To kick off the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new exhibit, Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia, George Nuku led a ceremony in the museum’s East Wing to prepare the space for the sacred objects that will be on display. Atua are a concept embedded in ancient Polynesian culture, and these sacred artworks are believed to be deities and the spirits of ancestors.
Some people are blessed to work in a field they love for their entire lives, while others find that their calling changes as they advance in their professional life. And still there are those who find fulfillment in their hobbies, which can take center stage once the responsibilities of work have given way to retirement. We spoke with two women who found their calling only after many successful years in another profession.
When Annie Seal’s oldest daughter was in high school, she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Although the teen wasn’t showing signs of extreme weight loss that are typically associated with such disorders, Seal had noticed unexplainable extreme mood swings. “For a long time, I thought my daughter was just a teenager,” Seal says. “She was just not herself. My sweet girl was gone, and in her place was someone I didn’t recognize who was emotional, moody and always unhappy. It was beyond the normal adolescent; but she was my oldest, so I thought maybe this is really how adolescents behave.”
A sluggish economy has hurt nonprofits since the recession—with cutbacks in government funding, a decrease in giving from both small and large donors, and increased demand, especially for nonprofits in the social services.
No matter the size of a donation, when someone gives money to charity, they have some level of confidence that it will be used for a specific purpose. And that expectation only grows with the size of the gift, particularly if there’s a donor agreement in place. The book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University, was written by Doug White, director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University. In it, he digs into a high-profile case where the donors accused the university of misusing their charitable gift. We asked the author about the case, its implications, and steps donors should take before giving their hard-earned funds—no matter how noble the cause.
Last spring, life changed in an instant for the Duncan family of southern Illinois. At 23-weeks-pregnant, Jessica Duncan suffered injuries from a car collision that led to the need for an emergency C-section. Her son, Aiden, was born weighing just 1 pound, 3 ounces.
Friends of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis recently celebrated the Whitney M. Young Society at a fundraiser at the Top of the Met. The Society, which honors outstanding donors and volunteers, is named after the National Urban League president who served during the Civil Rights Movement. Todd Schnuck and Lou and Jackie Brock co-chaired the event. Pictured: Robert Griffin, Richard Miles, Michael McMillan, Todd Schnuck, Lou Brock, Vanessa Foster-Cooksey, Frankie Muse Freeman, Emily Pitt and Jacqueline Brock
Grown-ups can be kids again at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s inaugural nontraditional gala, Play Date. Guests are invited to forgo the usual cocktail attire and don colorful, creative and comfortable wear for the interactive evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at St. Louis Union Station. “It’s an adult night out inspired by kids,” explains Annie Geile, event chair and board member of Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It ties back to the whole goal of Children’s—which is to let kids be kids.”
Ten years ago, a nurse at Camp Pendleton gathered a small group of Marine spouses (she was one herself) to find ways to provide lifetime support to post-9/11 service members wounded during deployment. Their efforts led to the creation of the Semper Fi Fund, which has since raised more than $95 million to help more than 12,300 troops and their families.
Cody, a Miriam School graduate, is a hard-working kid who never gives up, says his mom, Molly S. Cody has dyslexia, she says, and while the school he attended for kindergarten through third grade tried to help him, the large classes and lack of understanding of learning disabilities were frustrating to him, as well as to his parents.
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Giddy up, city slickers, and prepare to wet your whistle at the hoedown! For the second year in a row, the American Cancer Society is bringing its signature Cattle Baron’s Ball to St. Louis in an effort to raise support and awareness through a distinct and memorable evening—lassos not required.
When 1-year-old Hailey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2011, everything changed quickly for the little girl and her family, recalls her mother, Cass Tracy. "We found a lump on her arm a day before she turned 1, and when she had her 1-year checkup a couple of days later, we showed the doctor," Tracy recalls. "He had us keep an eye on it for a week. When we went back, it hadn't changed; but she had bruising on her back and legs, and also little red dots on her chest and neck."
Residents, shoppers and diners alike are in the lap of luxury at The Shoppes at the Crescent. The classy, urban upscale retail and residential condominium community features high-end condos with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and exclusive amenities, from posh boutiques and premiere restaurants to a fitness center and lush gardens—all within walking distance of downtown Clayton.
From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
A St. Louis first will be unveiled next month in the Grand Center Arts District: The Public Media Commons is being described as a 'playground for the mind and the senses.'
Studies show supporting women can make the entire community thrive, says Jan Hendrickson, board president of the Women's Foundation of Greater Saint Louis (WFSTL). The foundation is focused on advocating for women by contributing money and resources to relevant organizations and educational events, like its upcoming Making a Difference lecture and reception.
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.
It’s impossible to say just how many dogs Patty Krosch has walked in her 14 years as a Humane Society of Missouri volunteer. She shows up in extreme heat, pouring rain, and on holidays. “The dogs still need to get out,” she says.
As the summer winds down, many of St. Louis’ top arts organizations are ramping up a new season. We asked in-the-know arts professionals what they’re most looking forward to in the world of visual and performing arts.
When Susan Block chairs a fundraising event, she has two goals: to create an experience that is unexpected and fun, and to do it without breaking the bank. “You have to be creative without spending a lot of money, because you want the money to go to the charity where it will help people, not spend it all on the event,” she says.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is giving guests something to celebrate: The award-winning hotel will unveil the stunning new makeover of its ballroom this fall. And a new holiday party package will allow local groups and businesses to be among the first to experience the elegantly redesigned entertainment space.