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26th Annual Sheer Elegance Fashion Show

Sheer Elegance Celebrates St. Louis 250th Anniversary with 'Gems St. Louis Style'

Gold Record Selling Artist Ron Isley, American Family Insurance's Britt Stender and Mathews- Dickey Interim President Debra Denham.

International model Jennie Runk showcases St. John's.

Sheer Elegance Chair Donna Coble with MC's Debra Bass of the Post-Dispatch and KMOX Radio's Debbie Monterrey.

Honoree escorted by Mayor Slay and Chairperson Donna Coble.

Ron Isley with Emeritus President Martin L. Mathews. At the event it was announced that the Isley Brothers with Ronald & Ernie Isley will perform a benefit concert for Mathews-Dickey celebrating Mathews retirement in November 2014 and 90th Birthday in February 2015. Tickets for the February 21, 2015 show are available now at

The Sheer Elegance No.26 Fashion Show celebrated the 250th anniversary of St. Louis in "Gems St. Louis Style" on Dec. 13 at the magnificent Chase Park Plaza. The show featured exciting entertainment, stellar door prizes, "Project Runway" alumni designers, celebrity escorts like Actress Anna Maria Horsford, models such as the international sensation Jennie Runk and 20 outstanding Girls' Honorees recognized for academics, community service and citizenship.

Interim President & CEO Debra Denham introduced Gold-Record-Selling recording artist Ron Isley during the American Family Insurance | Centene | Home State Diamond Reception to announce that the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald & Ernie Isley will conduct a benefit concert for the Club in honor of Co-Founder Martin Luther Mathews retirement and 90th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are on sale at, and

The stylish affair featured the very best of The Lou and our nation, including Brown Shoe's Carlos Santana footwear; men's wear designer Paulie Gibson; Savvi Formal Wear; St. Johns; Shan Oliver Keith, finalist from "Under the Gunn" Season 1; "Project Runway" alumni Michael Drummond, Laura Kathleen, AJ Thouvenot and Qristyl Frazier. The entertainment traced this fair city's history in tributes to Lucky Lindy's historic flight by Best Talent Center, trailblazing dance choreographer Katherine Dunham by her children's workshop, down-home St. Louis blues by the Cheryl Brown Ensemble and French jazz by Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor Debra Bass and KMOX "Total Information" Co-Host Debbie Monterrey presided over the festivities, and KTVI FOX 2's Bonita Cornute announced a bevy of door prizes!

The day was all about the girls, with 20 high-school aged young women being recognized for their academic, extra-curricular and community service achievements and 20 elementary-to-middle school girls taking part in a special "Meet Me in St. Louis" thematic presentation. The honorees received eight weeks of personal development and choreography training leading up to their finale dance. They were escorted down the runway by community leaders, ranging from the mayor to media personalities and CEOs.

The 2014 slate of Girls Honorees included: Alexia Bailey, 13; Brianna Bailon, 15; Braneisha Cooper, 16; Danielle Daniels, 15; Kira Downing, 13; Whitney Gant, 17; Wangui Gathungu, 17; Sydney Green, 17; MaKayla Harden, 13; Diamond Herron, 17; Deja Jackson, 18; Quiana Jefferson, 17; Oraiah Johnson, 17; Monay Phillips, 17; Dominique Prothro, 15; Taia Rucker, 17; Pareece Sanders, 17; Alyssiah Santano, 13; McKenzie Spain, 14; and Chassity Williams, 14.

Under the leadership of event chair Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, Executive Director Donna Coble and co-chair Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale Officer Vanessa Keith, the $140,000 fund-raising goal was exceeded. Funds raised will be used to support opportunities for young women to enjoy positive educational, leadership and career training experiences; build strong bodies and minds in sports & recreation and encourage them to explore their artistic and cultural aspirations.

Community leaders also were recognized with the prestigious Sheer Elegance Award: Blueberry Hill Owner Joe Edwards for his outstanding civic contributions to St. Louis and Allsup Vice President Phakisha Horne, a long-time committee volunteer and perennial top ticket seller.
Diamond Major sponsors included Centene | Home State Health Plan, Edward Jones, Engelhardt Family Foundation and the Saigh Foundation. Corporate donors were Ameren, American Family Insurance, The Catherine Manley Gaylord Foundation, Clayco, John and Alison Nichols Ferring, Dowd Bennett LLP, The Monsanto Fund and Nestle Purina PetCare.

Mathews-Dickey is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) United Way member agency that provides educational enrichment, cultural arts and health, sports and recreation and summer day camp programming for thousands of area young men and women. For more information, call Bill Fronczak at 314.679.5228, e-mail or visit




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.