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Say Amen Gala

"Say Amen" Gala

More than $200,000 Raised for Education Via 25th Annual “Say Amen” Gala

Ameren Chairman, President & CEO Warner Baxter, Martin Luther Mathews, Club Alumnus Carlos Belton and Centene's Keith Williamson during the $200,000 goal announcement.

Uvee Hayes performs.

Tess Boyer from “The Voice” performs.

Centene's Keith Williamson presents the Jack Buck “That's A Winner” Award to St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman.


Mathews-Dickey hosted “Song & Dance: A Silver Education Celebration” to mark the 25th anniversary of its Clifton Davis “Say Amen” Gala on Aug. 16 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel.

KMOX Radio’s Jon Grayson emceed the proceedings which applauded award winners from the education program and community. Taking the top three honors were Jack Buck “That’s A Winner” award winner Tom Stillman, chairman of the St. Louis Blues; Bill Maritz Memorial winner Bob Holden, founder and director of the Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster University and Benjamin F. Edwards III honoree ESTEL Foods President James Williams Jr.

Ameren Chairman, President & CEO Warner Baxter presented opening remarks and announced that the fund-raiser generated over $200,000 from which net proceeds supporting educational enrichment programming. Joining Baxter in the presentation to Club President, CEO & Co-Founder Martin Luther Mathews were Centene Executive VP, Corporate Secretary Keith Williamson, Steering Committee Chairman Michael Weiss and members Debra Denham, Bill Fronczak, LaVicki Hart, Rita Heard Days and Vanessa Keith.

Actress Anna Maria Horsford joined Grayson as a celebrity auctioneer, and Actor Clifton Davis offered a congratulatory video message from the set of “Aladdin” on Broadway. The all-star showcase of song and dance featured entertainers from St. Louis and around the country including the Best Talent Center, Bollywood Shuffle, the Collage band, Outstanding Club Alumnus and Professional Recording Artist Jamie “King James” Dennis, Chicago R&B and Gospel Artist Sandra Jamerson, R&B and Soul Performing artist Uvee Hayes, Guitarist Brian White, “America’s Got Talent” 2013 Semi-Finalists Innovative Force and Tess Boyer from Season 6 of “The Voice.”

The youth and adult volunteers were Academic Scholar — Nakia Brandon, 17, Outstanding Computer Literacy Instruction Program (CLIP) Volunteer — John Foster, business analyst, Ameren; Outstanding Tutor Volunteer — Jill Sayer, retired — case worker, Missouri Department of Family Service; Outstanding Youth Volunteer, Mario Hubbard, 15; Scholar Athlete — Bryant Bell, 18.

Presenting these accolades were members of the steering committee along with Board Chairman Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr., LourdesBailon, Maritz Senior Operations Manager Rosa Rue-Brown, St. Louis Fire Department Captain David Neighbors.

Ameren and Centene/Home State Health Plan led the way as major sponsors. The Anniversary sponsor was World Wide Technology/Steward Family Foundation with The Engelhardt Family Foundation and St. Louis Fire Department supporting at the Amen Level. Corporate donors included The Catherine Manley Gaylord Foundation, Edward Jones, Emerson, Express Scripts, LHM, Maritz, Summit Distributing and Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Net proceeds help Mathews-Dickey offer youth positive leadership and career training experiences; build strong bodies and minds in sports & recreation and encourage them to explore their artistic and cultural aspirations.


Maritz's Rosa Rue-Brown presents the Bill Maritz Award to Gov. Robert Holden.

Board Chairman Rev. Earl Nance, Jr. presents the Benjamin F. Edwards III Award to McDonald's Owner/Operator James Williams, Jr.

Innovative Force wows the crowd.

Event Steering Committee Chairman Michael Weiss bestows the Outstanding Tutor Volunteer Award upon Jill Sayer.

Bollywood Shuffle performs.

Acress Anna Maria Horsford and KMOX Radio's Jon Grayson

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.