Local artist Theresa Disney recently opened The Funhouse Gallery, which will display her work. The first exhibit, The Art of the Circus, features Disney’s circus-themed work, including painted furniture, paintings and 3-D sculptures. Guests at the recent grand opening enjoyed circus-themed drinks and food, as well as a performance by Clownvis Presley.
The 2014 Ladue News Show House at 34 Briarcliff will help give a voice to young patients across the region. Proceeds from the fourth annual home tour will benefit Autism Speaks and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Here, learn more about the impact of these worthy organizations.
SCOTT SCHNUCK of Schnuck Markets, Inc., and MIKE DeCOLA of HBM Holdings have been named chair and co-chair, respectively, of United Way of Greater St. Louis’ 2014 fundraising campaign.
Just call Richard and Kathie Winter an all-star team. Through the years, the pair has utilized their complementary talents for organizing signature events to bring in big dollars for a multitude of nonprofits.
Would you like some philanthropy with your Frappuccino? Soon, you'll find St. Louis-themed stationery at a few dozen area Starbucks locations to benefit Easter Seals Midwest. The images on the note cards are a result of Easter Seals Midwest's Everyone Deserves a Shot project.
As is often said, kids don’t come with an instruction manual. But for parents of kids with autism and developmental disabilities, Easter Seals Midwest provides a team of therapists and volunteers ready to help.
Paraquad is pleased to welcome ADRIENNE DAWSON, ANGELA TATE and JIM ZAITZ to its board of directors.
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.
MISSION: Caring Solutions doesn’t want to be a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, it is focused on providing long-term support to meet the needs of its clients with developmental disabilities, and is altering its services to fit each individual.
Herculean strength, unbelievable speed, soaring flight…Superheroes tend to showcase the skills we humans simply can’t master. But the four superhero characters of St. Louis Arc's Superheroes for Kids represent something very real: the four main skills (walking, talking, reading and writing) the Arc is focused on teaching children who have developmental disabilities.
When Adrian Bracy took on her leadership role at the YWCA four years ago, she was told that the organization was one of St. Louis’ best-kept secrets. To that, she responded, “Well, we don’t want to be a secret anymore!”
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
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.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Chesterfield Day School created trendy Rainbow Loom bracelets and rings to donate to St. Martha’s Hall, which provides shelter for abused women and their children. Math teacher Susie Sullivan had students use a donated loom and twist bands to create the popular jewelry, and the class also donated the loom to the organization.
The 35th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival opened with Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Mike Isaacson, executive producer of The Muny, interviewed the Broadway legend about his career and volunteer efforts. Fierstein also gave away personalized t-shirts from his shows Newsies and Kinky Boots, and signed copies of his books and CDs. More than 900 fans attended the event.
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
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.
ROBERT BUTLER has joined Starkloff Disability Institute’s board of directors. Butler is executive VP at Smith McGehee Insurance Solutions in Clayton. Also, LORI BECKER has joined as director of development and communications.
BAFC Consulting, which offers organizational management services to educational institutions and nonprofits, welcomes JUDY SCLAIR as its new VP of administration. Sclair most recently served as superintendent of the Ladue School District.
When a local 4-year-old would not speak, his family felt they had nowhere to turn. But Life Skills was there. After two weeks in its parent training program, his typical forms of communication—screaming, kicking and biting—were translated into 200 new vocabulary words. “All the language was in there, we just had to help him learn how to release it. Once we worked with him, the floodgates opened,” explains CEO Wendy Sullivan.
“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.
For children and adults with developmental disabilities, just getting by on a day-to-day basis can be a challenge. And their families often have a difficult time determining the best ways to help their loved ones enjoy happy, fulfilling lives.
Executives from some of the city’s largest corporations will hit the greens for a good cause during the St. Louis Arc Golf Tournament May 20 at The Country Club of St. Albans.
For those facing illnesses or disabilities, ‘alternative’ therapies—such as laughter, music or animal therapy—can offer a range of benefits. These local programs are doing their parts to make a difference.