ESA prepares for new year of fund raising

Ladies of ESA at the 2005 Circle of Life Seminar

The ladies of ESA gather at St. Jude for the 2005 ESA/St. Jude Training Seminar.

On April 1-2, ALSAC/St. Jude hosted the annual Epsilon Sigma Alpha/St. Jude Training Seminar.

ESA Circle of Life coordinators from each state attended the event and were given the opportunity to learn more about the hospital and new fund-raising ideas and techniques. 

Dave McKee, chief operating officer for ALSAC, the hospital's fund-raising arm, welcomed the ESA members to St. Jude and urged them to remember why Danny built the hospital.

The group also heard from Joe Mirro, MD, who spoke about the growth in research and care that St. Jude has been able to accomplish, thanks in part to people such as the ladies of ESA. The discussion was followed by tours of the hospital and research labs.

Also attending this year's seminar were the current ESA International President, Coleen Cape, from Kansas, and the ESA International President-Elect, Judi King, from Ohio. 

Cape and King have been instrumental in motivating the coordinators with ideas to help them fulfill their job responsibilities for the coming year. The ESA Circle of Life coordinators are responsible for relaying information to the chapters in their states regarding new fund-raising ideas and reporting the chapters' activities to the ESA national headquarters. They will also help to motivate the chapters to sponsor new events and continue to volunteer for St. Jude events.

ESA members chair and participate in a number of fund-raising events across the country. Events include ESA golf tournaments, beautiful baby contests, Saddle Up, Math-A-Thon® and Trike-a-thon events, and volunteering at St. Jude radiothons and Dream Home campaigns. Since 1972, ESA has raised more than $80 million in cash and pledges for St. Jude.


April 2005