College students prepare for new semester of fund raising

College students prepare for new semester of fund raising

College students from around the country came to Memphis, Tennessee, June 1-4, 2006, to learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and how their support has helped children and families in the fight against childhood cancer.

The students were here as part of the annual St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar. Each year, more than 600 student leaders come to Memphis to tour the hospital, interact with St. Jude patients, network with other college students and receive special training in St. Jude fund-raising programs.

The Collegiate Leadership Seminar is the largest seminar of its kind and offers students the necessary tools to effectively plan and implement a successful fund-raising event on their campus whether it be Up ‘til Dawn, Four Square or another fund-raising event. St. Jude’s collegiate Greek Partners, Tri Delta Fraternity and Sigma Nu Fraternity, also participated in the weekend event.

“I am honored to be able to help such an awe-inspiring organization that works to create miracles on a daily basis," said Debbye Rosenthal, a Tri Delta member from the University of California San Diego. "I cannot wait to share with the rest of my chapter just how amazing St. Jude is. The patients and their families welcomed us with open arms, and I know each of us returned home with a renewed pledge to do everything within our power to help these children and everyone who supports them."

Last year, collegiate students collectively raised more than $4 million for St. Jude and represented more than 266 campuses nationally.

“We are thrilled that so many students around the country come here each year to learn about St. Jude and how they can help, “ said David L. McKee, chief operating officer of ALSAC, the fund-raising arm of St. Jude. “Our college programs have been very successful in both introducing our mission to students and in giving students the opportunity to develop leadership skills they need to be successful in life after college.”


June 2006