On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital supporters in 80 cities across the country joined together to participate in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk, an exciting 5K walk to raise money for the children of St. Jude.
Tri Delta alumna Suni Newton, Colorado State, said, "I got involved with the walk because it was an avenue for me to continue my work with St. Jude outside of chapter life in Tri Delta — to continue to be a part of the Fraternity's efforts as an alumna and as an individual. Because there is no event in Denver this year, I started a virtual team to raise money and awareness; the hospital makes it so easy, accessible and convenient to raise money for your team."
All money raised by Tri Delta will go towards supporting its $15 million in 5 years campaign for St. Jude. Tri Delta has raised more than $4.6 million for the campaign since the $15 million goal was announced in July 2010.
Out of all Tri Delta participants, the top fundraising team was the Maryland chapter in Baltimore, Maryland. They brought in more than $6,000.
"Originally, we became involved when we made the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk a sisterhood event," said collegiate member and team captain Stephanie Meinhardt, Maryland. "But after registering the team, it became much more than just an event to our chapter; now we are involved for one simple reason, to help the kids. It is so important for Tri Delta to continue to support St. Jude because every year we spread more awareness than we did the previous year, which in turn increases the amount of money and support that St. Jude receives."
"I am so proud at how our organization came out to support St. Jude in the Give thanks. Walk," said Fraternity President Jackye Clark, Texas/Arlington. "Our collegiate and alumnae members are all passionate about this cause, and it's amazing to see how much money we can raise when we all unite on one day for one event. I'm excited to see this tradition continue in the following years."
The St. Jude Give thanks. Walk serves as a grass-roots kickoff to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving fundraising and awareness campaign. The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners that asks consumers to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not."
Thanks and Giving was created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, children of hospital founder Danny Thomas. Funds raised by the campaign support the lifesaving work of St. Jude — to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.