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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.
In the spirit of the season, Piccione Pastry is giving back: the late-night Italian bakery in the Delmar Loop is continuing its Pastries With a Purpose program to benefit six more local charities this December.
It’s the final golf column of the season, so let’s hit a driver and get started.
Story: Times are tough for the St. Francis Parish. Ironically, an ‘act of God’ has put the church in the Catholic archdiocese in dire financial straits. So, the ladies of the St. Francis Knitting Ministry decide that the best way to raise funds is to hold a trivia night while they rob a local credit union.
Customers of Dierbergs Markets and Budweiser participated in the Be a Bud promotion to raise more than $27,000 for Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Budweiser contributed $1 for every 30-pack of its brand sold at Dierbergs, and customers gave donations at check-out. The money will go toward Stray Rescue’s emergency medical care fund. Pictured: Randy Grim, Stray Rescue dog Gigolo, Robert Etter, Tom Doyle and Laura Padousis
Daring color is in the air this fall. F. Schumacher is calling fuchsia this season’s ‘it’ color and the perfect upbeat alternative or complement to neutrals.
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.
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.”
Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
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.
Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger cut the ribbon at the debut of Clayton Early Childhood Center’s new classroom and indoor play space. Board president Cason Coplin, board secretary Natalie Cox and executive director Gina Siebe also joined the ceremony. The Center’s capital campaign project, recent trivia nights and private donors funded the project. Pictured: Gine Siebe, Natalie Cox, Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, Cason Coplin
Bob Uecker, the man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala.
Customers and employees of On the Run honored baseball legend Jackie Robinson at Busch Stadium with a check for $53,000 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run and Anheuser-Busch joined forces to raise money for the national, not-for-profit organization, which offers college scholarships and support programs for disadvantaged students of color. Pictured: Representatives of On the Run present the $53,000 check.
Story: Complicated Lives is comprised of four short, one-act plays by local playwright and actor Stephen Peirick.
Delancey Smith from St. Louis Community College, Tom Voss, James H Buford
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.
As someone who has worked for more than 30 years both as a professional consultant to nonprofits and as an ardent volunteer, Donna Wilkinson believes that an organization’s biggest asset is the volunteer leadership behind it. “I’m pretty passionate about the role of volunteers,” she says. “For instance, if you have an organization that wants to move forward with a capital campaign, that will make the difference in whether something is successful or not. If you don’t have the volunteer leadership behind you, it is really difficult.”
St. Louis Community College board of trustees member Libby Fitzgerald (center) receives a plaque in recognition of her service. Also pictured: Craig Larson and Doris Graham.
Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis has added a new board member, STEVEN KENNY of Wells Fargo Advisors. The organization provides support services to area cancer patients and their families at no charge.
To say the least, it’s not the standard phone message. Hello, this is Maya. I am a seventh-grader at De La Salle Middle School, and I am somebody. You’re somebody, too, and your call is very important to us. When phoning De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew’s (DLS), callers immediately experience one of the foundational messages of the program, making it easier to see how this inner-city institution is changing futures, one somebody at a time.
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.
“We serve some of the most frail and fragile people in the whole world,” says Sue Hockensmith, co-founder of Pony Bird Inc., a care provider for non-ambulatory individuals with profound mental and physical disabilities.