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.
Saint Louis Zoo
John Newby (right) with St. Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission chair James Conway
For the third consecutive year, U.S. Bank has shown continued support as Platinum Sponsor of the Ladue News Show House. Through this, along with its many other charitable endeavors, the company commits to investing in the future of the communities it serves. “We believe that strong communities are built on strong foundations,” says Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, the company’s VP of corporate public relations. “In addition to providing financial support, we encourage all of our employees to get out in the community and strengthen it by giving of their time and talents.”
The Saint Louis Zoo has plenty to be excited about, including the $15-million polar bear habitat, which is set to open in 2015. Construction on the 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point began last month. When completed, it will more than double the space of the zoo’s old polar bear habitat, and house an adult male and female bear, as well as a couple of cubs. Among the features of the new space is a seamless transition from sea to coastline to land, allowing the bears to swim, dive, rock-climb and dig in the sand. There also will be a 22-foot visitor viewing window and an Arctic cave room for viewing the bears as they swim in a 13-foot-deep pool. The habitat also includes a state-of-the-art life support system that recirculates and treats exhibit water, saving the zoo some 2.3 million gallons of water each year.
An artist's rendering of Polar Bear Point
You can’t take it with you. That’s why as Sam Simon, co-creator of TV's The Simpsons, faces a terminal cancer diagnosis, he reportedly is giving away his tens of millions to charity. Like Simon, many St. Louisans are planning to leave a legacy through their charitable impact long after they’re gone. But how can you ensure your name will live on through the things you really care about?
He has built 20 subdivisions and 2,000 custom homes in St. Louis, shopping centers in St. Charles and 35 ski condominiums in Breckenridge, Colo. He’s bicycled and hitchhiked throughout Europe and Africa. He has sculpted 10- to 15-foot-high metal works of art, as well as hand-carved 30 pieces of furniture for his first home. He’s also a gourmet cook, painter and avid fisherman. But this is not what drives Dick Manlin. It is his love of photography that he thrives on today.
Salty. Crispy. Smoked. Sweet. Do you know where this is going? If you thought bacon, then you would be correct. And that’s what it’s all about at Naked Bacon, a local company that recently has been re-thought of by founder/CEO John Kreilich. “I started the business three years ago as Kreilich Farm, but we rebranded in June in time to launch at Zoofari (at the Saint Louis Zoo),” Kreilich notes. “The recipes that we use go back to my great-grandfather August, who in 1861 lived on a large amount of land in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and would smoke all their own meats.”
The Outstanding/Older Women’s League (OWL) has announced its 23rd annual Woman of Worth honorees. This year’s list includes NANCI BOBROW, RONNIE BROCKMAN, RUBY CHRISTIAN, LAURA CANNON, DEBRA HOLLINGSWORTH, PHYLLIS LANGSDORF, SUSAN NALL, GWEN PACKNETT, CHERYL POLK, LINDA SHER and CAROL VOSS. The 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardees are HENRIETTA FREEDMAN and LENORE PEPPER. The honorees, who are being recognized for their longtime service to the community, will be celebrated during an Oct. 24 dinner at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
Serving up more than frozen treats, FroYo recently presented JDRF with a check for $4,825. The donation came after FroYo sold JDRF paper sneakers at its seven area locations. Pictured: Mark Yost, Drew Yost, Jackie Ross, Jason Jan, Ally Bartholomew, Jacob Pratt, Brooke Yost and Deb Yost.