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25th Annual Sheer Elegance Fashion Show

Sheer Elegance Celebrates 25 Years, "A Silver Dream of Milan in the Lou"

Martin Mathews and Christine Buck with 2013 chairperson Dr. Nina Caldwell.

Fashions by Andy J. Designs.

MADCO brings to life "A Silver Dream of Milan."

The 2013 Girls' program honorees.

Best Talent Center's tribute to the Monza Formula One Motor Speedway.

The dazzle and sparkle of Milan arrived on the Sheer Elegance No. 25 runway on Dec. 14 at the magnificent Chase Park Plaza. Mathews-Dickey brought to life "A Silver Dream of Milan in the Lou" 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, led the charge for the Girls' Program fund-raiser with a dedicated 60-woman Development Committee. The co-emcees, Nine Network "Donnybrook's" Wendy Wiese and KPLR 11's Christine Buck, kept the crowd in stitches with their witty repartee while KTVI's Bonita Cornute inspired "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 Ballroom at the Chase," said Barbara A. Washington, the Club's vice president of public relations and special events. Washington kicked the event off by announcing that the 2013 event raised $140,000.

The star-studded event was headlined 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 was 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 rounded out the stylish showcase.

A little slice of Italy was 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 and Monza Formula One motor speedway by The Best Talent Center.

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

The honoree slate included 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 were 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; and KTVI Anchor/Reporter Shirley Washington.

The prestigious Sheer Elegance Award was 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.

Proceeds support the Girls' Program which develops the athletic, educational and cultural potential of thousands of members through meaningful activities as an alternative to teen idleness. For more information, contact Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952 ext. 228.

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.