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During October, expect plenty of news stories and public events dedicated to sharing information about symptoms, diagnosis and medical treatment of breast cancer. But one important aspect of care is often left out: The supportive services available to help women who are diagnosed cope and manage the day-to-day reality of the disease.
Local nonprofits Circle of Hope Bracelets, Every Child’s Hope, National Council of Jewish Women and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center all work to give hope and healing to families throughout the community. And as beneficiaries of the 2013 Ladue News Show House at #23 Lenox Place, that message of hope and healing will be carried even further.
MISSION: Saint Louis Crisis Nursery protects children by offering a free child care facility to parents in crisis with nowhere else to turn. “Everyday, we save babies’ lives, keep kids safe and build strong families—and we do that by providing a safe haven for children, birth through age 12, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” explains Crisis Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller.
Duck, duck…A red carpet welcomed the legendary Peabody Ducks to St. Louis and the University City Children's Center (UCCC). Escorted by Duckmaster Anthony Petrina, the world-famous flock of fowl from The Peabody hotel in Memphis visited the Center last week. Just as they do twice a day in the lobby of The Peabody, the ducks paraded up a red carpet to accompanying music. During their appearance, the Duckmaster also talked with UCCC preschoolers about the ducks’ history and their care, as well as how the children can help protect the environment and all living things.
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.”
You wouldn’t trust a stranger with your money, but how much do you know about the person helping you make the biggest purchase of your life? LN asked six area real estate agents about local favorites and the like so you can see what makes these professionals tick. (Hint: The Cardinals might have been mentioned once or twice…)
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Ambassador Nancy Brinker was named Person of the Year at the George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University. Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization and a former U.S. Ambassador. Pictured: Walker School of Business dean Benjamin Akande, Webster president Elizabeth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Webster provost and senior VP Julian Schuster.
Just how many happy endings can a story have? Susan McBride always wanted to write, and now she’s the award-winning author of the best-selling The Cougar Club and Little Black Dress, as well as a five-year breast cancer survivor, a sought-after speaker and—surprise!—a first-time expectant mom at age 47. (Although that surprise might be more accurately described as a happy new beginning.) The ebullient McBride says she’s also an ‘accidental cougar.’
Toasty warm, buttered, soft or freshly baked—even descriptions of our most ancient staple inspire images of comfort. Perhaps no other food says ‘home’ like bread, and for many St. Louisans, a familiar sign conveys the same comfortable message.
We salute lovebirds DICK and CHAR BECKER of Des Peres on their 60th anniversary! The couple will celebrate their Sept. 30 nuptials with family and friends at Spiro’s. The Beckers began dating as teenagers at Webster Groves H.S. and are the parents of JIM BECKER and the late NANCY BECKER-CROCKER.
“Going through breast cancer gave me purpose,” says Susie Knopf. “It helped me find out why I was put on this earth, if you want to know the truth, and that is to give back because I was one of the lucky ones—the truly, truly lucky ones.”
> Dang, has it really been 10 years? The Clayton Farmers Market, at Straub’s on Forsyth, opened for its 10th season last Saturday, May 22. The opening served to introduce new market master A.J. TRUJILLO to the Clayton faithful. Speaking of farmers markets, we told you a few weeks back about the new market opening in Webster Groves next month. Well, word has come down that another market is set to bow in June. The Carondelet Farmers Market will start Saturday, June 12 at 7701 S. Broadway and will be open 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through October. The market is part of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.
American Equity Mortgage, a St. Louis-based company, has grown to 28 branches in 22 different markets. Founded in 1992, it’s now one of the leading mortgage lenders in the nation. “It wasn’t as if we had some master expansion plan,” says president and CEO Deanna Daughhetee. “Our success has resulted from the desire to help people get to a better place financially. We’ve done this first and foremost by focusing on our customers: understanding what they want to accomplish and helping them do it. Only then did we decide to bring our services to other markets.”
Tony Award-winning Broadway star SUTTON FOSTER is coming to town Feb. 4 for a one-night only concert at The Sheldon to benefit CABARET ST. LOUIS. Foster, considered one of today’s premier musical theater actresses, has starred in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein and Shrek the Musical. The night’s repertoire, under the direction of music director MICHAEL RAFTER, will feature Broadway hits as well as selections from Foster’s new CD, Wish.
> Gerard Craft owner of Niche Restaurant, is expanding into the Central West End with Brasserie by Niche, a casual restaurant that is set to serve traditional French bistro fare. The Brasserie will open this month at 4580 Laclede Ave., where the venerable Chez Léon once stood. “I love the storefront facade that opens up in spring and summer,” Craft enthuses. As the place where Craft proposed to wife Suzie (and where they held their rehearsal dinner), the spot has some important personal history. Expect French desserts by Niche pastry chef Mathew Rice.
ELIZABETH SINGER has joined Jewish Family & Children’s Service as Jewish Connections program coordinator, and KASSI DARAKHSHAN as Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Panty program manager.
St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association has named PAMELA RITTERLING educational consultant and CARRIE BENSON development coordinator.
When…Ashley Furniture HomeStores presented Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a check for more than $8,600? The funds were raised at the third annual Ashley Furniture HomeStore/Komen for the Cure promotion. Pictured: Michael Phillips of Ashley Furniture with Allison Tonsing of Komen.
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.
Team Breadhead’ set the world record for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
When…the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded St. Patrick Center $550,000 as one of six national winners of the Green Jobs Initiative Grant funded by Wal-Mart Foundation? St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.