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Kappa Alpha Psi Unveils $2 Million Fundraising Initiative for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

When it comes to serving children the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. continue to put their money where it counts. The fraternity recently announced a new $2 million fundraising initiative for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The announcement of the new fundraising initiative was made at a celebration of the fraternity’s alliance with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Vicennium Partnership Banquet at the Masonic Temple in Memphis, TN. The event was hosted by the Memphis (TN) Alumni Chapter, the University of Memphis Chapter, the Kappa Beta of Kappa Alpha Psi, and sponsored by the local Memphis Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Foundation.

Through its programming including St. Jude Sunday of Hope and the annual St. Jude Walk/Run, held during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month each September, Kappa Alpha Psi has raised over $3 million over the last two decades for St. Jude in efforts to create impactful change in the lives of children worldwide with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

According to the press release, the money raised by the fraternity helps ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live.

“Our friends at Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. have humbled us with their dedication and sense of service over the past 20 years in their support of the kids and families of St. Jude,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “With this latest commitment, together, they are not only building a legacy – but they are helping save lives and create hope where it is needed most. Thanks to this partnership, St. Jude can impact more of the 400,000 kids around the world with cancer and other life-threatening diseases each year.”

“We value our partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and this new fundraising commitment will further help us support research and treatment of catastrophic childhood diseases and illness,” said Jimmy McMikle, Kappa Alpha Psi’s Grand Polemarch [International President]. “I encourage our members, affiliates, and friends across the globe to help the fraternity continue our efforts to assist St. Jude in fulfilling its vision.”

The fraternity’s new goal is to raise the additional $2 million in the next three years.

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