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Sarah Murphey, with Larry Walker, board chairman of The Adoption Exchange Missouri Office
Sarah Murphey grew up in-and-out of foster care, without a stable home, always facing an uncertain future. But when she was 13, Megan Murphey and Michael Lettau came into her life. “They adopted Sarah a year later, and she is now a confident, young teenager attending a Ladue high school and looking at opportunities for college,” says Lisa Schaffer, Missouri director of development at The Adoption Exchange.
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
For those children who are in the custody of the state, the need to find them permanent, loving families is great, and local nonprofit organizations are working diligently to fulfill that need.
2013 Charitable Events & Fundraisers
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of State, 4,728 visas were issued in 2007 to children coming from Guatemala. By 2011, that number had dropped to 29. In essence, Guatemala has closed itself to foreign adoptions, says Rudy Rivera, attorney with Anderson, Schmidt & Rivera. “There are not that many places to adopt internationally now because the rules have become so cumbersome and countries have found it too hard to comply.”
Board and Office Members of the Adoption Exchange: John Walsh, Lisa Schaffer, Karen Wood, Carlston Edwards, Lynn McQuesten, Jackie Propernick, Jennifer Reavers
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August 20: HEART GALLERY GOLF CLASSIC to benefit THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE, Pictured: Friends of the Adoption Exchange
Toot, toot! While we hate to toot our own horn, we’re thrilled to announce that our SEASON OF GIVING initiative, in conjunction with STRAUSS PEYTON PHOTOGRAPHY, raised more than $7,600 for ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. Each year, in exchange for a donation to the hospital, Ladue News readers can have their family portrait taken by Strauss Peyton, and this year, more than 20 families contributed. Thank you for your ongoing support and look for this year’s Season of Giving event in the fall!
Shopping for a cause! On Sept. 11, WHOLE FOODS MARKET will donate 5 percent of the entire day’s sales to PRISON PERFORMING ARTS, a literacy and performing arts program that serves incarcerated adults and youth. Alumni of the program, teaching artists, staff and volunteers will be at the store throughout the day, and Riddle’s chef ANDY AYERS will host a cooking demonstration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Not finding exactly what you want to feather your nest? A new shop in O’Fallon, Mo., Modern Luxe, was recently launched by former LN production director Michele Treacy and her husband Marty. Filled with wonderful finds from lamps to lounges, it specializes in fun furnishings.
'The Embedded Image: Current Work in Hand Papermaking' Public Opening Reception to benefit Craft Alliance, 725-1177 ext. 337.