Sing for Siteman, NCCJ awards and more

Volunteers help children pick out items at the 2014 Back-to-School Store! of the National Council of Jewsh Women-St. Louis Section.  File photo: Kristi Foster

Lois Caplan

WE ALL KNOW “SING FOR YOUR SUPPER,” and most of us have sung for our children, no matter how poorly we carry a tune. But Sing for Wellness, for good health, sounds different from our usual vocalizing. That is what the sixth annual Sing for Siteman concert is all about. It is a concert with nine celebrated vocalists from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis presenting a program to benefit research at Siteman Cancer Center. 

They will perform an intimate evening of music featuring favorite selections from opera, art songs and the Broadway stage accompanied by internationally renowned pianist Carol Wong. 

“Sing for Siteman” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the performing arts center at John Burroughs School, 755 S. Price Road. A wine and dessert reception with the performers will follow.

All of the artists have donated their time and talent to the benefit concert. These are performers who have appeared regularly around the globe, including on such renowned stages as the Metropolitan Opera, the English National Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  

A word here about the Siteman Cancer Center, ranked among the top cancer facilities in the nation. About 350 Washington University physicians and scientists treat more than 9,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, making it one of the largest cancer centers in the United States. Sing for Siteman, an evening of music, is in support of its Discovery Fund. 

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Tickets are $100 for preferred seating and $50 for general seating. Go to for more information. 

The NCCJ St. Louis (founded as the National Conference for Christians and Jews) will honor five deserving recipients at its annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Awards:Bob Millstone, Ghazala Hayat, Amy Hunter, Richard Mark and Nancy Parker Tice. The awards will be presented Tuesday, June 14, at the Coronado Ballroom, 3701 Lindell Blvd. Co-chairs Michael Newmark and Richard Newmark explain that these awards honor individuals whose work demonstrates the power of diversity, inclusion and equity and exemplifies the spirit of NCCJ St. Louis by exhibiting a commitment to a community in which all of us are valued and respected. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring heavy hor d’oeuvres; the presentation follows at 7. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 314-432-2525 or go to 

THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL! STORE of the National Council of Jewsh Women-St. Louis Section helps kids get ready for school so that they can have the confidence they need to succeed. If you sponsor a child for $180, he or she gets a brand new shirt, pants, winter coat, socks, underwear, shoes, gloves, hat and a backpack full of new school supplies, along with an eye exam/eyeglasses and dental screening. Every donation, regardless of size, helps children in our community. You can send your contribution to NCJW’s Back-to-School! Store, 295 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63141

EVERY JUNE, NA’AMAT USA TUGS AT MY HEARTSTRINGS. Its Spiritual Adoption Campaign is designed to help Israel’s children from families in distressed economic situations. Many of them have experienced abuse, neglect, malnourishment or abandonment. The program of NA’AMAT USA (formerly Pioneer Women) provides a loving and caring environment for children, including a setting that can help develop their emotional security and good social skills, and give them affection, understanding and guidance during their formative years. To contribute to Spiritual Adoption, contact the St. Louis Council, 1138 N. Warson Road, Room 218, St. Louis, Mo., 63132.

THIS SEEMS TO BE MY DAY FOR KIDS IN NEED, locally and in Israel. One of my favorite local projects is Ready Readers, whose motto is: “Kids who read succeed.” The organization inspires preschool children from low-income families to become readers. Lisa Greening, Ready Reader’s executive director, told me that the organization will give more than 64,000 new books to the children this year. 

“Together, we are providing a whole community exposure to the magic of books while preparing our children to become readers,” she said. “Children who read succeed in school, work and life.” 

My daughter Leslie has become a reader at Ready Reader and loves it and the kids so much that she has volunteered to read double or triple time. If you are interested in becoming a Ready Reader or want to help financially, call 314-564-8070.