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Thank you for attending the 22nd annual

FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala

May 4, 2024  |  Miami, Florida

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Thank you for joining us on Saturday, May 4, 2024 for the 22nd annual FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, Give to Live and a memorable St. Jude patient speaker, all to help advance the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Finding cures. Saving children.®

All proceeds from this event benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

For more information on becoming a sponsor at next year's event, contact Chad Buschell at

When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered largely incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.


St. Jude patient Mayela with her parents

Patient Mayela walks along a beach with her parents.

Thank you to our title sponsor


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Thank you to our committee

Esperanza Lopez-Virtue 
2024 Chairperson

Claudia Rostagno
Immediate Past Chair

Julio Barrionuevo
Gala Co-Founder

Rosie Cruz-Sotero
Circle of Hope Chair

Susan Stipcianos
Public Relations Chair

Cindy Papale-Hammontree  •  Ingrid Moran  •  Jessica Younis-Milton  •  Liliana Torres  •  Lorena Susso  •  Luisa Guzman  •  Martica Mirabal  •  Nalby Intharaksa  •  Olga Martinez  •  Pilar Portela-Webb  •  Tajhira Omphroy


Meet Mayela

In 2018, Mayela was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML. In AML, white blood cells, produced in bone marrow, are abnormal and do not become healthy cells. These abnormal cells crowd out the normal ones so that the patient’s body has a harder time fighting off infection. 

Doctors in Puerto Rico referred Mayela to St. Jude where she underwent a bone marrow transplant in August 2018, with her dad serving as her donor. 

“I was full of joy and emotion, and grateful for St. Jude,” Angel said about being his daughter’s donor.

Read Mayela's Story

Patient Mayela holds a photograph of her younger self.

St. Jude patient Mayela


St. Jude stories from Florida

Every dollar makes a difference*

  1. ... could help provide chemotherapy IV tubing sets*

    A $100 donation could provide five chemotherapy IV tubing sets sized especially to help children receive treatment.*

    Donate $100

  2. ... could help provide one day of oxygen for a St. Jude patient*

    St. Jude patients may need oxygen to help their bodies function properly and aid in healing.

    Donate $250

  3. ... could help provide four walkers for St. Jude patients*

    Walkers provide St. Jude patients with stability and support, making it easier for them to walk after surgery.

    Donate $500

  4. ... could help cover about two-thirds of the cost of one day of chemotherapy*

    Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.

    Donate $1,000

  5. ... could help provide an ultrasound study for a St. Jude patient*

    An ultrasound study is among the diagnostic imaging tests that doctors use to diagnose and monitor disease and treatment.

    Donate $2,500

  6. ... could help cover the cost of the daily room rate of the ICU*

    The Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude has twice been recognized with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2009, the St. Jude ICU became Tennessee’s first ICU to win the honor.

    Donate $5,000

  7. Support of our mission

    Any amount supports kids around the world. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save even more children.*

    Donate Any Amount


* Your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures. Items listed here are representative of services and supplies that are part of the treatment and care of children at St. Jude. The cost of each item or service is an approximation, and will vary based on actual costs incurred and individual patient needs. Your donation will be used for the general operating needs of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.


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St. Jude patient Han is painting during art therapy with a family member.

St. Jude patient Han, pictured with family

IRA charitable contributions

If you're 70 ½ or older, you can contribute to St. Jude from your IRA and potentially receive tax benefits. You can have your IRA administrator use our sample letter.

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St. Jude patient Josie takes a portrait outside on the St. Jude campus.

St. Jude patient Josie

Donor-advised funds

You can recommend a grant from your donor-advised fund by calling your fund manager or by signing in to your granting institution and selecting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Patient Maelin-Kate smiles while painting a flower.

St. Jude patient Maelin-Kate

Gifts of stock

When gifting stock, you can reference our transfer form, or call us at (800) 395-4341 to inform us of your gift, so we can properly acknowledge your gift and provide you with a tax receipt.

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St. Jude patient Franser

Charitable gift annuities

Charitable gift annuities may interest you if you want to transfer cash or securities to St. Jude and receive lifetime payments for yourself or a loved one. 

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