Burn camp and radio fundraisers

Sheri Sherman (left) and Faith Berger (right) are co-chairs of a March 9 fundraiser for Midwest Children’s Burn Camp. At center is Allen Barber of Neiman Marcus, where the fundraiser will be held.

Lois Caplan

JOIN CONDUCTOR LAUREATE LEONARD SLATKIN and friends for a gala evening to benefit Radio Arts Foundation starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd. in Grand Center. Slatkin’s friends are classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, pianist Olga Kern, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and cellist Frederick Zlotkin. So what is the Radio Arts Foundation, you may ask? It is a nonprofit founded in 2013 with the mission to support and advocate for the growth of a classical music station broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Broadcasting at 107.3 FM and located in Clayton, the station features a variety of genres, including orchestral, chamber, jazz, blues, opera and symphonic music.

Tickets include cocktails, dinner and the performance and start at $500 each. For reservations or information, visit rafstl.org or call 314-881-3523. 

“MORE THAN A FASHION SHOW” is this year’s Midwest Children’s Burn Camp fundraiser, chaired by Jewish Light trustee Sheri Sherman and Faith Berger (for their third year in a row). The camp’s 90 children, all survivors of serious burn injuries, attend at no cost to their families. The camp is held at the Jewish Community Center’s Camp Sabra.

Neiman Marcus will host the fundraising event, featuring cocktails, light bites, and fashion and special presentations from young burn survivors, who will share their stories of triumph over their injuries. 

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Neiman Marcus in Plaza Frontenac. For tickets, which are $55, visit brsg.org or call 314-997-2757.  


Hearing from co-chairs Sheri and Faith convinces me that the camp is essential for these boys and girls, who need the week of conquering fear, learning determination and building self-esteem. The camp, the only one in Missouri addressing issues specific to burn injuries, also provides support throughout the year so the kids can maintain friendships they develop at camp.

“AND IN THIS CORNER … CASSIUS CLAY” is a play about the fighter who lived in Jim Crow Louisville. As a youngster, he believed that his potential was unlimited despite the segregation and racism that surrounded him. This award-winning play, presented by Metro Theater Company, runs Feb. 12-28 at the Missouri History Museum’s Lee Auditorium. 

For tickets at $12-$18 contact the Metro Theatre box office at metroplays.org or 314-932-7414. The play, a 70-minute production, is recommended for adults and children ages 8 and older. After each performance, audience members are invited to take part in a discussion on equality and making a difference in the St. Louis area.  

TO COMMEMORATE VALENTINE’S DAY, the St.  Louis Ballet will present a romantic work by a range of outstanding choreographers Saturday and Sunday Feb. 13 and 14 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. “In It for Love is a full-length program comprising work by choreographers Brian Enos, Christopher D’Amboise and Gen Horiuchi, the ballet company’s artistic director. As a special feature, the Saturday performance includes the option to purchase a preshow dinner in the lobby offered by the Touhill. For tickets, call 314-516-4949 or visit touhill.org.

OPERA THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS will hold its annual beer and wine tasting on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center in Webster Groves. This fun event raises money for OTSL’s professional training programs for emerging artists, which provide concert opportunities, master classes and coaching sessions for the next generation of opera talent, as well as an intensive apprentice program for rising students of scenic, lighting, costume or props design. Now you know why Opera Theatre’s productions are so darn good.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m., more than 40 wines and beers will be offered for tasting, as well as hors d’oeuvres for noshing and many luxury items for a silent auction. This year’s tasting is themed around Opera Theatre’s 2014 production of “The Magic Flute,” which was directed by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi. The décor for the evening will consist of beautiful costumes from the production designed by Mizrahi. For tickets starting at $75 per person, call 314-963-4229 or visit ExperienceOpera.org.


IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW will be at least 60 years old by July 10, they/you should consider entering the Missouri Senior Pageant. Contestants will be asked to recite a personal philosophy of life, be interviewed by a panel of judges, model an age-appropriate evening gown and perform a 2½-minute talent presentation. Initial screening interviews will be held in early February, followed by talent auditions Feb. 23.For more information, contact Susan Pellegrino at [email protected] or 314-640-5789.