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
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its musical theatre program, COCA this weekend is presenting Ragtime The Musical. The production features a cast of 50 and includes COCA alumni and students from 17 area high schools like Max Fiorello.
Taking a break from the pool to help others, members and coaches of the Westminster Christian Academy girls swim team volunteered at Sunshine Ministries. The crew assisted the organization’s directors in relocating to a new building two blocks away.
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
Third- through sixth-grade students at Rossman School enjoyed a visit from Peter Lerangis, author of the New York Times bestselling series The 39 Clues. Lerangis, who has penned more than 160 books, shared stories about the joys and challenges of being an author, and inspired students to write their own stories.
LELIA FARR, DR. MICHAEL STERN, ROBERT WILLIAMS, JOSEPHINE WEIL and PEGGY RITTER have been appointed to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s board of trustees.
Representatives from area businesses, hospitals, radio stations and television channels got an early visit from the LLS Bunny, as they assisted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society prepare for its annual egg hunt. Children at the 4th Annual LLS Hunt for a Cure will search for 60,000 toy- and candy-filled eggs, all stuffed by area seniors. The hunt will be held April 12 at Queeny Park. Pictured: James Perry, Erik Beishir, Chelsey Childress, LLS Bunny, Kevin Robinson, Jared Henningsen, Kelly Rebal, Kristi Carson and Stephanye Pitts
Nanci Bobrow is the ultimate juggler. As a mother, grandmother, psychologist and community leader, she has mastered the art of balancing family, work and volunteer life—with a little social time thrown in here and there.
Skincare entrepreneur and Ladue High School alum Lauren Padawer is ready to take her company to the next level. She’ll be appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank to bat for Alaska Glacial Mud Co., which she owns and operates from Cordova, Alaska.
Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline—a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes—in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
Roberta and Allan Cohen at an event for Saint Louis Crisis Nursery - on March 28, 2003
Crown Center for Senior Living has elected three new members to its board of directors: DARRYL SAGEL of Ameren Corporation, BETH GROWE of Monsanto Company and TODD GOLDENHERSH of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical.
‘Tis the time for giving, and these area organizations need your help to keep children safe and St. Louisans warm and well-fed this holiday season.
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery
MISSION: Saint Louis Crisis Nursery protects children by offering a free child care facility to parents in crisis with nowhere else to turn. “Everyday, we save babies’ lives, keep kids safe and build strong families—and we do that by providing a safe haven for children, birth through age 12, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” explains Crisis Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller.
What makes a charitable organization successful? A good number of nonprofit executives would love to know the answer to that question. And while I’m no expert analyst, I can say without hesitation that one of the key components is having a strong, dedicated volunteer force.