Members of Boston’s financial community invest in hope every year by hosting a fundraising event that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
About 450 people attended the fifth annual Invest in Hope networking event April 1, raising $168,000 for St. Jude. This brings the five-year total to $993,000.
A committee of more than 30 people representing area financial firms hosted the event, which was presented by Clough Capital Partners LP. Six committee members recently traveled to Memphis to tour St. Jude, where they met with researchers and spoke to a St. Jude survivor who now works for the hospital.
“Visiting the hospital in Memphis is by far one of the best experiences I have ever had,” said event committee co-chair Diana Wood. “You can feel the hope, love and dedication as soon as you walk in the door.” Ramzi Nuwayhid, a member of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors, also served as a co-chair for the event.
Invest in Hope featured premier drawings for golf outings, Boston sports tickets, spa packages and more. The fundraiser saw a significant increase in Gifts that Give, which raised $13,000. The program gives donors examples of items that specific contributions would cover. For example, $100 could cover the cost of one of the red wagons used to transport young patients inside the hospital.
Other Invest in Hope sponsors included Longwood Events, UBS, Bernstein, Dick and Ann Marie Connolly, Piper Jaffray, Merrill PBIG, KCG, Sterne Agee, State Street, FBR, State Street Global Advisors, Jeff and Laura Waxman, RBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PIMCO, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Ramzi and Dalia Nuwayhid, Merrill PBIG, Level ATS and Boston Beer Co.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.