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The ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors saluted more than a dozen dedicated volunteers, donors, organizations and corporate partners June 12, recognizing their commitment to the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.
Helping to present the 2009 Board Awards were St. Jude National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas and her brother Tony, the children of hospital founder Danny Thomas. They were joined at the awards dinner by Board members and executives with ALSAC/St. Jude.
The honors included a special recognition award to Target Corporation and the presentation of the Jerry Nicholson Award to the students of Edwardsville (Illinois) High School.
In presenting the award to Target, Marlo Thomas noted Target’s vision and passion in the building and continued support of Target House, St. Jude’s long-term residence for patients and families. St. Jude recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the facility, and Thomas said the St. Jude family has been inspired by Target’s compassion and generosity over the years.
Tony Thomas honored the students of Edwardsville High School, who raised $80,000 for St. Jude during their Rally Against Childhood Cancer, making them the No. 1 Rally fundraiser in the country. The Jerry Nicholson Award honors young people for their compassion while helping St. Jude and is named for a St. Jude patient.
The Board Awards also recognized three other corporate partners for their support. CVS Pharmacy, which has been a Thanks and Giving® partner since 2004, was the recipient of the Corporate Partner of the Year Award. Not only has the company raised more than $13 million for St. Jude, it also has funded the new CVS Caremark All Kids CanTM Rehabilitation Services Center that opens later this year at the hospital.
Receiving the New Corporate Partner of the Year Award was New York & Co., which raised more than $1 million in its first year in Thanks and Giving. And Sterling Jewelers Inc. was recognized as the Employee Giving Partner of the Year. Through its employee giving program, Sterling employees have donated more than $2 million to help the children of St. Jude.
The evening’s accolades also included an appreciation award to Epsilon Sigma Alpha for this organization’s 37 years of loyal support to St. Jude.
The Dallas Golf and Party Committee was honored as the Volunteer Group of the Year for building one of the top three charity golf events in Dallas. Jairo Alvarez of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received the Volunteer of the Year Award for his service to the Dream Home and Promesa y Esperanza campaigns.
Dr. Wayne Speer, a Memphis businessman who has given of his time, talent and treasure to St. Jude for the past 40 years, was presented the Cardinal Stritch Donor of the Year award, and David Critelli, a New York accountant and financial planner who has been a Partner In Hope® since 1996, was named the Partner In Hope of the Year.
Six special awards lauded the work of volunteers in specific fundraising programs. They included the Math Teacher of the Year Award to Rebecca Barbusca of Hammond Middle School in Maryland, who has been a Math-A-Thon® coordinator for 10 years, and the Coordinator of the Year Award to James “Bubba” Prescott, national event coordinator for the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, and a long-time St. Jude supporter.
Christine Minyard, the owner of Aunt Teen’s Day Care Center in Mississippi, hosted one of the first Trike-A-Thons® and was recognized as Trike-A-Thon Coordinator of the Year. A Memphis home builder and television station were honored for their support of the St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway program. WMC-TV Channel 5 received the Dream Home TV Station of the Year and Southern Serenity Homes was honored as the Dream Home Builder of the Year; together they helped raise $1.25 million for St. Jude, a record for the Memphis market.
And the St. Jude Hero of the Year Award honored the mother of a St. Jude patient. Malise Culpepper has not only shared her family’s story with donors, but she also ran in the 2008 St. Jude Memphis Marathon as a St. Jude Hero, raising more than $11,000 to help the hospital.