Tri Delta Fraternity reaches fundraising milestone: $15 Million in three and a half years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Delta Delta Delta Fraternity officially announced the completion of its $15 million fundraising goal for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. The original campaign, which began in July 2010, was to raise $15 million in 5 years for the hospital. Tri Delta completed the goal a year and a half ahead of schedule.
The announcement came during the annual Tri Delta St. Jude Leadership Weekend in Memphis, Tenn., where more than 350 Tri Delta members were gathered to learn about the hospital’s operations, attend educational sessions on fundraising best practices and celebrate the Fraternity’s partnership with St. Jude.
The Phi Upsilon of Delta Delta Delta at Oklahoma State University raised $36,957 in the past year to support St. Jude. The women serve their passion about this cause by hosting a philanthropy event called Delta House of Pancakes where they sell pancakes and Delta Delight Under An Oklahoma Night where they hire a band and invite people to come dance in the fall. In the spring, the women participate in letter writing to raise funds for this cause.
The partnership between Tri Delta and St. Jude has seen extreme growth over the past 15 years. Since officially naming St. Jude its philanthropic partner in 1999, Tri Delta has raised more than $27 million for the hospital. The Fraternity’s first $1 million endowment in 2002 provided a teen room for patients between the ages of 13 and 19. Then, in 2006, Tri Delta announced its campaign to raise $10 million in 10 years to name to the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor in the Chili’s Care Center. This goal was met in just four years. The $15 million campaign, completed in November 2013, was dedicated to naming the Specialty Clinic at the hospital.
“Tri Delta is an amazing partner that consistently outperforms its own ambitious fundraising goals to support the children and families of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The results are a reflection of how passionately and genuinely their members have embraced our lifesaving mission. We are fortunate to have Tri Delta as our partner and join them in celebrating their $15 million contribution to help St. Jude find cures and save children.”
Currently, Tri Delta and St. Jude leadership are discussing future naming opportunities, and Tri Delta will announce its next fundraising goal in July.