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  • October 30, 2014

Ladue News: Society Photos

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The National Children’s Cancer Society Honors Three St. Louis Leaders for their Support of Children

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  • By Diane Anderson The National Children’s Cancer Society honored three St. Louis leaders in medicine and business at the 2014 Alvin K. Stolze Humanitarian Award Dinner at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Lynn Britton, President and CEO of Mercy and Robert Bergamini, MD of Mercy Children’s Hospital were given the Medical Legacy Award for their commitment to treating childhood cancers: Larry Otto, President of Bank of America in Missouri was given the Philanthropy Award. Comedian Frank Caliendo and our town’s musical treasure Denise Thimes were the entertainment for the evening. Donna Wilkinson served as chairperson. Diane’s Scoop: A little known fact about our towns Al Wiman which he shared with me is that he cracked the Charles Manson murders case that took place some forty plus years ago, by finding the discarded bloody clothing thrown out of the car on Benedict Canyon. He retraced the steps of the killers by timing the ride, stopped the car. "We got out and looked over and I said 'My God those have to be the clothes.” Needless to say, the Los Angeles Police Department detectives were not happy that Al Wiman cracked the case before they could! Naomi Neidorff shared with me that the 2016 headliner for the RAF Gala will be maestro Leonard Slatkin and says we are in for a real treat! Mark Carlie is bursting with pride that his son Andrew will be marrying Courtney Kelly in May 2015! Denise Thimes is excited and so very humbled by the fact that she will be receiving the Excellence in the Arts Awards on January 19, 2015! Marsha and Bill Rusnack are busy planning their trip to Los Angeles to visit their children, Susan and Drew Duman along with their six year old grandson who is named after grandpa and their son Doug and Rachel Rusnack. The Rusnacks have recently moved to condo living saying they are embarrassingly happy about the move! No more upkeep, lawn care, etc….
  • 10/29/2014
  • Album ID: 1863381
  • Photos by By Diane Anderson

An Evening with Cedric the Entertainer and Friends

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  • Hometown celebrity Cedric (Kyles) the Entertainer hosted a charity benefit concert with the three time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, Jill Scott at Peabody Opera House. The event featured a comedic act by Cedric the Entertainer and musical artist Jill Scott with an evening of entertainment in celebration of the Rosetta Boyce Kyles Women’s Pavilion at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, to be named after Cedric’s mother. The women’s pavilion, currently in development stages, will serve a full spectrum of women’s health care needs; from adolescence through post-menopause clinical care, with a focus on women's health, not only in the traditional areas of obstetrics and gynecology, but also in areas as diverse as sports medicine and cardiology. The pavilion will be one of the first comprehensive women’s health centers of its kind in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Co-chairs for the evening were Thelma and David Steward.
  • 10/29/2014
  • Album ID: 1863342
  • Photos by By Diane Anderson

Grand Center Gala Honored David and Thelma Steward

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  • Grand Center Incorporated honored David and Thelma Steward at their annual Grand Center Gala at the Sheldon. Guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres followed by the awards presentation, dinner and a concert by soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples. Honorees David and Thelma Steward are strong supporters of the arts and their ardent support of St. Louis’s community and culture has been unparalleled for years. Through their sincere and dedicated involvement, countless organizations in St. Louis have been advanced and transformed, including many of the cultural organizations in Grand Center. David and Thelma Steward have applied their committed efforts and exceptional leadership in the service of many Grand Center efforts, including the capital campaign for Jazz St. Louis, the work to save the Black Rep, and as chairs of the successful Symphony Gala. The Grand Center is located in the heart of St. Louis and hosts more than 1500 cultural events annually with 12,000 theater seats and 12 museums and galleries within four blocks, Grand Center is a destination for more than 1.5 million people who visit each year. Co-chairs for the evening were Noemi and Michael Neidorff, Peggy and Jerry Ritter, and Stacey and Jim Weddle. Diane’s Scoop: Jerry and Mary Beth Daniels are off to celebrate Mary Beth’s mom’s Birthday. Bea Schmid with be blowing out her 98 candles! Everyone says they can’t believe how youthful she looks! Pick your parents wisely! Meanwhile Geralynn and Bob Lord just celebrated their 25 years of blissful marriage by creating a custom ring that includes her mother’s and her original engagement diamond on either side of her 25th diamond! Miran Halen is busy helping with the Chamber Music Society March 2015 celebration adding that Ladue News will be the media sponsor! Gene Dobbs Bradford of Jazz St. Louis will be accepting the 2014 Executive of the Year Award from the St. Louis American in November; he says he has a whole month to bask in the glory! Thad Simons formerly with Novus has moved on to Managing Director of the Yield Lab who looks to invest in early stage companies and provide intense mentorship. In the farming community. Ward Klein is busy dividing up energizer into two separate companies, battery and personal care; names have yet to be announced. Honoree David Steward announced that he is so blessed to have a partner like Thelma who he has been married to for 38 years! They share a love of children, music and entertainment! I might add that we are so very blessed to have these two wonderful people here in St. Louis who so generously gives back to the community in so many ways!
  • 10/28/2014
  • Album ID: 1862979
  • Photos by By Diane Anderson

The Next Step Fall Dinner Auction

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  • The Next Step held their annual Fall Dinner Auction fundraiser at the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis, with 30 Recipient Volunteers on hand to express their gratitude to all guests and donors in attendance throughout the night. This year, Mr. Richard Stein was noted as the Honorary Chair for this year's event. Over $121,000 has been awarded to 50 Recipients for the current 2014-15 school year. All proceeds from the event go towards scholarship funds to support those who have recovered from alcohol and drug abuse and wish to make a better life for themselves. For more information please visit www.thenextstepstl.org
  • 10/24/2014
  • Album ID: 1862756
  • Photos by David Anderson

Leffingwell Society: Bourbon and Bonfires

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  • On Thursday, October 23, 150 members of Forest Park Forever’s Hiram W. Leffingwell Society enjoyed a beautiful autumn evening at the World’s Fair Pavilion at the Bourbon & Bonfires event. The evening in Forest Park featured bourbon tasting provided by Major Brands, bonfires, s’mores and the musical styling’s of jazz singer Brianna Brown. The Leffingwell Society is the leadership giving group within the Forest Park Forever Foundation, donating 75% of FPF’s total annual giving each year.
  • 10/23/2014
  • Album ID: 1862737
  • Photos by David Anderson


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