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Among other accolades, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has earned the distinction as Missouri’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel. For that, GM Alper Oztok thanks the great team of employees. We think it also has something to do with the man at the top.
Most of us could only dream about this kind of father-son business relationship; the DeWitts are living it. Bill DeWitt Jr. is the majority owner of the Cardinals; his son, Bill DeWitt lll, is team president. It’s one of the most successful family business connections in town and, as all St. Louisans know from the moment we learn to read the sports page, the Cards are one of the most fabled teams in the long, glorious history of America’s pastime.
Hot off the press…Ten local women are being lauded for their leadership and community service as this year’s WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT honorees. They are: KIM EBERLEIN (Volunteer Leadership), SHEILA GREENBAUM (Social Justice), MARGARET ISRAEL (Health Education), SALLY KATZIF (Women’s Empowerment), VERONICA McDONNELL (Health & Arts), MERRY MOSBACHER (Community Betterment), PEGGY NELSON (Health Advocacy), BRENDA NEWBERRY (Civic Responsibility), MARIAN NUNN (Youth & Family), and VIDA ‘SISTER’ PRINCE (Multicultural Leadership). The Class of 2013 will be celebrated during an awards luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton on May 2. For reservations, call Sarah Thorowgood at 421-2005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardinals chairman/CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. is joined by dignitaries during groundbreaking ceremonies at Ballpark Village.
The next time you’re in downtown Clayton on Forsyth Boulevard, you may see the side of a building that looks like it’s moving, wafting or rolling in a gentle breeze. What you are seeing actually is a giant work of art that covers a huge section of the new headquarters for the Centene Corporation.
Walter Knoll Florist’s Chuck Knoll and Press Club board members gathered to create centerpieces for the Press Club’s Media Person of the Year gala? The Oct. 4 event, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, will honor KSDK-TV’s Leisa Zigman. It also will recognize photojournalists Jim Forbes and Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for extraordinary coverage of the 2011 Joplin tornado. St. Louis’ own Fleishman-Hillard will receive an award for its worldwide contributions to journalistic excellence. Proceeds benefit journalism/communications scholarships, as well as enterprise investigative journalism fellowships, and the St. Louis Library Media Archives. Pictured: Chuck Knoll with Press Club board members Alice Handelman and Ellen Soule.
Here’s a scene that was witnessed recently outside Busch Stadium following a huge Cardinals win: A father and his two young daughters are leaving the game on a hot summer night. They are still talking about all the food they had eaten— hot dogs, sodas, cotton candy—and also gushing about the big home run by David Freese.
All things All-Star…Gold Medal gymnast SHAWN JOHNSON is hosting this Sunday’s All-Star Charity 5K & Fun Run downtown. Johnson, the four-time medalist at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, will kick-start the downtown event. She’ll be joined by baseball greats LOU BROCK, ROLLIE FINGERS, BROOKS ROBINSON and VINCE COLEMAN to cheer on participants. Proceeds from the race will be shared by three charities: Stand Up To Cancer, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In just two weeks, St. Louis becomes the center of the sports universe with the arrival of the MLB All-Star Game. The July 14 event marks Major League Baseball’s 80th Midsummer Classic, and the fifth one held in St. Louis. But before the big game itself, the city will play host to a plethora of baseball-related activities to delight fans of every age.
George alert! The hunk has left town, but we can still enjoy our Clooney memories, right? Every Sunday while he was filming in St. Louis, the Hollywood heartthrob played a friendly game of pick-up basketball at SLU’s Chaifetz Arena. Joining him each week were Lodging Hospitality Management CEO BOB O’LOUGHLIN, STEVE O’LOUGH LIN, TOM LYONS and DECLAN O’NEILL. The games began after Clooney and Bob O’Loughlin became friends during filming, much of which was done at LHM’s Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and Hilton St. Louis at the Airport. O’Loughlin, a member of SLU’s board of trustees, arranged the strictly confidential gym time for Clooney with the University.
What was once a mud pit at the site of the old Cardinals stadium has been filled in and new plans are in the works for Ballpark Village, the $650 million mixed-use project the Cardinals and development agency Cordish Company are building on the six-block site. The developers presented revised plans to the Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority (one of several agencies that must approve public funding for the project) during a recent meeting. These call for more flexible figures when it comes to the proportion of residential, retail and office space and take into account the possibility of adding a hotel to the project. With the proposed changes adjusted for the uncertainty of today’s markets, Cordish and the Cardinals hope they can get the approvals they need and break ground this spring.
Auxiliary of Epworth Spring Luncheon to benefit Epworth Children & Family Services, Epworth Gymnasium, 918-3382.
Wine Tasting Fund-raiser to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ladies of Lucerne, 636-227-7300.
Like father, like son and darn proud of it, that’s how 35-year-old developer Craig Saur views his role as the new leader of Conrad Properties, the company his father, Robert ‘Bob’ Saur, founded in 1971. In addition to his day-to-day duties as the company’s president and CEO, the younger Saur keeps busy at home with his wife, Stephanie, and 2-year-old daughter, Sophia.