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September 2020


A Message From Our Hosts

Hello Friends,

As we began discussing plans for the 12th Annual St. Jude “Hope for the Children” event this coming September, we found ourselves, and the world, in unprecedented times. Many of us are going through unforeseen challenges, both personally and professionally. During these uncertain times, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do, and have done, for the children of St. Jude. Although we would love to be able to be together in person this September for our annual event, we have made the decision that we simply cannot this year. We have decided that the best way to honor the legacy of our event, and all of you who are a part of it, is to postpone our evening together until next September 2021.

We know that St. Jude holds a very special place in your hearts. We know how deeply you care for the children and families who rely on St. Jude, and we can assure you St. Jude is doing everything possible to protect the vulnerable children in its care.  However, we are all dealing with changes and trials in our lives. We humbly ask that, if your circumstances allow, and St. Jude is on your list of organizations to support during these times, you will consider a gift to St. Jude. Your support, now and always, helps ensure that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a parent should worry about is helping their child live.

Together, we remain so proud of this hospital for its many medical breakthroughs and pioneering global initiatives that are impacting the lives of children everywhere.  Because St. Jude believes, where you live should not dictate if you live. This belief echoes my grandfather’s founding mission statement that St. Jude would be a hospital for children of every race, religion, creed, or color, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. In gratitude, we want to recognize that each and every one of you represent who we are at our best, when we look out for those most in need of help and hope.

Thank you for your unwavering support of St. Jude for all of these many years and for considering a donation now in these most difficult times.  Please be well and know that we are holding you all in our hearts, praying for your good health and looking forward to when we can gather together once again at the Wass home.

With love and gratitude for all you do,

Dionne & Trevor Kirschner and Nina & Ted Wass


All proceeds from this event will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


St. Jude patient Lea


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Every gift you give makes a real impact in the lives of St. Jude kids and their families.

St. Jude patient Aspen and family

St. Jude patient Aspen 

A gift of $1,000 …

could help provide necessities for 20 patient families or 2/3 of the cost of one day of chemo.

Give $1,000

Stl Jude patient Smyrna

St. Jude patient Smyrna

A gift of $2,500 …

could help cover five hours of physical therapy or an ultrasound study for a St. Jude patient.

Give $2,500

Stl Jude patient Ethan

St. Jude patient Ethan

A gift of $5,000 …

could help provide the cost of the daily room rate of the ICU or ten platelet transfusions.

Give $5,000

St. Jude patient Riku

St. Jude patient Riku 

A gift of $10,000 ...

could help provide grocery gift cards for 2 years for one St. Jude family or one CT scan.

Give $10,000


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, lodging, travel or food. View information about tax-deductible donations.


Special Thanks To Our Sponsors, Past & Present

Steve & Shelly Binnette • Suzanne Bukinik & Brad Falchuk • Heidi & Damon Lindelof • Jamie & Andy Berenson • Judith Allison & Don Reo • Cynthia Ambuehl & Don Diamont • Pat & Tom Doak • Mary Farid & John Eskander • Barbara & Michael Garakian • Arash Homampour • Laura & Michael Hynes • Heidi & Alan Jackson • Julie Locke • Jode Mann • Perri & Jeff Melnick • Alix & Andreas Olavarria • Bob Pond • Megan & Matt Pond • Refuse Specialists, LLC. • Joel and JoAn Ravitz • Debbie & Jim Roberson • Marshall Rothman • Mahdy Safieddine • Jana Winograde & Todd Sandler • Margaret & Rob Smith • Joe Staffel • Paula Sutor • Azzy & Amir Tahernia • Robert Tarlow & Robin Schwartz • Terre Thomas • Vicki & Dimitrios Tomaras • Marianna & Jean Paul Wardy • Justine & Bill Yde • • Airstar Space Lighting • Angelini Osteria • CBS Studio Center • Designs by David Floral Studio • Domenico’s Artisanal Foods • The Ivy • Jennie Cooks Catering • Joanie & Leigh's Cakes • Laetitia Vineyard & Winery • Little Flower Candy Co. • Mitchell Haddad Photography • Patticakes Dessert Company • Roxx Vodka • Tar & Roses • The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills • Trejo Dance Floors • Viktor Benes Bakery • Yummy Cupcakes



For questions or to make a donation over the phone, contact
Karla Micalizzi
(714) 689 3308