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Maleness to Manhood

Maleness to Manhood

Former Mayor Harmon Keynotes Mathews-Dickey "Maleness to Manhood Workshop Series"

Event keynote speaker the Honorable Clarence Harmon, former St. Louis City mayor and retired St. Louis Police Department Chief

Ray Riddle, Ameren Missouri's metering department manager, shares advice with college scholarship winner Craig Durham, II, a future sports manager and graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High

Chris King, managing editor of the St. Louis American, exchanges business cards with high school freshman Winston Senor II



Mathews-Dickey hosted an area community-wide college fair and career day mentoring event as part of the 13th annual "Maleness to Manhood Workshop Series." Hon. Clarence Harmon, former City of St. Louis mayor and police chief, delivered the Saturday afternoon keynote address for the three-day event, held June 15-17.

Five-hundred-plus students attended the free college fair of local/national institutions from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Friday, June 15 at Mathews-Dickey, 4245 N. Kingshighway Blvd. Marcus Manning, director of athletics, Maryville University, offered the opening remarks.

The Career Day kicked off on June 16 with 9 a.m. breakout sessions for 100+ young men, ages 12-18, at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark Hotel, One S. Broadway. An equal number of dedicated businessmen served as their luncheon partners, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Centene Senior VP, Corporate Secretary & General Counsel Keith Williamson provided the welcome and ESPN Radio's "The Fast Lane" Host Randy Karraker presided over the panel discussion. Club Alumnus and Professional Recording Artist Jamie "King James" Dennis and Collage pianist Tim Huskey provided musical entertainment.

During the Career Day, the Club also recognized four St. Louis "Media Fathers" for transforming the city's airwaves and serving as excellent role models: "Gentleman" Jim Gates, legendary radio personality & DJ; Columbus Gregory, account executive, KXEN 1010 AM & WGNU 920 AM; Bernie Hayes, radio personality & St. Louis American columnist; Lou "Fatha" Thimes, radio legend and proprietor of a self-titled BBQ Pork House; and Veteran Broadcaster Bill Wilkerson.

"Father's Day is a perfect time for everyone to come together for an inspirational lunch-time conversation to open our young men's eyes to a world of opportunities," said President, CEO & Co-Founder Martin Luther Mathews.

Each mentor sponsored lunch for his mentee. The young men talk about their aspirations, mentors share their career and life experiences and a ceremonial business card exchange facilitates voluntary future activities.

Mathews and Retired St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George presented 10 $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors. Donors are Ameren Missouri, Dr. Walter Ballinger Memorial, Ernst & Young, Grice Group Architects, Robert Hensley, Jr. Memorial, Karakas Family Scholarship, Robert Trice Leadership, Dr. Walter & Mrs. Ruth Washington Memorial, Walgreens and the Weiss Family.

The afternoon of June 16 was filled with cultural field trips, including an excursion to the Chase Park Plaza Cinema and City Museum. Participants and their parents closed out the ceremonies as guests of Board Chairman Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr. at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, June 17 at Greater Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church on this its' centennial anniversary year.

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. For 52 years the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Barbara A. Washington or Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 234.