More than 150 guests stepped right up to Chesterfield Day School’s annual benefit dinner auction, ‘Under the Big Top,’ in the school’s gym-turned-circus tent. A juggler, stilt-walker, human statue, magician, trapeze artist and live music provided entertainment at the event, which raised more than $90,000 for the school’s programs and curriculum. Pictured: Tina Chen, Matt Virgil, Kira Mangan, Lauren Gates, Robby Leavitt, Alexandria Latuda, Kyle Fehr, Austin Isaak and Adam Saleh
Julie Palmer-Schuyler was thinking about teaching when she heard the chants, Webster, Webster! from the crowd. The Webster University associate professor was racing in her 17th IRONMAN competition—this time, on the global stage.
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.
If actions speak louder than words, knowing how someone spends her time may be the most telling aspect of the individual. Family law attorney Susan Hais, of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, spends hers focused on her clients.
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.”
It simply didn't sit well with her: Christi Griffin was a practicing attorney when she began to see instances of greed and abuse of power. It was not one particular problem, but an assortment of unethical behavior, and it drove her to do something. In 2007, Griffin founded local nonprofit, The Ethics Project (TEP).
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.
When Keita arrived at Almost Home, she was homeless, depressed, and she had just had a baby. As she holds her now-5-month-old son, she describes what she’s gained in the last several months. “I’ve become a better person.”
Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: St. Louis Union Station. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration and more.
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.
We all carry some degree of risk for heart attack or stroke. Understanding one’s risk factors and using them to calculate individual cardiovascular risk is an important part of preventive health care. Until you know, you can’t act.
St. Louis is a city with layers of stories, and Ladue News recently uncovered one of them. Fittingly, this story involves one of the first families to occupy #23 Lenox Place, the setting of the 2013 LN Show House.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
The most successful women also are the most creative, according to Gail McMeekin, a Boston-based psychotherapist, writer and career coach. But how do you leverage creative ideas and passion into a viable business? We talked to McMeekin, author of the best-selling book, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women, about her definition of success and how to achieve it.
As someone who has worked for more than 30 years both as a professional consultant to nonprofits and as an ardent volunteer, Donna Wilkinson believes that an organization’s biggest asset is the volunteer leadership behind it. “I’m pretty passionate about the role of volunteers,” she says. “For instance, if you have an organization that wants to move forward with a capital campaign, that will make the difference in whether something is successful or not. If you don’t have the volunteer leadership behind you, it is really difficult.”
A simple bark, sniff or tail wag might seem trivial to the everyday pet owner, but veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debra Horwitz sees animals a little differently. More than a traditional veterinarian, Horwitz works to understand why companion animals do what they do—and for her work is being lauded by colleagues across the country.
When Lauri Tanner was a child, the oldest of five siblings constantly read the Nurse Nancy book series and took the lead in caring for her younger brothers and sisters. As an adult, her life continues to be focused on her greatest love: taking care of people.
Cheryl Polk leads by example. And she hopes other women will follow. “Women in leadership positions should always seek to develop the next generation of leadership,” she says.
Vida ‘Sister’ Goldman Prince knows that only a Holocaust survivor can fully comprehend what happened in those terrible years. A volunteer at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (HMLC), she has made it her lifelong commitment to record the extraordinary lives of these survivors and their horrifying stories to ensure they are never forgotten.
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.”
Story: Writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94) lived most of his life in Los Angeles, and derived inspiration for many of his works from the City of Angels. He wrote during the same period as many of the Beat Generation writers, including poet Allen Ginsberg and novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Maxine Clark grew up in the decade of big dreams realized. Today, the Build-A-Bear Workshop founder is affectionately gazing back on the journey of her own realized dream.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
We now have the names for the upcoming Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. The 2013-2014 season at Powell Hall begins Oct. 8 with former Greek Prime Minister GEORGE PAPANDREOU. The rest of the lineup includes: A Walk in the Woods author BILL BRYSON, Former U.S. Defense Secretary ROBERT GATES, Apple co-founder STEVE WOZNIAK, historian/author DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN and journalist DAN RATHER, whose March 25, 2014, appearance will be sponsored by LN. For subscription information, visit stlouisspeakersseries.org.