Story: Addison Peddigrew, a man of color, differs from most of his race in rural Kentucky in 1843 in that he is free. Kind of. He’s among roughly 2 percent of the black population in Kentucky at that time who were not considered slaves in the ‘border state’ that had both pro-slavery and anti-slavery constituents. Directly north, however, was the free state of Ohio, to which runaways desired to escape.
Dr. Robert Bergamini chose pediatric oncology as his medical specialty almost 35 years ago because he knew it was challenging: He saw it as an opportunity to care for sick children and their families, part of "doing the complete job of providing care for the entire family unit," he explains. And while you may assume working with cancer-stricken children would be emotion-ally draining, when asked how he copes, Bergamini pauses and then says simply, “We have fun.”
Majestic unicorn fritter. Chicken and waffle. Peanut butter and marshmallow cake. Jason Bockman and Corey Smale, the masterminds behind Strange Donuts, are as unique as their culinary creations.
Autographed St. Louis Cardinals photographs line the walls of Richard Mark’s office—an impressive collection any Redbirds fan would envy. But if you look a little closer, you’ll see what’s especially unique about the custom-framed shots: They all include an Ameren billboard in the background, a special nod to the local executive's career.
St. Louis increasingly is being recognized as a Mecca for enterprising and innovative business owners. Major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MSNBC have all hailed the Gateway City as the destination for startups.
With a mission of finding a cure for melanoma, Blackout Melanoma recently donated $10,000 to Washington University School of Medicine, funding research to eradicate the deadly disease. The donation is the second of a five-year, $50,000 research grant.
Kendall and Caroline Young
LIsa and Aaron Young
Story: In this updated version of the classic fairy tale, Ella (Cinderella) toils away as a domestic for her haughty stepmother and two stepsisters following the death of her father. She dreams of a better life, which she fantasizes about with her friends, a woman named Crazy Marie who lives near the forest, and Jean-Michel, a young man who fights for the rights of the oppressed people of the kingdom.
Story: Theo Freeman struggles to make ends meet. He’s a small businessman who owns a TV and stereo repair shop, which you might guess isn’t doing a bang-up business in the age of flat-screen televisions and iPads. Still, he perseveres with the help of his wife Georgette and their son Sunny.
Story: Henry Bingham has a tough track record as president of Quail Valley Country Club. That’s because his team has lost five consecutive times in the annual golf match with its arch-rival club, which is helmed by the insufferable Dickie Bell.
Seung and Bok Lee, Young Yoon, Rae Yoon, Simon Kim,
Soon Lee, Seung Lee, Young Lee
Taking their small-scale Christmas village to a whole new level, second-graders at Mary Queen of Peace became architects, civil engineers and train engineers to design and build an urban, rural and suburban village. The village was displayed in the hallway for other students, faculty and families to enjoy.
Throughout all of history, roses have been a part of every important ceremony and celebration since the time of the ancient Greeks. Roses are, by far, the most-requested choice for weddings, earning the title as the most romantic of flowers.
I met Michael Staenberg the same day Stan Kroenke announced his plans to build a stadium in Los Angeles. Staenberg and Kroenke co-founded THF Realty and built it into one of the biggest property development companies in the country.
Story: Matt Drayton is a newspaper publisher in San Francisco, where his wife Christina owns an art gallery. Their domestic servant, Matilda “Tillie” Binks, keeps everything humming in their well-to-do home, which is a bit quieter since their daughter Joanna (“Joey”) has gone away to college, circa 1967.
Caitlin Young McMillin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Patrick McMillin (Brigette Boyer)
At this year’s 56th annual Fleur de Lis Ball, held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at The Arch, 43 debutantes were presented to society and the Most Reverend Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis. The young women join approximately 1,500 honorees since the event began in 1956.
In the 56-year history of the Fleur de Lis Charity Ball, family traditions have become a defining feature of the event, second only to its primary mission of raising funds for pediatric medical research. As a token of their families’ longstanding history with the Fleur de Lis, many of the girls presented at this year’s ball wore mementos from years gone by.
As the central gathering area of the home, the kitchen should be functional—and fabulous. Local design experts share ways to take your family’s favorite space to the next level.
The Veiled Prophet Organization’s philanthropic arm, the Veiled Prophet Foundation, helps 11 area nonprofits: American Red Cross, Beyond Housing, Brightside St. Louis, Food Outreach, Girls, Inc., Marian Middle School, North Side Community School, Rainbow Village, St. Patrick Center, U.S. Vets and the YWCA.
From preparing meals to planting flowers and painting houses, the Veiled Prophet Organization’s (VP) Maids of Honor Project is making a positive impact on the community. Funded by the VP Foundation, the program annually has averaged almost 400 volunteer dads and daughters, and about 2,500 hours of community service in recent years. LN spoke with five of these outstanding young women, who debuted in this year’s ball, about their volunteer work.
You could say Richard Tao is a man who wears many hats, but that simply isn’t his accessory of choice. Tao has held principal architectural positions, worked as a department store president, taught college-level jazz, and performed as a professional musician overseas. Now, he’s on to his next adventure: neckties.
Following auspicious reigns as the Veiled Prophet Queen of Love & Beauty, these young women have been traveling the world—and making a difference. LN recently caught up with four former VP queens.