Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate recently celebrated the opening of its new chocolate factory by hosting a party for friends, family and residents of The Hill, where the facility is located. A portion of the retail proceeds and all proceeds from a chocolate basket raffle went to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Pictured: Shriners' director of public and community relations Tammy Robbins, owners of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Dan Abel, Sr., Rosalie Abel, Dan Abel, Jr., Christina Abel and Chris Abel, and Shriner David Dieckhaus

The Ursuline Academy SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) welcomed Tina Meier, president and chief executive of the Megan Meier Foundation. During a presentation, Meier spoke about her daughter Megan’s tragic suicide, as well as the dangers children/teens face online, cyber-bullying, sexting and more. Pictured: Tina Meier with SADD Club president Mary Seise.

The ninth annual Thanksgiving Turkey Train at MICDS collected more than 7,500 pounds of frozen turkeys and 2,589 pounds of non-perishable food items for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The collection represents one of the largest donations of food items during the Thanksgiving holiday season. 

Some 250,000 food packets were assembled during the recent United Nations World Food Day event at John Burroughs School to help starving families in Africa. More than 1,500 people attended the event, including Chris Pronger, Aeneas Williams and Goodwill Ambassador to Tanzania Doug Pitt. Pictured: Doug Pitt with student packagers

Kwame Building Group raised $108,000 for higher education scholarships through the ninth annual Kwame Foundation Golf Tournament. The Foundation endows about $150,000 in scholarships each year to universities that improve educational opportunities for minority students. Pictured: KWAME CEO Tony Thompson, Mayor Francis Slay, Judge Judy Draper

Local cancer patient Kim Souzzi received the surprise of a lifetime recently when 'The Experience Genie' met her at Lou Fusz Buick. The I Am Genie Foundation has helped encourage others to do good deeds by granting hundreds of wishes nationwide, all funded by private donations. Souzzi was surprised with a helicopter ride, a spa treatment, a steak dinner, on-field Rams passes, an overnight stay at Seven Gables Inn and a meeting with singer Norah Jones before her concert at the Peabody Opera House. Pictured: Kim Souzzi and the Experience Genie.

The Parkway North High School class of 1992 raised $9,000 for college scholarships for seniors at North High School. The '92 North High class is the first Parkway reunion class to give back to their school by providing college scholarships. The group received 23 applications and awarded scholarships to four students. Christina Wesley will receive a $5,000 scholarship upon graduation, Jacqueline Sotraidis will receive $2,000 and Emily Ladig and Brooke Voeller will each be awarded $1,000. Pictured: (from left) Christina Wesley, '92 grad Brad Stein, Jacqueline Sotraidis, '92 grad Harlan Hodge, Brooke Voeller, '92 grad Norm Bilow, and Emily Ladig

Forty-eight girls from St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club teams participated in a set of friendly round-robin games to raise awareness and support for kids at Great Circle’s Edgewood Campus in Webster Groves. Great Circle serves more than 500 children each day in St. Louis through foster homes, family counseling, reconciliation services, autism services and residential care on their campus. 

Craft Alliance recently hosted curator Lynn Hamilton and artist/art critic Jim Harris for a discussion about Without Boundaries: Transformations in American Craft. Pictured: Attendees, including Sissy Thomas, Helen and Julien Seerherman, Elissa Cahn and Tom Alexander

St. Patrick Center recently honored volunteers at the agency’s 2012 Volunteer Appreciation Party. More than 100 volunteers were in attendance, and awards were presented to 76 outstanding volunteers in honor of their services to the agency. Some of this year’s recipients include US Bank Community and Development Corporation, St. Joseph’s Academy, Cecelia Bockius Lowe and 12-year-old entrepreneur Sam Klein who held service projects and collected more than $500 in cash during the summer for St. Patrick Center. Pictured: Laraine Davis and Kristen Polchinski of Wells Fargo, and Christina Dancy and Bill Bayer of US Bank Community Development Corporation. Photo by Diane Anderson

Author Rob Scotton, creator of the popular Splat the Cat and Russell the Sheep, recently spoke to students at Rossman School. The presentation was organized by librarian Lin Edmonston and Left Bank Books. Pictured: Rob Scotton demonstrates how to draw Seymour the Mouse from his best-selling picture book series.

Friendship Village held its annual Harvest Bazaar, raising more than $2,700 for creative arts and outreach projects for the nonprofit retirement community. Pictured: Resident Ruth Cooper happily anchors the needlework stall, one of a series of community stalls which included home baked goods and second-time-around booths.

More than 600 students and 100 guests gathered at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School for the groundbreaking of the new $40 million building addition to its Upper School campus. The 86,000 square foot project, named the McDonnell Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Facility and Brauer Hall and Auditorium, is scheduled for completion in early 2014. Pictured: (from left) Dr. William Danforth (Class of 1944), keynote speaker, Elizabeth “Libby” Hall McDonnell (Class of 1958), James S. McDonnell III (Class of 1954), Camilla 'Kimmy' Thompson Brauer (Class of 1964), Stephen F. Brauer (Class of 1963), and Lisa Lyle, head of school. The McDonnell and Brauer families are leadership donors for the project, contributing the two largest gifts in school history.

The Ursuline Academy Leadership for Diversity Team welcomed Rwandan genocide survivor and author of Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza, as she shared her inspiring story with a crowd of more than 400 people. Senior Maggie Eggleston took the initiative to contact Ms. Ilibagiza and invite her to UA, thus setting this special event in motion. Following her one-hour presentation, Ms. Ilibagiza met and prayed with, as well as signed books and other materials for, everyone who wished to meet her. Pictured: Immaculee Ilibagiza with the UA Leadership for Diversity Team (Photo by Tina Steck)

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