Tri Delta beats goal, raises $15 million in less than five years

Members of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity announced they had reached their goal of raising $15 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital one-and-a-half years early.

Members of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity (Tri Delta) surpassed their goal of raising $15 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in five years — announcing on February 1 that they had raised that amount in just three-and-a-half years.

“This achievement is a testament to the purpose of our organization,” said Phyllis Grissom, Tri Delta National Fraternity President. “We want to build the leadership and moral capacity of our members and we want to help others. When I see what Tri Delta has been able to do for St. Jude, I know we are doing what we were meant to do and that is so gratifying.”

The announcement came during the annual St. Jude-Tri Delta Leadership Weekend January 31 – February 2 in Memphis, Tennessee. A national women's fraternity with 138 collegiate chapters and 261 alumnae chapters, Tri Delta officially adopted St. Jude as its national philanthropic partner in 1999.

Since then, members have raised more than $27 million for St. Jude — consistently exceeding their own ambitious fundraising goals:

“As usual, Tri Deltas shot for the crescent moon and we hit our mark,” Grissom said. “What’s next? I can't wait to find out and watch our members and our fraternity shatter new challenges.”

Tri Delta's partnership with St. Jude is a perfect fit, she said. “Our members are seeking ways to be better Tri Deltas and better women, and St. Jude provides so many ways for them to do that.”

St. Jude-Tri Delta Leadership Weekend is valuable because it gives meaning to the group's fundraising efforts and helps them improve every year, Grissom said. “Our members get to see how their hard work brings the mission of St. Jude to life.”

February 2014