The St. Louis Press Club has announced its Media Persons of the Year awardees for 2018. They are: Betsey Bruce, who recently retired following a 40-plus career in local TV news; longtime KDSK sportscaster Frank Cusumano; former Post-Dispatch columnist and reporter Eric Mink; the late TV newsman John Auble, who will be honored posthumously; and KSHE-95, which is celebrating its 50th year in St. Louis and is the longest-running rock n’ roll radio station in the U.S. Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award is lifelong journalist and TV news anchor Jim Lehrer, who is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The awards gala is on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Edward Jones North Campus. For tickets and more information, visit stlpressclub.org. Gazelle STL is the event’s official media sponsor.
The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gala at The Sheldon honoring beloved conductor Leonard Slatkin. “Notes from Hollywood – The Sequel” will feature music from award-winning film composers, along with stories and comments from the maestro on stage. Slatkin will also be honored with a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office declaring the day of the event, May 21, as Leonard Slatkin Day in St. Louis. Slatkin, the former music director of the St. Louis Symphony, is now with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit chambermusicstl.org.
Congratulations to Dr. Donald Suggs, who was recently recognized with the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Society Award by the Missouri Historical Society. The society, which operates the Missouri History Museum and the Library & Research Center, presents its highest award to those who have played a crucial role in the betterment of St. Louis. The society cited Suggs’ six decades of civic contributions, including his investment in education, economic opportunity and the cultural wellbeing of St. Louis’ African-American community and of the region. Suggs is the publisher of the St. Louis American, one of the largest African-American newspapers in the country.
Save the date for the ninth annual Sing for Siteman benefit concert: The show, featuring celebrated artists from Opera Theatre and renowned pianist Carol Wong, will be held on Saturday, March 17, at the John Burroughs Performing Arts Center. Proceeds benefit the Discovery Fund at Siteman Cancer Center, which supports cancer research projects. More information is available on singforsiteman.org.