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A Nigerian-born medical researcher is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 St. Louis Award. DR. SAMUEL ACHILEFU was honored for his contributions to medical research and optical imaging technology, specifically for his invention of cancer-detecting glasses that were successfully used in surgery for the first time last year. A professor of radiology and the director of the Optical Radiology Lab at Washington University School of Medicine, Achilefu moved to St. Louis in 1991, following postdoctoral training at Oxford University.

They're planning a big send-off for the retiring MARTIN MATHEWS, co-founder of Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club. A benefit concert starring THE ISLEY BROTHERS is planned for Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Fox Theatre. The event will not only celebrate Mathews' contributions to the community during his more than half a century of service, but also will mark his 90th birthday next month. Mathews, along with the late HUBERT 'DICKEY' BALLENTINE, founded the Club in 1960. Proceeds from the concert benefit the organization's education enrichment, cultural arts, health, and sports and recreational programs. Tickets are available as a package with dinner and VIP seating, and as concert-only admission. For more information, visit mathews-dickey.com.

A local Irish dancer is in London, where he has begun rehearsals for the new Lord of the Dance production. BOBBY HOOCK, a 17-year-old St. Mary's High School senior, has been selected to join the cast of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. The Webster Groves native finished 28th at the World Irish Dance Championships last year; and last week, he headed across the pond to join the 2015 Dangerous Games tour. Bobby is a student at the Meghan Torno School of Irish Dance.

St. Louis' own EZEKIEL ELLIOTT is having quite a year: The Ohio State University running back and College Football Championship Offensive MVP has made it to the cover of Sports Illustrated, after leading his team to victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Elliott ran for 246 yards and broke a national championship record during the Jan. 12 game, which ended in a 42-20 score. Elliott is an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, and was named to the Big Ten Conference Honor Roll. He is a graduate of John Burroughs School ('13) and City Academy ('07), where he continues to visit as an alumni leader and mentor.

Celebrity chef and award-winning PBS host LIDIA BASTIANICH is the main headliner for the upcoming Falling in Love...in Five Courses dinner to benefit the ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (STLCC) FOUNDATION. The annual event at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, and will feature a meal prepared by Bastianich, along with Four Seasons executive chef GIAN NICOLA and STLCC executive pastry chef CASEY SHILLER. For more information, visit stlcc.edu/foundation.

Will your family smile for our cameras? We looking for families within the Ladue News readership area to be featured in our upcoming Welcome to Our Neighborhoods special section. If you live in: Ladue, Clayton, Frontenac, Town & Country, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Ballwin, Manchester, Des Peres, Kirkwood, Warson Woods/Glendale, Webster Groves, Brentwood, Maplewood/Richmond Heights, University City, Olivette. Central West End or St. Albans, we'd like to hear from you! Tell us about your family and what you love about the neighborhood you call home via Facebook (facebook.com/laduenews) or Twitter (@laduenews) for a chance to be in our February 6 Welcome to Our Neighborhoods special section. Feel free to attach a photo. Submissions are due by midnight on Monday, Jan. 26.

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