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Maroon and Gold Event

Maroon and Gold Annual Fundraising Event

Missouri Military Academy’s annual fundraising and leadership award dinner, Maroon and Gold, will be April 7, 2018 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 128-year tradition of excellence in education. 


The “I Will Hold” Award

The 2018 General Clifton B. Cates 1910 “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership will be presented to General Frank J. Grass, U.S. Army (Ret.) during the event. 

general grassGeneral Frank J. Grass, U.S. Army (Ret.)

General Frank J. Grass served as the 27th Chief, National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from September 2012 to August 2016. In this capacity, he served as a military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and was the Department of Defense’s official channel of communications to the Governors and State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard. He was responsible for ensuring that the more than 450,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel were accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat forces to the Army and Air Force. General Grass retired on 1 September 2016 after nearly 47 years as a Soldier.

General Frank J. Grass, Retired, led a distinguished career in the U.S. Army, including appointments as the 27th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


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The General Clifton B. Cates 1910 “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership

The Gen. Clifton B. Cates “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership recognizes exceptional leaders who have demonstrated determination, steadfastness and perseverance through times of challenge. The award was inspired by General Clifton B. Cates, MMA class of 1910. Cates was an honor student and four-letter athlete at Missouri Military Academy. He graduated to lead a distinguished military career, eventually becoming the 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He is well known as the man who fought Congress to save the U.S. Marine Corps from possible extinction in 1951, paving the way for the USMC’s growth and prosperity.

More about the “I Will Hold” Award


Maroon and Gold 2018 Sponsors

Four Star Thompson Family Foundation
Navy Cross Commerce Bank/Commerce Trust


French Legion Steve Erdel & Laura Erdel
  Lynn '57, Hunter '85, and Denver '20 Jenkins
  Terry Logue '72 & Evelyn Logue
  Sanders Roth '04
  SAGE Dining Services, Inc.
  Jorge Soriano '89 & Cassandra Brooks
  Chris '89 and Jenni Schafer
  Wallstreet Group
  Dr. Victoria Snider Thompson and Don Thompson
  The English Family


Legion of Merit Graf & Sons


Silver Star Webber Pharmacy / Jackson Street Drug / Parkway Pharmacy


Gold Patron Barbara M. English


Navy Patron Gerding, Korte & Chitwood, P.C.



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.

  • Clifton B. Cates Sponsorship $10,000
  • 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 .
The hard copy sponsorship forms can be mailed or faxed to Missouri Military Academy, 204 N. Grand Street, Mexico, MO  65265 Attn: Cassandra Brooks. Fax: 573-581-0081

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.

Cadet attendance - 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. 

Room Reservations and Parking

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

One and two bed guest rooms: $125
One and two bed suites: $155

Call the hotel directly to make your reservation before March 16, 2018: 413-821-3581.

Event only parking: Self-parking is available adjacent to the Chase Park Plaza in the
Maryland Ave. garage at a special rate of $6 per vehicle. Valet parking is available at the
Kingshighway Blvd. entrance for $13 per vehicle.
Overnight parking: Self-parking is available for $19 per vehicle. Valet parking is available for
$27 per vehicle.



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.