| Originally published by Ladue News |
Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Jon Hamm came to support his hometown library, St. Louis County Library, with back-to-back fundraising events on July 22. He began the day with a sold-out speaking engagement at the library’s Lindbergh headquarters, where the star of Mad Men talked with local novelist Curtis Sittenfeld. The author of Prep, soon to be a show on HBO, interviewed Hamm about growing up in St. Louis and storytelling through film and television.
Later that evening, Andy and Mary Ann Srenco hosted a private reception for Hamm inside their home, giving donors a unique opportunity to mingle with the celebrity. Among the guests was local hero Jon Brough. The retired Belleville police sergeant was shot in the face in the line of duty while attempting to protect his fellow officers from a suspect with a shotgun. Brough, a fan of Hamm, named the actor’s performance in Bridesmaids as one of his favorites. Hamm thanked him for his service, stopping to talk and pose for a few photos with Brough and his wife, Wendy.
Funds raised from both events went to support the St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library’s new program, Career Online High School, which enables adult learners, age 25 and older, to earn their high school diploma, as well as a career certificate.