Inking a deal…Bravo network executive ANDY COHEN reportedly is getting seven figures for his memoir due out next summer. Cohen, a Clayton H.S. alum, is the host of Watch What Happens: Live and oversees the network’s hit shows like Top Chef and The Real Housewives of Orange County. In one interview, Cohen described the yetuntitled book as a memoir, of sorts. “…from growing up in front of the TV as a kid in St. Louis to my years at CBS News, all the way up to today. The stories I’ve been saving up are funny and improbable and really define who I am today.”
SITEMAN CANCER CENTER at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is celebrating an important clinical landmark: 5,000 bone marrow transplants. Physicians performed the milestone procedure July 18 on 60- year-old multiple myeloma patient GARY RONCHETTO of Morrisonville, Ill. The transplant program was established at Washington University in 1980.
The first-ever CHILDREN’S HEART FOUNDATION walk happens Sunday, Aug. 28, at Creve Coeur Lake Park. The Missouri chapter was established here last year to join the fight against congenital heart defects (CHDs)—the No. 1 birth defect in the U.S. and the world. The organization raises money to fund research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of CHDs. For more information on the ‘Saving One Heart at A Time’ walk, call 276-4462 or email chfmo@childrens heartfoundation.org.
MONSANTO has unveiled ‘Grow St. Louis,’ a community grant program designed to help local schools and nonprofits. Through the program, St. Louisans are encouraged to nominate eligible organizations to receive grants of up to $15,000 from Monsanto. Winners are determined by public vote, with the top three votegetters receiving $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. For more info, visit stlgrown.com.
Lafayette H.S. senior SYDNEE STOTTLEMYRE, the reigning Miss Missouri Teen USA, finished as fourth runner-up at the recent Miss Teen USA pageant held in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The 17- year-old honors student also is a varsity basketball and track and field athlete, and is involved in the school’s The Lafayette Image publication. Proud parents are BRENT and TRICIA STOTTLEMYRE.
This year’s Fashion’s Night Out at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE takes place Thursday, Sept. 8, and benefits the HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI. Preview fall fashions while sipping on cocktails and sampling bites from Brio Tuscan Grille and Fleming’s Steakhouse, as well as play video and table games courtesy of Amini’s. There’s also a photo op with the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. All that, plus shopping, with 10 percent of all sales from the evening to benefit HSMO.
To infinity and beyond… Astronaut WILLIAM POGUE will be in St. Louis Aug. 25 to discuss and sign copies of his memoir, But for the Grace of God. Pogue, a Korean War aviator, served as pilot for Skylab IV and support crewmember for Apollo 7, 11 and 14. The event at St. Louis county Library Headquarters begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.