Epsilon Sigma Alpha celebrates St. Jude’s fundraising success

Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) members across the country announce the celebration of their 40th year of service to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Since 1972, when hospital founder Danny Thomas attended an ESA convention in St. Paul, MN, ESA has raised more than $150 million in cash and pledges to support the work of the hospital.

“Pine Cone Forest” table featured at the 2011 ESA Tour of Tables for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (Submitted photo)

Having sponsored and participated in thousands of events for St. Jude, ESA has become a pace-setter in raising funds and awareness for the hospital's good works.

Locally, the Theta Omega Chapter of ESA will celebrate ESA's fundraising success with the chapter's eight annual Tour of Tables, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 21.

The "Tour" will be held in St. Agnes Catholic School's Father Wolf Auditorium. Doors will open at 10:45 a.m., and the salad luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon will be catered by members of St. Agnes Parish. Tickets are $15.

For more information about the Tour of Tables, contact Barbara Campbell at 624-4626.

Founded in 1929, ESA offers programs and projects to help make a positive difference in the lives of others. ESA has created a powerful network of approximately 1,000 chapters to excel in community education, service and philanthropy.

For more information about ESA, visit www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org, or contact South Dakota ESA's incoming state president/membership director, Earleen Varns at 624-8306, or by contacting ESA headquarters at (970) 223-2824.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital's research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened, to almost 80 percent today.

It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center devoted solely to children.

St. Jude shares its protocols with local physicians.

"The grandson of one of our annual hostesses was treated for neuroblastoma when his Sioux Falls pediatric oncologist used a St. Jude protocol 22 years ago," said Tour of Tables event chair Barbara Campbell. "In addition, no family ever pays for care at St. Jude."

For more information, go to www.stjude.org.

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