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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

 “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness… We all have the drum major instinct.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you for joining us!

The 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon “Embracing the Dream” took place on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, in the Detrick Building Atrium. The event attracted more than 300 attendees. The presenting sponsor was the Christian Hospital Medical Staff.

The event was a celebration of inspiration, hope and healing. Guests enjoyed a conversation between President Rick Stevens and Xernona Clayton, our special guest. Mrs. Clayton is a Civil Rights Leader and Broadcast Executive. She worked closely with the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2023 MLK Celebration Luncheon

2023 MLK Celebration Luncheon

The Drum Major for Service Awards were also presented at the celebration to honor the following unsung individuals who have given their time, talents and treasure in service of justice and equality:

Wesley Bell
Wesley Bell
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

Cenia Bosman
Cenia Bosman
President and CEO Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc. (CAASTLC)

Karl Guenther
Karl Guenther
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Economic & Community Development
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Eric C. Rhone
Eric C. Rhone
President and CEO
Visions Management Group, Inc.
A Bird and A Bear Entertainment LLC

James E. Williams, Jr.
James E. Williams, Jr.
President and CEO of Estel Foods
operating McDonald’s franchises in Missouri and Illinois

Drum Major Scholarships awardees

Drum Major Scholarships were awarded to student scholars from north county school districts and a Drum Major Nursing Scholarship to one nursing student at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley: Rochelle Hunt, Hazelwood West; Sasha Grant, Pattonville; Eden Jones, Lutheran North; Kennedie Reed, Cardinal Ritter; Autumn Hayes, Ritenour; Unique Lane, Hazelwood Central; Jocelyn Dampier, Jennings; not pictured: Emmora Hightower, McCluer; Tatyana Bass, Riverview Gardens; Chavi Flowers, Incarnate Word Academy.

2023 Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration LuncheonPictured: Carlton Adams, Foundation Board Chair; Rick Stevens, President; Jamie Freeman, Drum Major Nursing Scholarship recipient; and Necole Cheung, Foundation Executive Director.

Charitable contributions donated during this celebration will help support the Building Healthy Communities Fund.

SAVE THE DATE for the 7th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon “Embracing the Dream” on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare, members of BJC HealthCare, provide world-class medical care to the communities of North County, Greater St. Louis County and Southern Illinois.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors of the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon


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