Last summer, we honored an animal welfare organization that’s been serving St. Louis for 90 years, as well as a haven for young moms who want to establish a stable family environment for their children. We also introduced you to a new group that uses the power of music to help victims of sexual violence heal. These were some of the top winners of LN’s Charity Awards for 2013.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis Susman recently presented at Webster University’s Speaker Series. Susman, an American lawyer and former team manager of the Cardinals, spoke about the history and future of the transatlantic alliance.
Alper Oztok, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis GM, donned a Santa suit to deliver unwrapped toys and gift cards to the young patients at Children’s Hospital and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. Hotel guests and Siteman Cancer Center patrons donated the gifts at the hotel’s 5th annual tree lighting a few weeks prior. Pictured: Mary Harrington, Janet Pruneu and Alper Oztok. Photos by Lawrence Bryant
LN’s 2013 Charity Awards had something new this year: an online system that offered readers the opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations for their community service. Congratulations to our winners!
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.
The Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program’s (IRWP) clients come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and dozens of other countries. While each of the women served has a different story and faces her own challenges, they all share a desire to learn. “One of our first questions when we meet them is, Why do you want to learn English?” says executive director Pat Joshu. “I’ve had several look at me and say that nobody has ever asked them that before: What do they want?”
Retasha Smith arrived at The Haven of Grace’s doorstep alone, pregnant and confused. But the organization quickly came to her rescue. A dependable support system and resources to become independent led her to a productive family life.
An unusually warm summer night in Seattle in 2009 would forever change the lives of countless St. Louisans. A man trespassed through an open window of the residence St. Louis native Teresa Butz shared with her fiancée, Jennifer Hopper. The intruder sexually assaulted and stabbed the women, eventually killing Butz.
“We serve some of the most frail and fragile people in the whole world,” says Sue Hockensmith, co-founder of Pony Bird Inc., a care provider for non-ambulatory individuals with profound mental and physical disabilities.
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St. Louis' food culture will be recognized on the national stage this summer, thanks to Cochon 555, a premier culinary event that will bring together some of the area's very best chefs to see just what they can create with the pig.
In commemoration of its 90th anniversary, the APA has commissioned renowned local sculptor Harry Weber to create a ‘litter’ for its community art project.
Extremely rare pieces from one of the largest private collections of Alexander McQueen’s work are among those to be showcased in an upcoming exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame.
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Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer JOHN MELLENCAMP will headline next month’s 25th Annual Bob Costas Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The April 20 event at the Fox Theatre signals Mellencamp’s return to the Costas Benefit stage. His 35 years of music has spawned iconic hits like Jack and Diane and Small Town. The event’s opening act will be announced shortly. For tickets, call 577-5605 or visit glennon.org. More information about the Bob Costas Cancer Center will appear in LN’s March 15 issue.
Congratulations to Villa Duchesne senior Sarah Sutherlin, who has been selected as one of Missouri’s top youth volunteers of 2013.
In this issue’s Charities & Nonprofits special section, we highlight the community impact of Food Outreach, which provided more than half a million nutritious meals last year to 2,000 St. Louisans stricken with cancer or HIV/AIDS. For its invaluable service, Food Outreach was selectedas a 2012 Ladue News Charity Awards winner.
About a year ago, when Pamela Perlmutter took over as development director for Paraquad, she met with board members to learn more about the goals of her position. One such meeting took place in the Central West End with a board member who uses a powered wheelchair. However, when Perlmutter arrived at the designated restaurant, she discovered it was closed. She had to go to six different restaurants before finding one that could accommodate the wheelchair. When Perlmutter returned to the office, she told her staff, “If I am going to be in this line of work, I need to know the places in the community where I can go with someone who is disabled. Then I realized, if I need this, everyone needs this.”
Through Food Outreach’s nutritional support, 2,000 local low-income residents facing HIV/AIDS and cancer are living happier, healthier lives.
A once-in-a-lifetime event is coming ashore in St. Louis: A TITANIC CENTENNIAL WEEKEND takes place April 13, 14 and 15 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. The weekend will center around three noteworthy events, including a Missouri History Museum reception, exhibit and screening of the 1958 film, A Night of Remember; a Titanic Champagne brunch at Piper Palm House; and the pièce de résistance: ‘The Last Dinner on the Titanic’ at the Fox Theatre—a meticulously researched recreation of the ship’s first-class, 11-course menu that was served on that fateful night. Pro - ceeds from the April 14 Fox dinner will benefit the Fox Performing Arts Foundation. The foundation’s MARY STRAUSS, who has been planning the event along with JOAN QUICKSILVER and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, tells us that she has become quite the Titanic expert over the past few months. For more information on the Centennial, call 657-5033 or visit titanic2012stl.com.