We Climb Because They Climbed—that’s the tagline for the recent Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which invites participants to climb 110 flights of stairs (the same number as in the World Trade Center Buildings) to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This year’s climb raised more than $55,000, honoring the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Firefighters and paramedics completed the trek in full gear, wearing a picture of a firefighter who died in the attack. Monarch firefighter Nick Smith was this year’s top individual fundraiser. Pictured: Monarch firefighters team
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Points of Light, the country’s largest volunteer management and civic organization, recently awarded St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) with the Point of Light Award. St. Louis HELP loans home medical equipment to those in need at no cost. Last year, the organization loaned more than 4,000 medical items.
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Award-winning realtors BERKLEY LAND and MATT LITWACK have joined forces with realtor KENDRA DOWNS and certified residential appraiser KAREN POLISHUK to form Land/Litwack & Associates. Last year, the group had a combined $20 million in sales. The team is part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate Network.
REBECCA FELDMANN, a staff attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, has been named chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Missouri-Kansas chapter.
TOM VOSS has been appointed to Grand Center’s board of directors. Voss is retiring from his position as executive chairman at Ameren Corporation on July 1.
Moneta Group welcomes communications manager EMILY BARLEAN to its team. Barlean’s work history includes working as senior corporate communications specialist and social media manger at Concordia Publishing House.
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
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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.
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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.