St. Jude JAM on June 30 launches pre-event auction online

Fierce bidding anticipated for custom replica Shelby Daytona Coupe

Memphis, Tennessee, June 23, 2020

Now through June 30, online bidding is open for an auction affiliated with the St. Jude JAM Presented by Delta Dental and InnerWorkings, a virtual concert event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 30.

The general public is welcome to check out the exclusive auction items, including a custom replica of the 1965 World Championship Shelby Daytona Coupe, an autographed Gibson guitar, exclusive national golf event excursions and more at stjude.org/stjudejam. All proceeds support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

It is an annual tradition to include a replica car build for St. Jude at this event. For more information about this history, visit St. Jude Inspire. Last year, a bidding war for the replica car reached a record amount, totaling $240,000. In response, a second car was built, so two St. Jude supporters walked away as winners of the auction item. Thanks to generous donors, 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.

“Music brings the world together, and through events like the St. Jude JAM, we are able to celebrate our generous supporters, who are instrumental in helping continue the life-saving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President & CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The entertainment industry came together nearly 60 years ago to help raise the necessary funds and awareness to bring St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to life. Today, the St. Jude JAM virtual concert event and auction continues that incredible tradition of support from the entertainment industry, raising the funds and awareness for doctors and researchers at St. Jude to carry on the pioneering research and treatment for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

Sponsors, teams or individual fundraisers who raise $5,000, will gain access to the St. Jude JAM Cocktails and Conversations VIP Pre-Party at 5:30 pm. CT, featuring special guest Steve Cropper formerly of Booker T. & the M.G.s, to help kick off the concert. Fans around the globe will then come together to support St. Jude while JAMming to performances from Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, Terri Nunn of Berlin, Sara Evans and Wally Palmar of The Romantics, and others, all backed by house band Sixwire.

Events like this concert, which began in 2013, help support families like 14-year-old stepsisters and St. Jude patients Natalie and Olivia who will share how music therapy was a valuable part of their treatment plans. Both were diagnosed with the same type of bone cancer in the same leg, just weeks apart, at age 13. They both received chemotherapy and limb-sparing surgery, as well as physical therapy. They became “battle buddies,” keeping each other upbeat and passing the time with music, makeup and TV. They are now cancer-free and starting high school this fall. Olivia loves music and making TikTok videos. Natalie enjoys painting and photography.

Jam. Tag. Donate.

St. Jude supporters also are encouraged to participate in the “Show us your JAM” online challenge. Participants can upload videos of their best dance moves, guitar riffs and party celebrations, to Facebook and Twitter, and help spread the word about this event by using the hashtags #StJudeJAM, #LetsJAM and #ForStJude, followed by tagging and challenging friends and family to do the same. The winner of the best video will be announced at the end of the concert.

Cancer does not stop, and with support from events like this, neither will St. Jude. For more information, visit stjude.org/stjudejam.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® today announced details for the 2020 St. Jude JAM presented by Delta Dental of Tennessee and InnerWorkings. The virtual concert event and fundraiser, open to everyone, will take place at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 30 and will be livestreamed on stjude.org/stjudejam. Attendees can party and dance along with a stellar lineup of performers and participate in an online charity auction, with top fundraisers receiving access to an exclusive VIP pre-event experience. Fundraising and event sponsorship opportunities are available now throughout the month of June.

Come together with fans around the globe to support the kids of St. Jude during this one-of-a-kind event with performances by Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, Scott Stapp, founding member of Creed, Terri Nunn of Berlin, Uncle Kracker, Wally Palmar of The Romantics, all backed by house band Sixwire.

Fans and attendees can engage and enhance their experience several ways throughout the entire month of June. The St. Jude JAM “Show us your JAM” challenge encourages participants to “Jam. Tag. Donate.” Contributors around the world can upload videos of their best dance moves, guitar riffs and party celebrations to Facebook & Twitter to help spread the word about this event while using #StJudeJAM, #LetsJAM and #ForStJude to tag others and challenge friends and family to do the same.

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, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

Media Contacts:

Kurt Rossler
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Kurt.Rossler@stjude.org
(901) 578-6752

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