Last fall, Bud Drennan was raking leaves in his yard when he took a step back and thought, Maybe I’ve had enough of this. The retired Merrill Lynch stock broker had lived in his house for 48 years, but had been there by himself since his wife succumbed to Alzheimer’s seven years earlier. “Once I made up my mind, the question became, Do I want to buy a condo in Clayton? Or do I just want to make one leap?”
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday in style with The Biggest Birthday Ball, sure to be one of the biggest social events of the year! The ball, to be held at the Missouri History Museum on Feb. 16, will treat guests with a feast for the senses.
Rita Mahn, premier advisor and Festus branch manager; Dennis Sappington, premier advisor and St. Charles branch manager; Seth Barnes, Frontenac branch manager; John Lamping, premier advisor and Clayton branch manager
Whether you’re planning for marriage, a home purchase, the birth of a child, a college education or retirement, Wells Fargo Advisors has resources to guide you each step of the way. “We have the ability to help clients through practically every financial decision in their lives, at their pace,” says Seth Barnes, senior VP and Frontenac branch manager. “All the while, our most important goal is to help them succeed financially.”
The St. Louis Public Foundation has elected DEBORAH PATTERSON and MATT VILLA to its board of trustees. Patterson is president of the Monsanto Fund. Villa is VP of Villa Lighting and a former St. Louis City alderman.
As leaders of their households and in the community, women play a vital role in the health of those around them. Each year, St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award celebrates women who not only stay active in improving their own health, but also inspire better health in others. Here, read more about what makes this year’s winners healthy role models.
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.
Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis has added a new board member, STEVEN KENNY of Wells Fargo Advisors. The organization provides support services to area cancer patients and their families at no charge.
When Erin Budde was asked to become executive director of stl250—the nonprofit created to celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday in 2014—the native St. Louisan knew it was an offer she couldn’t refuse. “The next time an opportunity like this will come up in St. Louis, I’ll be in my 90s, so I won’t be doing it then!” she says. “I love St. Louis and I have no intent of finding a home somewhere else. If I want to contribute to this amazing initiative—this region-wide, very positive-oriented effort that is a look at where we’ve been, the momentum we have going on today and how to sustain that momentum into the future—this is the time to do it.”
BRIAN HALL, chief marketing officer for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, has been named chairman of Christmas in St. Louis Foundation, which produces Macy’s Festival of Lights and the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The common wisdom is that people who love their work are those who find the most success. Here, we feature three women who prove that common wisdom right: By following their dreams, each built a business that has seen more success than most of us would dare to dream for. As John Updike once said, “The refusal to rest content—the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions—is what distinguishes artists from entertainers and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.”
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
For the second year, in a tight competition with less than 20 votes separating the top two churches, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Fenton, beat out St. Dominic Savio, Affton, to win Friendship Village Sunset Hills' Fourth Annual Quilting Competition. Several hundred voted in the week's competition and display of quilts from area churches at Fountain View, the freestanding assisted-living community at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. Pictured: Erlinda Madridondo, Ruth Finder, Donna Robinson and Mary Haukap (kneeling) proudly display their winning quilt.
Patty and Tim Ivey and their two children, Lucas, 13, and Emma, 11, have enjoyed living in Ballwin for nine years. Wally, a mixed breed dog adopted from St. Louis County Animal Control, and Cosmo, a guinea pig adopted from Petco, also are part of the family. Patty, originally from Edwardsville, Ill., works at Rodgers Townsend;, and Tim, a Clayton native, is part of Wells Fargo Advisors. Patty told us more about what she and her family like about living in Ballwin.
When the Walker family moved to Frontenac five years ago, they immediately were greeted with a friendly welcome. Stephanie, a North Carolina native, is a former attorney and homemaker; and her husband Chip, originally from Virginia, is a managing director at Wells Fargo Advisors. The couple has two children, 9-year-old Thornton and 8-year-old Emmi, who attend Conway Elementary. Simon, a yellow Labrador; Macie, a Goldendoodle; and a cat, Trixie, are the family pets. Stephanie told us more about what she and her family enjoy in Frontenac.
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Planning for your future can be a daunting and obscure task, but Wells Fargo Advisors is trying to make the process a little easier. With the use of the company’s Envision tool, financial advisors can help clients prepare for whatever unknowns life holds, says Kevin Whitehead, St. Louis market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors. “When you’re talking about money and things that may happen based on probability, it’s difficult because it’s not tangible. The Envision plan helps our clients see what they’re trying to accomplish, and we can make sure their investment plans are in place to achieve those goals.”
The youth served by Epworth Children and Family Services were tired of sitting in educational limbo each time they had to transfer high schools. For those in foster care, moves from one home and school district to another are not uncommon, but they meant waiting several weeks—and falling farther behind in classwork—while records were transferred. Those students decided to fight for a change, and with the help of Missouri State Representatives (and Epworth board members) Rick Stream and Jeanne Kirkton, Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1577 into law, expediting the transfer of high school records for foster care children. The moment, several years in the making, took place at Epworth, and its importance did not go unnoticed by CEO Kevin Drollinger. “One of the things we can do is empower youth and show them that they do have control of their environment and can have brighter futures. If they work within the system the right way and follow the path, they can move mountains.”
Kevin Whitehead and members of Wells Fargo Advisors stand in front of one of the Central Library’s stained glass windows, which was restored through a donation by the late Oliver Langenberg, a former Wells Fargo stockbroker, and his wife, Mary.