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Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger cut the ribbon at the debut of Clayton Early Childhood Center’s new classroom and indoor play space. Board president Cason Coplin, board secretary Natalie Cox and executive director Gina Siebe also joined the ceremony. The Center’s capital campaign project, recent trivia nights and private donors funded the project. Pictured: Gine Siebe, Natalie Cox, Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, Cason Coplin
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri award recipients
BUTLER’S PANTRY treated 14-year-old Alexis to a baker’s dream day through the Make-A-Wish program. Alexis, who has been battling neuromyelitis optica, was greeted by a cheering crowd as she arrived by limousine. Not only was the teen able to spend the day in a professional kitchen, she was the star of a lunch for herself and her guests. Additional surprises to complete Alexis’ celebration included a designer cake, floral arrangements, an embroidered chef’s coat and professional kitchen supplies. Pictured: Alexis with Butler's Pantry professionals.
BRIAN HALL, chief marketing officer for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, has been named chairman of Christmas in St. Louis Foundation, which produces Macy’s Festival of Lights and the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
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.
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Walter Knoll Florist’s Chuck Knoll and Press Club board members gathered to create centerpieces for the Press Club’s Media Person of the Year gala? The Oct. 4 event, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, will honor KSDK-TV’s Leisa Zigman. It also will recognize photojournalists Jim Forbes and Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for extraordinary coverage of the 2011 Joplin tornado. St. Louis’ own Fleishman-Hillard will receive an award for its worldwide contributions to journalistic excellence. Proceeds benefit journalism/communications scholarships, as well as enterprise investigative journalism fellowships, and the St. Louis Library Media Archives. Pictured: Chuck Knoll with Press Club board members Alice Handelman and Ellen Soule.
KATHLEEN MCELLIGOTT (1) has been appointed to Fontbonne University’s board of trustees.
Wings of Hope welcomes new board members LOUIS CHIODINI and TRAVIS BROWN.
TONY MAHER (1) has been promoted to VP for St. Louis Commercial Lending in First Bank’s Creve Coeur office.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) hosted a Donor Appreciation Reception at Husch Blackwell LLP? Retired Judge Stephen Limbaugh Sr. and Husch Blackwell LLP partner Carrie Hermeling hosted campaign donors and supporters from the St. Louis area and surrounding regions. The campaign raised $675,000 to help provide high quality legal assistance. Pictured: Dan Glazier and Kent Syverud.
22nd Annual Justice for All Pre-Ball Cocktail Party By Diane Anderson A Pre-Ball Cocktail Party was held for the Annual Justice for All Ball benefitting Legal Services of Eastern Missouri recently at the Khorassan Room of the Chase Park Plaza. The Pre-Ball Cocktail Party was hosted by longtime Ball Committee members and former Ball Chair Debbie Weaver and Lisa Herder of Midwest Litigation Services to thank Midwest’s clients and guests who support the mission of Legal Services in providing equal access to justice for all. Among those in attendance were Dan Glazier, Executive Director Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Annette Clark, Dean of St. Louis University Law School, The Honorable Rick Teitelman, Chief Justice of Missouri Supreme Court, Lynn Ann Vogel, President of the Missouri Bar Association.
LAURIE HAUBER (1) has joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as a staff attorney in the community economic development program.
Dudley and Beth McCarter dress in their best at the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Justice for All Ball.
Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund has elected FELICE JOYCE as president. New board members are TERRY BERNSTEIN, GRETTA FORRESTER-GAFFNEY, BARBARA NIKOLYCHIK, DORTE PROBSTEIN, NANCY RODNEY and MEGHAN SHEEHAN.
When Amy Gunn was a law student, she served as a clerk in Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s housing unit. Now an attorney for The Simon Law Firm, Gunn remembers serving on a case involving an elderly woman who faced the threat of being kicked out of her public assistance housing. “You have to go through certain hoops before you can do that legally,” Gunn says. “I looked through the paperwork and noticed that all the hoops hadn’t been gone through and I was able to keep this lady in her apartment.” This is just one small example of the work that is done every day by members of the St. Louis law community, who have a strong tradition of taking on work on a pro bono basis for those who cannot afford to pay.
Handing over a check to a charity is an easy and kind thing to do. But when there’s a personal connection or a purpose behind the contribution, it becomes even more meaningful. Three St. Louis companies share how that idea drives their charitable giving and why their employees are going beyond just monetary assistance.
Midwest BankCentre has elected CHRIS KREHMEYER to its board of directors.
St. Louis is blessed with many nonprofits dedicated to serving a broad range of needs. Below, we salute a number of local organizations that are celebrating milestone anniversaries.
Family Care Health Centers has added WILMA SAUNDERS SCHMITZ as president of the board.
Passing the bar exam looms large on the checklist of a new law school graduate, but in the current economy, the very next step might pose a greater challenge. “It’s very difficult right now for law school grads to get a job,” observes Jeffrey Kass, partner at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman in Clayton. “There’s no question about that. There are firms that are hiring, but you have to stand out.” Law students really need to understand that finding a job is a full-time job, says Kass. “I often talk to young lawyers who are discouraged about not being able to find work, only to discover they are spending only an hour or two a week looking. The best opportunities go to those who are the most diligent and creative in their job search.”