Ringmaster Alex Boyé led night of ‘elegance and fun’ at 20th anniversary Spirit of Hope Gala

Alex Boye, (far right, facing the camera) leads a night of performances to a sold out crowd at the Doctors' Volunteer Clinic "Spirit of Hope Gala" held at the Dixie Center Saturday night, May 18, 2019, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of Stephen Wade Auto Group, St. George News

ST. GEORGE —  Performing to a sold-out audience while sporting a traditional top hat and ringmaster jacket, Alex Boyé led a night of “elegance and fun” under the canopy of a circus tent at the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic Spirit of Hope Gala Saturday night.

L-R: Austin Smith, Alex Boye, and 95.9 The Hawk’s Lauren Stone at the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic “Spirit of Hope Gala” held at the Dixie Center Saturday night, May 18, 2019, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of Lauren Stone, St. George News

Over 400 people filled the Dixie Center to attend the 20th anniversary of the black tie fundraising gala event held every year to raise funds for the nonprofit health care organization that provides services for the uninsured, underinsured and low-income residents of Southern Utah. The clinic, which does suggest a $10 donation, never requires patients to pay anything.

Stephen Wade Auto Group was the Ringmaster Sponsor for the event and Stephen Wade began the night with an inspiring speech about the clinic and its benefit to the community, said DeAnne Staheli, director for the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic.

St. George Mayor Jon Pike was in attendance and reminded everyone of the community spirit in our area by bringing up several people from the audience to the stage to join him singing the Dixie song, recognizing the clinic as an example of people coming together for a common purpose to take care of our own in the community.

After dinner, performances began with a routine by aerialists Ashton and John Vandermyde who performed “Rewrite the Star,” Staheli said, which was followed by a rendition of the song “This is Me” by Mikalene Ipson.

Boyé and his band had the stage for the rest of the evening, performing several numbers including his original song advocating suicide awareness “Bend Not Break” which brought a standing ovation from the audience.

Stephen Wade speaks at the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic “Spirit of Hope Gala” held at the Dixie Center Saturday night, May 18, 2019, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of Stephen Wade Auto Group, St. George News

Canyon Media’s 95.9 The Hawk DJ Lauren Stone told St. George News her favorite part of Boyé’s performance was hearing his new song “Still Breathing” which he released on YouTube earlier in the day.

“It’s a beautiful song,” Stone said. “I loved him.”

Cantril Nielsen, a volunteer psychiatrist at the clinic, said many people in Southern Utah are in need of mental health services and announced the clinic’s intention to start a new crisis clinic called Project Open Door.

The new crisis service will allow anyone that is suicidal immediate access to a mental health provider rather than having to wait for an appointment.

Staheli said the aerialists once again stunned the audience with their skill as Boyé concluded the evening with his finale of the gala theme “A Million Dreams for the World We’re Gonna Make.”

Boyé had a chance to meet with many of the sponsors for the gala, including Platinum Sponsor for the night Wilding Wallbeds, and thanked everyone for their donations and making the night an overwhelming success.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic can do so through the clinic’s website or by mail and make a monthly or one time donation. The clinic also accepts in-kind donations of children’s books, used medical or dental equipment or other services.

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