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Commemorating Jordan L. Mathews and his Foundation at the 2023 Forever 24 Gala


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The 2023 Gala for the Jordan L. Mathews Foundation was a poignant celebration of the enduring legacy of a young man who left an incredible mark on his community.

The gala was hosted by Rick Karle, co-anchor of the WVTM 13 morning news in Birmingham, who celebrated his last work day before retirement on Friday, Dec. 8.

A Year in Review video presentation highlighted the impact of the Forever 24 Jordan L. Mathews Foundation, emphasizing its commitment to education, asthma awareness, and youth baseball programs.

Dr. Jimmy Thomas, Kennon McArthur, and Willie Williams took the stage to present the Reach 24 Community Center initiative, showcasing the foundation’s dedication to community development.

Scholarship presentations by Johnathan and Michelle Looney along with Forever 24 Foundation members recognized the outstanding achievements of recipients Imari Wilson, Jamilya Windham, Justin McKnight, Katie Harris, Seth Hampton, Marlee Hosey, and Lanacus Hudson.

The gala also honored the memory of Jordan Mathews, whose passion for sports and positive spirit inspired many. Despite battling chronic asthma, Jordan’s resilience was evident, culminating in his organ donation that saved up to eight lives.

The Forever 24 Foundation continues his legacy, supporting educational endeavors, asthma camps, baseball clubs, and providing solace to grieving parents and siblings.

In closing remarks, Sheila Kidd, Jordan’s mother, reiterated the commitment to his vision, encouraging continued support and donations.

For more information on the foundation and ways to contribute, visit

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