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Hand-in–hand, gotbucks Harris Frank and activist Barbara Eagleton arrived for the St. Louis Beacon’s gala evening
built around a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Widow of the beloved and former Sen. Tom Eagleton, Barbara tipped that she has inked for a February date The New York Times op-ed scribe Joe Nocera for her Women’s Democratic Forum. The topic of his Sunday piece was “the high cost of football teams.” Last year, The Beacon presented H.M.S. Pinafore with a super-star cast that included Christine Brewer, David Robertson, Tim O’Leary and Hugh Russell, with Chicago Lyric associate conductor Craig Terry at the piano. Terry and Russell were back this year, for the Beacon’s “Mikado” but the 2012 cast was made up of talented young men and women from our region, including Keith Boyer as Nanki Poo, Heather Patterson as Yum Yum, Russell as KoKo, Mark Freiman as the Mikado and Debbie Lennon as Katisha. “It’s the Opera Theatre model,” quipped Beacon associate editor Bob Duffy. “Find the best young talent around and help them build great careers.” Champagne was poured before the show in the Sheldon Concert Hall, and afterward gala-goers moved upstairs to a transformed banquet room, the Cabaret
Katishs, for a cabaret starring the inimitable Brewer, who started off with Great American Songbook tunes. Craig Terry accompanied her, and good guy Ernie Clark spelled him at the grand. Among the VIPs in attendance was longtime organist and chorus master at St. Michael & St. George Episcopal Church, Ed Wallace, who thrilled to a reunion with Shirley Bynum Smith, who once sang in his choir. The Beacon’s major benefactor Emmy Pulitzer arrived minutes before the concert with her escort Roy Pfautch.
Caught off-guard, the columnist asked Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder if he is going to run as the 56th Missouri governor. He exclaimed, “Yes!” Then, he backtracked with another thought: “Er, I’ll make a decision in six weeks, but don’t write that.” Ubiquitous Kinder was among 300 in a stable of mostly elegant and timeless swells at the Memories and Melodies event atop the Chase Hotel to benefit Memory Care Home Solution (MCHS). “Have you met my florist?,” joshed Joe Werner, who turned to retired Mo. Botanical Garden’s Peter Raven. Raven said he’s enjoying retirement “with less harassment.” Werner was with his infinite beauty of a wife, Stevie, who offered that her sis-in-law Anne Desloge Bates remains loquacious albeit a massive stroke five years ago. Iconic royals Mary Lee and Robert Hermann, who were to receive Alzheimer’s Community Service Awards, were glad-handed on their 30th wedding anniversary. The Science Center’s Doug King introed his wife, Stacy, as owner of a jewelry business. Santa Barbara-based Michael Pulitzer was on hand, while still mending from surgery. Hermann’s brother, Fred, escorted his daughter, Holly Gulick, while David Blanton, III, said he flew in from his home in Sausalito to laud the Hermanns. “My friend (U.S. District Judge) Jean Hamilton couldn’t be here and is probably eating lousy food,” said Blanton. Lisa Baron, who founded MCHS, spoke of the homecare the agency provides those with Alzheimer’s and dementia by offerng social workers and training families to care for the patients. Among the revelers were: Ann and Lee Liberman; George Erker; Betty and David Farrell; Donna Wilkinson; Harris Frank; Patti Disbrow; Marion Black; the St. Louis American’s Donald Suggs; Mary Randolph Ballinger; Julia Barnes and John and Anabeth Weil.