She was 9 years old when she sang her first solo, God Gave Me a Song. “And today, I relish in that, because He truly did give me a song.”
She already had the stove, so Shelley Donaho jokes, “I bought the house to go with the stove.” Before becoming the keeper of one of St. Louis’ architectural gems, Donaho had visited the house before—she had even met the previous owner. Designed by Ernst Janssen, the 12,000-square foot historical marvel was originally built in one year’s time for $49,500; these days, if using the same quality of materials, that isn’t even enough money to repair the exterior railing.
Sheri Sherman’s life as a community volunteer began innocently enough, some 30 years ago, when she was asked to be on the board of the Ethical Society preschool, which her children attended. “I had no experience, and someone said, You can be the vice-president, because the vice-president doesn’t really do much and you can develop,” Sherman recalls. “Soon after I started, the board president resigned, and the executive director quit at the same time, so I was thrown in deep water right away.”
St. Louis increasingly is being recognized as a Mecca for enterprising and innovative business owners. Major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MSNBC have all hailed the Gateway City as the destination for startups.
Brittany Butts believes music soothes the soul: Wise words coming from a 16-year-old living with sickle cell disease. The teen has taken her negative experiences battling the illness and turned them into a positive message through song, with the help of the Kids Rock Cancer program.
Dr. Samuel Achilefu received the 2014 St. Louis Award for his contributions to medical research and optical imaging technology, specifically for his invention of cancer-detecting glasses that were successfully used in surgery.
With a mission of finding a cure for melanoma, Blackout Melanoma recently donated $10,000 to Washington University School of Medicine, funding research to eradicate the deadly disease. The donation is the second of a five-year, $50,000 research grant.
I'm a big fan of the gum-shoe detective story. I like the tongue-in-cheek skewering of everything from organized crime to law enforcement to Hollywood. It can be a fun, offbeat, creative experience. This film, however, made me want to jab a fork into my thigh.
Taking their small-scale Christmas village to a whole new level, second-graders at Mary Queen of Peace became architects, civil engineers and train engineers to design and build an urban, rural and suburban village. The village was displayed in the hallway for other students, faculty and families to enjoy.
What’s better than a big, luxurious sedan? How about a big, luxurious sedan with all-wheel-drive so you can get wherever you need to go in any kind of weather.
The quiet winter garden offers little in the way of floral color until the bashful wee hellebores sneak out their silken buds. With little fanfare, the leaves emerge in autumn as everything else fades away.
Two renowned dancers are coming to St. Louis. Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd are retiring as principal dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to become co-artistic directors of dance at COCA.
I met Michael Staenberg the same day Stan Kroenke announced his plans to build a stadium in Los Angeles. Staenberg and Kroenke co-founded THF Realty and built it into one of the biggest property development companies in the country.
The Contemporary Art Museum will look a lot greener this summer, thanks to a 'living' installation that will transform the courtyard into an immersive green space. New York-based landscape architecture firm Nomad Studio is helming the project.
ONCE UPON A TIME...Sarah Keefe and her boyfriend, Pete Millar, packed up their belongings and their cat, Souvlaki, to move from Boston to St. Louis. Millar had gotten a job at Washington University; and Keefe, a freelance web developer, was happy to make the move. “We had this great big apartment with all this space (compared to Boston), so we started thinking about getting another cat,” Keefe says. “We were looking on PetFinder.com—not too seriously at first, but it got more serious. I was looking at pictures and I saw this one named Taffy. We were looking at senior pets because we wanted a cuddly pet, and Souvlaki is really energetic. Taffy was really beautiful and photogenic...and I said to Pete, When are we going to see Taffy? and it became a running joke because we kept waiting to go. Then one Saturday, he said, Let’s go visit Taffy.” And so they did.
Few things are more comforting and inviting than a genuine U.K.-style public house. Luckily, we have The Scottish Arms to tuck into on a blustery winter’s eve, a true pub in every sense of the word, from food to drink to ambiance.
As Kate Corbett sat with her husband while their son was in surgery, their discussion turned to how readily available medical resources were in St. Louis. To help make these resources available to others, Corbett founded the St. Louis office of the World Pediatric Project.
The Veiled Prophet Organization’s philanthropic arm, the Veiled Prophet Foundation, helps 11 area nonprofits: American Red Cross, Beyond Housing, Brightside St. Louis, Food Outreach, Girls, Inc., Marian Middle School, North Side Community School, Rainbow Village, St. Patrick Center, U.S. Vets and the YWCA.
From preparing meals to planting flowers and painting houses, the Veiled Prophet Organization’s (VP) Maids of Honor Project is making a positive impact on the community. Funded by the VP Foundation, the program annually has averaged almost 400 volunteer dads and daughters, and about 2,500 hours of community service in recent years. LN spoke with five of these outstanding young women, who debuted in this year’s ball, about their volunteer work.
In last month's column, we discussed the evaluation and assessment of a child thought to have attention deficit disorder (ADD), with or without hyperactivity. Now it’s January, and your children are back in school (or soon to be). You just spent two weeks in constant holiday cheer, and many of you may be convinced your child needs an ADD workup!
If you've ever stood on the steps under the Arch, admired the flowers at City Hall, or driven by the remodeled homes in North County neighborhoods, you have witnessed the work of the Veiled Prophet Foundation.
Imagine petting a porcupine, hiking with a llama or even teaching a parrot to talk. Kids can experience these animal interactions and more at Cub Creek Science Camp.
The Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology hosted Bob and Dottie King, the founders of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Development Economics (SEED), as well as Tralance Addy, its executive director. More than 75 guests attended the event, where the presenters spoke about using entrepreneurship to address poverty in West Africa. Pictured: George Herbert Walker, Dorothy King, Robert King, Tralance Addy, Carol Walker and dean Benjamin Akande
Following auspicious reigns as the Veiled Prophet Queen of Love & Beauty, these young women have been traveling the world—and making a difference. LN recently caught up with four former VP queens.