Volunteers, ALSAC CEO honored during convention

Marlo and Tony Thomas present Kathleen Brown with the 2005 Jerry Nicholson Award.

Tony Thomas and Marlo Thomas present the Jerry Nicholson
Award to St. Jude patient Kathleen Brown.

During the ALSAC/St. Jude Convention on June 10 and 11, Richard C. Shadyac, who will retire at the end of this month, was honored for his 13 years of service as CEO and for his many years of service as a Board member.

Shadyac was honored at a number of different dinners and events, including Board meetings, ALSAC's National Staff meeting and a Saturday night gala that was dedicated to him.

Memphis City Councilwoman Barbara Swearengen-Holt read a proclamation from the city council declaring that the section of North Parkway that runs through the St. Jude campus would be renamed Shadyac Avenue.

A number of special individuals showered Shadyac with accolades during the evening, including former President George H. W. Bush via video, songwriters and performers Amy Grant and Charlie Daniels and St. Jude CEO William Evans, PharmD. On hand were Shadyac's two sons, Rick Shadyac, Washington, D.C. attorney and ALSAC Board member, and Hollywood producer/director Tom Shadyac; ALSAC Chief Operating Officer David L. McKee; St. Jude Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Joe Mirro, MD; ALSAC CEO-elect John P. Moses, and the Thomas Family, who performed a song and dance tribute for Shadyac. Joseph Asseily, vice chairman of the board of the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon extended his thanks to Shadyac and read a letter from Nasser Chammaa, chairman of the board for the Lebanon Clinic, who was unable to attend. Princess Ghida of Jordan sent her regards via a letter read by the evening Master of Ceremonies Phil Donahue.

 "I am blessed. Truly blessed," Shadyac told the crowd.

In addition, ALSAC and the Thomas Family honored a number of groups, corporations and volunteers whose work on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been instrumental in continuing the hospital's mission of finding cures and saving children.

Marlo Thomas and Tony Thomas, the daughter and son of hospital founder Danny Thomas, hosted a special brunch the morning of June 11 where they presented the awards for a number of different fund-raising programs and partnerships.

"The volunteers and donors of St. Jude are, without a doubt, the hands that guide our institution," said Shadyac. "Without their work - and the work of thousands of others across the country - St. Jude would not be able to continue its mission."

Those honored helped coordinate or participate in a wide range of fund-raising programs or events. They were thanked and awarded special recognition plaques for their outstanding service on behalf of St. Jude. Those recognized included:

Special Recognition:

David Wing
Wing served as Danny Thomas' bodyguard and oversaw the Shelby County Sheriff Department's protection squad when the entertainer was in Memphis.

Millie Carlson
Carlson was honored for her many honor and memorial donations to St. Jude.

Louise Nahra
The sister of longtime St. Jude supporter Joe Farris, Nahra and her late husband were among the first St. Jude volunteers in the state of Georgia.

Delta Delta Delta Fraternity
A supporter of St. Jude since 1999, Tri Delta recently made good on its pledge to endow the St. Jude Teen Room, doing it one full year ahead of schedule.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha International
The ladies of ESA have continued their dedicated service to St. Jude for more than 30 years. Since Danny Thomas asked them to join him in his endeavor, ESA has raised more than $80 million for St. Jude.

Group Recognition:

Alpha Delta Kappa
Alpha Delta Kappa has been a strong and steady supporter of St. Jude for many years, including participating in the Math-A-Thon program. They have raised $1.2 million for St. Jude.

Roadway employees have worked since 1998 to contribute $2.2 million to the hospital, including $300,000 this year.

Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Math-A-Thon:

Neal Weinhaus
Neal Weinhaus' efforts promoting the Math-A-Thon Program in the middle school where he teaches have increased the school's annual gift from $8,000 a year to more than $18,000 a year.

Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Trike-A-Thon:

Lynn Cox
Lynn Cox has hosted a Trike-A-Thon event since 1994 and has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Saddle Up:

Jimmy King
Jimmy Gardiner

Jimmy King and Jimmy Gardiner have coordinated a Saddle Up event for St. Jude since 1997. Their first year they raised more than $8,500. Last year they raised $58,000.

Collegiate Marketing Award:

Zeta Pi Chapter - Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity University of Tennessee - Martin
Since 1981, members of Alpha Tau Omega have pushed a wheelbarrow from Martin, Tennessee, to Memphis—100-plus miles—to raise funds for St. Jude. To date, the organization has raised over $300,000.

Delta Delta Delta Fraternity Chapter of the Year:

Delta Sigma Chapter- University of Tennessee - Knoxville
This chapter of the Delta Delta Delta fraternity doubled its donation to St. Jude during its 2005 Daddy-Daughter Golf Tournament, raising more than $50,000.

Up 'til Dawn School of the Year:

Gonzaga University
Despite a small school population of only 4,000 and no Greek system, Gonzaga students rallied around the St. Jude cause and raised more than $47,000, putting it in St. Jude's top 15 Up 'til Dawn schools.

Golf Tournament of the Year:

The South Florida committee of The Bo Jackson St. Jude Shootout
Chairman Gary Rotella put together a terrific committee that has made this golf tournament a success for St. Jude.

Corporate Partner of the Year:

The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.
With its fund-raising efforts, The Melting Pot has been a great addition to the St. Jude family, helping raise more than $664,000 for the hospital in just two short years.

St. Jude Dream Home® Campaign of the Year:

Fresno CA, St. Jude Dream Home
Dream Home partners Ennis Homes, radio station K-JUG and television station KMPH-TV made the inaugural Fresno St. Jude Dream Home giveaway a success, raising $750,000.

St. Jude Dream Home® Builder of the Year:

Jeff Wehrle of Forrester Wehrle Homes
Jeff Wehrle was instrumental in the first ever St. Jude Dream home giveaway in Toledo, Ohio, the city where hospital founder Danny Thomas was raised.

Volunteer Group of the Year:

Big Dreams Start Small Committee
The Boston-area's Big Dreams Start Small dinner has raised more than $1 million for St. Jude in the event's seven-year history.

Volunteer of the Year:

Susan Cathcart
The mother of St. Jude patient  Donna who lost her battle, Susan Cathcart has continued to support St. Jude by hosting a Super Bowl party every year in her hometown. She and her family have raised more than $875,000 in the event's 12-year history.

Jerry Nicholson Award:

Kathleen Brown
The Jerry Nicholson Award is named for an early St. Jude patient and is awarded to a young person, often a patient, who has contributed significantly to fund-raising efforts during the past year. Kathleen Brown helped establish the Up 'til Dawn program at her university which has since raised more than $240,000.


June 2005

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