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PUSSY, PITTI, PATTI & POODY

“Pussy” McDonnell, wife of J.S. McDonnell, founder of the aircraft company, was given that unfortunate nickname by her husband and few in those days knew her name other than Pussy; Pitti is Pitti Brandin; Patti Bush, sister-in-law of the former Prez and Poody was the wife of David Calhoun.  Few outsiders in those days knew their given names other than members of the St. Louis Country Club. By the way, most recently added to the club’s roster is Barbara Bryant, the second, solo, female member. The other:  Donna Wilkinson, the powerhouse who raised $300,000 for the National Children’s Cancer Society on Saturday night at the Ballpark Hilton Hotel.  For $750 a ducat, guests could dine in the ballroom; for $500, they could attend a reception in Siberia.  That’s where Roy Pfautch was cornered with Wilkinson, looked around the room and lamented, “This is the great unwashed – middle class!” Apparently, a snafu took place in distribution of tickets, that made Wilkinson so apologetic. Pfautch wiped away her tears.  A nearby guest was overheard to say, “I never invite Bob and Mary Lee Hermann for dinner anymore.  They always arrive at 8, when the invitation is for 7.”  Centene’s Mike Niedorf was caught in his commute between both rooms and said, “I’m in the weeds these days. I only need to talk to my investors – that’s it!”  He did tip that three restaurants are in the running to lease space in the new Centene Tower and that one is well-known to New Yorkers.  Actress Goldie Hawn was among those receiving awards.  Others: Dr. Larry Shapiro; St. Louis Cord Blood Bank; Dr. Timothy Ley; Chase Meacham and Scott MacLellan and Morrison Management Specialists. Across the street, Tony’s was humming with a packed dining room in which Steve Schultz, co-owner of Schultz Brand Instant Plant Food and Potting Soil (was sold for gazillions) and his date, Misty Tusing, gobbled dinner before attending a Symph concert.  He introed her as a staffer with “it’s Just Lunch,” a dating service.  Tony’s casual room, Anthony’s, was where the Rev. Richard Quirk was hosted by John and Mary Clarkson, sister of the late John Ferrara.  We reminisced over Sardo’s, a hot-spot owned by John Sr., and located in the 1950s on Delmar Boulevard near Union Boulevard.  Alas, it was too late to crash the 65th birthday party for barrister Terry Croupen in his Met Building offices.

DR. LARRY SHAPIRO OF WASHU TO BE HONORED

WashU’s dean of the school of medicine Dr. Larry Shapiro will be presented the Medical Excellence Award from The National Children’s Cancer Society on Oct. 30 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.  Entertainer Goldie Hawn will also be honored at the event for her Hawn Foundation philanthropy.

GOLDIE HAWN COMETH

Halos on street lamps over empty sidewalks that knew the tread of feet long ago. So I say hail to a long stretch of Manchester, from McCausland to Big Bend.  As the city grows away from itself, it grows more deeply into itself, perhaps in self-protection.  But it is the last of the constants, where one can hardly find the mythical faubourg on a map. It gets high marks in the minds of night crawlers, columnists and real estate agents. In sum, it is a point of view that points to itself with pride. One of the jewels on the avenue is the born-again Monarch Restaurant, which held a private pouring Saturday night before its opening on Monday. The National Chidlren’s Cancer Society (NCCS) benefited from the event, helmed by Donna Wilkinson. Bob and Carol Jones, heiress to the late oil exec Sam Goldstein, were front ‘n center.  Mary Deverman and David Steward, II, of Nicene Brands announced they will aisle walk Nov. 23 in Chicago.  Steward is the heir of David Steward of World Wide Technology fame. The grand dame of flowers and landscaping, Martha Tobin of St. Louis Blooms, arrived with her son-in-law, Mike Mertz.  She recalled an incident years ago, when she worked for the late Jon Prel. “My daughter asked Prel what his function was at his flower shop.”  According to Martha, Prel shot back, “To kick little girls like you out of the store.” Columnist Deb Peterson diligently worked the room, while lights impinged on her dazzler, given by her new husband, Dr. Tom Steinberg. Peggy and Andy Newman were toasted on their eight grandchildren. Food maven Catherine Neville, with her partner, Jennifer Schoemehl, confided to pals, that copies of her new  publication, Feast, went through the roof.  Asked what her favorite restaurant is, Neville replied, “the Persian restaurant, Cafe Natasha.” Robust wine bar owners Stanley and Arlene Browne were there as were: the Beacon’s Bob Duffy with Marty Kaplan; Marilyn and Dr. Steve Teitelbaum, whose son, Aaron, is partnered at Monarch with Jeff Orbin; Stephanie Arndt with Steve Cox and  Joan Quicksilver, who wore what one bitchy guest described, “Mother Teresa is wearing a practical peasant dress.” Past the new modern American dining room and into the kitchen, the columnist cornered celebrated chef Josh Galliano, while he prepared house specialties: crawfish etouffee, lima bean hummus and grilled spicy steak with onions.

But, the highlight of the evening was Donna Wilkinson‘s tip, that Goldie Hawn has been signed to highlight NCCS’s Oct. 30 gala at the Ballpark Hilton.  Wilkinson also added, that at the event, the organization will unveil a new toy, “Laffy-A-Lot,” that emits 20 different laughs and is capable of recording children and their parents’ messages.


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