Last winter, Joshua Kazdan, now a junior at John Burroughs School, heard about a trip being offered by the Japan America Society of St. Louis to create ambassadorship between the two countries. Interested in Japanese culture, Joshua applied and was selected as part of a group of students for the all-expense-paid trip, thanks to sponsorship by Toyota and Hitachi.
Many spectacular parties have been immortalized in books. From The Great Gatsby to Pride and Prejudice to Little Women, get-togethers live on inside their bindings. Now, take your nose out of the novel and experience a real-life celebration surrounded by books: The St. Louis Public Library’s (SLPL) 150th anniversary celebration will kick-off at the upcoming A Novel Affair Gala.
Points of Light, the country’s largest volunteer management and civic organization, recently awarded St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) with the Point of Light Award. St. Louis HELP loans home medical equipment to those in need at no cost. Last year, the organization loaned more than 4,000 medical items.
At Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, teachers work closely with students during learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to create globally-minded citizens. “Our teachers get to know the kids, their abilities and their potential," says head of school Elizabeth Miller. "It’s more than knowing the teacher-student ratio. It’s about the relationships they build with the child—that’s what is meaningful.”
To keep residents looking and feeling their best, The Gatesworth offers a wide variety of wellness services—ranging from health to beauty—to those who reside on the campus of the luxury retirement community.
Caring for an aging loved one can be a daunting task. And when that task becomes too difficult for family members, they often turn to a health-care provider. But how can a family determine the best type of long-term care for their relative?
Ste. Genevieve du Bois
Supporters, and state and local officials recently attended the grand opening of SouthSide Early Childhood Center. The new building is twice the size of the previous facility, and includes 10 classrooms, a multipurpose room, resource library, kids’ ‘kitchen’ and preschool garden, state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms, and a natural playground.
Each year, 2,700 prisoners are released back into the St. Louis area. Without any support system in place, about two-thirds of them are likely to re-offend and return to prison within three years. But Project COPE is changing those statistics—and changing lives. For those who receive assistance from the nonprofit, only 4 percent re-enter prison within a three-year period, contributing to the success and safety of the entire community.
Whether a husband and wife can spend their golden years living independently, or one spouse requires occasional or full-time assisted living or skilled nursing, the multiple levels of care across The Gatesworth campus keeps families together.
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) in St. Louis believes every child with cancer deserves every chance to live. Founded in 1987 by president and CEO Mark Stolze to help children in need of bone marrow transplants, the nonprofit has expanded its services through the years to provide financial, emotional and educational resources for families facing cancer. Since its inception, the organization has provided almost $60 million in direct financial assistance to more than 35,000 kids nationwide.
Congratulations to Tom Voss, recipient of the 2014 Missourian Award, an honor that recognizes the state's most accomplished citizens. Voss recently retired as chairman, president and CEO of Ameren following a 45-year career.
DAVID BEAVERS has been named director of Logan University’s Viscero-Somatic Center.
Last spring, life changed in an instant for the Duncan family of southern Illinois. At 23-weeks-pregnant, Jessica Duncan suffered injuries from a car collision that led to the need for an emergency C-section. Her son, Aiden, was born weighing just 1 pound, 3 ounces.
Grown-ups can be kids again at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s inaugural nontraditional gala, Play Date. Guests are invited to forgo the usual cocktail attire and don colorful, creative and comfortable wear for the interactive evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at St. Louis Union Station. “It’s an adult night out inspired by kids,” explains Annie Geile, event chair and board member of Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It ties back to the whole goal of Children’s—which is to let kids be kids.”
Cody, a Miriam School graduate, is a hard-working kid who never gives up, says his mom, Molly S. Cody has dyslexia, she says, and while the school he attended for kindergarten through third grade tried to help him, the large classes and lack of understanding of learning disabilities were frustrating to him, as well as to his parents.
Books are your friends. For many of us, this was something that was ingrained from the moment we could say our A-B-Cs. I've always loved books; but when I was younger, I remember feeling intimidated by libraries (maybe it was the librarians, now that I think about it).
The United Way of Greater St. Louis recently announced several chairs for the upcoming 2014 campaign. For the second year, MARILYN BUSH will chair the Women’s Leadership Society, and NINOSKA and PATRICK CLARKIN will co-chair of the Multicultural Leadership Society. JOHN STUPP will chair the de Tocqueville Society. JOE AMBROSE and RAY FARRIS will co-chair the Men’s Leadership Society. SARAH ROULAND will chair the Young Leadership Society, and REUBEN and D’ANNE SHELTON will co-chair the African American Leadership Society.
Displaying the company’s dedication to community service, a team of Moneta Group employees recently volunteered at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, sorting and packaging more than 16,000 pounds of food. The food will provide 13,000 meals for hungry St. Louisans. The company also presented the organization with a $5,000 check.
In support of the expansive, publicly funded St. Louis County Library (SLCL)—which includes its headquarters and 19 branches—there is the SLCL Foundation, which works to fill in gaps in funding and other resources.
Chesterfield Day School
Residents, shoppers and diners alike are in the lap of luxury at The Shoppes at the Crescent. The classy, urban upscale retail and residential condominium community features high-end condos with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and exclusive amenities, from posh boutiques and premiere restaurants to a fitness center and lush gardens—all within walking distance of downtown Clayton.
Sixth-graders at Chesterfield Day School participated in a year-long philanthropy project during the 2013-2014 school year to raise funds for Support Dogs, Inc. The students sponsored bake sales, worked concession stands and used ticket money from their performance of School House Rock Live! Jr., to donate more than $2,000 for the organization.
Janet McAfee Real Estate has welcomed NANCY FRANCIS and MELINDA McCARTHY as sales associates.
More than 400 people attended the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate brand conversion kickoff celebration at Ballpark Village. Guests enjoyed a lunch keynoted by KMOX sports director Tom Ackerman before attending the Cardinals game.