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The United States can predict the prison population by analyzing third-grade reading scores. Just ask Susan Nall, who explains how investing in education can decrease money used to correct social problems and mental health issues.
As leaders of their households and in the community, women play a vital role in the health of those around them. Each year, St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award celebrates women who not only stay active in improving their own health, but also inspire better health in others. Here, read more about what makes this year’s winners healthy role models.
MISSION: The goal is clear: The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) works to better the lives of young cancer patients and their families by providing immediate assistance. “We are not going to duplicate the services of other national nonprofits, which mostly deal with research,” says president and CEO Mark Stolze. “Our focus is to help children who need assistance now.”
Judy Ciapciak, executive director of Friends of Kids with Cancer, recalls a teenage boy who recently spoke about the organization at an event by saying, It takes the lows and balances them out with highs. His words were something Ciapciak considers an achievement for the nonprofit, whose goal is to enrich the lives of kids going through cancer treatment. “It’s just keeping them positive—it’s not a cure, but it’s the best thing they can get at this time in their lives,” she says.
If you’ve ever dreamed of going behind-the-scenes of St. Louis Rams’ football, The Magic House’s annual gala, Friday Night Lights, will give you that chance.
Elizabeth Broughton & Bryan Hartbeck
Brandon Bollig is the first St. Louis-area high school kid to have his name on the Stanley Cup. Just imagine how many kids have grown up playing hockey in our town's history, but there is only one with his name on that trophy.
The devastating scene of an unwanted cat or dog being left in a box, on a curb or in the rain is not simply an emotive scene from the movies—it is the world many animals live in. With the earnest goal to help animals, the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) is there to take in lost, stray or unwanted pets and work to find them loving forever homes.
Piccione Pastry has a sweet new deal for area nonprofits. The late-night Italian bakery shop, which opened in the Delmar Loop this April, is serving up Pastries With a Purpose.
The common wisdom is that people who love their work are those who find the most success. Here, we feature three women who prove that common wisdom right: By following their dreams, each built a business that has seen more success than most of us would dare to dream for. As John Updike once said, “The refusal to rest content—the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions—is what distinguishes artists from entertainers and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.”
Known by some as the St. Louis spring event, Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital recently held its 10th annual Table Tops event at The Ritz-Carlton.
He was on his way to sleep-away camp but was sent home upon arrival, says Janice Bailey, VP of St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) Foundation, of the boy who inspired one of the area’s most heartwarming summer camps. Bailey explains the youngster was sent home, gear in hand, because the facility was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of the boy's heart medication. This devastating rejection was crushing not only to the child, but also to his nurses, who felt inclined to create a solution for children in similar situations. These days, that solution is simply known as SLCH’s Camp Rhythm.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
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.
For the second year, in a tight competition with less than 20 votes separating the top two churches, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Fenton, beat out St. Dominic Savio, Affton, to win Friendship Village Sunset Hills' Fourth Annual Quilting Competition. Several hundred voted in the week's competition and display of quilts from area churches at Fountain View, the freestanding assisted-living community at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. Pictured: Erlinda Madridondo, Ruth Finder, Donna Robinson and Mary Haukap (kneeling) proudly display their winning quilt.
Old Hollywood glamour will be front and center this week at The Sheldon for 'Notes from Hollywood,' the Jan. 14 concert featuring Maestro LEONARD SLATKIN to benefit CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF ST. LOUIS. The concert will feature an evening of chamber music from some of Hollywood’s most notable film composers like John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Leonard Bernstein. The event host committee includes honorary chair PRIS MCDONNELL and co-chairs MIRAN HALEN and MARY STRAUSS. For tickets, call the Chamber at 941-6309 or MetroTix, 534-1111.
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Aren’t you Robert Duvall? St. Louis attorney Allen Allred gets asked that question a lot. Put their pictures side-by-side; and yes, they could be brothers! Some people, including comedian Jay Leno, believe the resemblance is uncanny. “The first time Jay Leno came to the Fox, he was standing with me and Bob Costas in the lobby,” Allred recalls. “So here I am, between Leno and Costas, and Leno looks at me and says to Costas, Isn’t this the guy who was Tom in The Godfather?” But their looks are probably where the similarities end.