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Among the 650 who jam-packed the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Saturday night were the event’s co-chairs Bob Clark and George Paz, who greeted the likes of Minga and Johnny Furr, former A-B exec-turned topper of pubaffairs consultancy Furr Strategy Group.  KSDK’s Leisa Zigman, rejoiced with her husband, Dr. Michael Edlin, that her near-death struggle may subside “with one more treatment,” she declared.  Edlin is the prominent cosmetic and restorative dental practitioner and grandson of 93 year-old Ethel Wolfson. Bill Koman, Jr., dropped the nugget that Provisions Gourmet Market on his Creve Coeur property is destined for departure.  Go-to Bryan Cave real estate development barrister Linda Martinez introed her fiance, Dennis Baird, Missouri Agriculture Dept. deputy director.  Art czarina Susan Sherman huddled with Melodie and Scott Taubman; foundation board member Bob Millstone and wife Colleen acknowledged praise for his late and beloved dad, I.E. Millstone, whose giant Millstone Bangert has been passed on to Bob;  On hand at the foundation’s auction of prized luxury items were: Julie and David Drier; Sandy Tucker with her amour and plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Londe with Judy and Dennis Jones; Hank Slay, Jr., with wife, Mary; Joyce Aboussie; Anna and Jim Tom Blair; charming foundation donor relations manager Noel Schriber.  Auctioneer Mark Howald, veep at Ivey Selkirk, raised the gavel on such items as a ride through the Utah desert with Lance Armstrong – all to benefit the foundation’s Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and WashU Med School. Howald later mentioned that his firm has just acquired from an estate a set of Van Cleef & Arpels 11-12 carat ear clips valued at about $50,000.



Having their first foray in the hotel’s Grill were Post-Dispatch’s golden boy of prose, Evan Benn, with his wife, glamorous OBGYN Dr. Terry Benn.  What is it about the air in the inn that creates passion, albeit some maddening?  First there was the recent scandal of a deposed Enterprise Rent-A-Car exec who preyed on a young girl in her family’s suite.  Then came word Saturday nigh that security had escorted a man “making out with his girlfriend in the women’s rest room.”  Add to that, according to a hotel mixologist, “a bra was found hidden in the back of a sofa in the cigar room.” Oh, well.


The spitball goes back and forth on smoking. “Yes, people are still smoking there and after all, the MAC is a private club,” insisted Larry Absheer, cfo of the Missouri Athletic Club, who dined with wife Jane at Vince Bommarito‘s Tony’s. Also there were: Lee and metals tycoon John Suarez with Debbie and lawyer Don Schlapprizzi. At another table Karmen and Gary Parker with Susan and John Kilo, raised toasts to the late oilionaire Sam Goldstein.


Early in the week, the columnist stopped by Franco’s for lunch. Across from the InBevAB brewery, the restaurant offered open space with easy intimacy, while exec chef Chris Williams redefined dining with his signature dish of  duck leg with prosciutto and watercress salad. .On hand was Bill Federhoffer of the historic Affton bakery.  He said that gooey butter cake was first prepared by our town’s “bakers dozen,” a membership of 12 local bakers who exchanged recipes. His dad, who developed the famed strawberry stolen at Federhoffer’s, was one of the bakers dozen. One more stop at Giuseppe’s Ristorante during its daily lunch hour to lay kudos on Debbie Korraba, a server there for 25 years, and chefs Carlo Chirco (35 years) and Jerry Mohr (20 years).  The Giussepe vets were ecstatic over the dinery’s catering service, that had just filled an order for an $11,000 meal for MasterCard.


Barrister Maurice Graham reps the young girl who was molested in Clayton’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  But, he’s not always been on the side of the angels.  On behalf of Archbishop Robert Carlson, Graham authored a motion last year urging that Court of Appeals Judge Larry Mooney should be recused from hearing the St. Stan’s vs. the Archdiocese case because Mooney voiced his opposition to the Catholic church’s treatment of gays (and thus, allegedly couldn’t give church officials a fair hearing.)


Look for the hammer to fall on a prominent real estate developer, who forged the signature of a guarantor to obtain a $1 million loan from Sun Bank. The FBI and Secret Service are involved in the investigation.


The local media was put into a tailspin in KTVI, Channel 2’s 9 p.m. report with a premature celebration of East St. Louis mayoral hopeful Carl Officer. On the night of Tuesday’s election, the station popped on the screen that he had won the race against incumbent Mayor Alvin Parks.  For 10 minutes, KSDK and KMOV went into overdrive with the same info while the daily’s online folks tried to figure out what went wrong.  Half-way into the one-hour newscast on FOX2, a lame excuse was given that the absentee ballots had not yet been counted.  KSDK began rubbing salt into KTVI’s wounds with a spot that the station may not always be first on breaking news, but it is known above all for accuracy – unlike other stations. Oh, hell!


The jury is not in, if Aldermanic Prez Lewis Reed, who sailed to victory with more than 85 percent of the votes against a Green Party candidate, got caught with his political pants down.  In one of the meetings of the Board of E&A, Reed, Comptroller Darlene Green and Mayor Slay made some serious cuts in the firefighters’ budget.  On the chopping block was the position of captain.  Reed vocally pushed for the threesome to keep an unfilled captain’s position in the budget.  When asked by Slay who’s up for bootstrap promotion, Reed was mum, but a quick-thinking staffer shouted, “Chris Moliter? ” The mayor deadpanned, “I don’t think so.”  Then, they voted to eliminate the position to save taxpayers thousands of bucks. BTW: Moliter is prez of Firefighters Local 73, which endorsed Reed and is negotiating with the city. Sorry, Lewis.

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