Friends of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis recently celebrated the Whitney M. Young Society at a fundraiser at the Top of the Met. The Society, which honors outstanding donors and volunteers, is named after the National Urban League president who served during the Civil Rights Movement. Todd Schnuck and Lou and Jackie Brock co-chaired the event. Pictured: Robert Griffin, Richard Miles, Michael McMillan, Todd Schnuck, Lou Brock, Vanessa Foster-Cooksey, Frankie Muse Freeman, Emily Pitt and Jacqueline Brock
Volunteers Mona Roth, Sandy Rich
Once Upon a Time...Sarah Evens was thinking about volunteering at the St. Louis City's animal control facility on Gasconade Street. "When I pulled up the website, the adoption page came up, and Kona was the first one," she says. She and her then-boyfriend, Pete Williams, started talking about getting a dog, and visited the facility. "When we walked in, he was in the first cage, so honestly we didn't look at another dog—he was the first dog we saw, and it was love at first sight." (Editor's Note: The Gasconade Street facility has since closed, and most of its dogs were given to nonprofit Stray Rescue of St. Louis for care and adoption.)
Honoring Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, hundreds of St. Louisans participated in The Longest Day, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. For 16 hours, teams participated in a range of activities, including running, cooking, knitting, singing and playing card games, fueling the care, support and research efforts of the organization.
Volunteers- Jessica Pietroburgo, Lauren Foerster, Lydia Becker
Displaying the company’s dedication to community service, a team of Moneta Group employees recently volunteered at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, sorting and packaging more than 16,000 pounds of food. The food will provide 13,000 meals for hungry St. Louisans. The company also presented the organization with a $5,000 check.
Sixth-graders at Chesterfield Day School participated in a year-long philanthropy project during the 2013-2014 school year to raise funds for Support Dogs, Inc. The students sponsored bake sales, worked concession stands and used ticket money from their performance of School House Rock Live! Jr., to donate more than $2,000 for the organization.
Jack Breier’s University City garden is far from the typical suburban variety, where one might find a few well-manicured yews and flowering annuals in pretty pots. Rather, it’s more like the Missouri Botanical Garden in miniature.
Moneta Group and St. Louis Area Foodbank
Tony Holdener, Whitney Collins, Trish Holderer, Michelle Baker, Theresa Schmidt, (Event Volunteers)
Once Upon a Time… Dorothea and Mats Bernesjo were looking for a new cat. The couple had been married for about four years, and had recently lost their cat, Claire, to lung cancer. “I had a cat when my husband met me,” Dorothea Bernesjo says. “I told him, I’d like to get another cat, but it’s up to you, because I already had one when you came into this marriage.” Mats agreed, and they started the search for a new pet.
At a black-tie reception and dinner at the Racquet Club of St. Louis, members of the German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis (GAHS) honored board members Wilma Prifti and Shirley Aschinger. Prifti received the 2014 GAHS Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award. She served as the project director of the German-American Student Exchange Program at St. Louis’ Higher Education Center for 30 years. Aschinger, who has been on the organization’s board of directors for the past eight years, received the 2014 GAHS Stemmler-Hecker Founder Award.
As the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis approaches its centennial anniversary in 2018, it is making strong strides toward a host of educational, economic and advocacy goals throughout the community.
Congratulations to the Arts and Education Council's 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. Each year since 1992, recipients have been singled out for their legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.
It’s impossible to say just how many dogs Patty Krosch has walked in her 14 years as a Humane Society of Missouri volunteer. She shows up in extreme heat, pouring rain, and on holidays. “The dogs still need to get out,” she says.
From the time Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson was a little girl, becoming a physician was all she ever wanted to do. “I was a doctor for all of my dolls, and I would watch different doctor shows like Marcus Welby, M. D.,” she recalls. “I always kept that dream and desire, and just went full speed ahead after it.” The Arkansas native, who came to St. Louis in 2000, also was inspired by her childhood doctor. “He was truly the old-fashioned type, and I wanted to emulate him. I didn’t have any female physician role models, but it didn’t matter to me. That’s just what I wanted to do.”
When Susan Block chairs a fundraising event, she has two goals: to create an experience that is unexpected and fun, and to do it without breaking the bank. “You have to be creative without spending a lot of money, because you want the money to go to the charity where it will help people, not spend it all on the event,” she says.
Award-winning realtors BERKLEY LAND and MATT LITWACK have joined forces with realtor KENDRA DOWNS and certified residential appraiser KAREN POLISHUK to form Land/Litwack & Associates. Last year, the group had a combined $20 million in sales. The team is part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate Network.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its musical theatre program, COCA this weekend is presenting Ragtime The Musical. The production features a cast of 50 and includes COCA alumni and students from 17 area high schools like Max Fiorello.
Marilyn Bush recites a favorite quote by author and activist Alice Walker: The most common way people give up power is thinking they don’t have any. Bush, senior VP at Bank of America, is dedicated to empowering women to form strong relationships with each other while contributing to the community.
Marty Lemley, Dot Rasmussen, Marilyn Warren
March for Meals Community Champions Week
Would you like some philanthropy with your Frappuccino? Soon, you'll find St. Louis-themed stationery at a few dozen area Starbucks locations to benefit Easter Seals Midwest. The images on the note cards are a result of Easter Seals Midwest's Everyone Deserves a Shot project.
Mary Lynn Brown, Jane Copens