As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease has personally touched the lives of many people. As chair of the upcoming 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon, Penny Pennington, a principal at Edward Jones, realized how much it had affected her own family: Her grandmother died at age 55 of a heart attack, along with other family members who have been affected. “As I learned more about heart disease in women, I found out that it is likely that I will have a personal experience with heart disease either myself or through someone close to me. The statistics are much higher for women and heart disease than any other killer, including cancer: About three times more women have heart disease.”
On Saturday morning, June 15, Susie Knopf will join tens of thousands of friends, family, survivors and community members in downtown St. Louis for the 15th annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. A long-term breast cancer survivor, Knopf will be walking in a sea of pink to raise funds and bring attention to the quest to cure breast cancer, the No. 2 killer of women after heart disease. “We are all one for those few hours and each shares a passion to end this dreaded disease,” she says. “Although we have come a long way, breast cancer is still a killer and 40,000 people in the U.S. will die of the disease this year.”
The fact remains that more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. In response, the local chapter of the American Heart Association is working to ensure the disease is no longer a silent killer.
The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer held its 42nd annual luncheon and donated more than $365,000 to 24 cancer charities. The group, which raises money for research, prevention and care for cancer patients and their families, has raised more than $3 million for cancer research to date. Pictured: Frank Cognata (right) representing Ronald McDonald House and accepting a check from emcee Guy Phillips.
The Kirkwood School District and Kirkwood School District Foundation dedicated the new Alvin Miller Track, named in honor of Alvin Miller, a 1983 KHS graduate regarded as the best athlete in the school’s history. He earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in football and two in track and field. He captured four individual track and field state championships in 1983 and still holds the three school track and field records. Pictured: Julie Beattie, Romona Miller, Alvin Miller, Lauryn Miller, Ariel Miller and Kevin Beattie.
Walter Knoll Florist’s Chuck Knoll and Press Club board members gathered to create centerpieces for the Press Club’s Media Person of the Year gala? The Oct. 4 event, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, will honor KSDK-TV’s Leisa Zigman. It also will recognize photojournalists Jim Forbes and Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for extraordinary coverage of the 2011 Joplin tornado. St. Louis’ own Fleishman-Hillard will receive an award for its worldwide contributions to journalistic excellence. Proceeds benefit journalism/communications scholarships, as well as enterprise investigative journalism fellowships, and the St. Louis Library Media Archives. Pictured: Chuck Knoll with Press Club board members Alice Handelman and Ellen Soule.
42nd Annual Dinner By Diane Anderson St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises money for research, prevention and care for cancer patients and their families, held its annual dinner at The Ritz-Carlton. Local cancer charities benefit from funds raised at the dinner, which featured legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight as keynote speaker. Among those present were Al Hrabosky, Craig Schnuck and Mark Bulger.
In preparation for the LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE next month, dozens of BRIGHTSIDE ST. LOUIS volunteers recently spent the day at 15 Washington Terrace in the Central West End, trimming, pulling weeds, taking down old shrubs and performing general clearing of the property. The group, under the direction of Show House landscape chair JUDY MOSKOFF, included horticulturist JUSTIN SCHMITT and Washington University students belonging to the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. The Show House begins Saturday, Oct. 15 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 30. Look for more information, including ticket prices and charitable beneficiaries, in upcoming issues of LN.
Real estate agents are plugged into their surroundings, aware of who’s selling what, how much they’re asking for it, and what they’re likely to get. Being in the know also heightens their awareness of community needs—and local agents have a good track record when it comes to giving back.
When…Life Skills received a $20,000 grant from Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program? The grant will allow Life Skills to add domestic violence training and outreach to its existing services for people with developmental disabilities. Pictured: Brendan Fallis and Wendy Sullivan.
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When…the Hellenic Spirit Foundation received funding from the annual “Greek Golf Open”? Some 135 golfers participated in the four-person scramble with lunch, dinner, an auction and live entertainment by Niko Georges. Event proceeds totaled almost $63,500. Pictured: Chris Christ, Tony Karakas and Bill Kallaos.
When…more than 400 guests attended the 24th annual Colliers Turley Martin Tucker Golf Tournament Dinner Auction at Forest Hills Country Club to benefit Ronald McDonald House? More than $545,000 was raised for the organization. Pictured: president Dan Harbaugh, committee member Katie Thorman and co-chair Denny Ahal.
One of the leading cancer treatment centers in the St. Louis area, The St. Louis Cancer & Breast Institute, is now part of St. John’s Mercy, a partnership that will allow both organizations to reach more patients and enhance the level of care. “Our joint efforts will help more women and men, expand our clinical research and trials, broaden our outpatient centers and make services more accessible,” says Don Kalicak, VP of business development and strategic planning at St. John’s Mercy.
When…Employees at Rodgers Townsend, a St. Louis advertising agency, came together to support a co-worker’s 4-year-old daughter, Allyson Verdigets, who was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia? Several employees not only donated to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, but also shaved their heads at the organization’s fund-raising event for childhood cancer research. Pictured: Rodgers Townsend employees get their heads shaved.