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The Sher household is always buzzing with activity. And it’s not just because of the Shers’ own biological and adopted children (ranging in age from 4 to 32) and the two grandchildren for whom Linda Sher helps care. It’s also, in large part, due to the 59 children she has fostered in the past 18 years as a volunteer through Lutheran Family and Children’s Services.
Nanci Bobrow is the ultimate juggler. As a mother, grandmother, psychologist and community leader, she has mastered the art of balancing family, work and volunteer life—with a little social time thrown in here and there.
His music has brought him around the world and back. This acclaimed jazz pianist has performed at St. Louis staples like the Sheldon Concert Hall and Powell Hall, as well as international venues such as Nanjing University in China and the University of Dubrovnik in Croatia. He is classically trained in both piano and pipe organ, and even used his talents to raise money for music scholarships by organizing and performing on a philanthropic CD.
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!”
On a glitter-clad runway, 19-year-old Devon Windsor of Ladue walked—or rather, strutted—into the homes of 10 million or so television viewers.
Since moving to St. Louis, the Eberleins have equally divided their time when it comes to supporting their passions. From co-chairing events for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to Siteman Cancer Center, the couple stays busy giving back to the city.
Among other accolades, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has earned the distinction as Missouri’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel. For that, GM Alper Oztok thanks the great team of employees. We think it also has something to do with the man at the top.
When Fathers' Support Center president and CEO Halbert Sullivan recounts a timeline of his life, he names just as many miracles as he does jail stints.
“Bass is a demanding mistress," says Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford. "You don’t just leave her alone and expect to come back and everything is fine.”
From the classrooms of John Burroughs School and Harvard University to the hallways of Glee’s McKinley High, St. Louis native and Hollywood starlet Erinn Westbrook is acing it.
By providing funding to various arts-based nonprofits, the Arts and Education Council (A&E) works to create a more dynamic and lively arts scene within the greater St. Louis area.
Exercise is not just about losing weight, and it’s not just about looking good. For women, exercise is a key ingredient of strong bones, flexible joints, resilient muscles, improved mood, stress relief and reduced risk of many major diseases.
Story: Elle Woods has her life buttoned down and mapped out. She’s a proud Delta Nu sorority girl who has just graduated with a degree in fashion design from UCLA and fully expects to marry her long-time boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. So, it’s a shock to the system when Warner takes her to a fancy restaurant, where he informs her that he is dumping her in order to be with a more “serious” woman, Vivienne Kensington. The two of them are enrolled in Harvard Law School, so Elle is relegated to the past.
The Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program’s (IRWP) clients come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and dozens of other countries. While each of the women served has a different story and faces her own challenges, they all share a desire to learn. “One of our first questions when we meet them is, Why do you want to learn English?” says executive director Pat Joshu. “I’ve had several look at me and say that nobody has ever asked them that before: What do they want?”
Story: Bishop Alfred Bridgenorth and his wife, Alice, are preparing for the marriage of still another of their many daughters, this time the nuptials of young Edith. This morning, their Chelsea home is overflowing with guests, including the bishop’s military bachelor brother Boxer and Alice’s friend, Lesbia Grantham.
Spring is finally here! And when the weather gets warm, people run outside. Then they fall down. Or twist their ankle. Or throw the ball just a little too hard for their own good.
World-class artists are once again coming together for Sing for Siteman, a one-night-only performance to support cancer research for Siteman Cancer Center.
Story: A bureaucrat in Franco’s Spain, circa 1962, interrogates an Israeli professor at the Spanish National Archives in Madrid. The professor has landed in hot water by purloining a file dating back to the infamous Spanish Inquisition from the late 15th century.
To flourish financially into future generations, author Ellen Miley Perry says affluent families also have to thrive emotionally. A wealth adviser for 25 years and author of A Wealth of Possibilities: Navigating Family, Money and Legacy, Perry has worked with more than 150 high-net worth families throughout her career—often witnessing the same pattern. “I observed that families who flourish the most were focused on qualitative issues, not just quantitative ones,” she says. “They took time and interest in quality family relationships and raising the next generation. Far fewer families devote the same intensity, energy and commitment to human assets as they do to financial assets.”
Andy Dielmann, owner of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, has plenty of reasons to smile.
In this week’s Tangential Thinker column, you’ll read about the latest crop of words and phrases that have been scorned by scholarly wordsmiths due to their misuse or over-use. Making the list this year is one of my favorite words, passion. Sadly, I have to agree that—just like the words, ‘awesome’ and ‘hero’—in recent years, passion has suffered its share of mishandling from our everyday vocabulary.
Rather than list the local institutions that Bob and Mary Lee Hermann have supported, it would almost be easier to list those they have not been involved in—if you could think of anything to put on that list. So while they may protest that they’ve slowed down in recent years, it’s no surprise to those who know them that they would be named among LN’s Most Dynamic St. Louisans.
Dr. Jeffrey Marsh takes the Chinese proverb, Teach a man to fish… a step further. He believes in “teaching men to fish, so they can teach others to fish.”
Maryville University doesn’t have the ancient ivy-covered walls or Greek columns. It doesn’t have a 100,000-seat football stadium or hold on a spot in the Final Four. You might even overlook it when considering some of the other colleges in St. Louis, and yet Maryville is consistently gaining national honors. In 2011, Forbes ranked Maryville one of America’s Best Colleges; Kiplinger’s followed, calling it one of the nation’s best values in private colleges; and now, U.S. News & World Report has declared it the No. 1 ‘over-performing’ university in the nation.