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This event, originally scheduled for Friday, November 10, 2023, has been postponed and will now take place on January 27, 2024. For questions, please contact Megan Phelps at


Welcome to the

St. Jude Detroit Gala

Presented by James Group

January 27, 2024  |  Detroit, MI

Learn About Our Event Become a Sponsor

Art by St. Jude patient Camden

Join us for the annual St. Jude Detroit Gala, presented by James Group on January 27, 2024.

At St. Jude, expression through the arts helps treat the whole patient, not just the disease or life-threatening illness. Effective outlets like these can help patients express their creativity, build coping skills, support physical rehabilitation and more.

The St. Jude Detroit Gala will showcase the art of many of St. Jude patients in various forms. Guests will experience interactive and inspirational displays that will bring the mission and stories of St. Jude to life.

As our guest, you will help us celebrate our Detroit roots, learn about our advancements since in 1962, and honor our strong community of supporters tied to the history of St. Jude.

We hope you’ll join us for this can’t-miss event, as your support helps to ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – so they can focus on helping their child live.

To learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact Megan Phelps at or (248) 467-2068.



The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124


Date and Time


January 27, 2024
6 p.m.

Attire: Black-Tie Optional


Tickets and Sponsorships


$5,000 per table of 10

Sponsorship Opportunities


Learn how art impacts St. Jude patients

As we reflect on the 2022 event and plan for our 2023 edition, take a moment to hear from St. Jude survivor and Patient Art Program Lead Tayde Cruz Dodds about the power of art in the video featured below. 

How art impacts St. Jude patients

Presenting sponsor

James Group supports St. Jude.

Become a sponsor

By partnering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and sponsoring this event, you will align your company name with the strong, nationally recognized St. Jude mission and brand, and instill pride in your employees, consumers, vendors and company executives.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact: 

Megan Phelps  
(248) 467-2068.


Our committee

Event Chair
Lorron James

Honorary Chairs
Sarah and Calvin Ford

Committee Members
Barbara Askar-Kouza  •  Beatrice Boutros  •  Raghad Farah  •  Samia Haddad  •  Kelle Ilitch, Professional Advisory Board Member  •  Gail Marlow  •  Isaiah Oliver  •  David Pian  •  Manal Saab, Emeritus Board Member  •  Jennifer Scappaticci  •  George Simon, National Board Member  •  Josee-Anne Wakefield  •  Jeff Watt  •  Hiba Yazbeck


Highlights from the 2022 St. Jude Detroit Gala

Every dollar makes a difference*

  1. One red blood cell transfusion

    Children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases often need transfusions.

    Donate $250

  2. One hour of physical therapy

    Physical therapy is provided to patients because children with life-threatening diseases like cancer may develop developmental, cognitive or physical impairments as a result of their illnesses and their treatments.

    Donate $500

  3. Parent necessities for 20 patient families

    Parents who bring their children to St. Jude often leave home in a hurry and forget to pack day-to-day necessities such as shampoos, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and lotion. At Tri Delta Place, our short-term housing facility, parents can obtain these essentials free of charge.

    Donate $1,000

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Support St. Jude patients and their families

    Your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures as you join St. Jude in its livesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving 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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