J Associates annual luncheon to honor four as ‘Mitzvah Stars’

Cindy Timpone and Nancy Heard

The J Associates will celebrate its 28th year and install its next Board of Directors at its annual luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex. In addition, it will award four recipients with the prestigious Mitzvah Star Award. The cost is $36 per person and RSVPs are required. For more information about the Installation Luncheon and Mitzvah Star Awards Ceremony, contact Kimmi Levinson at 314-442-3109 or [email protected]. This year’s Mitzvah Stars are:

• Brooke Hyman: The 18-year-old Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior arranged for a fashion show to benefit Kids with Cancer, getting everything donated from the venue to the food to the models’ time to silent auction items. Her goal was to put a smile on the face of a young friend, Ariana Dougan, 7, who was diagnosed witgh neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. More than 200 guests came to the event and Brooke raised $13,000 for the cancer group.  

• Cindy Timpone and Nancy Heard: Together, the two founded Cookies for a Cure.  All of the proceeds from the sale of their cookies go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

• Sam Klein: At age 8, Sam founded his own company, InkCycle, now renamed Recycle Charity Group, to recycle used computer ink cartridges, toners, iPads, iPhones, tablets and printers. Sam, now 12, collects the items, packages them and sends them to be recycled. Money he makes from sales go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Peter and Paul Community Services, St. Patrick’s Center and Shalom House.

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