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Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Chesterfield Day School created trendy Rainbow Loom bracelets and rings to donate to St. Martha’s Hall, which provides shelter for abused women and their children. Math teacher Susie Sullivan had students use a donated loom and twist bands to create the popular jewelry, and the class also donated the loom to the organization.
12 BARS OF CLAYTON pub crawl to benefit Autism Speaks to Young Professionals, HavenHouse St. Louis, Hope for Young Adults With Cancer and Stray Rescue of St. Louis, 12barsofclayton.com.
The 35th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival opened with Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Mike Isaacson, executive producer of The Muny, interviewed the Broadway legend about his career and volunteer efforts. Fierstein also gave away personalized t-shirts from his shows Newsies and Kinky Boots, and signed copies of his books and CDs. More than 900 fans attended the event.
Mobil on the Run
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
Life Skills Autism Services at Microsoft at the Galleria
Longtime restaurateur Kim Tucci, founder of The Pasta House Co., is among those being honored by Paraquad at its upcoming AccessibleSTL Shine the Light Awards for his work to promote a fully accessible community for people with disabilities.
With school starting soon, ensuring your child is properly immunized not only is a good idea for health reasons—it’s required. In Missouri, children entering school must be current on a number of immunizations, although religious and medical exemptions are allowed with proper documentation.
When a local 4-year-old would not speak, his family felt they had nowhere to turn. But Life Skills was there. After two weeks in its parent training program, his typical forms of communication—screaming, kicking and biting—were translated into 200 new vocabulary words. “All the language was in there, we just had to help him learn how to release it. Once we worked with him, the floodgates opened,” explains CEO Wendy Sullivan.
According to national statistics, one in 72 children in Missouri are diagnosed with autism.
Cheri Fromm’s first experience as a United Way volunteer was in Madison, Wisc., where she was an employee campaign coordinator, visiting different companies and asking employees for their support in filling out donation cards. “I was hooked then; and when we moved here, we were asked to do this and thought it would be wonderful to do it again,” she says. Her husband, Ron Fromm, chairman of the board of Brown Shoe Company, also has a longstanding support of the organization, having been on the board of directors for United Way of Greater St. Louis since 2000. And this year, the couple was named as co-chairs of the nonprofit’s 2013 fundraising campaign.
Big congrats go out to MATT SEITER, bar manager at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas in The Grove. His book, The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars, is one of 10 semi-finalists for Best New Book at the Spirited Awards at the 2013 Tales of The Cocktail, which will be held in July in New Orleans. The list of finalists for the category will be released next month. Good luck!
For children and adults with developmental disabilities, just getting by on a day-to-day basis can be a challenge. And their families often have a difficult time determining the best ways to help their loved ones enjoy happy, fulfilling lives.
‘Autism’ is a word tossed around in medical circles and news reports as a catchall description for a whole range of symptoms.
One in 88. That is the stunning statistic defining how many American children have autism, based on recent research.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
For those facing illnesses or disabilities, ‘alternative’ therapies—such as laughter, music or animal therapy—can offer a range of benefits. These local programs are doing their parts to make a difference.
One comic book character has big mechanical legs. Another carries a giant pencil. Embodying the ideas of walking, talking, reading and writing, the four superhero characters created for the St. Louis Arc represent the key services the organization provides children with developmental disabilities in the local community. “We wanted something that captures the spirit of what we do to help kids succeed,” explains John Taylor, the organization’s VP of advancement.
For the second year, in a tight competition with less than 20 votes separating the top two churches, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Fenton, beat out St. Dominic Savio, Affton, to win Friendship Village Sunset Hills' Fourth Annual Quilting Competition. Several hundred voted in the week's competition and display of quilts from area churches at Fountain View, the freestanding assisted-living community at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. Pictured: Erlinda Madridondo, Ruth Finder, Donna Robinson and Mary Haukap (kneeling) proudly display their winning quilt.