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Say Amen Gala

"Say Amen" Gala

Time to Say Amen to “Song & Dance: A Silver Education Celebration

"America's Got Talent" 2013 Semi-Finalists Innovative Force.

Tess Boyer from Season 6 of "The Voice."

R&B and Blues Performing artist Uvee Hayes.

Chicago R&B and Gospel Artist Sandra Jamerson.


Mathews-Dickey will celebrate 25 years of the Clifton Davis “Say Amen” Gala at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel, 10700 Pear Tree Ln., St. Louis, MO 63134.

Themed “Song & Dance: A Silver Education Celebration,” the black-tie optional gala is emceed by KMOX Radio’s Jon Grayson, recognizes award winners from the education program and community. The Jack Buck "That's A Winner" Award goes to Tom Stillman, chairman of the St. Louis Blues. Bob Holden, founder and director of the Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster University, receives the Bill Maritz Memorial and ESTEL Foods President James Williams Jr. is recognized with the Benjamin F. Edwards III Award.

"Say Amen" also features a special appearance by Actress Anna Maria Horsford and an all-star showcase of song and dance by 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 Forceand Tess Boyer from Season 6 of "The Voice."

“We’re inviting the St. Louis community to join us for a fun evening to support the cause of educating youth on the front end to prevent them from falling through the cracks on the back end,” said President, CEO & Co-Founder Martin Luther Mathews.

It all starts with cocktails and the “Jack Buck Celebrity” silent auction at 5 p.m. with the one-hour awards program starting at 6 p.m., followed by the plated dinner and entertainment showcase.  Opening remarks are provided by Ameren Chairman, President & CEO Warner Baxter, with Horsford and KTVI Fox 2’s Bonita Cornute leading a live auction of special VIP items.

The event steering committee is chaired by Michael Weiss and includes members Cornute, Debra Denham, LaVicki Hart, Rita Heard Days and Vanessa Keith.

The youth and adult volunteers are 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.

Tickets are $100 each and table sponsorship levels include:

  • Anniversary — $25,000

Represents $1,000 a year for every year of “Say Amen.”  Donors receive two tables of 10
and anniversary sponsor recognition in the souvenir booklet, video and acknowledgments.  

  • Amen — $10,000

Premiere seating table of 10, logo placement in souvenir booklet/video and 
mention in publicity materials. 

  • Corporate — $5,000

Preferred seating table of 10 tickets, logo placement in souvenir booklet and mention in publicity materials. 

  • That’s A Winner — $2,500

Special seating table of 10 and “That’s A Winner” sponsor listing in souvenir booklet.

  • Individual — $1,000

Table of 10 and listing in souvenir booklet.

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

The net proceeds helps 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.  For tickets or more information call Bill Fronczak at 314.679.5228 or Ty Howard at 314.679.5232.  You can click here to DONATE NOW.




Best Talent Center and Bollywood Shuffle.

Anna Maria Horsford, Gov. Bob Holden, James Williams Jr., Tom Stillman and 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.