Monday, October 1 was the premiere of the new hit CBS TV show, “The Neighborhood,” starring St. Louisan Cedric the Entertainer. Executive Producer for the show, Eric Rhone, and his wife Angela hosted an official CBS watch party for the premiere at their home in Ladue. One hundred of their close friends and family members enjoyed dinner, drinks, popcorn, candy and a private outdoor screening of the new show. Desserts were provided by Tenacious Eats, décor designed by Jeanetta Hill, and A/V was provided by Life Media. “The Neighborhood” airs Mondays on CBS at 7pm.
Fusion Gates donated and installed new beautiful dog gates in the staff area of Stray Rescue St. Louis. Fusion Gates, based in Edwardsville, produces designer certified dog and baby gates, and they offered this donation to show their appreciation and gratitude for the work of Stray Rescue.Staff members chose their favorite interchangeable art screen to enhance their workspace. Fusion Gates has also supported Stray Rescue by donating gates as auction items for their annual golf tournament and Hope for the Holidays gala.
The annual St. Louis Walk for PKD (polycystic kidney disease) took place on October 7 at Tower Grove Park. More than 220 participants walked the 1.5 mile loop and helped raise nearly $50,000 for the PKD Foundation. Team Short, led by Frontenac resident, Traci Short, helped raise nearly $10,000. Both Traci’s husband and daughter have PKD. Other top teams included Team Maddie Duffey, in honor of a Kirkwood High School graduate who passed away in September, and Team Repa’s Kidney Kickers, led by Southampton resident Ana Repa, a former St. Louis Walk coordinator who also has PKD.
Eight students from Webster Groves High School were recognized in the National Merit Scholarship competition. John Porthouse, Nicolaus Braun, and Luke Burbee were among the 16,000 semifinalists recognized for their top-tier scores on the PSAT/NMSQT.Additionally, John Arbuckle, Isabelle Blake, Leah Cooke, Gabriel Mitchell and Claire Burns were among the 34,000 high school seniors honored nationwide as Commended Students, chosen for their exceptional academic promise.
Winners of the 2nd annual photo competition were announced by the Kirkwood Arts Commission at an awards reception on September 28. More than 90 photos were submitted in this year’s theme, “Kirkwood’s Architecture in Focus: Architecture Inspires Creativity.” The judges were: David Hanlon, an exhibiting photographer and professor at STLCC-Meramec who oversees the photography program; and John Nagel, past coordinator of the STLCC-Meramec photography program and currently their director of the Center for Visual Photography. The winning photos will be on display at the historic Kirkwood Train Station through November 12. Then they will be displayed at the UMB bank at 426 N. Kirkwood Road through February 15,2019.
18 and Older Category:
- First Place: Sue Donovan, Smithton, Illinois. Photo: “Roofs and Windows” (first Church of Christ, Scientist)
- Second Place: Larry Torno, St. Louis. Photo: “Titanic Landscape” (STLCC-Meramec)
- Third Place: John Langholz, Webster Groves. Photo: “The Kraus House” (Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park)
- Honorable Mentions:
- Bruce Backus, Kirkwood, “Kirkwood City Hall”
- Mark Fisher, St. Charles, “House and Garden Bench”
- John Langholz, Webster Groves, “Grace”
- Daniel Lacroix, Ballwin, “Elliot Unitarian Chapel”
- Carl Serbell, Sunset Hills, “Kirkwood Public Works 1”
Under 18 Category:
- First Place: Adelaide Pieroni, St. Louis, First Grade at Forsyth School. Photo: “Sunshine Window” (Olive Chapel AME Church on Harrison Avenue)
- Second Place: Nicholas Whittington, Kirkwood, Kirkwood High School Freshman. Photo: “Red Door” (Eliot Chapel)
- Third Place: Sophia Puertas, Kirkwood, MICDS Senior. Photo: “Sidewalk Pots” (Argonne Drive)
- Honorable Mentions:
- Sarah Lovett, Glendale, “Kirkwood Train Station”
- Adelaide Pieroni, St. Louis, “The Porch House”
Care to Learn held their first-ever Care to Learn Celebrity Draft & Dine event on September 15 and raised over $245,000. The organization works to meet the emergent needs of students in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene. Care to Learn partnered with Kelly Chase’s SPARK Creations and Bookings to create the unique experience set at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis. The location provided a beautiful backdrop of hot air balloons taking off from Forest Park. Celebrities and guests participated in friendly, competitive bidding, then enjoyed gourmet dinners and live music. Celebrities included: Doug Pitt, Danny Cox, Darren Pang, Barret Jackman, Isaac Bruce, Mike Shannon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ozzie Smith, Jon Hamm, Donn Sorensen, Brett Hull, Bob Plager, and Kelly Chase. Gourmet dinners were generously donated by these premiere St. Louis restaurants: The Tavern, Scape, Capital Grille, Cafe Napoli, Trattoria Marcella, 801 Chophouse, Oceano, Ruth's Chris Steak House, The Tenderloin Room, Citizen Kane's Steak House, and Gian-Tony's.
Helping Hand Me Downs (HHMD) hosted their annual gala on September 29 in the Crown Room at Ballpark Village. HHMD serves families seeking stability by providing them with necessities such as clothing, shoes, coats and beds. The organization also helps these families with employment opportunities and safe affordable housing.
Bonboni Home & Gift Co. has been named the “Most Beautiful Independent Store” in Missouri by Architectural Digest. This honor comes less than one year after the shop first opened. The shop offers refurbished furniture, handmade products, and salvages items into new pieces. Bonboni is owned by Lauren Thorp and is located in the Shaw neighborhood.
Young Friends of the Humane Society of Missouri hosted its seventh annual Barktoberfest on October 16 at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. Pet lovers and their pups enjoyed Oktoberfest festivities with games, polka contest for pooches, doggie costume contest, best owner/dog duo and most Oktober-festive ensemble. The event offered food for guests and pets, and each ticket included one free craft brew from Urban Chestnut and a Barktoberfest t-shirt. Ticket sales benefited the Humane Society of Missouri’s Rescued Pet Trauma Fund, which provides extraordinary surgeries and medical procedures for sick and injured shelter pets.
BMW of West St. Louis County recently celebrated their grand opening on October 19. The dealership is located at 14417 Manchester Road.