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
Once Upon a Time...Sarah Evens was thinking about volunteering at the St. Louis City's animal control facility on Gasconade Street. "When I pulled up the website, the adoption page came up, and Kona was the first one," she says. She and her then-boyfriend, Pete Williams, started talking about getting a dog, and visited the facility. "When we walked in, he was in the first cage, so honestly we didn't look at another dog—he was the first dog we saw, and it was love at first sight." (Editor's Note: The Gasconade Street facility has since closed, and most of its dogs were given to nonprofit Stray Rescue of St. Louis for care and adoption.)
Honoring Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, hundreds of St. Louisans participated in The Longest Day, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. For 16 hours, teams participated in a range of activities, including running, cooking, knitting, singing and playing card games, fueling the care, support and research efforts of the organization.
The Ladue News Show House has become an autumn tradition, with society types, architecture aficionados and design-lovers alike awaiting the reveal. We are pleased to announce 34 Briarcliff in Ladue as the 2014 Ladue News Show House.
Books are your friends. For many of us, this was something that was ingrained from the moment we could say our A-B-Cs. I've always loved books; but when I was younger, I remember feeling intimidated by libraries (maybe it was the librarians, now that I think about it).
The St. Louis area is packed with historic dwellings and buildings. We recently spoke with Landmarks Association of St. Louis executive director Andrew Weil to find out more about some of the properties the organization protects.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis recently announced several chairs for the upcoming 2014 campaign. For the second year, MARILYN BUSH will chair the Women’s Leadership Society, and NINOSKA and PATRICK CLARKIN will co-chair of the Multicultural Leadership Society. JOHN STUPP will chair the de Tocqueville Society. JOE AMBROSE and RAY FARRIS will co-chair the Men’s Leadership Society. SARAH ROULAND will chair the Young Leadership Society, and REUBEN and D’ANNE SHELTON will co-chair the African American Leadership Society.
Displaying the company’s dedication to community service, a team of Moneta Group employees recently volunteered at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, sorting and packaging more than 16,000 pounds of food. The food will provide 13,000 meals for hungry St. Louisans. The company also presented the organization with a $5,000 check.
In support of the expansive, publicly funded St. Louis County Library (SLCL)—which includes its headquarters and 19 branches—there is the SLCL Foundation, which works to fill in gaps in funding and other resources.
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."
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.
Sixth-graders at Chesterfield Day School participated in a year-long philanthropy project during the 2013-2014 school year to raise funds for Support Dogs, Inc. The students sponsored bake sales, worked concession stands and used ticket money from their performance of School House Rock Live! Jr., to donate more than $2,000 for the organization.
From Forest Park to the Saint Louis Galleria, past Town & Country Crossing and beyond, Clayton Road can take you all over the area. Peppered with stores, the strip between South McKnight Road and Highway 40 is particularly notable.
Kirkwood’s historic and walkable downtown is the modern-day embodiment of family-friendly, small-town Americana. On any given day, you can stop by the Kirkwood Farmers Market, watch the trains go by (or hop on one if you so choose!), and enjoy a cold treat from The Custard Station while you shop.
There's still time to indulge in cupcakes while helping out a good cause at Sweetology. Through the end of the month, Ready Readers will get $1 for every charity cupcake purchased at the Clayton confectionary. Ready Readers is a local nonprofit organization with the mission of instilling a love of books and the necessary literacy skills to enjoy them in preschool-aged children from low-income communities in the area. Check them out at readyreaders.org.
More than 100 national and local celebrities and 1,200 diners recently joined forces to raise $87,000 for Saint Louis Crisis Nursery at its 24th Annual Celebrity Waiters Night. Guests enjoyed happy hour and dinner at J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, and BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, as celebrity waiters, including KSDK’s Heidi Glaus and Chip Walker of Wells Fargo Advisors, picked up donations at their tables. The event also included a vodka bar, silent auction and raffle. Pictured: Karen Hughes and Chip Walker
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.
More than 400 people attended the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate brand conversion kickoff celebration at Ballpark Village. Guests enjoyed a lunch keynoted by KMOX sports director Tom Ackerman before attending the Cardinals game.
The Acropolis has stood in Athens for more than 1,000 years. That symbol became the inspiration for the name and philosophy behind Acropolis Investment Management. “We liked the idea of a strong, safe place that serves as the citadel during good and bad times,” says David Ott.
Carlo and Betty Bruno have played golf from St. Andrews in Scotland to courses in Ireland, Italy and Australia. A love for the game brought the pair together at a St. Louis driving range in 1959—and they have been traveling the world together ever since.
More than 150 guests stepped right up to Chesterfield Day School’s annual benefit dinner auction, ‘Under the Big Top,’ in the school’s gym-turned-circus tent. A juggler, stilt-walker, human statue, magician, trapeze artist and live music provided entertainment at the event, which raised more than $90,000 for the school’s programs and curriculum. Pictured: Tina Chen, Matt Virgil, Kira Mangan, Lauren Gates, Robby Leavitt, Alexandria Latuda, Kyle Fehr, Austin Isaak and Adam Saleh
At a black-tie reception and dinner at the Racquet Club of St. Louis, members of the German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis (GAHS) honored board members Wilma Prifti and Shirley Aschinger. Prifti received the 2014 GAHS Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award. She served as the project director of the German-American Student Exchange Program at St. Louis’ Higher Education Center for 30 years. Aschinger, who has been on the organization’s board of directors for the past eight years, received the 2014 GAHS Stemmler-Hecker Founder Award.
As the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis approaches its centennial anniversary in 2018, it is making strong strides toward a host of educational, economic and advocacy goals throughout the community.
Pencils, paper, protractors… As the first day of the new school year approaches, more than 90,000 students in St. Louis don’t know where their classroom supplies will come from. But many area nonprofits are working to change that.