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Maroon and Gold Event

Maroon & Gold

Maroon and Gold Annual Fundraising Event

Missouri Military Academy’s annual fundraising and leadership award dinner, Maroon and Gold, will be April 8, 2017 at the historic Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. 

Anyone who supports the MMA tradition is invited to attend this evening of dinner and entertainment. A silent and live auction are held to raise funds in support of Missouri Military Academy programs. Since 2010, Maroon and Gold has continued to grow year after year, and we invite you to be part of this exciting celebration of a 127-year tradition of excellence in education. 

Click here to reserve your seats!

The “I Will Hold” Award

The 2017 General Clifton B. Cates 1910 “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership will be presented to Lieutenant General John F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.) during the event. Last year the award was presented to governor-elect, best-selling author, Navy SEAL and humanitarian LCDR Eric Greitens.

General Clifton Cates was a 1910 graduate of Missouri Military Academy and the 19th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. In times of war and peace, he demonstrated significant perseverance in spite of tremendous challenge.

More about the “I Will Hold” Award

 About Lieutenant General John F. Sattler USMC (Ret.)

Pennsylvania native John F. Sattler earned a degree in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he thrice qualified for and wrestled in the NCAA national tournament. After graduating from The Basic School (TBS), Sattler was commissioned in June 1971. He served in Okinawa as a Rifle Platoon Commander and later graduated Amphibious Warfare School with honors in 1977. Sattler was then assigned to TBS as a tactics instructor, SPC and infantry officer course instructor.

Following a tour at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Sattler returned to Okinawa until 1981. He then served as Infantry Weapons Procurement Officer at the Marine Corps Headquarters until 1985, graduating with honors the following year from Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

Following his third tour in Okinawa, this time as Executive Officer, Sattler was named Ground Officer, Joint Operation Solid Shield and was assigned to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Sattler graduated with distinction in June 1991 and became Congressional Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sattler's positions within the USMC include: Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division; Deputy Director of Operations (Combating Terrorism); Director of the Public Affairs Division; Commander, Combined Joint Task Force, Africa; Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command; Commander, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command.

An Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Sattler has also served as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and was a member of the United Nations Military Staff Committee. After 37 years of service in the Marine Corps, Sattler retired in 2008. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit.

Maroon and Gold 2017 Sponsors

Click here for a list of Maroon & Gold 2017 sponsors. Sponsorships are available to individuals and corporations. The sponsorship levels remember some of the many distinguished awards earned by General Cates during his career in the U.S. Marines. Proceeds benefit the MMA General Fund.

  • Four-Star Sponsorship $5,000
  • Navy Cross $2,575
  • French Legion of Honor $1,000
  • Legion of Merit $500
  • Silver Star $300

To become a Maroon and Gold sponsor please complete this online form.  For more information please download this PDF document which also has a form that can be completed and returned to MMA. Please send to Missouri Military Academy, 204 N. Grand Street, Mexico, MO  65265 Attn: Cassandra Brooks.

Live and Silent Auction

Live and silent auctions take place during the evening to raise funds for Academy programs. Parents, alumni and friends donate items to the auction – jewelry, works of art, gift baskets, use of vacation homes, and collectibles are the most popular items. We are currently seeking auction donations for this event – please contact Cassandra Brooks if you have an item(s) or services to contribute. Missouri Military Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and contributions may be tax-deductible according to law. 

About the Event

The evening opens with a silent auction and includes a wonderful dinner and drinks, entertainment by MMA musicians, presentation of the "I Will Hold Award" and concludes with a live auction. This is an exciting, energetic evening to raise funds to benefit the greatest needs of MMA and is attended by parents, cadets, faculty, alumni and friends.

Cadets may attend Maroon and Gold with their parents at a reduced rate. Cadets may not attend unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. MMA provides transportation for cadets to and from campus that evening. Parents who wish to sign their cadet out overnight may do so with permission from the Commandant. 

This year’s event will once again be held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The Chase is located in St. Louis’ popular Central West End and offers numerous dining and shopping establishments. In addition, Forest Park is located directly across the street from the hotel.  Downtown sites such as the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium and Laclede’s Landing are all accessible within a ten-minute drive. 

Rooms will be blocked off for Maroon and Gold guests at The Chase Park Plaza Hotel at special rates.

  • Guest Room: $125
  • One Bedroom Suite: $155
  • Two Bedroom Suite: $255
Valet parking is available for $27 per night. Maroon & Gold guests will receive free self-parking with their overnight registration.



The Chase Park Plaza Hotel
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Phone:  1-877-587-2427

Directions to the Chase Park Plaza  

Cadet Transportation

Transportation will be provided for your son(s) to the Maroon and Gold Benefit Dinner, they will arrive at approximately 5:00 pm at the start of the event.  Transportation will be provided back to the MMA campus immediately following the event.  Special arrangements have been made so that Maroon and Gold event attendees can check their cadets out overnight without counting it as a parent weekend. However, all rules regarding eligibility for parent weekends will still apply for this special weekend.