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  • February 1, 2015

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Churchill Fellows Dinner

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  • The Churchill Fellows Dinner took place recently at the St. Louis Club. Special guests in attendance included British Ambassador to the US, Sir Peter Westmacott along with former US Assistant to Churchill, Baxter Watson. Guests gathered together for cocktails followed by dinner and a special guest presentation from the Ambassador.
  • 1/30/2015
  • Album ID: 1898753
  • Photos by David Anderson

Dancing with the St. Louis Stars

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  • Culminating months of practice and preparation, St. Louis’ own world-class community leaders donned costumes and dancing shoes for a star-studded competition, Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, a benefit for Independence Center at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The dancers put on a great show and danced with their hearts and soles to raise a stellar $456,565! Claire Kellett of Great Day St. Louis served as emcee while five dance couples competed for the title of dance champion, including: Norma McGehee, and her professional dance instructor Spiro Marko; Mark Trudeau, president and chief executive officer of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, and his professional instructor Lucy Fitzgerald; Tim Jacobs, Independence Center member, and his professional instructor Emily Scherer; Tishaura Jones, treasurer for the city of St. Louis, and her professional instructor Michael Fitzgerald; and Dr. Benjamin Akande, Dean of Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, and his professional instructor Stephanie Medeiros. Kent Christian, President of Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, serve as the event chair for the evening. Mark Trudeau and Lucy Fitzgerald were crowned dance champions after raising a spectacular $97,930!
  • 1/26/2015
  • Album ID: 1897250
  • Photos by By Diane Anderson

5th Annual Price of Freedom Gala

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  • The Joshua Chamberlain Society held their 5th Annual Price of Freedom Gala this year at the Renaissance Grand Ballrooms Downtown. The evening began with a silent auction, cocktail s and hors d’oevres. Shortly thereafter, Col T. Shane Tomko held the USMC colors and the National anthem followed by the parading of the beef and then a dinner was served. Several JCS Heroes were honored at the Gala, and all proceeds benefit severely wounded military service members and families of killed-in-action members. As in the words of a wise King, “No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends.” The heroes honored at this year’s event, both fallen and wounded undoubtedly proved to uphold that exact quote.
  • 1/24/2015
  • Album ID: 1898608
  • Photos by David Anderson

Women of Achievement 60th Anniversary Cocktail Celebration

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  • Women of Achievement celebrate its 60th anniversary this year and held a special cocktail reception at the Zodiac Room in Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac. Former honorees from the past 60 years came together over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the organization’s anniversary. More than 100 Women of Achievement from classes 1966 to 2014 attended the event. Co-chairs for the evening were Phyllis Langsdorf and Susan Block. The Women of Achievement Luncheon will be held this year at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015. Diane’s Scoop: Phyllis Langsdorf is excited to be co-chairing along with James Sansone, this year’s St. Louis Zoo’s Zoofari Gala to be held at the Zoo June 19th 2015. Our town’s adorable interior design couple, Edwin and Lenore Pepper is moving to a new location in March along an expanded name: Interiors by Edwin Pepper and Associates. Judee Sauget and Faye Beth O’Byrne reminisced about their year 2001 being awarded Women of Achievement as they both sat together and held hands shaking with excitement as their names were called. It was a life changing moment for them! Marylen Mann was proud to announce that her Women of Achievement year was 1980, just a mere 35 years ago! Dr. Nanci Bobrow is anticipating her new granddaughter on March 2nd. Her daughter, Emily is the expecting mom!
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896249
  • Photos by By Diane Anderson

Arts and Education Council Takes to the Stage with 24th Annual St. Louis Arts Awards

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  • St. Louis’ own star studded cast of entertainers, community leaders and educators took center stage at the 24th annual St. Louis Arts Awards ceremony at the Chase Park Plaza. Ben Nordstrom emceed the event. Other highlights included special performances by renowned jazz vocalist Denise Thimes (also an honoree), actors Jim Butz and Anderson Matthews, and Brian Owens with members of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to Thimes, who was recognized with the Excellence in the Arts award, the 2015 honorees include: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Excellence in the Arts; Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer, Third Degree Glass Factory, Arts Innovators; Jill McGuire, Regional Arts Commission, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Warner Baxter and Tom Voss, Ameren Corporation, Corporate Leadership in the Arts; Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, Excellence in Philanthropy; and Winifred Crock, Parkway Central High School, Art Educator of the Year.
  • 1/20/2015
  • Album ID: 1894923
  • Photos by By Diane Anderson

Winfield’s Gathering Place Opening Preview Party

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  • Owners Mark Winfield and Cardinals Hall of Famer Jim Edmonds welcomed guests to the soft-opening of their new restaurant Winfield's Gathering Place. Located in the heart of Kirkwood at the corner of Woodlawn and Manchester, Winfield's is a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar featuring upscale casual fare. The soft-opening served as a fundraiser for the St. Genevieve Du Bois PTO which will use the funds to purchase new computers for the classrooms.
  • 1/18/2015
  • Album ID: 1894149
  • Photos by By Diane Anderson


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  • On Friday, January 9, 2015, COCA hosted FLAME, an appreciation event for more than 300 Members of the Richard Baron Leadership Circle at COCA and invited guests. At the event, COCA made a transformational announcement about the future of the organization. The evening’s production featured COCA alumnus Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd, both principal dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – who performed together on the COCA stage for the first time ever! The evening also featured performances by COCA’s student companies, COCAdance, the COCA Hip-Hop Crew and the COCA Theatre Company. Also, honored at this year’s event will be Mary Strauss, recipient of the 2015 COCA Ferring Award for Philanthropy, established in honor of Alison and John Ferring, and Lisa Caplan, recipient of the Newell S. “Jim” Knight Service Award at COCA. The party following the awards presentation and performance featured music by the Funky Butt Brass Band and food by Butler’s pantry. The entire evening was presented by Regions Private Wealth Management.
  • 1/9/2015
  • Album ID: 1892108
  • Photos by David Anderson

Fleur de Lis

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  • The 56th anual Fleur de Lis Charity Ball was held recently at The Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at The Arch. As is its tradition, 43 young women were presented to Most Reverend Robert Carlson, archbishop of St. Louis at the event, which benefits SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. To date, the annual ball has raised $2.797 million for the hospital.
  • 12/30/2014
  • Album ID: 1887364
  • Photos by Sarah Conard

9th Annual Black and White Ball

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  • One of St. Louis’ premier celebrity events, The Black and White Ball, took place recently at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis at Lumiere Place. Hosted by Grammy Award-winning rapper/actor/entrepreneur Nelly, the annual black-tie holiday-season celebration was a highlight of the city’s social calendar. Nelly was joined at the gala by a diverse group of friends from the entertainment, sports, and business communities and the event was highlighted by live performances throughout the evening including a feature performance by global R&B sensations Nico & Vinz. Nelly and Lindenwood University announced the launch of the 2015/2016 Black And White Ball scholarship program which will provide two students from the St. Louis region with 4-year full-tuition scholarships/grants to Lindenwood University. In addition, the 2014/2015 Black And White Ball scholarship recipients, Kalen-Mikal Grant (Riverview Gardens High School) and Savoy Smith, III (McCluer South Berkeley High School), were recognized at the gala. To date, 12 students have received the Black and White Ball scholarship.
  • 12/21/2014
  • Album ID: 1885669
  • Photos by David Anderson

Veiled Prophet Ball, Part 2

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  • The 130th annual Veiled Prophet Ball was held Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, where the new Queen of Love and Beauty was crowned and 70 young women were presented at this traditional, formal event. Before a crowd of more than 2,000, the Veiled Prophet crowned Miss Merrill Clark Hermann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hermann Jr. Miss Hermann, a graduate of Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, currently studies business in college. In addition, six special maids were honored: Miss Katherine Sherman Bush, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Prescott Bush; Miss Caroline Baumstark Behan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Behan Jr. and Mrs. Amy B. Stivers; Miss Carlota Clark Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Johnson III; Miss Sally Spoehrer Lemkemeier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Lemkemeier; Miss Kimball Hunter Schlafly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Schlafly; and Miss Abigail Church Brennan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Brennan Jr.
  • 12/21/2014
  • Album ID: 1883976
  • Photos by Sarah Conard
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