During the third annual kickoff of their home run pledge program, Homers for Health, St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday and Allen Craig were interrupted by two teammates making an announcement of their own: Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright announced the launch of K’s for Kids, a new twist on the charitable program. This season, fans will have the chance to pledge for every home run hit by a Cardinal hitter, or every strikeout thrown by a Cardinal pitcher. Homers for Health has raised more than $1 million. Pictured: Allen Craig, Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Jason Motte
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
Dance patrons recently enjoyed a kickoff party at the home of Susan and David Sherman to learn more about this month's St. Louis Ballet Love is in the Air gala. Funds raised from the dinner and performance will support the Ballet and its educational programs. Pictured: Miran Halen, Susan Sherman, Shane Petyko, Paula Reed, Anjali Kamra and Tania Beasley-Jolly
To celebrate their successful Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, The American Red Cross and St. Louis Rams held a small luncheon at Café Napoli for representatives of their partner organizations. The campaign encouraged local schools, organizations, companies and individuals to send holiday cards to American military members, veterans and their families around the world. Pictured: Jill Myers, Cindy Erickson, Jim Woodcock, Molly Higgins, Jerry Kiske, Karen Kelly, Dick Clark
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.
Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop crooner Harry Connick Jr. will headline Variety the Children’s Charity’s Dinner with the Stars on May 3 at Peabody Opera House.
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.
Third- through sixth-grade students at Rossman School enjoyed a visit from Peter Lerangis, author of the New York Times bestselling series The 39 Clues. Lerangis, who has penned more than 160 books, shared stories about the joys and challenges of being an author, and inspired students to write their own stories.
Representatives from area businesses, hospitals, radio stations and television channels got an early visit from the LLS Bunny, as they assisted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society prepare for its annual egg hunt. Children at the 4th Annual LLS Hunt for a Cure will search for 60,000 toy- and candy-filled eggs, all stuffed by area seniors. The hunt will be held April 12 at Queeny Park. Pictured: James Perry, Erik Beishir, Chelsey Childress, LLS Bunny, Kevin Robinson, Jared Henningsen, Kelly Rebal, Kristi Carson and Stephanye Pitts
Thank you for your interest. The entry period for the 2014 LN Charity Awards has ended. The results will be announced in the June 20 issue of Ladue News.
In March, there will be a new Schnuck at the helm of the venerable local grocery store chain. Todd Schnuck will become the company’s president/CEO. After almost eight years, older brother Scott is stepping down but will remain chairman.
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.
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
By next fall, look for plenty of activity in the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. Forest Park Forever has revealed preliminary design plans to transform the area into a sustainable festival and parking plaza to better meet the needs of its users.
Local companies joined forces with jewelry designer jenny present to host Shop For A Cause, to benefit Gateway to Hope. Guests enjoyed Champagne, music and sweets while shopping the jenny present collection. Simcha’s Events, Bittersweet Artisan Truffles, Festive Atmospheres, The Rosewood Ensemble and Rachel Closson Photography sponsored the event.
Some 100 guests attended the Jewish Family and Children’s Service 12th annual Tree of Life Society event celebrating the organization’s high-level donors. Attendees at the event, held at Edgewild Restaurant and Winery, enjoyed wine-tasting, a learning session about wine selections and a buffet of food pairings.