Over 200 Tri Delta Members Attend Collegiate Leadership Seminar

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The annual St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar will kick-off today (July 28, 2011) with over 235 Tri Delta members in attendance. Attendees will celebrate latest pledge, $15 million in 5 years dedicated to the naming of one of the St. Jude Specialty Clinics.

Tri Delta sisters from the University of Mississippi visit with St. Jude patients.

Tri Delta sisters from the University of Mississippi visit with St. Jude patients.

“Supporting St. Jude is something that Tri Delta members are extremely passionate about,” Fraternity President, Jackye Brown Clark.

The annual St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar will kick-off today (July 28, 2011) with over 235 Tri Delta members in attendance. The Collegiate Leadership Seminar welcomes students and advisors who raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at their respective universities through a variety of events and through the Up Till Dawn event. Delta Delta Delta Fraternity adopted St. Jude as national philanthropic partner in 1999 and since then has raised over $15 million for the hospital.

“Supporting St. Jude is something that Tri Delta members are extremely passionate about,” said Fraternity President, Jackye Brown Clark, Texas/Arlington. “Whether attending an event hosted on a college campus or taking part in a community gathering like the Give Thanks. Walk. this November, both alumnae and our college women are excited to be a part of such an amazing cause.”

Throughout the seminar, attendees will meet families who have benefited from treatment at St. Jude, learn more about the hospital, tour the facilities and learn skills to improve upon their fundraising efforts. Over 300 campus leaders will implement the training received in their local fundraising programs.

As part of the weekend’s events, members of Delta Delta Delta will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate their newest fundraising commitment. This latest pledge, $15 million in 5 years, is dedicated to the naming of one of the St. Jude Specialty Clinics. Specialty Clinics ensures patients receive expert care for specific needs. This will be the third fundraising goal Tri Delta has set for St. Jude in the past 11 years.

The ribbon cutting will take place on Friday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Memphis at the Specialty Clinic at the hospital. Rick Shadyac, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s CEO of ALSAC will kick-off the weekend with the overall vision of supporting St. Jude, followed by a variety of representatives from the field staff of St. Jude. During the dedication ceremony, the total amount fundraised over the last academic year will be announced onsite

“Having the opportunity to hear first hand stories from patients and families treated as St. Jude is life-changing,” said Jackye. “The students attending will be able to go back to their chapters empowered and motivated to continue working to provide support for those in need.”

About Tri Delta
Founded in 1888, Tri Delta is a leader among social Greek organizations through its passion for progress and visionary thinking. Through partnerships with nationally recognized organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, award-winning publications like The Trident, and innovative collegiate and alumnae initiatives, Tri Delta is committed to leveraging our timeless values to revitalize the sorority experience. For more information, please visit http://www.tridelta.org or call (817) 633-8001.

About St. Jude
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit http://www.stjude.org.

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