BUTLER’S PANTRY treated 14-year-old Alexis to a baker’s dream day through the Make-A-Wish program. Alexis, who has been battling neuromyelitis optica, was greeted by a cheering crowd as she arrived by limousine. Not only was the teen able to spend the day in a professional kitchen, she was the star of a lunch for herself and her guests. Additional surprises to complete Alexis’ celebration included a designer cake, floral arrangements, an embroidered chef’s coat and professional kitchen supplies. Pictured: Alexis with Butler's Pantry professionals. 

LIFE SKILLS received a $400,000 software donation from Microsoft, as well as five computers. Microsoft made the donation, along with donations to three other charities, at the opening of its new Saint Louis Galleria location. 

The VEILED PROPHET COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVE brought together more than two dozen young women and their fathers to the St. Louis USVETS facility, where they assisted with grounds-keeping, planted flowers and underwrote the erection of a flagpole. Through the initiative, thousands of hours of community service will be completed this summer by Veiled Prophet families.

The KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ VARSITY SOCCER TEAM hosted its annual Kick for Cancer event, playing Webster Groves High School. This year’s event not only benefited Friends of Kids with Cancer, but also the family of Kirkwood freshman soccer player Karley Branch, who recently had a cancerous tumor removed from her spine. The event raised more than $2,500. Pictured: Kirkwood players are shown in pink; Webster players are in black.

At age 67, Steve Spoerle ran a half-marathon with his daughter, Rhondell Domilici, for the CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA. After watching his daughter not only deal with the pain of Crohn’s disease, but work to help others with the disease, he vowed at her last half-marathon he would join her, should she run with Team Challenge again. That promise was fulfilled, and the team raise almost $5,000 for the cause. Pictured: Rhondell Domilici and Steve Spoerle. 

Raise a glass! The YOUNG FRIENDS OF LEGAL SERVICES OF EASTERN MISSOURI recently held a networking mixer at Maplewood’s Schlafly Bottleworks. Among other things, the group helps to raise awareness for the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, a nonprofit that provides assistance to low-income families. Pictured: Will Gust, Sarah Kocher, Allison Krepel and Tim O'Connell. 

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