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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.
Once upon a time…there was a Rhodesian ridgeback/beagle mix puppy running the streets of East St. Louis. His life was changed one day in 2011, when Blues forward Alex Steen and a team of volunteers working with Stray Rescue of St. Louis found him and brought him back to the shelter. On the way, Steen stopped by his car dealer Bomarito Audi, where he introduced the pup to sales manager Joe Wolk.
Support Dogs, Inc.
Spread joy and love to your friends and family, as well as to families in need, with holiday cards benefiting local charities. These cards are a great way to support deserving nonprofits while raising awareness for the causes they serve.
At its most basic level, The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is a social, professional and charitable organization, with members ranging authors to editors. And the original club creation can be credited to catfish.
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
Jay Leno says that there are few things he loves more than a stupid criminal. Unfortunately, there also are smart criminals. Our parents and grandparents couldn’t even dream of the cons we are susceptible to in the age of connectedness.
Once Upon a Time…the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) took in Tillie, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix. Tillie had lived with a family, but they had to give her up because of their child’s allergies. Meanwhile, Teel Ackerman, who had recently lost a dog, was looking for a new pet to keep her active and walking. “When he died, I wasn’t going to get another dog; but then I thought, the dog keeps me going—I walk him everywhere, and it’s good for me.”
Once upon a time…There was a dog whose specialty was making people feel better. Kennedy, a black lab mix, has even been borrowed by friends to take on nursing home visits, says owner Cheresse Pentella. “If you’re having a bad day or want to have a friend, he’s a wonderful dog for that,” she says.
The buzz has been building in the past year, and the time has come! Just in time for Tax Free Weekend in the lead-up to back-to-school, Taubman Prestige Outlets opens in Chesterfield on Friday, Aug. 2.
The self-proclaimed ‘living laboratory’ that is Laumeier Sculpture Park is focused on uniting contemporary artwork with the Missouri landscape. Throughout its 105 acres, the park welcomes some 300,000 visitors annually.
St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness recently hosted a fund & awareness raising event, Painting with a Purpose’ at the Creve Coeur location of Painting with a Twist. The event welcomed a capacity crowd for wine and hors d’oeuvres while they created a still-life painting of Four Vases.
William Thompson enjoys gazing out his window. His view differs from most, however, as when he looks out, he stares upon a pasture of retired horses saved from slaughter and offered sanctuary at Fieldstone Farm Foundation.
Ladue’s own GRANT WEBER will be featured on the Lifetime Television show, The Balancing Act. Weber is the CEO of Riley’s Premium Pet Products, a local manufacturer of healthy dog treats that are good enough even for humans to eat. In fact, we’re told that most of the Lifetime crew sampled the treats during filming! Weber’s segment on the show will air on Lifetime June 4 and 11 (6 a.m. St. Louis time).
TAYLOR ROBINSON, a senior at Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, is one of 814 high school athletes nationwide who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. The 2013 nominees include high school basketball players from across the country who have been selected by coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Pictured: Taylor Robinson with Colleen Schoendienst, local McDonald's owner/operator
Ann and Roger Weinerth, Sue and David Kaimann, Judy Oliver
Linda Rau, Shelley Newman, Petey
Committee member Robin Chickering, co-chairs Scot and Rene Seabaugh, board president Angie Fink
Story: It’s the early 1920s, and Rose is determined to make her mark in show business. Not as an entertainer on the vaudeville circuit exactly, but rather as an impresario who knows what’s best for booking agents and small-time venues in the many cities she visits with her two daughters, Dainty June and Louise. Rose pushes her children to extreme limits in her efforts to make the younger of the two, June, a bona fide star.
At the age of 26, Ellie Hock has done a lot of things—she’s earned a master’s in speech therapy, she’s done the show-dog circuit, and she’s started her own business: Urban Nectar was the result of a journey Hock took after the death of her mother in the fall of 2011 from brain cancer. We talked to her about how it all got started.
For those facing illnesses or disabilities, ‘alternative’ therapies—such as laughter, music or animal therapy—can offer a range of benefits. These local programs are doing their parts to make a difference.