Members of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity have gathered in Tucson, Ariz., this week for the organization's 54th biennial Convention, and today, the Fraternity announced that during the 2011-2012 academic year, its collegiate and alumnae chapters have raised $4.2 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
This $4.2million donation is part of the Fraternity's latest pledge, made in 2010, to raise $15 million in 5 years for the hospital. For the 2010-2011 academic year, Tri Delta raised $3.7 million, and since Aug. 1, 2010, Tri Delta has donated a total of $8.5 million for St. Jude.
"It is amazing what Tri Delta members have been able to accomplish toward their goal of raising $15 million in 5 years," said Richard Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Their commitment and passion play an important role in helping St. Jude continue to treat childhood cancer and other deadly diseases with pioneering research and exceptional care, all while ensuring that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything."
Tri Delta had four chapters raise over $100,000 in just one year: Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, University of Alabama and University of South Carolina. This marks the first year any chapter has raised more than $100,000.
Additionally, the organization had three alumnae chapters that raised more than $10,000 in one year: the New York City Alumnae Chapter ($19,965), the St. Lawrence Alumnae ($12,150) and the Fredericksburg, Va., Alumnae Chapter ($11,250).
During Convention Tri Delta launched its new Give application, created and funded by Billhighway to help raise more funds for St. Jude. The "iSwipe 4 St. Jude" uses swipe devices on iPhones or iPads which allow individuals to use credit and debit cards to donate easily. Forty-five hundred dollars were raised onsite at Convention. Another Convention fundraising effort was the St. Jude Legends Bowl, a competition between schools to see who could raise the most. Tri Delta surpassed the $25,000 fundraising goal it set for its chapter, bringing in a total of $40,624. The St. Jude Legends Bowl concluded with a luncheon where the University of Texas, Arlington was named the winner after raising the most funds — $778.
Also recognized at the luncheon were the top collegiate chapters from each group who have raised the most money during the 2011-2012 academic year. The gold group includes chapters with more than 131 members, the silver group includes chapters with 91-130 members, and the blue group includes chapters with 90 members or less.
In the gold group Louisiana State University raised the most with $126,000; in the silver group, Rhodes College raised the most with $100,000; and in the blue group, Oregon State raised the most with $64,000. The flags for these schools will be hung in the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor at the hospital in recognition for all their support.
Fraternity President Jackye Brown Clark said, "It's wonderful to see both collegiate members and alumnae members working together, not to just simply meet a fundraising goal, but because they are so passionate about helping the children of St. Jude and they are dedicated to this cause. That passion and dedication is what allows us to raise the bar and raise more money every year."This is the third fundraising goal Tri Delta has set for St. Jude in the past 11 years, is dedicated to the naming of one of the St. Jude Specialty Clinics, which ensures patients receive expert care for specific needs. In 2010, Tri Delta completed its $10 million goal, six years ahead of schedule, which went towards naming the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor.