On Jan. 12, Christian Hospital Foundation celebrated its 6th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, “Embracing the Dream,” at the hospital’s Paul F. Detrick building. Xernona Clayton, who worked alongside Dr. King, shared her stories and memories with attendees.
As a testament to heroes who gave time and service in the name of justice and equality in the community, Drum Major awards were given out in a special ceremony. The recipients were: Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney; Cenia Bosman, Community Action Agency of St. Louis County’s CEO and president; Karl Guenther, University of Missouri, St. Louis’ assistant vice chancellor of Economic & Community Development; Eric C. Rhone, Visions Management Group’s executive producer & talent manager; and James E. Williams, Jr., Estel Foods’ CEO and president.
In addition, Drum Major Scholarships were awarded to students who attend various high schools throughout the metro area. Denise Thimes – joined by her ensemble – treated guests to live performances, with Rene Knott as master of ceremonies.
“Yes, 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; that I was a drum major for righteousness," Necole Cheung, Christian Hospital Foundation's executive director of Community & Engagement, says. "We all have the ‘drum major instinct.’ Those simple words from Dr. King are our inspiration for today. We recognize five local Drum Major leaders committed to justice and equality, and 10 future health care influencers through scholarships. Today’s gathering is significant because Xernona Clayton, civil rights leader, broadcast executive and founder of the Trumpet Awards – who worked closely with Dr. King – is our special guest.”