Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club plans a community celebration with a “Soul Funk Fest” at The Fabulous Fox for its third annual awards program and benefit concert on Saturday, Aug. 18.


The star-studded Martin L. Mathews Awards Program & Benefit Concert will be headlined by funk group Cameo, whose hits, “Word Up!” and “Candy,” topped the charts in the mid-80s.

Doug E. Fresh

In addition to Cameo, the concert will feature sets by beatboxing pioneer Doug E. Fresh, St. Louis’ own Love Jones The Band and veteran comedian Darius Bradford, who will also be the evening’s host.

“It’s going to be a big celebration with and for the entire community—alumni, members, families, volunteers and supporters,” said Mathews-Dickey president and CEO Wendell Covington, Jr. “The purpose is to raise funds to help Mathews-Dickey continue building scholar-athletes from one generation to the next who are ready for college and the global workforce.”

Love Jones The Band

Proceeds from the evening support the organization’s strategic efforts to “build scholar athletes from one generation to the next” by creating community alliances to target the pervasive academic achievement gap among youth through scholar-athletics.

The evening kicks off with a 5 p.m. dinner for VIP ticket-holders and event sponsors. The awards program, named in honor of organization co-founder, Martin Mathews, follows at 7 p.m., and celebrates the achievements of high-performing youth, dedicated volunteers and generous supporters of the community. Gazelle magazine founder and publisher Cillah Hall is among the 2018 honorees, to be recognized with the Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine Excellence in Media and Publications Award. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Darius Bradford

Concert-only tickets are available by visiting and by calling Metrotix at (314) 534-1111. Special packages for the 5 p.m. dinner and show, and corporate sponsorships are available at, or by calling (314) 679-5232.

Gazelle is a proud sponsor of this year’s Martin L. Mathews Awards Program & Benefit Concert.