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Sky is the Limit

20th Annual The Sky is the Limit

Program Alumnae Shares Her Powerful Networking Story And Actress Anna Maria Horsford Announces Scholarships At 20th Annual 'The Sky Is The Limit'

Precious Williams with mentee Breana Marble.

Fox 2's Shirley Washington.

Actress Anna Maria Horsford.

The Sky is the Limit founder Barbara Washington with Alyssa Harper, Terry Baker-Mulligan, and Bonita Cornute.

Maritz's Rosa Rue Brown

The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club celebrated the 20th anniversary of “The Sky is the Limit” with one of its own alumni sharing her powerful networking success story.  Also “Amen” and BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” Actress Anna Maria Horsford dished out 26-$1,000 college scholarships on May 9 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

Precious Williams, a New York City attorney, founder of Curvy Girlz Lingerie and winner of the Black Enterprises 2013 Elevator Pitch Competition, shared her story with 250-plus accomplished and caring professional women who served as career-building luncheon partners for 250 junior-high and high-school aged “mentees” from 21 school districts.  With inspiration and encouragement from Mathews-Dickey, Williams networked with a room full of “The Sky is the Limit” mentors at the 1997 event to gain $80,000 in college scholarship funds to achieve her dream of going to Spelman College and later obtain her juris doctorate from Rutgers.

KTVI Fox 2’s Shirley Washington is the perennial emce and Barbara Brack, the honorary chairwoman and wife of Time Inc. chairman emeritus Reginald Brack, Jr., donated five scholarships in honor of the event’s anniversary.

As a prelude to the luncheon, Maritz hosted the “Women in Careers Workshop” featuring 11 top-flight seminars by professional women and emceed by KTVI Fox 2's Bonita Cornute. The company’s Research Senior Manager/Operations, Financial Services Rosa Rue-Brown kicked off the day and Wells Fargo Advisors Strategy and Analytics Business Leader Alyssa Harper closed out the festivities.  Author Terry Baker-Mulligan shared insightful experiences from her award-winning book “Sugar Hill: Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem.”  

A team of educational advisors rounded up participants from Belleville, Brentwood, Clayton, East St. Louis, Ferguson-Florissant, Francis Howell, Hazelwood, Jennings, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Normandy, Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, Rockwood, St. Louis Public Schools, University City and Webster Groves school districts.  Several parochial, private and charter schools also participated. 

Scholarship donors were Ameren Missouri, Brack, Terry Baker-Mulligan, The Barbara A. Washington Scholarship Fund, BJC HealthCare, The Catherine Manley Gaylord Foundation, Debra Denham, Ernst & Young, Essman Family Charitable Foundation, Kara Harris, Keisa Johnson, Taliya King, Laurenteen Reese Memorial, The Marian Foundation, The Monsanto Fund, Omicron Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, Williams, Dr. Anne E. Price, Walgreens, Wells Fargo Advisors, White Coleman & Associates and Zonta Club of St. Louis.

The 2014 scholarship winners were:

Taylor Bailey Christianna Belt
Nakia Brandon
Taiza Cole
Kimberli Elliot
Robyn James-Robinson
Lea Jarrett
Kemone Lindo
Anache’ Marble
Breana Marble
Chakya Marble
Christina Merritt
Taylor Morgan
Lauren Newsome
Paige Rideout
Ranisha Shelton
Ranita Shelton
Kyra Skinner
Samone Smith
Shrarre Smith
Ashleigh Taylor
LaShae Thompson
Leslye Toles
Briana Warren
Ariel Welch
Reneise White

In its 20th year, the program has reached the $450,000 mark in scholarships and the 4,500th mentor-student pairing.  Mathews-Dickey is a 501(c)(3) United Way member agency, providing cultural arts & health, educational enrichment, sports & recreation and summer day camp programs for more than 40,000 young men and women.  For more information and reservations, call 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. 234.