Toot, toot! While we hate to toot our own horn, we’re thrilled to announce that our SEASON OF GIVING initiative, in conjunction with STRAUSS PEYTON PHOTOGRAPHY, raised more than $7,600 for ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. Each year, in exchange for a donation to the hospital, Ladue News readers can have their family portrait taken by Strauss Peyton, and this year, more than 20 families contributed. Thank you for your ongoing support and look for this year’s Season of Giving event in the fall!

It’s a night on the town…FOX PERFORMING ARTS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION is hosting the sixth annual KIDS NIGHT ON BROADWAY March 25 at 8 p.m. With the purchase of any adult ticket, families receive one free kid’s ticket to see ‘Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.’

For the preppy set…CREW CUTS, J. Crew’s children’s store, will open in PLAZA FRONTENAC March 3.

A new role…congrats to local businessman BILL MILLER, who was recently named president of the St. Louis board of directors for the JEWISH NATIONAL FUND.

Congrats to the MICDS SQUASH TEAM, which became the first from Missouri to compete in the Middle School National Squash Champion ship at Yale University. The team was led by captain REED WHITNEY and included ANNABELLE CELLA, JULIA OLSON, BOBBY HERMAN and COLE IMBS. They had two upset victories and made it to the semi-finals, where they were defeated by the eventual tournament champion.

    The St. Louis regional chapter of FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL has named BETH SCHLEGEL and MICHELLE KIDWELL its new regional director co-chairs. Schlegel has been in the fashion industry for more than 30 years and is currently an instructor at Fontbonne University. Kidwell works at Elan Polo as a production coordinator for Rocket Dog Men’s shoes and also has expertise in vintage clothing restoration.

    Lights, camera, action! Congrats to Ladue High junior JAKE TORCHIN, son of KRISSY and LARRY TORCHIN, who recently won Best Young Video in the 21st annual National Canon Camera Short Video Festival. Torchin’s film, Between the Tackles, is about the Ladue High Varsity Football Team. Torchin wrote, directed and edited the film. To watch the trailer, visit and type in Between the Tackles.

    Kudos to DELTA DENTAL, which donated more than $62 million last year to support community benefit initiatives that advance oral health, including locally based GIVE KIDS A SMILE, a program that provides free dental care to children in need. Since its inception, Delta Dental has donated almost $1 million in funding to the organization, which was recently adopted by the American Dental Association as a national campaign.