Supporters of Variety the Children’s Charity attended the organization’s 26th annual Runway Fashion Show event kickoff at Bellerive Country Club. Greg Myler of St. John will be the show’s designer. Guests at the event will have the chance to bid on handcrafted chairs as part of Chairs for Children. Pictured: Jan Albus and Mallory
Tom Voss may live on the grounds of a golf course, but in the past five years, he’s only played nine holes. That’s because as CEO of Ameren, he’s ultimately the one responsible for keeping the lights on throughout the entire region.
People who have Alzheimer’s disease lose their memory, as well as their ability to communicate clearly and to care for themselves. The degenerative process is painful to watch. But one thing that stays with these individuals is the ability to enjoy music—especially music from meaningful periods in their life. And Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis is capitalizing on that knowledge by helping Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones experience meaningful moments.
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
Story: Meena is feeling unfulfilled in her job as managing editor for piggeries at American Cattle & Swine magazine, oddly enough. After all, she once wrote a book of “prose poetry” that was even published and reviewed. The lone critique was unflattering, and the book didn’t sell many copies, but still she did it.
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
The Missouri State Administrative Hearing Commission unanimously elected SREENIVASA RAO ‘SREENU’ DANDAMUDI to serve as president and managing commissioner of the panel.
Hundreds of you were at Powell Hall earlier this week to hear legendary newsman Dan Rather’s lecture as part of the Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. From my perch, I saw many in the audience lean forward when Mr. Rather began discussing the distinct traits that every great leader—from Dwight Eisenhower to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Mother Teresa and so on—has. A top trait he mentioned was courage. Another was character. Also on the list: the ability to forgive, to delegate and to find common ground.
Virginia Braxs (Cultural Enrichment)
It's time to tee it up and begin our monthly golf meetings again. After such a harsh winter, it's time for us to get back on the fairways. Let's get to it.
Last summer, we honored an animal welfare organization that’s been serving St. Louis for 90 years, as well as a haven for young moms who want to establish a stable family environment for their children. We also introduced you to a new group that uses the power of music to help victims of sexual violence heal. These were some of the top winners of LN’s Charity Awards for 2013.
If you’ve been daydreaming about a kitchen makeover with sparkling new appliances, craftsman cabinets and luxurious lighting, A Gathering Place Kitchen Tour is for you. “It’s a really fun, self-guided tour from house to house, where you can bring a group of friends, see different styles and let your imagination run away with itself on what you can do in your own kitchen,” says Junior League of St. Louis president Maureen Strasheim.
From lectures to exercise sessions and art classes, local senior communities are focused on supporting the mind, body and spirit of their residents. “We want to help our residents live longer, healthier, happier lives,” notes Heather Finkelston, director of The Willows in Chesterfield.
MISSION: Caring Solutions doesn’t want to be a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, it is focused on providing long-term support to meet the needs of its clients with developmental disabilities, and is altering its services to fit each individual.
Bethany Penrod of Maryland Heights signed up to volunteer at Mid America Horse Rescue. Though she didn't have much experience with horses, she was interested in learning to care for them.
It had to be…Harry Connick Jr! The popular crooner has been announced as the headliner for this year’s Dinner with the Stars to benefit Variety the Children's Charity. The event takes place Saturday, May 3, at Peabody Opera House.
If you can’t wait to get a taste of spring, then you’re in luck! Fantastic Finds, the upscale resale boutique staffed by volunteers for Assistance League St. Louis, has just done a little spring cleaning (and restocking) in preparation for the warm weather ahead.
“Most radio stations just play music and sell advertising; we support the local community and the arts in all disciplines," says Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis GM Jim Connett.
Local teens helped spread the love this Valentine’s Day by sending area seniors more than 1,000 Valentines as part of Love Letters, a program sponsored by Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA), DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals on Wheels Association of America. More than 68,000 teens across the country contributed cards for almost 100,000 seniors. The cards were included in meal deliveries from Meals on Wheels volunteers. Pictured: Katie Fenton
Let the trumpets sound! This year's Women of Achievement recipients, who will be honored during a luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, May 15, have been announced. The recipients are...
Once Upon a Time…Rita Wells and her husband, David, were looking for a new kitten. They had always been ‘cat people,’ and had nurtured a pair of Tonkinese cats for almost 20 years. Rita, who retired as the Saint Louis Art Museum’s director of retail sales a few years ago, visited Animal House Fund several times, and in the process, got to know the rescue’s director, Brandyn Jones. “You’re not allowed to just walk in and adopt on the spur of the moment; it’s a process. She really wants to place them carefully,” she says. “And one day Brandyn called and said, I have your cat! She just came in.”
Elizabeth Berrien experienced more pain and loss by the time she was 27 than many of us will have to deal with in our lifetime. Within two years, she lost both her infant son to stillbirth, and her husband, a Special Forces soldier, to the war in Afghanistan.
For almost 15 years, the Chulicks have enjoyed the sense of community among their Kirkwood neighbors. The neighborhood’s charm, historical houses and friendly residents make them feel at home. Kim Chulick volunteers for local nonprofits, including Gateway Children’s Charity; while her husband, Tom, is chairman and CEO at UMB Bank; and son, 17-year-old T.J., attends Whitfield School. Their Boxer, Sophie, also is part of the family. Kim talked to us more about life in Kirkwood.
Representatives from area businesses, hospitals, radio stations and television channels got an early visit from the LLS Bunny, as they assisted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society prepare for its annual egg hunt. Children at the 4th Annual LLS Hunt for a Cure will search for 60,000 toy- and candy-filled eggs, all stuffed by area seniors. The hunt will be held April 12 at Queeny Park. Pictured: James Perry, Erik Beishir, Chelsey Childress, LLS Bunny, Kevin Robinson, Jared Henningsen, Kelly Rebal, Kristi Carson and Stephanye Pitts
Like the foundation beams of a bridge, Ranken Jordan helps support kids and families with safe passage from the hospital to home. “The magnitude of the bridge is dependent on the needs of the family,” says president and CEO Lauri Tanner. “For some patients, it could be over a creek; and for others, it’s like the Golden Gate Bridge. But it is about moving, and it is about transition—with the end result being home for our children.”