Tri Delta has raised $60 million two years ahead of schedule that will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The 10-year fundraising goal, announced in 2014, is the single largest commitment ever completed by a St. Jude partner to date.
“Tri Delta members demonstrate that philanthropic service by young people makes a tremendous difference,’’ said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. “We are immensely grateful for their continued support that ensures that St. Jude will keep providing families with world-class care while delivering on its six-year $11.5 billion strategic plan to triple its global investments and impact more of the 400,000 kids around the world with cancer each year.”
Tri Delta’s partnership with St. Jude began in 1999 and has raised more than $80 million since. In 2014, the women’s organization set the goal of raising $60 million by 2024. In honor of the pledge, St. Jude named its on-campus, short-term housing facility Tri Delta Place, a home away from home for patient families.
“Tri Delta members are brave, bold and kind, with a special place in our hearts for the lifesaving work being done at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Tri Delta CEO Karen Hughes White. “Throughout our 23-year partnership, we’ve experienced St. Jude’s impact firsthand — through our many visits to the hospital to support patients and families, and the brave battles our own sisters and loved ones have fought as patients, themselves.”
To raise funds, the organization held various events at colleges and universities around the country. They also organized letter writing campaigns and competitive tournaments like “Delta Dodgeball,’’ and worked to support the St. Jude Walk/Run events as well as the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.