When 19 adults aged 75 and older are honored on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the 12th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala, six West County residents will among them.
The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System holds the event each year to demonstrate that age is no more than a number and to recognize older St. Louisans who are “reshaping the face of aging in the region,” spending their golden years in pursuits such as traveling, continuing their careers and embarking on new ones, and supporting their favorite charities.
The West County honorees include:
Pat Britt, 77, of Creve Coeur, is a talented athlete who has competed in 40 marathons, including two ultra-marathons; qualified six times for the Boston Marathon; and participated in 14 different events at the 2014 Senior Olympics. When not training for marathons, working out or playing golf, Britt can be found volunteering. Whether playing wheelchair basketball with kids at Shriners Hospital, taking children from Our Little Haven to the park, helping out at Ronald McDonald House or working to fulfill wishes of sick kids through The Dream Factory, he is committed to bringing smiles to young faces and providing support to those in crisis.
Cynthia Frohlichstein, 85, of Creve Coeur, is an accomplished journalist who has written on topics ranging from fashion advice to auto care, award-winning travel articles and personality profiles. Today, she is focused on children’s books. Having earned accolades for her first work, “The Perils of the Peanut Butter Kid,” she is working on a sequel. A cancer survivor, she devotes time and talents to the St. Louis Breast Cancer Coalition and Maryville University’s “Kids Rock Cancer” organization, among others.
Anna Harris, 75, of Chesterfield, is a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist whose efforts have benefited a range of local nonprofit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Children’s Home Society, Arthritis Foundation, Goldfarb School of Nursing, and St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors. The talented amateur photographer was instrumental in relocating the International Photography Hall of Fame to St. Louis.
Harry Hope, 82, of Creve Coeur, has dedicated his golden years to spreading the word about the tremendous sacrifices made by Korean War veterans. A Korean War veteran himself who faced unspeakable challenges during the war that left him scarred, frostbitten and lucky to be alive, he is president of the Gateway Chapter of The Chosin Few, a Korean War veterans association. He helps lead the Honor Flight Program, which transports veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorials. Hope works tirelessly to honor those who fought to keep America free.
Darlene Roland, 77, of Town & Country, is a dedicated volunteer whose efforts have benefited Barnes Hospital Auxiliary, Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, National Society of Arts and Letters, Friends of St. Andrew’s and other organizations. Her natural leadership skills have led her to be named president of several organizations, a role she embraces with passion and tireless energy.
Mendel Rosenberg, 85, of Chesterfield, is a Nazi concentration camp survivor who works tirelessly to share his story with individuals across the St. Louis area. Having endured years of torture, starvation and deprivation as a young boy in war-torn Europe, he makes 80-100 presentations annually at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and area schools, sharing a tale that is horrifying and inspiring, with the goal of making sure no one forgets the Holocaust.
(All photos by Jerry Naunheim Photography)