Tri Delta Raises $10 Million to Educate and Empower Women and End Childhood Cancer
Record number of scholarships awarded to members and more than $8 million raised for children’s cancer charities
With a passion for serving others, Tri Delta raised more than $10 million in 2016-17, including nearly $8 million in support of children’s cancer charities across the country, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition, through the generosity of member donors, the Tri Delta Foundation awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarships and grants designed to help women live, learn and lead – with Purpose – for a lifetime.
Tri Delta’s long-standing commitment to children’s cancer charities has an impact on patients and families at the local, regional and national level, as collegiate and alumnae members actively host and support fundraising efforts across North America. In addition to St. Jude, beneficiaries include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Cook Children’s Medical Center (Fort Worth), Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Dallas), Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis) and organizations such as CURE Childhood Cancer (Atlanta).
Recently, the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Tri Delta presented a check for $144,500 to CURE Childhood Cancer. At its 34th annual Care Affair fundraiser for CURE, Atlanta area Tri Deltas honored Dr. Abdel Ragab, Atlanta’s first pediatric oncologist and founder of CURE. To date, Care Affair has raised over $2.2 million in 30 years, and benefits CURE Childhood Cancer and the Tri Delta Foundation.
“Our Founders’ vision of women who are ‘kind alike to all’ is an aspiration that guides Tri Delta and inspires our deep commitment to philanthropy and service,” said Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine. “When we see a need in our community, we work to meet it. Our collegiate and alumnae members devote countless hours in support of children’s cancer charities and other local causes.”
At the national level, this year Tri Delta raised over $7.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bringing the total raised since 1999 to over $55 million. In recognition of Tri Delta’s support, St. Jude has named its on-campus, short-term living facility Tri Delta Place.
In addition to Tri Delta’s work to support children’s cancer charities, Tri Delta members generously support the Tri Delta Foundation. This year the Foundation awarded more than $1.2 million in grants and scholarships to Tri Delta collegiate and alumnae members and house corporations. Nearly $385,000 was awarded via 151 undergraduate and graduate scholarships; more than $70,000 in needs-based assistance for members facing unforeseen crises; over $90,000 in education and leadership grants; and more than $650,000 in grants to improve the living and learning environments of members.
“We are so pleased to support our members in such meaningful and important ways,” said Foundation Board Chair Tori Campbell, Wyoming. “We are grateful for the support of our members – sisters helping sisters – and the ability it gives us to make an impact on women’s lives.”
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