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Sheer Elegance

24th Annual Sheer Elegance Fashion Show

Sheer Elegance Presents A Silver Dream of Milan in the Lou

The dazzle and sparkle of Milan is coming to the Sheer Elegance No. 25 runway at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at the magnificent Chase Park Plaza, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.  Mathews-Dickey brings “A Silver Dream of Milan in the Lou” to life with “Project Runway” designers, celebrity escorts, models and 20 Girls’ Program Honorees recognized for academics, community service and citizenship. 

Chairperson Dr. Nina Caldwell, vice president, student affairs at Maryville University, and co-chair Carol Voss, a community volunteer, are leading the charge to raise $140,000 for the Club’s Girls’ Program with a dedicated 60-woman Development Committee.  The co-emcees, Nine Network “Donnybrook’s” Wendy Wiese and KPLR 11’s Christine Buck, keep the crowd in stitches with their witty repartee while KTVI’s Bonita Cornute inspires “oohs and ahs” with a bountiful door prize showcase.

“These 25 years were a joyous journey from a quaint gathering in the Club’s Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gymnasium to an extravaganza in Khorassan Ballrom at the Chase,” said Barbara A. Washington, the Club’s vice president of public relations and special events.   “The program has raised more than $2 million over 25 years and helped put “Girls” officially on the Club’s marquee.”
The runway has a rich tradition of celebrity luminaries that began with international fashion model and business mogul Kimora Lee Simmons, and is carried on by international model Jennie Runk, actress Anna Maria Horsford and “Project Runway” alumni Michael Drummond, Qristyl Frazier, Laura Kathleen and A.J. Thouvenot. 

Also making his event debut is Tracy Kennedy, an acclaimed celebrity makeup artist and fashion stylist for such artists as Rihanna, Kerry Washington, Idris Elba, Boris Kojoe and Fantasia.  Brown Shoe’s Carlos Santana line, Paulie Gibson, Lee J, Savvi Formalwear and Trixxi round out the stylish showcase.  

A  little slice of Italy is served up in entertaining tributes to the famous Teatro alla Scala opera house by professional opera singer Clayton Mathews and Kelly Griffin, the tarantella dance by the Modern American Dance Company, Monza Formula One motor speedway by The Best Talent Center and Italian cinema by St. Louis’ very own 2013 “America’s Got Talent” Semi-Finalists Innovative Force. 

It’s the young women who take center stage, starting with the Girls’ Program Honorees, dubbed the Silver Starlets, as the young women also perform a finale dance choreographed by The Best Talent Center’s Judy Best-Person.  They return for an encore with 20 LaScala Dream Girls, ages 6 to 11, as a reminder that every cloud has silver lining. 

The honoree slate is Daysha Carver-Hill, 14; Joye Forrest, 18; Michelle Gaona, 15; Delaney Haynes, 17; Ayran Hudson, 14; Robyn James-Robinson, 17; Lea Jarrett, 18; Jade Joiner, 15; Cydnei McNeal, 14; Taylor Moore-Johnson, 15; Kandis Myton, 16; Jahniece Person, 17;  Jamila Scales, 17; Ranisha Shelton, 17; Ranita Shelton, 17; Rayna Sullivan, 16; LaShae Thompson, 17; Khylie Turner, 13; Carissa Ward, 16 and Najawah Williams, 14. 

Accompanying the honorees are celebrity escorts with media and business luminaries such as the Club’s President, CEO & Co-Founder Dr. Martin Luther Mathews; Ameren Chairman, President & CEO Tom Voss; Mayor Francis Slay; County Executive Charlie Dooley; City of St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green; KMOX Radio Host Charlie Brennan; St. Louis American Editor in Chief Chris King; retired KMOV Executive Mary Cannon; St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor-in-Chief Gilbert Bailon, and KTVI Anchor/Reporter Shirley Washington.

The prestigious Sheer Elegance Award is presented to three community leaders for their outstanding achievements: Paul Cerame Auto Group President Bob Cerame, KMOX “Overnight in America” Host Jon Grayson and community volunteer Margie Wilkerson. Tickets are $50 and $100 each. To purchase now, call (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.