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Ursuline Academy senior Adriana Esparza was named a 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The honor recognizes Esparza’s high PSAT score and grade point average. This College Board program recognizes only the top 2 percent of Hispanic students who take the PSAT.
Bob Uecker, the man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala.
As someone who has worked for more than 30 years both as a professional consultant to nonprofits and as an ardent volunteer, Donna Wilkinson believes that an organization’s biggest asset is the volunteer leadership behind it. “I’m pretty passionate about the role of volunteers,” she says. “For instance, if you have an organization that wants to move forward with a capital campaign, that will make the difference in whether something is successful or not. If you don’t have the volunteer leadership behind you, it is really difficult.”
Marylen Mann grew up admiring history’s greatest philosophers, from Aristotle to John Locke—and she aimed to follow in their footsteps. “But my dad told me there were no employment ads in the paper for philosophers,” Mann recalls, chuckling. “He said, Do education, you can always fall back on that.”
LN’s 2013 Charity Awards had something new this year: an online system that offered readers the opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations for their community service. Congratulations to our winners!
Classical music has officially made its return to the St. Louis airwaves. The station's opening week also unveiled the debut of the Ladue News Minute, which can be heard on RAF-STL.
The hills are alive… Trust me, if you’re a classical music fan, you’ll want to run through a lush field (with your arms outstretched in song, of course) once you read about the biggest news to hit the St. Louis airwaves in years.
Wipe the dust off your car’s tuning knob—classical music is making a comeback on April 8 with the highly-anticipated Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis.
Congratulations to Villa Duchesne senior Sarah Sutherlin, who has been selected as one of Missouri’s top youth volunteers of 2013.
2013 Charitable Events & Fundraisers
If the number of new developments that have sprung up across the city is any indication, the residential loft trend is alive and well--not only among the urban 20-somethings, but also adventurous baby boomers, especially empty-nesters.
Summer is here, and you know what that means, LN readers: We invite you to officially welcome summer with Elegant Entertaining Made Easy, LN design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD’s annual daytime soiree at NEIMAN MARCUS. On Thursday, June 21, 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, to be held at Neiman Marcus Gift Galleries, Level One, begins at 10:30 a.m. There is no admission fee, but reservations are required. Call Ryan Engel at 994-5022 to reserve your space.
You might be getting old if…Former Missouri First Lady and U.S. Senator JEAN CARNAHAN has penned a new book, A Little Help from My Friends…and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously. The book is a collection of 30-some essays that discuss everything from malls, manners and makeup to birthdays, bras and beauty secrets. One of the highlights is a list called ‘You Might Be Getting Old If…’ in which the 77-year-old author suggests that waiters automatically serving you decaf coffee and grocery clerks offering to help you carry one tiny sack are definite signs.
It’s no easy task for a nonprofit to make it 10 years, let alone 100! We salute these local organizations, and all those that have stood the test of time with the goal of making our region a better place to live.
Marge and Bob Brightfield
Gorgeous George…In case you missed him, GEORGE CLOONEY was spotted biking in Italy near his Lake Como home this week sporting a souvenir from his St. Louis stay in spring 2009. Clooney’s Affton High School Basketball T-shirt was a gift from the school. The actor, co-star VERA FARMIGA and crew members of Up in the Air spent days filming at the school, which was transformed into ‘Ashton High School’ for the movie.
Tony Award-winning Broadway star SUTTON FOSTER is coming to town Feb. 4 for a one-night only concert at The Sheldon to benefit CABARET ST. LOUIS. Foster, considered one of today’s premier musical theater actresses, has starred in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein and Shrek the Musical. The night’s repertoire, under the direction of music director MICHAEL RAFTER, will feature Broadway hits as well as selections from Foster’s new CD, Wish.
EMILY RAUH PULITZER will be the guest of honor at the Contemporary Art Museum’s annual gala in March. Pulitzer, who has enjoyed a notable career as curator, collector and patron of the arts, is the wife of the late St. Louis Post-Dispatch publisher JOSEPH PULITZER. Together, they’ve amassed one of the country’s premier art collections with works by PABLO PICASSO, ELLSWORTH KELLY, ANDY WARHOL, RICHARD SERRA and others. The March 6 event at the Four Seasons Hotel will feature a special award presentation to Pulitzer for her contributions to the world of contemporary art.
When…the Hellenic Spirit Foundation received funding from the annual “Greek Golf Open”? Some 135 golfers participated in the four-person scramble with lunch, dinner, an auction and live entertainment by Niko Georges. Event proceeds totaled almost $63,500. Pictured: Chris Christ, Tony Karakas and Bill Kallaos.
A sad farewell…Inspir a tional entrepreneur, author and philanthropist JACK ORCHARD has lost his fight with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Orchard passed away July 4 at age 41. He founded the Jack Orchard ALS Foundation to raise money for ALS research and the service organization Extra Hands for ALS, which recruits young adults across the country to help families affected by the disease. Orchard chronicled his journey living with ALS in a 2007 book, Extra Hands: Grasping for a Meaningful Life. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at JOHN BURROUGHS SCHOOL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Orchard Fund, a community service fund established at Burroughs.
Three cheers for those who organized and supported the JIM SCHOEMEHL 5K run held recently at Webster High School. Thanks to generous support and good turnout, the event raised $15,000!
Congratulations to the nine worthy charities chosen as finalists in the annual LADUE NEWS CHARITY CONTEST: Let’s Start, Inc., The Little Bit Foundation, Girls on the Run, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, Senior Home Security, Safe Connections, USO of Missouri Inc., Teach for America and The Wellness Community. Three final winners will be announced in our June 12 issue!
In the spirit…Each year, the White House asks congressional offices to submit an ornament decorated by an artist from their state for the official White House Christmas tree. This year SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL decided that Missouri will be represented with an ornament by St. Louis artist and Air Force veteran RICHARD JONES. Jones served in the Air Force Combat Security Police and later as a St. Louis police officer, during which time he was shot and wounded in the line of duty, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Following his injury, he took up art as a hobby. Jones and his wife were recently invited to see their creation on the White House tree and attend a party hosted by First Lady Laura Bush.
SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY, a nonprofit that provides 24-hour care for children of families facing a crisis or emergency, has opened a fifth center in Wentzville on property provided by SSM St. Joseph Health Center. The new center will help prevent child neglect and abuse in St. Charles County by providing a safe and healthy environment for children while their parents work through stressful issues.