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Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
‘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.
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
For more than 20 years, fitness trainer Charlie Foxman has inspired seniors at The Gatesworth to stay active. But the 71-year-old exercise expert will be the first to tell you that they have inspired him.
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.
KRISTEN NORDSTROM has joined STAGES as a GM and will oversee day-to-day operations for administrative staff. Nordstrom is a graduate ofWebsterUniversity and has worked as a dancer, choreographer and educator. Former STAGES managing director RON GIBBS is now the director of human resources.
You are invited to one of the year’s most glamorous events: a sneak peek behind Glamour: Costumes and Images from the Collection of Mary Strauss, an exhibition to benefit the Sheldon Art Galleries.
As an extension of its focus on wellness—and to the delight of its residents—The Gatesworth plans monthly outings in and around St. Louis. From visiting historic homes to the horse races, art museums to antique shops, those who call The Gatesworth home are hardly slowing down.
Petting a stingray. Watching a Broadway show. Taking a simulated flight. These are just a few of the unique experiences retirees take part in as they volunteer at local institutions.
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.
Bring on the pageantry… A Ballwin woman is the new Ms. Missouri Senior America: SONJA NELSON-STOUGH impressed the judges with her talent, playing on the hammer dulcimer, as well as with her evening gown presentation and private interview. Nelson-Stough will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in October in Atlantic City.
BAFC Consulting, which offers organizational management services to educational institutions and nonprofits, welcomes JUDY SCLAIR as its new VP of administration. Sclair most recently served as superintendent of the Ladue School District.
Cheryl Polk leads by example. And she hopes other women will follow. “Women in leadership positions should always seek to develop the next generation of leadership,” she says.
In this issue, you’ll find our quarterly Retirement Lifestyle section, which features five colorful profiles of St. Louisans who continue to make their mark well into their golden years. In the following pages, you’ll get to know more about a passionate advocate for seniors, a longtime university president, an 80-something acrobat, a patriarch of the local Greek community and a former cartoonist.
Tom and Elizabeth Burke got their first inkling of what life would be like at The Gatesworth before they even moved in. “They have a moving assistant who comes in and assesses what furniture from your home can come to your new apartment,” Elizabeth Burke explains. “We had so much furniture and too many things, and she helps decide what can fit. She’s with you the day you move in, and she stays with you all day—it’s like they’re holding your hand.” Burke thought this in itself was a helpful service, but the fact that the assistant came all the way from St. Louis to the couple’s Chicago-area home was beyond expectations. “She had a daughter who was looking at Loyola University, so she was able to come to our house while she was there.”
Mari de Villa guests always are on-the-go. With so many on-site amenities and transportation to some of the city’s best entertainment and recreational destinations, the retirement community allows its seniors to stay as active as they like. “Even after 53 years of offering all levels of care at this location in Town & Country, we are continually trying to evolve and enhance our offerings to meet guests’ needs,” president Fred Wiesehan says.
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.”
Cheri Fromm’s first experience as a United Way volunteer was in Madison, Wisc., where she was an employee campaign coordinator, visiting different companies and asking employees for their support in filling out donation cards. “I was hooked then; and when we moved here, we were asked to do this and thought it would be wonderful to do it again,” she says. Her husband, Ron Fromm, chairman of the board of Brown Shoe Company, also has a longstanding support of the organization, having been on the board of directors for United Way of Greater St. Louis since 2000. And this year, the couple was named as co-chairs of the nonprofit’s 2013 fundraising campaign.
Northwestern Mutual’s mission is quite a lofty goal: To make the communities they serve the most financially secure in the world. “Given our success here in St. Louis, we’re trying to serve the community from both a client perspective and a charitable perspective,” says Gerard Hempstead, managing partner at the company’s St. Louis network office. His office has a goal of giving at least $500,000 in monetary donations and 5,000 hours of community service before 2015. “It’s actually stated in our vision and we track it,” he says.
The devastating scene of an unwanted cat or dog being left in a box, on a curb or in the rain is not simply an emotive scene from the movies—it is the world many animals live in. With the earnest goal to help animals, the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) is there to take in lost, stray or unwanted pets and work to find them loving forever homes.
MISSION: Fathers’ Support Center works to improve the lives of children by bettering the father-child relationship. Fathers enroll for at least one year of program involvement, which starts with an intense six-week course meant to grow family, communication, relationship and employment skills.
BRIAN HALL, chief marketing officer for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, has been named chairman of Christmas in St. Louis Foundation, which produces Macy’s Festival of Lights and the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade.