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Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
Over generations, Halloween has been adopted by American culture as a holiday of costumes and scary critters. Spiders, owls and other creepy crawlers all have come to be associated with this special night of horrors.
Once Upon a Time…the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) took in Tillie, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix. Tillie had lived with a family, but they had to give her up because of their child’s allergies. Meanwhile, Teel Ackerman, who had recently lost a dog, was looking for a new pet to keep her active and walking. “When he died, I wasn’t going to get another dog; but then I thought, the dog keeps me going—I walk him everywhere, and it’s good for me.”
You’ll be seeing plenty of cats and dogs around town now that the Animal Protective Association of Missouri's Harry & Hanley sculptures have been unveiled. The creations are part of a fundraising project to mark the APA’s 90th anniversary.
Seventh annual Trivia Pawsuit Trivia Night on July 27 at Kirkwood Community Center to benefit the Animal Protective Association of Missouri, apamo.org.
SLU RESEARCHERS SCREEN NEWBORNS FOR RARE GENETIC DISEASES
The devastating scene of an unwanted cat or dog being left in a box, on a curb or in the rain is not simply an emotive scene from the movies—it is the world many animals live in. With the earnest goal to help animals, the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) is there to take in lost, stray or unwanted pets and work to find them loving forever homes.
In commemoration of its 90th anniversary, the APA has commissioned renowned local sculptor Harry Weber to create a ‘litter’ for its community art project.
Classical music has officially made its return to the St. Louis airwaves. The station's opening week also unveiled the debut of the Ladue News Minute, which can be heard on RAF-STL.
We now have the names for the upcoming Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. The 2013-2014 season at Powell Hall begins Oct. 8 with former Greek Prime Minister GEORGE PAPANDREOU. The rest of the lineup includes: A Walk in the Woods author BILL BRYSON, Former U.S. Defense Secretary ROBERT GATES, Apple co-founder STEVE WOZNIAK, historian/author DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN and journalist DAN RATHER, whose March 25, 2014, appearance will be sponsored by LN. For subscription information, visit stlouisspeakersseries.org.
Will the door be scratched up this time? Or will the pillows be in tatters? Separation anxiety can cause pets to be destructive in ways that make their owners not even want to leave the house. And while it’s a stressful situation, most dogs can overcome it. “We have a lot of interventions to help us, and we have good success in many, many cases,” says Dr. Debra Horwitz of Veterinary Behavior Consultations. “It is one common reason people end up giving their dog to a shelter, but it’s a very treatable condition.”
During this time of year, it is an LN tradition to salute local charities and nonprofit organizations that have commemorated milestone anniversaries in 2012. In celebration, we've asked a sampling of them to share some favorite memories, as well as even bigger future plans.
Proceeds from the Ladue News Show House will go to four St. Louis nonprofits: Angels’ Arms, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Dozens of volunteers from the nonprofits, as well as the National Charity League’s St. Louis Chapter, have donated their time to help prep the home and will serve as docents during the tour. “They will really help bring to life the vision of the designer for each room,” says volunteer chair Lisa Malone.
It’s almost here…The 2012 WILLIAM BERNOUDY LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE officially opens next Friday, Oct. 5. But here’s your chance at a sneak peak: An Opening Night Cocktail Party will be held at the Show House in Town & Country on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 each ($50 for patrons 35 and younger). Proceeds from opening night, as well as the entire Show House run (through Oct. 21), benefit four area charities, including Angels’ Arms, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’sMedicalCenter and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. The LN Show House committee is chaired by STACEY GOLTERMANN, and includes TANIA BEASLEY-JOLLY, ALAN E. BRAINERD, MILLIE CAIN, KATIE HOLTON, MARK HOWALD, LISA MALONE, JUDY MOSKOFF, JUSTIN NANGLE, VICKI PICKLE, HELENE SAYAD, JULIE SCHUSTER, TRACY SPORRER and TED WIGHT. For tickets, call 269-8836.
13428 Conway Road, Town & Country, MO 63141
Losing a pet is stressful, and when it happens, most people don’t know where to turn for help. “For a lot of our clients, their pets are their children. When people call us, they’re crying and distraught, saying Please help us,” says Sarah Rouse of Kennelwood Pet Resorts. The company has operated its Mimi Alert program since 2009, to help owners find lost pets. “You start with a crying person, desperate for help and when there’s success, you end up with a happy person who has been reunited with their pet. It’s a really rewarding program.”
Cats and dogs are always coming in to animal shelters, but Becky Krueger of the Animal Protective Association says this is really the big time of year for cats. “We’re approaching the time where we really see an influx of kittens,” says Krueger, director of education and public relations for the shelter. “We call it ‘kitty season;’ it’s industry-wide.” So if you’re considering a kitten or adult cat, this might be the best time to get your pick of the litter.
Americans spent a staggering $50.84 billion on their pets last year, according to estimates from the American Pet Products Association, and approximately $14.11 billion of that went to veterinary care. “As we all know, people really love their pets and want to take care of them,” says Jeane Jae of Humane Society of Missouri. “You never know when something is going to happen. Just like people, it’s not uncommon for pets to get cancer, have lesions or break a bone. So when you have those costs, if you have pet insurance it’s really nice.”
Last fall, some 1,600 visitors walked through the doors of 15 Washington Terrace to view the first-ever Ladue News Show House. The event raised approximately $45,000, with proceeds benefiting our five charitable partners.
A group of local women is being recognized for their efforts in keeping the arts thriving in St. Louis. The recipients of this year’s Grand Center Visionary Awards include philanthropist KIM EBERLEIN (Major Contribution to the Arts), CON CHRISTESON of the Community CollabARTive program at Peter & Paul Community Services (Successful Working Artist), The City Studio Dancer Center’s SARA BURKE (Outstanding Arts Professional), Saint Louis Art Museum photography instructor LOIS INGRAM (Outstanding Arts Educator), artist GINA ALVAREZ (Emerging Artist) and Washington University English professor and author MARY JO BANG (Lifetime Achievement). In addition, SUSAN UCHITELLE, director of the Confluence Academy, will receive the President’s Award for her role in establishing Grand Center Arts Academy. The 10th annual Visionary Awards takes place May 16 at The Sheldon. For tickets, call 289-1583 or visit grandcenter.org.