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Awards Banquet

55th Anniversary Celebration

Mathews-Dickey Celebrated 55th Anniversary, Helped Youth "Get Fit for the Future"

Brittany Packnett

Donna Coble

Jeffrey Taylor



Renowned vocalist Sandra Jamerson serenades Mr. Mathews with her rendition of the famous "Birthday Song".

The In Appreciation of the Year Award Winner is Robert Russell, Jr. poses for a photo with club Founder & CEO, Martin Mathews.

Sharon Stevens accepting the Rev. William G. Gillespie Spirit of St. Louis Award on behalf of Lynn Beall.

Rev. William G. Gillespie Spirit of St. Louis award winner, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation, Thomas Voss.



The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club celebrated high achievers at its"Get Fit for the Future" themed 55th Anniversary Awards Showcase last Sunday, Feb. 15 in the organization’s Richard B. Loynd Gym, 4245 N. Kingshighway Blvd.  Three-hundred youth received trophies, sponsored by Emerson, for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, MVPs, career and other outstanding achievements.  The Club also bestowed awards upon civic leaders, volunteers, parents and alumni.

The Rev. William G. Gillespie Spirit of St. Louis Award was presented to Club alumnae Brittany Packnett, executive director of Teach for America St. Louis.  Packnett has provided distinguished service to her community and country as a member of the Ferguson Commission and the White House 21st Century Policing Committee formed by President Obama.   The Meritorious Service Award was bestowed upon Donna Coble, the executive director of Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, for her dedication as the chairperson of the 2014 Sheer Elegance fundraiser.  Jeff Taylor, the St. Louis Job Corps Center’s business community liaison, received the In Appreciation of the Year plaque for his work involving students and faculty in community service and beautification projects at Mathews-Dickey.

Honored alumni included Darryl Piggee, attorney, Office of Stone, Leyton and Gershman, and Missouri Options Coordinator of the Mark Twain Student Support Center Dr. Melody Witherspoon.  Three other alumni offered testimonials, including The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship City Director Angela Lewis, City of Maplewood Police Officer Eric Sullivan and Saint Louis University 3rd Year Medical Student Charonn Woods.

Welcome remarks were presented by Co-Founder and Emeritus President Martin Luther Mathews and Interim President & CEO Debra Denham.  Vice President of Sports and Operations Tom Sullivan and Director of Operations Leroy Witherspoon emceed the festivities, along with VP/PR & Special Events Bill Fronczak.

Mathews-Dickey provides structured athletic, educational and cultural-enrichment activities for more than 40,000 young men and women annually.  For more information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228.

The roll call of award winners also included:

Cultural & Health Awareness — Jeremy Helm and Dr. Connie Hayes
Educational Enrichment — Michael Dixon
Sports & Recreation — LoRance Harvey and James Willis Jr.
Summer Day Camp — Monay Phillips 

Gold — Oraiah Johnson
Silver — Quentin Phillips
Bronze —  Pareece Sanders

Mother of the Year — Joyce Moore
Father of the Year — Raeffel Merriweather
Baseball Hall of Fame — Joe Murchison
Football Hall of Fame — Curtis Edwards
Baseball Manager of the Year — Corey White
Swoosh n’ Hoops Basketball Coach of the Year —LaShaun Foster
Football Coach of the Year — Levi Jackson
Cheerleading Coordinator of the Year — Stacy Latimore


Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Since 1960 the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228.