Lauren Hope Marglous and H. Peter Rawson Steffen
Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline—a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes—in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
“It’s a night of faith, family and friends, and that’s what makes it so special,” says Peggy Barnhart about the Fleur de Lis ball, at which one of her daughters was an honoree this year.
One month to the day after Elaine Beck’s father passed away, she went out to a bar with her friends. Across the room, Mike Reinberg, who had heard of Elaine through mutual friends, made eye contact.
Few warm-weather scenes are more picturesque than that of sinking into a wooden chair, surrounded by blooming plants, sipping iced tea. As lovely as it sounds, chipped, filthy or boring pots can destroy the mood. Upgrade your porch or windowsill oasis with new planters worthy of spring’s best flowers.
Alice McGee Coulter and Jonathan Robert Benner met in middle school, and their young love blossomed through the years. Jon popped the question at a party Alice planned to celebrate his graduation from business school, in front of all their friends and family.
Mimi Fonseca was presented at the Fleur de Lis Ball in 1980, and what she remembers more than anything is the family atmosphere. “My whole family was there: my grandparents, aunts and uncles, sister and brother.”
Through a flourishing 52-year history, some 1,300 young women have been honored by the Fleur de Lis organization at its signature Charity Ball.
WHEN FIVE SECOND-GRADERS FROM WESTCHESTER ELEMENTARY were chosen to participate in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals? The contest is the largest creative thinking and problem-solving competition in the world. Pictured: ‘The Fire Dragons’ from Westchester Elementary School: Arlo Inman, Hamilton Frick, Colin O’Rourke, Nathan Sweeney and Griffin Young
The ladies of the Fleur de Lis presented the Most Rev. Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, with a check for $60,000? In the last 53 years, a total of $2.702 million has been donated to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children�s Medical Center. Pictured: Archbishop Carlson with Fleur de Lis debutants
the date — October 8, 2011
Belts—with sparkle, lace and silk organza—are a very big trend. A sparkle belt can take a simple dress to a high-fashion one. Colored sashes, as well as straps, also can add flair to a dress.
Finding that perfect dress for their daughter or son’s wedding can be a time-consuming task for many mothers. But Distinctions in Fashion can make the search a little easier. “It’s a place where women can come and feel comfortable, no matter what size they are, and how much money they want to spend, whether it’s $200, or $2,000,” says co-owner Nancy Lehtman.
Happily settled in a beautiful home she and her husband had just built on a lake in Minnesota, this unsuspecting homeowner had no inkling of what was ahead when her husband announced he had accepted a two-year contract that would require a move to St. Louis. “I told David that was fine, I could take my business down there for a few years,” she explains. “And my contribution to our adventure would be finding a house that needed a little fixing up. The operative words, of course, turned out to be a little!” After scouring the city (“I almost wore out the real estate agent.”), she kept returning to Lafayette Square. “I was so drawn to this area, to this house. First of all, you don’t see fireplaces and newel posts like this in Minnesota. And a carriage house? Are you kidding me?” The couple made an offer on the home, and after some back and forth, the elegant but neglected 1878 town home was theirs.
Thirty-nine young women were presented to their families, guests and the Most Rev. Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, at the 53rd annual Fleur de Lis Charity Ball at The Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at The Arch. Dressed in white gowns, donning white gloves and carrying bouquets designed by Ken Miesner Flowers, the ladies were escorted down the runway by their fathers, before the evening concluded with dancing and dinner. Proceeds benefit SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. To date, the Fleur de Lis organization has donated $2.642 million to Glennon, which cares for children of all ages from St. Louis and around the world.
Just as much a part of the Fleur de Lis tradition is the connection between the Fleur de Lis organization and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, which has been a beneficiary of the Catholic ball since its beginning in 1958, contributing $2.642 million to date. “It’s been a significant contributor to our foundation, and we value that longstanding relationship with Fleur de Lis,” says foundation executive director Dan Buck. “And what’s also special about it: So many of the young ladies, who go through the process of the etiquette and the formal preparation for the event, or their siblings have actually been Cardinal Glennon patients at one time or another. It’s funny, but each class always has some significant, wonderful Glennon story that families share with us. It’s a program that gives back—sometimes through its own organization.”
The Fleur de Lis Organization is known for its annual Charity Ball, where young ladies dressed in white gowns are presented to the archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. But for those involved, much of the event’s significance lies in the tradition behind it.
The young ladies who were presented at the 1983 Fleur de Lis ball sit flanked by their fathers.