Tri Delta Fraternity completes 10-year fundraising goal in four years

Delta Delta Delta presents a check to Terre Thomas.

(From left) Tri Delta president Jackye Brown Clark presents a
check representing Tri Delta's fundraising goal to ALSAC Chief
Development Officer Lori O'Brien; Terre Thomas, daughter of
St. Jude founder Danny Thomas; and St. Jude patient Evans
and his mom, and Tri Delta sister, Malise.


In 2006, Delta Delta Delta Fraternity set a goal to raise $10 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 10 years. Instead, the group reached its goal in just four years, six years earlier than planned.

"I'm so proud of each and every member and chapter who united to achieve this goal," said fraternity president Jackye Brown Clark. "That we achieved the goal six years ahead of schedule is nothing short of jaw-dropping."

The fraternity’s $10 million fundraising achievement is acknowledged with the naming of the patient care floor of the Chili’s Care Center on the St. Jude campus.

The announcement was made at a philanthropy luncheon during the fraternity’s recent 54th Biennial Convention in Orlando, Florida. Joining the celebration was Terre Thomas, daughter of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas and 2006 honor initiate of Tri Delta.

"Unfortunately, there will always be children who need our help," she said to the attentive crowd. "Fortunately, there will always be Tri Delta."

Also on hand to join the celebration was Malise, a Tri Delta from the University of Alabama and the mother of St. Jude patient Evans. In a speech to the audience, Malise was moved to tears as she thanked her sisters for supporting the hospital.

"Raising $10 million in just four years is a remarkable accomplishment, and we applaud Tri Delta members’ tremendous efforts to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "Their unwavering dedication and enthusiasm helps us care for our precious patients who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases. On behalf of everyone at St. Jude, thank you and congratulations."


July 2010