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St. Louis sports fans may remember the name Jack Snow. A star wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams in the ‘60s and ‘70s, he later became the team’s broadcaster and followed the Rams when they moved to St. Louis in 1995. He passed away in 2006, but his name—and certainly, his legacy—lives on: On p. 22, you’ll find out more about The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation. Since 2010, it has been funding research on Wolfram syndrome, a rare form of diabetes diagnosed in young children. And the prognosis for patients is dire, as they are not expected to live past their 30th birthday.
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.
Expectations have followed him everywhere. Whether as the second pick in the NHL draft in 1993 or when he was traded for a popular All-Star like Brendan Shanahan, Chris Pronger knew he had to perform. Some cave under the pressure, but Pronger thrived. All he did was make six All-Star games, win two gold medals at the Olympics, a Stanley Cup, a Norris Trophy for being the top defenseman, and a Hart Trophy for being the Most Valuable Player.
When Adrian Bracy took on her leadership role at the YWCA four years ago, she was told that the organization was one of St. Louis’ best-kept secrets. To that, she responded, “Well, we don’t want to be a secret anymore!”
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
In the 1960s, Col. Ben Robinson was serving a tour of duty in Germany when his mother became seriously ill. His commanding officer was notified by the American Red Cross, which, by congressional mandate, is the only organization authorized to provide emergency communications to the armed forces. Robinson was given leave to visit his mother, who hadn’t spoken for two weeks due to her illness, according to Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “When she heard his voice, she said, There’s my baby,” Erickson says. “The colonel really believes it was his presence—and the doctors do, too—that motivated her recovery. She lived another 30 years.”
Are you ready for some football…or hockey? If you’re a No. 1 sports fan, the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Blues have you covered. In the luxury of a customized club or special suite, guests can get in the game, V.I.P.-style.
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.
THE SNOW FOUNDATION, along with four other charities, was a recent beneficiary of St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher’s annual charitable event, the Coach Fisher and Friends Celebrity Softball Game. The game, now in its second year, helped raise proceeds for The Snow Foundation, which works to fund research and raise awareness of Wolfram syndrome, a type of diabetes. Pictured: J.T. Snow, Stephanie Snow Gebel, Jeff Fisher, Anne Harkin, Barclay Gebel
The Arts and Education Council has announced its 2014 St. Louis Arts Awards recipients, who are being lauded for achieving a legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching the local arts and cultural community. The honorees are...
If you’ve ever dreamed of going behind-the-scenes of St. Louis Rams’ football, The Magic House’s annual gala, Friday Night Lights, will give you that chance.
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Holly and Lesley
LN’s 2013 Charity Awards had something new this year: an online system that offered readers the opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations for their community service. Congratulations to our winners!
When it comes to summer fun, St. Louis makes it easy to be a kid—or stay young at heart. Follow this family-friendly guide to the city’s best summer attractions for kids—and their parents.
Executives from some of the city’s largest corporations will hit the greens for a good cause during the St. Louis Arc Golf Tournament May 20 at The Country Club of St. Albans.
Kim Uzzetta, administrator of Parkcrest Orthopedics, is busy. That’s because the practice of four orthopedic surgeons and two certified physician assistants offers a full range of services. Yet Uzzetta is never too busy to provide the kind of personalized service she would expect for her own family, and that philosophy is at the heart of the practice, she says.
Ryan Robertson arguably posted the best career stats of any high school player in our town's history. Now that he's returned home, Robertson is coaching his children's basketball teams.
Show the library some love…The stunning $70-million restoration of the ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY’s Central Library is getting some international recognition: It’s been named as one of five finalists for Architizer’s A+ Library Award. Architizer, a leading architecture news website, has opened the voting to the public to determine the winner in the Popular Choice category. Voting runs through March 8, with the announcement of the winner expected on March 19.
Surprise! That was the word of the day at Clay Elementary School in North St. Louis, the site of KIDSMART’s 11th birthday party. The organization, which equips underserved students and their classrooms with basic school items, surprised 200 students last week with backpacks filled with supplies, balloons, cupcakes, and appearances by Rampage the Ram and Louie of the St. Louis Blues.
For thousands of low-income or jobless individuals who are homeless or on the brink of losing the roof over their heads, local nonprofit shelters and organizations provide a bridge to a brighter future. “Many families view us as their home,” notes Scott Gee, executive director of Haven of Grace.
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate recently celebrated the opening of its new chocolate factory by hosting a party for friends, family and residents of The Hill, where the facility is located. A portion of the retail proceeds and all proceeds from a chocolate basket raffle went to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Pictured: Shriners' director of public and community relations Tammy Robbins, owners of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Dan Abel, Sr., Rosalie Abel, Dan Abel, Jr., Christina Abel and Chris Abel, and Shriner David Dieckhaus