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Special service launches annual Sunday of Hope

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity kicks off its national Sunday of Hope™ campaign January 10 with a special service at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, Florida.

Attending the service and addressing the congregation will be Kappa Alpha Psi Grand Polemarch Dwayne M. Murray and a patient family from St. Jude. The Rejoice! Music Soul Food gospel radio network will host a live remote of the service and broadcast interviews with the speakers.

Through the Sunday of Hope campaign, Kappa members partner with churches in their communities to ask for their support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During one select worship service, Kappa Alpha Psi members address their congregations and ask for a special offering for St. Jude. All funds raised are donated to St. Jude. The campaign runs from January through March.

In 2009, more than 170 churches participated, raising more than $364,000. Members of Kappa Alpha Psi have raised a total of $770,000 since becoming a St. Jude partner in 2005, the largest contribution Kappa Alpha Psi has ever donated to charity.

St. Jude recognized the dedication and commitment of Kappa Alpha Psi to helping in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases during a ceremony at St. Jude in May. The fraternity was presented with a commemorative plaque at the ceremony, which was attended by members of Kappa Alpha Psi and the top fundraising churches.

"Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity recognizes that St. Jude epitomizes achievement in medical research ensuring that children with catastrophic diseases will have a better chance at survival and success," said Murray at the ceremony. "We want our fraternity to be part of the journey that helps realize St. Jude founder Danny Thomas' dream that 'no child should die in the dawn of life.'"

In 2008, Kappa Alpha Psi was also recognized by the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors as the Volunteer Group of the Year for its efforts in the inaugural year of the Sunday of Hope program.


January 2010