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Kappas present major donation to St. Jude during Vicennium Partnership Banquet

On Monday, February 19, 2024, the Memphis Alumni and Kappa Beta Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated more than two decades of partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The momentous occasion was marked by the “Vicennium Partnership Banquet,” held at the Downtown Masonic Temple in Memphis, TN. This event not only commemorated the longstanding relationship between the fraternity and the hospital but also served as a fundraiser for St. Jude.

TSD Photographer Gary S. Whitlow was on hand to capture the festivities. Check these images out:

 

The banquet commenced with opening remarks by Absalom Bolling, the Vice Chairman of Kappa Alpha Psi for St. Jude, followed by an invocation by Dr. Christopher Davis, the interim President of LeMoyne-Owen College.

Dr. Justin Lawhead, the Dean of Students at the University of Memphis, welcomed attendees, and Memphis Mayor Paul Young delivered remarks. A “St. Jude Mission Moment” was shared by a St. Jude patient’s family, highlighting the impact of the hospital’s work.

The evening included the presentation of the “Leader of Innovative Change Award” to Rick Shadyac, the President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude, acknowledging his leadership and contributions. The award was presented by Willie Brooks and Absalom Bolling, representing Kappa Alpha Psi’s involvement with St. Jude.

The event concluded with closing remarks from Bolling, encapsulating a night of reflection, celebration, and commitment to the ongoing partnership and support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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