When Susan Block chairs a fundraising event, she has two goals: to create an experience that is unexpected and fun, and to do it without breaking the bank. “You have to be creative without spending a lot of money, because you want the money to go to the charity where it will help people, not spend it all on the event,” she says.
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.
Things are about to get wilder at the Saint Louis Zoo. Beginning this Saturday, three new animal habitats will open to the public: The Purina Painted Dog Preserve, the Sun Bear Forest and the Andean Bear Range.
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There are virtually endless ways for youngsters to have a memorable summer break in St. Louis. Mark your calendar for these family-friendly festivities, and get ready for some fun in the sun!
Nothing says summer like a festive outdoor fete. Lucky for us, St. Louis has a full slate of art and entertainment under the summer sun and stars—many with the welcoming perk of free admission. So, as the season starts to heat up, be sure to save the date for these festival favorites.
As one of the female pioneers of St. Louis PR, Joan Quicksilver—who is known not only among local PR circles, but throughout the community—has seen women go from being minimalized in the industry to now being dominant influences.
MISSION: Ten million dollars—that’s approximately how much it costs annually to maintain St. Louis' crown jewel, says Forest Park Forever (FPF) president and executive director Lesley Hoffarth. By providing volunteers, monetary contributions and general support, FPF is able to take on some of the responsibility of Forest Park and work together with the City of St. Louis to maintain and improve the beloved area.
Even with a handful of St. Louis landmarks still standing 110 years later, it’s still hard to imagine the grandeur of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known to us as the 1904 World’s Fair. Beginning in the spring of that year, more than 20 million people from all corners of the globe would show up at our doorstep, ready to experience the world at their fingertips through our city.
It’s a milestone year for SING FOR SITEMAN, the annual event that brings together a group of world-renowned artists from OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to perform for one night only to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER’s Discovery Fund for cancer research. The fifth annual benefit concert on Monday, June 9, will be held at a new venue this year: the 730-seat Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School. Opera stars STEPHANIE BLYTHE, RENÉ BARBARA, SUSANNAH BILLER, PATRICK CARFIZZI, LEVI HERNANDEZ, SEAN PANIKKAR and ELIZABETH ZHAROFF will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist CAROL WONG, who also serves as the concert’s artistic director. Co-chairs for the evening are KIM EBERLEIN and CHERI FROMM. For tickets, call 961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman. Ladue News is a proud media sponsor of Sing for Siteman.
Tom Voss may live on the grounds of a golf course, but in the past five years, he’s only played nine holes. That’s because as CEO of Ameren, he’s ultimately the one responsible for keeping the lights on throughout the entire region.
It’s been a long time coming, and in a few days, Cardinal Nation will finally get to christen Ballpark Village, the 10-acre master-planned development designed around Busch Stadium.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Baby colobus Binti snuggles with her mom
Baby sifaka Kapika, shown with her mother
Revelers will 'feel their temperatures rising' at St. Louis’ 250th birthday party. And to sweeten the celebration, a region-wide scavenger hunt called Cakeway to the West will feature 250 four-foot-tall cakes throughout the city.
Gina Bernstein says she dreamt of Clayton life while living in the Washington University dorms. Now, her family is living the dream—Gina, an investment banker with Stern Brothers & Co., and husband Michael, a Saint Louis University Hospital plastic and reconstructive surgeon, live in Clayton with their three children: Ethan and Sam, who attend Wydown Middle School; and Sage, who currently is at Glenridge Elementary. We spoke with Gina to find out more about why her family loves Clayton.
Like the foundation beams of a bridge, Ranken Jordan helps support kids and families with safe passage from the hospital to home. “The magnitude of the bridge is dependent on the needs of the family,” says president and CEO Lauri Tanner. “For some patients, it could be over a creek; and for others, it’s like the Golden Gate Bridge. But it is about moving, and it is about transition—with the end result being home for our children.”
Among other accolades, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has earned the distinction as Missouri’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel. For that, GM Alper Oztok thanks the great team of employees. We think it also has something to do with the man at the top.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a state-of-the-art LED system has been installed that displays the building’s iconic shell in stunning colors on a nightly basis.
It takes a brave visionary to make big things happen in big spaces. Bob O’Loughlin is doing just that with his renovation—or better yet, reinvention—of St. Louis Union Station.
Join Ladue News this holiday season in bringing hope and joy to others. LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive will collect items for Food Outreach, which provides nutritious meals and nutrition counseling to St. Louisans living with HIV/AIDS or cancer.
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