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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.
One comic book character has big mechanical legs. Another carries a giant pencil. Embodying the ideas of walking, talking, reading and writing, the four superhero characters created for the St. Louis Arc represent the key services the organization provides children with developmental disabilities in the local community. “We wanted something that captures the spirit of what we do to help kids succeed,” explains John Taylor, the organization’s VP of advancement.
Most babies are born healthy, yet the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) estimates that one in 33 infants enters the world with some sort of birth defect. January is Birth Defects Prevention Month, and women are urged to take proactive steps to help ensure a healthy baby.
Jan Albus considers Variety the Childen’s Charity of St. Louis her 14,000-member family. As executive director and a national board member, she leads the nonprofit in helping children with physical and mental disabilities reach their full potential.
From 2006 to 2009, not a single woman in a G-rated film was portrayed as a doctor, business leader, lawyer or politician, according to a study by the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. In fact, the study concluded that women are outnumbered 3-to-1 by men in family movies. And when they are included, women are more likely to be donning ‘sexy’ clothes and have an unrealistic figure.
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Ambassador Nancy Brinker was named Person of the Year at the George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University. Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization and a former U.S. Ambassador. Pictured: Walker School of Business dean Benjamin Akande, Webster president Elizabeth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Webster provost and senior VP Julian Schuster.
DR. WILLIAM PECK received the Washington University Eliot Society Search Award at the annual dinner of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society? The award recognized Peck’s 36 years of leadership, vision and service to the community. Peck is the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine and the director of the Center for Health Policy at Washington University. Pictured: Chancellor Mark Wrighton presents Peck with the award.
More than 1,700 people helped raise $120,000 at the eighth annual �Walk Run �N Roll for People of All Abilities?� The funds will help eight St. Louis-area agencies that serve people with developmental disabilities, including Life Skills, Community Living, Emmaus Homes, Giant Steps, Pathways to Independence, Rainbow Village, St. Louis Arc and United Services. Pictured: Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui poses with Fredbird and race participants.
Holocaust survivors LEO and SARA WOLF will be the guests of honor at a special dinner to benefit the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. ‘Sustain Their Dream: Preserve the History and Lessons’ will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, Marriot St. Louis West to pay tribute to the Wolfs for their vision and years of commitment to the museum. Proceeds will benefit the Leo and Sara Wolf Museum Fund. For tickets and more info, call museum director Jean Cavender at 442-3715 or email email@example.com.
The St. Louis Symphony and Maryville University’s Music Therapy Program partnered with St. Louis Arc for the Creative Music Making concert? It was a culmination of a two-day workshop pairing volunteers with individuals with developmental disabilities to compose and perform an original piece of music.
Wings of Hope welcomes new board members LOUIS CHIODINI and TRAVIS BROWN.
Since its beginning in 1950 as simply a small group of families who wanted to provide opportunities for their children, St. Louis Arc has grown to serve 3,000 people each year. Far from losing sight of its roots, the organization has retained its family-focused approach while providing comprehensive services for people with all kinds of developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and autism, says president and CEO Kathy Meath.