community Literacy center in South City is sporting repaired walls, freshly painted doors and frames, and new carpeting, thanks mainly to the efforts of 17-year-old ANDRES RODRIGUEZ. For his Eagle Scout project, Andres, a Ladue H.S. senior, took on an ambitious initiative to refurbish the Gravois Avenue facility, which was severely underfunded and in disrepair. Andres raised approximately $3,000 and oversaw the more than 150 volunteer hours put in to complete the project. Proud parents are RICARDO and BRENDA RODRIGUEZ, who will soon mark their third year as residents of Ladue.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian A. SCOTT BERG is in the lineup for St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Buzz Westfall Favorite Author Series. Berg’s new biography, Wilson, is touted as “the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th president.” Berg will be in town Monday, Oct. 21, for a free discussion and signing to begin at Library headquarters at 7 p.m.
In the what-else-is-new department, BYRD DESIGNER CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE has moved to the Colonial Marketplace. Owner Emily Elbert and her staff are hosting a grand opening party on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring discounts, door prizes and a raffle to benefit a local charity.