Last month, I attended my first-ever Eye Ball, an annual benefit for the Lifelong Vision Foundation. One of the evening's honorees was College Bound, a local organization whose mission is to equip promising students in under-served neighborhoods with the skills they need to thrive in college. The Foundation partners with College Bound to provide students with some of the basics we take for granted, such as eye exams and glasses, to help improve their chances of success in school and beyond.
More than 150 guests stepped right up to Chesterfield Day School’s annual benefit dinner auction, ‘Under the Big Top,’ in the school’s gym-turned-circus tent. A juggler, stilt-walker, human statue, magician, trapeze artist and live music provided entertainment at the event, which raised more than $90,000 for the school’s programs and curriculum. Pictured: Tina Chen, Matt Virgil, Kira Mangan, Lauren Gates, Robby Leavitt, Alexandria Latuda, Kyle Fehr, Austin Isaak and Adam Saleh
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Sally Katzif, Ken Katzif, Laura Katzif
Maggie Hales, Melissa and George Paz
Julie Eschbacher, Ann and Bill Corrigan, Max and Tina Wood
Lisa Lyle, Sander and Kierstin Coovert
Trisha Hedrich, Laura Robbins
Brandon and Laurie Loeschner
Sean and Michelle Eickhoff, Chad and Paula Bookidis
Sherrie Sims, Sherea Dunlap, Shanna Smith, Keren Douek
John Greenberg, Linda and Virgil Mantoe
Patrick McCoole, Bob McCoole, Alison Allman, Lauren McCoole
Patrice Jefferson, Jared Ward, Debbie Greenberg
Jennifer and Tom Hillma, Nellie and David Dankmyer
Susan Sullivan, Carolyn Zacarian, David Poldoian
Patrice Jefferson, Jared Ward
Dave and Diana Whitman
Allison DeSmet, John Cicotte
Christine and Daryl Figge
Charla and Adam Claypool, Barbara Goodman
John Davis, Kathy Cramer, Scott and Nicky Stern
For months, student Cordale Denton endured painful headaches and struggled to see the board in class. The teenager’s vision was suffering after his only pair of glasses had broken. That’s where Lifelong Vision Foundation came in.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America presented David and Thelma Steward with the Soaring Eagle Award at its annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner. David, who was not allowed to join his local Boy Scout troop as a boy in Clinton, Missouri, because it did not allow people of color, rose through the ranks of scouting after his mother started her own troop that accepted all people. He has continued to stay active in the organization throughout adulthood. The dinner also recognized the almost 600 young men who earned the rank of Eagle Scout last year, the organization’s highest rank attainable.