Grown-ups can be kids again at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s inaugural nontraditional gala, Play Date. Guests are invited to forgo the usual cocktail attire and don colorful, creative and comfortable wear for the interactive evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at St. Louis Union Station. “It’s an adult night out inspired by kids,” explains Annie Geile, event chair and board member of Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It ties back to the whole goal of Children’s—which is to let kids be kids.”
Need a lift to the North Pole this holiday season? For the first time ever, The Polar Express Train Ride is coming to town, departing from St. Louis Union Station beginning in late November.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis recently announced several chairs for the upcoming 2014 campaign. For the second year, MARILYN BUSH will chair the Women’s Leadership Society, and NINOSKA and PATRICK CLARKIN will co-chair of the Multicultural Leadership Society. JOHN STUPP will chair the de Tocqueville Society. JOE AMBROSE and RAY FARRIS will co-chair the Men’s Leadership Society. SARAH ROULAND will chair the Young Leadership Society, and REUBEN and D’ANNE SHELTON will co-chair the African American Leadership Society.
Janet McAfee Real Estate has welcomed NANCY FRANCIS and MELINDA McCARTHY as sales associates.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is extending its run of the groundbreaking exhibit, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet. The exhibition is now running through Bastille Day, the French national holiday on July 14.
The Harris-Stowe State University board of regents has appointed DWAUN WARMACK as president, effective July 14. He previously worked as Bethune-Cookman University’s vice president, the youngest in the school’s history.
Passion drives Tony Thompson. Whether he’s leading a board meeting, mentoring students or creating music, Thompson—the Kwame Building Group, Inc. board chairman—adds his intense enthusiasm to each undertaking.
The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital has elected KENNETH SUELTHAUS as its new board chair. Suelthaus is vice chairman of Polsinelli.
It’s a grim prognosis. Wolfram syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that strikes the young, presents as severe juvenile diabetes, and gradually causes loss of sight and hearing, often leading to death before the patient’s 30th birthday. Today, there is no cure.
Pinnacle Entertainment has appointed WARD SHAW as VP and GM of River City Casino & Hotel. Shaw most recently worked as GM of Tropicana Evansville in Indiana.
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.”
Kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis smiled and laughed as colorfully costumed members of the Veiled Prophet Organization paraded through the halls one recent weekend.
Alper Oztok, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis GM, donned a Santa suit to deliver unwrapped toys and gift cards to the young patients at Children’s Hospital and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. Hotel guests and Siteman Cancer Center patrons donated the gifts at the hotel’s 5th annual tree lighting a few weeks prior. Pictured: Mary Harrington, Janet Pruneu and Alper Oztok. Photos by Lawrence Bryant
From innovative education and world-class restaurants to one-of-a-kind gift shops, St. Louis is home to a broad range of successful companies. Ladue News congratulates all of the businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries, and wishes them many, many more.
The United States can predict the prison population by analyzing third-grade reading scores. Just ask Susan Nall, who explains how investing in education can decrease money used to correct social problems and mental health issues.
The St. Louis Public Foundation has elected DEBORAH PATTERSON and MATT VILLA to its board of trustees. Patterson is president of the Monsanto Fund. Villa is VP of Villa Lighting and a former St. Louis City alderman.
MISSION: The goal is clear: The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) works to better the lives of young cancer patients and their families by providing immediate assistance. “We are not going to duplicate the services of other national nonprofits, which mostly deal with research,” says president and CEO Mark Stolze. “Our focus is to help children who need assistance now.”
ROBERT BUTLER has joined Starkloff Disability Institute’s board of directors. Butler is executive VP at Smith McGehee Insurance Solutions in Clayton. Also, LORI BECKER has joined as director of development and communications.
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.
Chesterfield Arts has appointed three new members to its staff: JENNY DONALDSON, exhibition coordinator; KIM FURLOW, director of marketing; and BRUCE PRESTON, director of development.