More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette, who is now president and CEO of Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma (Dorlis Payne) and talked with her for a long time about how to do it.”
Last month, I attended my first-ever Eye Ball, an annual benefit for the Lifelong Vision Foundation. One of the evening's honorees was College Bound, a local organization whose mission is to equip promising students in under-served neighborhoods with the skills they need to thrive in college. The Foundation partners with College Bound to provide students with some of the basics we take for granted, such as eye exams and glasses, to help improve their chances of success in school and beyond.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, croons the golden voice of the late Andy Williams on radios and store sound systems every holiday season. Yet you may feel more like writing your own song: It’s the most crazy, busy, stressful time of the year.
Local artist Theresa Disney recently opened The Funhouse Gallery, which will display her work. The first exhibit, The Art of the Circus, features Disney’s circus-themed work, including painted furniture, paintings and 3-D sculptures. Guests at the recent grand opening enjoyed circus-themed drinks and food, as well as a performance by Clownvis Presley.
Midst the deposit slips and cashier drawers, banks are full of tellers and managers, executives and board members—and at Reliance Bank, there even are ambassadors. Tom Brouster, chairman of the board and majority owner, refers to the members of the Reliance Bank advisory boards as “ambassadors for our bank—they are our eyes and ears in the community.” And this exclusive group of community members just got a little larger, as the bank recently formed its new Women’s Advisory Board.
The animal control department of Peoria, Illinois, found Dixie, a 4-year-old basset hound, on the streets with a litter of puppies. They took her in, but during the procedure to have her spayed, something went wrong and she became very ill.
Spotlighting a different veteran each month, First Bank and Greater St. Louis Honor Flight kicked off its ‘Tribute to the Greatest Generation’ program by recognizing World War II veteran Robert Bareford during a recently St. Louis Blues game. Fans enjoyed a video honoring Sgt. Bareford, and cheered as, in uniform and with four generations of family members, he waved to the crowd on the jumbotron. Each time the Blues score first during a game this season, First Bank will donate $104 to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.
Almost every parent is convinced at some point in time that their child must be 'hyperactive.' And, since hyperactivity is one symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that child must have ADHD. The American Psychiatric Association states the incidence of ADD to be about 5 percent, though some reports suggest that it is higher.
Gateway to Hope, which provides uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients and those at high risk of having breast cancer with comprehensive care at no cost, has announced MARY LEE SALZER as its executive director.
With so many deserving organizations, it can be hard to decipher where and what to give this holiday season. For your consideration, LN has compiled a list of just a handful of the area’s most worthy causes, and what’s topping their wish lists.
Think for a few moments about your financial goals—they might include saving for a comfortable retirement, preparing for your children’s college education, purchasing a primary or second home, or leaving a legacy to the broader community. Everyone has goals like these, even though they can sometimes take a back seat to day-to-day concerns. A financial adviser’s job is to help you clarify those goals and turn them into a reality, says Brian King, wealth manager at Plancorp. “The goals are set by the clients, and it’s our job to discover them. We’re here to do a reality check, look at those goals and educate our clients about opportunities to achieve them.”
Local author and former Famous-Barr employee Edna Campos Gravenhorst recently released Famous-Barr: St. Louis Shopping at Its Finest, a book that covers the ins and outs—and impact—of the store, whose history spanned almost an entire century.
Earlier in our marriage, when my husband and I were trying to establish our own holiday traditions, we volunteered for several years at the New Life Evangelistic Center downtown to serve meals on Christmas Day. For our 'shift,' I always enjoyed the cooking part: checking on the simmering sauces on the stove or getting the casseroles ready for serving. My husband usually helped man an assembly line along the hallway that took the hot food from the upstairs kitchen to the dining room downstairs, where hundreds were anticipating a hot, 'fancy' meal. The mood was made even more festive by the non-stop singing of Christmas carols, courtesy of the volunteers.
Nonprofits across St. Louis are celebrating a milestone in years of service to the community. Here, we highlight their past contributions and future philanthropic plans. Join LN in wishing them a happy anniversary—and many more! Cheers!
Volunteers at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry help the organization feed almost 8,000 people each month across 58 zip codes. Clients select their own groceries with the help of a volunteer, and are encouraged to make healthy choices.
Send winter well-wishes to family and friends while also supporting your favorite organization, with these holiday cards from local nonprofits.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled its first-ever temporary exhibit: Stan Musial: 'The Man' Off the Field. Displays include artifacts from the Cardinals, as well as items on loan from the Musial family.
St. Louis is nothing if not tradition-heavy around the holidays, and though some practices have fallen to the wayside, many others are here to stay. John Oldani has literally written the book on local traditions, aptly titled Christmas in St. Louis.
Chest pain is nothing to fool around with; and physicians remind everyone to play it safe and call 911 if you think you could be having a heart attack. “We really don’t use our emergency medical system enough,” says SLUCare cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim. “Time is of the essence when a heart attack happens, and the EMT responders can assess the situation and start treatment right away.”
STACEY ABELES has been hired as director of special events for the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter. She previously worked at Gateway to Hope and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
When flavors need some extra zing, MSG can do the trick. Monosodium glutamate commonly is used to enhance the flavors of meat, poultry, soups and stews; and is a common additive in Japanese and Chinese cuisine and many processed foods. However, some people find that MSG causes a range of uncomfortable reactions.
The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis has announced its star-studded 2015 benefit, Salut D’Amour—Celebrating with David and Miran Halen. The Tuesday, March 10, concert will be held in the acoustically perfect Sheldon Concert Hall.