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Faces in the packed plant center included Clayco’s Kirk Warden and wife Ann, and volunteer project manager Rick Moeckel;  Patriot Machine’s Robert Burns and Judy Burns; gala committee co-chairs Jitka and Dr. David Olander andCeleste Vossmeyer and John Sandberg; Amy and Amrit Gill; Bill and Beacon editor Margaret Freivogel; veteran obstetrician Dr. Jean Thomas, a native of Haiti, and wife Mary; Burns McDonnell engineering topper Ron Jones and pro bono engineer Jennifer Rehg. Others: WashU Social Work Dean Eddie Lawlor; Kaldi’s founder and MFK Board member Suzanne Langlois; MFK board chair Marilyn Gannon and husband Sean; SLU law profs Tonie Fitzgibbon and Roger Goldman; barristers Steve Leyton and Howard Smotkin of Stone Leyton Gershman; Jerry Schlicter; Bryan Cave’s Jim Wyrsch; Korein Tillery’s Bob KingGlenda and Al Wiman; Business Journal publisher Ellen Sherberg and husband Dr. Jerry Rosenbloom; Rep. Rory Ellinger and wife/consultant Linda LockeRep. Susan Carlson; Rep. Sara Lampe, formerRep. Judy Baker; Missouri Health Department director Margaret Donnelly; former Sen. Wayne Goode and wife,Jane;UMSL’s Betty VanUum and husband Stanley SchecterCharlie Brennan’s wife, Beth Stohr; Dr.Pat Ravens; lawyer Betty Simons; former SLU business school dean Neil Seitz, an MFK board member; Marilyn and Dr. Steve Teitelbaum; Sara and Fred Epstein; Dr. Ray Slavin and Harriet Baron; Dr. Peggy Guest and Frank Hamsher.


Brian Wahby and Jim Holloran

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “I have always found the Irish to be odd. They refuse to be English.” That quote can truly be applied to guitar/bass virtuoso Mike Wallace, who came to our town solely to perform through the month at Jim Holloran’s McGurk’s in Soulard. Wallace has been plying his talent to throngs of fans almost every year since 1978. He came from Limerick, Ireland with flute/pipe artist  Tommy Martin and guitartist Patsy O’Brien. 

Mike Wallace flanked by Patsy O'Brien and Tommy Martin

Wallace pointed to the McGurk sign and proclaimed, “This is the best bar in America – although I haven’t yet seen my tab!”  In a party room, Brian Wahby chatted about his upcoming run for St. Louis City Treasurer: “I have great support from the LGBT community, which consists of 10 percent of the city’s population. I also have more experience in parking and finance than any of the other candidates.”

Ronda Williams and James Rosemergy

Turning to Larry Williams, who currently holds the job: “They ought to give him a gold watch and name a park after him,” said Wahby. Viewing the New Hampshire vote on several screens, attendees shouted, “(Mitt) Romney is stealing the election!”

“(Ron) Paul will probably run as an independent!”  “Paul reminds me of Ross Perot!” Others in the room were: Jack Coatar; Joe Moser; Ronda Williams and James Rosemergy – all under the eagle eyes of Holloran.

Jack Coator, Joe Moser, Brian Wahby, Dan Frenzia, Ian Simmons


Elisabeth Ottolini‘s brilliant Japanese-American menu: Carolyn Clarke, former SLAM chief curator and show

Annie Schlafly, Aimee Whitelaw, and Carolyn Clarke

narrator Michael Shapiro missus, Lisa, in from Atlanta; Hope and Julian Edison; Boo and Chuck Cook; Willie Herndon and Francesca Herndon Consagra; Wesley Fordyce and his gorgeous daughter, Fiona; Beacon editor Margie Freivogel; Karen Kalish; glamorous honorary chair Jane Shapleigh, with daughters Tina and Jan, and grandson John; Beacon g.m. Nicole Hudson; Kitty Drescher on the arm of her daughter Ann‘s dad-in-law, Taylor Desloge: the artful Susan Barrett with hub Chris Poehler and a lively group of friends; Sue McCollum; Alison and John    Ferring; Lynda Morrison and Steve Lawler; Bill Donius and Jay Perez; Carolyn and Arthur Perry; Lynda Morrison and Steve

Trish and David Schlafly

Lawler; Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim; Ross Brewer; Dorothy Carpenter; Cheri Hoffman; Carol and Bert Walker; Harriet Blickenstaff with her partner, Anna Navaro; May Reay, sans co-chair Chip Reay,    who was sent to bed with a cold. Faces in the crowd included: Trish and David Schlafly; Ed and Mary Bryant; Joan Hall and Mark Weil

Edward and Mary Bryant

with their son, Alex; Immanuel, Audi and Richard Baron; Justin Sailer with Nick Julian; Matt and Mary Pentecose; Tim and Dr. Austin Hake and Alan and Joanne Kohn. Some revelers must have thought Sunday    was New Year’s Eve, staying as they did ’til the witching hour.

Mark Weil, Joan Hall and son Alex

Immanuel, Richard and Audi Baron

Justin Sailer, Nick Julian, Jay Perez and Bill Donius


Tim and Dr. Austin Hake



Media relations wizard Scott Charton of Charton Communications fame: “I’m advising St. Louis clients to make any bad news announcements today – it’ll never get daily media attention amid the Pu-nami of Albert the Angel coverage.” Albert Pujols’ defection to the Angels got a ho-hum reaction from some guests Thursday night at the Covenant House fundraiser in the Khorassan Room of the Chase.  “The Cardinals could get three good players with the money offered to Pujols,” opined City Hall’s Jeff Rainford.  Red Schoendienst: “Don’t know why he left. He won’t get our town’s atmosphere there.” Jeff Aboussie, exec secretary/treasurer Building and Construction Trades Council: “The Cardinals’ should take the money it would have paid Pujols and start Ballpark Village tomorrow, putting to work 1,000 construction workers.” Other voices: “I wouldn’t run for office until 2016,” insisted former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway, partner in the Ashcroft Group law firm. As for the firm’s business, she offered, “It’s too good!” Jack Martorelli, mainstay of Guns ‘n Hoses: “The recent event will bring in more than $300,000 for BackStoppers.”  Rex and Jean Sinquefield hosted the party of which Jean giggled and pointed out, “We’re giving the party and guests have to pay.”

Covenant House's Diane Compardo, Paul Kindl, Sue Wagener

Pay they did for Covenant House of Missouri, whose exec director Sue Wagener said that 5,300 youth were served last year. The non-profit agency empowers homeless, runaway and at -risk youth to become independent and contributing members of the community. With Wagener were board chairman Paul Kindl, finance chief Diane Compado.

Rex Sinquefield was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his promotion of chess.(a sport?) Gillian and James Harris were front and center.

Sharon and Kim Tucci with music maker Al Oxenhandler

Then, it was onward to Tucci & Fresta’s Trattoria & Bar in Clayton, where we found co-owner Kim Tucci coochie-cooing with diners including Barbara and Barry Beracha. former exec with Sara Lee (their son,Brad, owns nearby Araka Restaurant).

Barbara and Barry Beracha





Later, we learned that Lambert Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge is no longer considered as a candidate to succeed Dick Fleming at the RCGA. On another note, St. Louis Ald. and mayoral hopeful Lewis Reed has just bought a new car, raising eyebrows at City Hall.

Ray Wagner and State Rep. Tim Jones

AT&T prez John Sondag and John TemporitiRay Wagner and State Rep. Tim Jones

Bob, Susan and Mike Kelley with Donna Wilkinson


U.S. Banks’ Joe Imbs, iii., The Boeing Co.’s Craig Saddler, Bryan Cave’s James Nouss and Wells Fargo Advisors’ Raschelle Burton have earned stripes as the newest  members of the Symph’s Board of Trustees.

St. Louis Symphony's Fred Bronstein, Donna Wilkinson, Science Center's Bert Vescolani


Patti and Bill Suntrup; standing - Barry Suntrup, Lynne Kloster and Ed Thornton

I left my heart in San Cholesterol, after devouring dinner in the Cardinals Club with automotive giant Bill Suntrup and his progeny: daughter Lynne KlosterBarry and Patti Suntrup and pal Ed Thornton, winner of a lottery ticket 20 years ago that paid him more than $300K throughout those years. “Dad gave me the BMW dealership and didn’t even charge me,” joked Barry. Bill said he had just been with Stan Musial earlier in the day at Boone Valley Golf Club and that Musial chuckled and asked,  “Who’s playing tonight?” The Suntrups offered that their friend, Charlie Schmitt is back in business on Kingshighway Boulevard “selling funny cars,” joked Barry. In a booth, one of Cards’ owners and

David and Flora Pratt

philanthropist David Pratt dined with his wife of eight years,Flora. Cardinals’ scout, analyst and former player Mike Matheny dropped a few compliments about his buddy, Mark McGwire, while the columnist ventured into the broadcast booth to visit with vet play-by-play announcers John Rooney and Mike Shannon, who boasted of his grandson, Justin Van Metre, who has joined the team at Shannon’s Steakhouse. With 40 years of broadcasting under his belt, Shannon said his greatest challenge is “showing up every day.” Rooney, meanwhile, was preparing for the broadcast by checking

Mike Shannon and John Rooney

out his scorecard “with all the information I need,” said Rooney. “As announcer for the Chicago White Sox in its first world series game in 2005 and then for the Cardinals in 2006, “I’m the only announcer to have done back-to-back championships of different teams in different leagues.”


Of the  13,000 full-time students at WashU, Chancellor Mark Wrighton lamented that many cannot find work during this looming recession. On a personal note, Wrighton enthused about the move of his 2 year-old granddaughter, Alycia, and her move to University City from Seattle with her parents,  Alicia and James Wrighton. “James will be joining the Brown Group,” said Wrighton.

“MY HUSBAND DUMPED ME!” – Chris Kaplan

Sima and Phillip Needleman, Chris Kaplan

Got a twist in my ticker, when I came upon fashion-obsessed Chris Kaplan, who explained that her husband, zillionaire Bob Kaplan “dumped me so  he could be with the cattle on our farm.”


Much ink has been spilled through the years over the names of homebuilder Bill Taylor, real estater Randy Lipton and banker/entrepreneur Marvin Wool. Had their forefathers not changed their surnames they would be: Bill Tabachnik, Randy Lipshitz and Marvin Altalber. BTW: Wool is recovering from a stroke under the eagle eyes of his bride, Harlene.


We’re the stodgy Midwest. All the social innovation and hip trends start on the coasts. Right?  Then how to explain that the cocktail party wasn’t invented in Manhattan or Beverly Hills, but right here in the Central West End. Not only that, but playwright and poet T.S. Eliot, who lived here scribed a successful play in 1949, “The Cocktail Party.” Moreover, a 1917 St. Paul Pioneer Press story that says in May of that year, Mrs. Julius S. Walsh, Jr. of 4510 Lindell Blvd. invited 50 guests to her house at noon on a Sunday, serving drinks for an hour followed by lunch.  “The party scored an instant hit,” the Pioneer Press declared.  Within a matter of weeks, according to Wikipedia, “cocktail parties became a “St. Louis institution ” In 1924, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis bought the Walsh mansion and it has served as the local archbishop’s residence ever since. (Conventional wisdom credits Christopher Nevinson with holding England’s first cocktail party in 1924.)

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