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Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
Polsinelli senior partner DOREEN DODSON has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. The commission directs the association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees in the United States.
Customers and employees of On the Run honored baseball legend Jackie Robinson at Busch Stadium with a check for $53,000 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run and Anheuser-Busch joined forces to raise money for the national, not-for-profit organization, which offers college scholarships and support programs for disadvantaged students of color. Pictured: Representatives of On the Run present the $53,000 check.
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.
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.
CITY ACADEMY received a $1 million gift from the Crawford Taylor Foundation for endowment. The gift supports the school’s efforts to offer an expanded Early Childhood Program. With the help of this grant, plans to expand to a total of 175 students by 2014 are in place. Pictured: D’Niya Ammons, Chantell Johnson and Chontell Johnson of City Academy's new Early Childhood Program.
The secret of Best Transportation’s success is out: In the past 10 years, sisters and company co-owners have built Best into the largest limousine/party bus/shuttle service company in St. Louis.
Mention a transatlantic cruise and thoughts come to mind of Champagne and caviar, white-gloved service and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
LuAnn Bott, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri
James Laurinaitis # 55 St. Louis Rams, the event host, LuAnn Bott, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri
LuAnn Bott, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri, Bob Reif, Executive Vice President of Sale and Marketing for the St. Louis Rams
ROSSMAN SCHOOL’S FIFTH GRADE CLASS raised more than $1,000 for Kids Against Hunger? Students also assembled more than 756 packages of food to be shipped to Haiti—enough to feed 14 children for an entire year!
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. raised $23,000 for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation of Missouri at its annual Walk for Wishes? The firm gathered a team of 87 participants, and more than 100 employees contributed financially. The event raises money to grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
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Filippo's Italian Kitchen and Bar held a grand opening celebration for its restaurant in the Chesterfield Valley? The eatery is the latest addition to Joe Sanfilippo's restaurants, as he owns J.F. Sanfilippo's, downtown. The event raised $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Representing the foundation was Carol Burcke. Pictured: Joe Sanfilippo, Carol Burcke
◆ Looking for dining-out options for Thanksgiving? The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis is offering a couple of ways to keep you out of the kitchen on Turkey Day. The Restaurant at the Ritz will have a Thanksgiving Harvest Brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with traditional favorites like handcarved roast turkey, for $79 per person ($39.50 for children under 12). And The Grill at the Ritz will have a four-course prix fixe dinner created by sous chef JACO SMITH for $85 per person (children 12 and under $42.50). Call 719-1433 for reservations.
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THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION was the beneficiary at an event held by Plaza Infiniti? The evening raised $5,000 for Austin Taylor of O’Fallon, Mo., so he could meet drag racer John Force. General manager of Plaza Infiniti Scott Brenner donated $25 for each test drive and $100 to $200 for every car sold. Pictured: Scott Brenner, Megan Hoffman, Austin Taylor
Save the date…It’s that time of the year, and we invite you to officially welcome summer with us. Elegant Entertaining Made Easy, LN design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD’s annual daytime soirée at NEIMAN MARCUS, takes place Thursday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m. Learn the art of preparing sophisticated and creative table settings, whether you’re entertaining formally or poolside, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from BUTLER’S PANTRY. The event will be held at Neiman Marcus Gift Galleries, Level One. There is no admission fee, but reservations are required. Call Jamie Thurston at 994-5022 to reserve your space.
While it’s highly unlikely, there were a few weeks this year when it seemed like our St. Louis winter would last until June. But spring is definitely on the way and that calls for a celebration. What better way to celebrate than a gala?
This issue marks the ‘official’ debut of our LN Fashion Team: fashion editor KATIE YEADON and photographer WESLEY LAW. A native St. Louisan, Katie’s fashion know-how comes from her years in New York as market editor for Glamour and Seventeen magazines, as well as stints at Allure and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in textile and apparel management University of Missouri, and also studied at Paris Fashion Institute. Wesley’s vast experience encompasses work with Oprah and Marie Claire magazines, as well as a number of top local publications. Check out their glam Spring Forecast spread on pgs. 20-21.
When…the 30th anniversary Beaux Arts Council dinner celebrated the Saint Louis Art Museum’s featured exhibition, Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene? The event was held at the Coronado Ballroom and the exhibition was organized and curated by Andrew Walker, assistant director for curatorial affairs and curator of American art, and by Janeen Turk, senior curatorial assistant. Pictured: Brent Benjamin,
> The pending CWE location of Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill is one step closer to opening. The restaurant, which will occupy the former Companion Bakery spot at 4651 Maryland Ave., now has an approved liquor license, and management says the last remaining hurdle is getting its new facade OK’d by the city. If all goes well, look for an opening in late spring.