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Following fulfillment of record-breaking fundraising goal, Tri Delta women clinch awards for outstanding support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Annual celebration included panel on women in leadership, breakout sessions, St. Jude tours

Memphis, Tennessee, July 11, 2022

A group of Tri Delta sisters smiling and waving while wallking through St. Jude campus.

A group of Tri Delta sisters waving to the camera on their tour of the St. Jude campus on day two of the Tri Delta Celebration 2022.

Photo: ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On the heels of completing a record-breaking $60 million fundraising goal ahead of schedule for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, more than 300 Tri Delta sisters from 141 chapters nationwide gathered in Memphis, Tennessee, for the annual St. Jude Tri Delta Celebration from June 30-July 2.

During the weekend celebration, St. Jude patient families participated in a panel facilitated by Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guests also attended breakout sessions to learn about St. Jude research, care, and global expansion plans and discuss fundraising for the coming year. They safely toured the St. Jude campus, including a stop outside at Tri Delta Place, the patient housing facility named in honor of the momentous $60 million pledge Tri Delta made in 2014.  

In April, Tri Delta and St. Jude announced that Tri Delta met their 10-year, $60 million fundraising commitment – the largest fulfilled commitment by a St. Jude partner – two years early.

“It was so great to celebrate the dedication of our amazing partners at Tri Delta, who continue to raise the bar in their giving and demonstrate the impact of what they do for St. Jude families,” said Shadyac. “Funds raised by generous donors and great partners like Tri Delta help fuel the ongoing six-year, $12.9 billion St. Jude strategic plan that expands patient care and research to help more children worldwide with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

Four women on stage during the Women in Leadership panel discussion.

Day two of the celebration on July 1, 2022 featured a Women in Leadership panel discussion with ALSAC and Tri Delta executives. (From left to right — Emily Callahan: facilitator, ALSAC Chief Marketing and Experience Officer; Karen Hughes White, Tri Delta CEO; Annette Green, ALSAC Chief People Officer; and Evelyn Homs Medero, ALSAC Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.)

Photo: ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The event also featured a Women in Leadership panel on the power of mentorship and sisterhood that was facilitated by Emily Callahan, ALSAC chief marketing and experience officer. Panelists included Tri Delta CEO Karen Hughes White and ALSAC’s Chief People Officer Annette Green and Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Evelyn Homs Medero. 

“I’ve met a lot of powerful people in my time, and Tri Delta sisters are some of the strongest, most empathetic and determined people I know,” said Callahan. “We’re so thankful for our partnership because Tri Delta helps us expand our reach by being authentic ambassadors for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tri Delta sisters connect their passion with the mission and that’s when the magic happens.”

Several Tri Delta chapters and individual leaders were honored for their outstanding fundraising achievements in the past year, resulting in more than $5 million raised in 2022 for the families of St. Jude. ALSAC Senior Vice President of Field Development and Experiential Chris Boysen credited the grit, passion and creativity of award winners who went above and beyond in 2022 to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® The full slate of winners is below.

A woman in a ballroom smiling while rising to accept an award during the awards ceremony.

Part of the celebration was Tri Delta giving out its Tri Delta awards to its recipients in attendance. Elizabeth Sutton (pictured) accepted the award on behalf of Kansas State University for Top Gold Chapter.

Photo: ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Outstanding Side Event

University of South Florida

Outstanding Sincerely Yours Event

Clemson University

Most Improved Chapter

Wake Forest University

Most Spirited Chapter

Louisiana State University

Director of Philanthropy of the Year

Kaylee Morris, University of Kentucky

Heart of St. Jude Award

University of Oklahoma

Alumnae of the Year

Cora Beth and Meade Hartfield, Mississippi State University

Top Blue Chapter (75 or less members)

Spring Hill College

Top Silver Chapter (76-130 members)

University of South Florida

Top Gold Chapter (131-190 members)

Kansas State University

Top Green Chapter (191 or more members)

Louisiana State University

Two women smiling while joining fingers to make a delta symbol.

The tour of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s campus included a stop in front of Tri Delta Place, a patient housing facility named in honor of the momentous $60 million pledge Tri Delta made in 2014, where Two Tri Delta sisters posed creating the Tri Delta hand-signal.

Photo: ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

To learn more about the partnership between St. Jude and Tri Delta, visit Tri Delta alumnae from across the nation, including celebrities such as JoAnna Garcia Swisher, congratulated their sisters in special video messages issued in April regarding their $60 million fundraising achievement. Since 1999, Tri Delta members have raised more than $84 million for St. Jude kids.

Five Tri Delta sisters smiling while making delta hand signs in front of a Tri Delta Heart St. Jude sign outside the ballroom event.

The three-day event brought in over 300 Tri Delta sisters from 141 chapters across the country. Five Tri Delta sisters posed in front of the Tri Delta Heart St. Jude sign at the ballroom flashing the Tri Delta hand signal.

Photo: ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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% to more than 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude 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. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.