People of note — awards, honors, milestones

Jim Fogle (right) presents the plaque honoring the  Harvey Kornblum Foundation’s gift to the Rainbow Village capital campaign. The foundation was recognized during a dedication ceremony last week, of a home on the Rainbow Village campus. Pictured are members of the Kornblum family, Michael and Laura Silver and their children, Ryan and Katie; Gay Kornblum (in sunglasses) and Ann Mandelstamm (second from left).

“Casualties of the State,” a locally-produced indie film directed by St. Louis native Jeremy Cropf, is being screened at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the Tivoli Theatre in University City. Cropf, son of Robert Cropf and Gail Wechsler, is a 2007 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School and a 2011 graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts. For more about the film, visit 

Former St. Louisan and Navy Reserve Captain Robert L. Greene has been appointed to the rank of Rear Admiral. Greene is currently serving as Senior Advisor for Antiterrorism/Force Protection, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.  He is the son of St. Louisans Sandy Fox and Mel Greene. Greene became a bar mitzvah at Temple Israel. He served on active duty for nine years and has been in the reserves for 21 years.  In 2006, he returned to active duty for one year in Kuwait as the Commander of a Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron.  Greene now lives in Virginia with his wife, Beth, and has four grown children who each have followed or plan to follow their father’s footsteps in serving their country.   

Aitan Groener was one of 26 high school students nationally to be selected for a Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. Groener, son of Russell Groener and Beverley Oskowitz, is currently a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. The Bronfman Fellows participate in an intensive five-week program of study, travel, and extensive programming in Israel designed to develop future community leaders committed to Jewish unity. Fellows meet with political and cultural figures and spend a week with a group of Israeli peers who were chosen through a parallel selection process. Fellows are asked to devise and lead Jewish community or social action projects upon returning home after the summer.

Rainbow Village dedicated one of its homes to honor the Harvey Kornblum Foundation’s gift to the nonprofit’s capital campaign. The dedication included the unveiling of a plaque to memorialize the foundation’s gift. Rainbow Village provides safe and affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities. 

Robert L. Newmark, Managing Partner of the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave, was one of five people honored during the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis 67th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Awards Celebration in June at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The honorees were recognized for their commitment to justice and inclusion in St. Louis.