Many were in attendance at the Arthur Johnson Foundation Black Tie Glamour Gala, last night at The Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Fairview Heights IL. including The Mayor of E. St. Louis, Alvin Parks “Their Mission is to “give hope, vision and a positive direction to our youth through the medium of athletics. While Helping to make the dreams of our youth become a reality” The Arthur Johnson Foundation was started in 2001 by Arthur and his Lovely wife La Tanya Johnson (Founder and Co-Founder)
The Attire for the evening was Glamour’s evening ware! The Men were dressed in their suits and tucks and the women was stunning as the strolled in with their beautiful dresses and flowing evening gowns, all for a great cause, to help raise funds and show support for our under privileged children.
The Evening began with a social gathering and music... By: Stephen Koritta
Mrs. La Tanya Johnson welcomed everyone for coming and showing our love and support for the Foundation and the work that is being done with the youth in and around the community.
A Video Presentation headlining the boxing program and the outstanding work that is being done by the origination to date with the youths.
Recognition of the special guest was given by: Wade Wicks
Marty Malone spoke on the importance of becoming a member, how it helps to support the children, who would otherwise be on the streets instead of learning from mentors in the boxing gym. Afterword’s, a short talk was given by Michael Cross, stating his strong support and belief in the Foundation and the works that it has accomplished.
Arthur Johnson Sr. A Loving Husband, and Father, Olympic Boxer, Business Man, Musician, Mentors Youth with his Christian Values and Strong Moral Ethics and his experience as a World Champion Boxer.
Arthur Johnson's Presentation and short talk was golden, "The vision is steered towards helping our youth stay in school and stay off drugs so that they may perform at their highest academic level possible to live a success in life, A.J.F providing assistance to families in crisis."
The valuable lesson I took away is that children need someone to believe in them, and children need love, discipline and focus to succeed, they have a need to belong to something positive, a chance to get something all right instead of all wrong. They are our future. A.J.F. teaches youth a sense of respect for the community as well as themselves. Telling them the truth about life instead of living a lie about what gangs and guns will get them. We are all successful at something, we should give back, we owe it to the children, and "The Flash Johnson Boxing Gym" will be soon established in the Metro East Area.
A three course Meal was served on white table cloth and fine china. The Menus consisted of: Salad, Backed chicken, roasted potatoes, French string beans, Cheese cake with fruit and whipped cream, Ice tea and coffee. Prayer was given by Pastor Mary Young, The music was presented on guitar and sung by: Stephen Koritta he took us all back to a fun time in life, the mid 70’s and I knew all the words to every song it was a treat to my ears!
A solo act by Arthur Johnson Jr. on the drums was explosive! You can look him up on YouTube.com, Yes; a good time was had by all, It was a knock out!
A silent auction took place auctioning off a set boxing gloves signed by Don King and Author Johnson, a portrait of Albert Pujols, and many other items!
Arthur Johnson also known as "Flash", is a Champion in the boxing ring as well as in the community. Arthur Johnson is a former 1988 Olympic boxer who became the first to capture 12 National titles a record that stood for over 24 years! To find out more about this Great Boxer and how he is changing lives or to make a donation, click on the link below. All monetary donations are tax deductible.
Arthur Johnson Foundation
P.O. Box 882
O'Fallon IL 62269