Chili’s Care Center opening something to be thankful for

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On Nov. 14, a momentous occasion happened on the St. Jude campus – the grand opening of the Chili’s Care Center. As part of the grand opening events, Todd Diener, president of Chili’s Grill & Bar, presented a check for $8.2 million to St. Jude. This amount reflects the funds Chili’s raised during the recording-breaking 2007 Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign and contributes to Chili’s plan to raise $50 million for St. Jude over 10 years.

Speakers at the grand opening included Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen; Tony Thomas, St. Jude Board of Governors and son of Danny Thomas; John P. Moses, CEO of ALSAC; William E. Evans, PharmD, director and CEO of St. Jude; Doug Brooks, CEO and president of Brinker International, the parent company of Chili’s Grill & Bar; and Diener.

Members of the Delta Delta Delta Fraternity were also on hand during the grand opening. Tri Delta has pledged to raise $10 million in 10 years for the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor in the Chili’s Care Center. On Nov. 15, Tri Delta hosted a pancake breakfast and a pancake stacking contest for patients. Following these activities was a formal program during which Moses; Michelle Schimberg, Tri Delta Fraternity President; and former St. Jude patient Eliza, whose mother and grandmother are both Tri Deltas, spoke.

This newest building on campus will be home to the Radiological Sciences department, the Bone Marrow Transplant inpatient unit, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, and new research labs for Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Virology.