From teeny tuxedos to miniature munchies, there's a plethora of child-sized options for just about everything—except, according to St. Louis native Tracey Johnston, high-quality activewear. That's where Kickety Split comes in.
Keeping a definite style throughout will make your wedding memorable—and you’ll never have any regrets.
Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline—a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes—in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
St. Louis is a hotbed of musical talent. These local organizations nurture and educate young performers, giving them the skills and resources every musician--amateurs and professionals alike--needs.
The Veiled Prophet Organization is widely known for its annual events, but the volunteer-driven group also is involved in service throughout the community. Moving forward, it has plans to extend the charitable impact of its philanthropic arm.
To kick off the new year, we asked some of St. Louis’ biggest community boosters about their hopes for their favorite causes in the upcoming year:
For the third consecutive year, U.S. Bank has shown continued support as Platinum Sponsor of the Ladue News Show House. Through this, along with its many other charitable endeavors, the company commits to investing in the future of the communities it serves. “We believe that strong communities are built on strong foundations,” says Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, the company’s VP of corporate public relations. “In addition to providing financial support, we encourage all of our employees to get out in the community and strengthen it by giving of their time and talents.”
What’s being billed as a ‘play-and-stay creative café' is coming to St. Louis: The Nest aims to be the area’s first modern-day community center, restaurant and membership club for children and their families. Conceived by local event planner Christina McHugh, The Nest in Frontenac will offer daily breakfast, lunch, high-tea service and play areas, as well as drop-in childcare, family-friendly activities, membership programs and private events. A special preview will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Frontenac location at 10440 German Blvd. in the old Calico’s building.
You can’t take it with you. That’s why as Sam Simon, co-creator of TV's The Simpsons, faces a terminal cancer diagnosis, he reportedly is giving away his tens of millions to charity. Like Simon, many St. Louisans are planning to leave a legacy through their charitable impact long after they’re gone. But how can you ensure your name will live on through the things you really care about?
Beyond the gates of one of the most coveted streets in the historic Central West End neighborhood sits the third annual Ladue News Show House: a grand World’s Fair-era manse created to rival the greatest of English estates.
The Outstanding/Older Women’s League (OWL) has announced its 23rd annual Woman of Worth honorees. This year’s list includes NANCI BOBROW, RONNIE BROCKMAN, RUBY CHRISTIAN, LAURA CANNON, DEBRA HOLLINGSWORTH, PHYLLIS LANGSDORF, SUSAN NALL, GWEN PACKNETT, CHERYL POLK, LINDA SHER and CAROL VOSS. The 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardees are HENRIETTA FREEDMAN and LENORE PEPPER. The honorees, who are being recognized for their longtime service to the community, will be celebrated during an Oct. 24 dinner at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
Northwestern Mutual’s mission is quite a lofty goal: To make the communities they serve the most financially secure in the world. “Given our success here in St. Louis, we’re trying to serve the community from both a client perspective and a charitable perspective,” says Gerard Hempstead, managing partner at the company’s St. Louis network office. His office has a goal of giving at least $500,000 in monetary donations and 5,000 hours of community service before 2015. “It’s actually stated in our vision and we track it,” he says.
Piccione Pastry has a sweet new deal for area nonprofits. The late-night Italian bakery shop, which opened in the Delmar Loop this April, is serving up Pastries With a Purpose.
Creating good by giving back is a gift to yourself, local financial advisers say. But before making a major donation to support your favorite cause, heed the following pieces of advice to avoid scams, maximize that gift and leave a lasting legacy of philanthropy.
“At 91 my mom is sweet, unassuming, loves the Lord and is still as pretty as ever! She still remembers when horse-drawn wagons delivered the milk and when the ‘Laclede Gas Man’ lit the streetlights each night. She is as inquisitive as a child and always makes sure to point out a perfectly blue sky, and then wonder what makes it so blue.”
Through a flourishing 52-year history, some 1,300 young women have been honored by the Fleur de Lis organization at its signature Charity Ball.
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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.
Money can be an uncomfortable, negative or even taboo topic for families. So when it comes to parents telling their children about an inheritance, local financial advisors say ‘the right time’ is different for every family.
It’s common custom to sit down with an attorney to plan a will and determine how your assets will be distributed after your passing. You want to make sure the objectives for your wealth are fulfilled, even if you are not there to oversee them. Establishing a relationship with a trust company also can add to that peace of mind, says Maurice Quiroga of PNC Wealth Management. “When you create that estate plan, you’re doing it for the benefit of your loved ones, and a trust company is going to implement the strategy that you’ve underwritten.”
When Debra Hollingsworth moved to St. Louis in 1988, a friend took her to Union Station and showed her the hand-cut Tiffany stained-glass window in the Grand Hall, which features the three great train cities of the 1890s: New York, San Francisco and St. Louis. The idea of the city as an important and vibrant place has stuck with Hollingsworth ever since. “So many organizations and businesses in our area help create this great city,” she says. “I think it’s beneficial personally for all of us to be engaged and involved in the community.”
Last year, local U.S. Bank employees gathered downtown at Soldiers Memorial for a day of service, cleaning up trash, weeding out overgrown vegetation and planting new flowers throughout the grounds. It is just one way in which the bank contributes to the community from the top down, says St. Louis market president Joe Imbs. “Giving back is really part of our DNA at U.S. Bank, both here and across our entire footprint.”
St. Louis is now home to the WORLD’S LARGEST CHESS PIECE, as certified by the folks at Guinness World Record. The 14-foot, 16-inch tall piece—a king—is 6-feet wide at the base. It was unveiled earlier this week to kick off the U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in the Central West End. Tournament play began May 8 and will run through May 20.