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"Say Amen" Gala

Mathews-Dickey Clifton Davis' "Say Amen" Benefit Raises $170,000 for Education

Barbara Washington, Carol and Tom Voss, Martin Mathews and Melba Moore

Co-emcees, Jon Grayson and Jeff Foxx

2012 "Say Amen" Award Winners

Professional recording artist Jamie "King James" Dennis


TONY Award-Winning Vocalist and Actress Melba Moore headlined the Mathews-Dickey 23rd Annual Clifton Davis "Say Amen" Benefit Concert on August 18, at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel, 10700 Pear Tree Lane.  The 2012 "Say Amen" co-chair Ameren Corporation Chairman, President & CEO Tom Voss galvanized community support to raise $170,000 for the Club's in-house tutoring "study buddy" and technology programs, and outreach college and career training.

Moore won a TONY Award for her portrayal as Lutiebelle in "Purlie" and her distinguished Broadway credits also include "Hair" and "Les Miserables."The former co-star of television's "The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show" possesses numerous hit singles and several Grammy nominations for her work with music industry luminaries such as Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

"Our Education Program points youth in the right direction because we firmly believe that academics and athletics can and should co-exist," said Mathews-Dickey President, CEO & Co-Founder Martin Luther Mathews.  "We encourage youth to give respect to gain respect, use restraint regardless of the situation and to be responsible to themselves, their communities and their country."

The all-star showcase was co-emceed by National Sirius Radio personality Jeff Foxx from the Big Apple and KMOX Radio's Jon Grayson.  Pre-concert entertainment was offered by Collage and Outstanding Club Alumnus and professional recording artist Jamie "King James" Dennis.

Twelve outstanding community leaders and Mathews-Dickey members were recognized as the "Say Amen" Award winners.  The top honors were named in memory of charter event co-chairs.  The Bill Maritz award was bestowed upon Jan Jacobi, English teacher at Mary Institute & Country Day School, and the Benjamin F. Edwards III honor went to Daryl McAdoo, a Club alumnus and executive director/founder of Preclarus Mastery Academy.

Presenters included the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Gilbert Bailon, Maryville University's Dr. Nina Caldwell, Mathews-Dickey Board Vice Chair and former fire chief Sherman George, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale's Vanessa Keith, Maritz's Daniel McFadden, Club Board Chairman Rev. Earl Nance, Jr. and Centene's Keith Williamson.

Also receiving honors were Academic Scholars - Mia Watkins, 18, and Jay Prapaisilp, 17; Outstanding Computer Literacy Instruction Program (CLIP) Volunteers - Juanita Cunningham, IT Support Specialist, Centene Corporation and Debra Handley, requirement engineer, SRA International; Outstanding Tutor Volunteers - Dina Webber, teacher, St. Louis Public Schools and Christiaan Cofield, accounting clerk, Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Outstanding Youth Volunteers - Kevin Beerman, 18, and Tierra Wilson, 17; and Scholar Athletes - Jasmine McCombs, 14, and Anthony Richardson Jr.,18.

Headline sponsors were Ameren Missouri and Centene Corporation.  Other sponsors included Brown Shoe, Centric Group, Engelhardt Family Foundation, KMOX Radio and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  For more information, please call Barbara A. Washington or Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 234.

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.