St. Jude honors volunteers

(Memphis, Tennessee - August 5, 2003)

Group photo from 2003 ESA national conference

The ladies of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) display their fund-raising totals for the
past year at their annual convention. ESA is St. Jude’s largest third party contributor,
and its members volunteer at thousands of events across the country.

ALSAC/St. Jude took the opportunity this weekend to thank a number of groups, corporations and volunteers who play a vital role in the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Individuals and groups who have been key supporters of St. Jude were honored at a Saturday dinner attended by the Boards of Directors and Governors and staff members from around the country who work closely with them on behalf of the hospital’s mission.
“Without the literally hundreds of thousands of volunteers and donors from across this nation, we would not be realizing the dream of finding cures and saving children,” said ALSAC National Executive Director Richard C. Shadyac. “The people we honor each year are all part of what we call Danny’s army, because our founder, Danny Thomas, was so pleased by the way America embraced his dream of saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”
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 (in order of presentation):

Volunteer Committee of the Year
Bakersfield, Calif., Dream Home® Friends of St. Jude.
Dream Home Builder of the Year
Residential Homes of America/Chicago
RHA President Ann Danner, Director of Purchasing and General Operations Jim Wells.
Up ‘til Dawn School of the Year
Kansas State University
Katherine Van Keuren, Executive Director of the Executive Board/Emily Hollis, Morale Captain
Volunteer of the Year
Charles Williams/Baton Rouge Fishing Tournament

Group Recognition

National Auctioneers Association
Alpha Delta Kappa
Colleen Jacobsen, International President
Delta Delta Delta
Sarah Lindsay, International President
Roadway Express
Craig Fleck, District VI Manager
Bombay Company
James Carreker
Chairman and CEO of Bombay
Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Pat Griffin, Immediate Past President

More Individual Honors

Volunteer Teenage Coordinator of the Year
Leah Muzzioli
Volunteer Coordinator of the Year
Dick Boehnen (Saddle Up)/Lodi, Wisconsin
Volunteer Coordinator of the Year
Tonda Thomas/Debbie Miller
Math-A-Thon, Murray, Kentucky
Special Recognition
Gaston Rivera, MD, was honored prior to his retirement for more than 30 years of work at St. Jude.
Jerry Nicholson Award (Named for an early St. Jude patient, this honor is awarded to a young person, often a patient, who has contributed significantly to fund-raising efforts during the past year.)
Lori King