Legends for Charity® raises $900,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, benefiting kids with childhood cancer, other life-threatening diseases
TAMPA, Fla., May 25, 2021 / PRNewswire / – One hundred generous supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® raised $ 900,000 for the children of St. Jude at this year’s Legends for Charity® dinner, which took place 15 May at the Tampa home of event co-chairs Drew and Morgan Weatherford. The event typically gathers more than 700 guests around the excitement of the Super Bowl and includes an online public auction.
For 2021, the event was transformed into an intimate gathering of supporters committed to St. Jude’s mission of finding healings. Saving Children.® The online auction included luxury travel, autographed memorabilia and tickets to national sporting events.
The dinner is synonymous with the Pat Summerall Award, which honors a deserving national sports broadcaster or prominent sports figure who has had an outstanding career and significant impact in their community. This year’s honoree, Erin Andrews, will be celebrated at the Legends for Charity Dinner in Los Angeles during Super Bowl LVII. The entrepreneur, television host and FOX Sports reporter is the first female recipient of the Pat Summerall Award. Past awards include Tony Dungy, James Brown, Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz, Chris Berman, Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels, Archie Manning, Michael Strahan, Joe Buck, Rich Eisen, Bill Cowher, The NFL ON FOX, John Madden and Jim Kelly.
“The backdrop for this year’s Legends for Charity Dinner may have changed, but our supporters’ commitment to ensuring that St. Jude can continue to develop groundbreaking research and treatment for pediatric cancer and life-threatening diseases,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr. ., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are grateful for the support of Legends for Charity and everyone who participates and supports St. Jude in this event, which has become a cornerstone of the greatest weekend in professional sports. Their generosity ensures that families never have an account of St. Jude. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they have to worry about is helping their child live. ”
Since its founding more than 16 years ago, Legends for Charity has raised more than $ 8 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The late Pat Summerall and his wife Cheri, along with Ocean 2 Ocean Productions, which created and produces the event annually, chose St. Jude as their 2006 charity partner.
Visit LegendsForCharity.com for more information or to donate to St. Jude.
About Legends for Charity®
Legends for Charity® is an annual national event held during Super Bowl Weekend to present the Pat Summerall Award to a deserving broadcaster. Created by Cheryl DeLeonardis of Ocean 2 Ocean Productions, held annually at the prestigious hotel at the NFL headquarters, it celebrates national sports legends and has raised more than $ 8 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since its founding more than 15 years ago, it has become a cornerstone event of the biggest weekend in professional sports, with eight national Telly Awards and opening the world of sports channels to the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The goal is clear: to find cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated solely to children. Treatments invented in St. Jude have helped increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude will not stop until no child dies of cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child rescued in St. Jude means doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family has to worry about is helping their child survive. Join the St. Jude Mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribing on the YouTube channel.
SOURCE ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital