St. Jude Game Day Give Back - A Great Start to Black History MonthGiving Honor to God and Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
My brothers, I hope that each Omega household is in the best of God's loving care. I humbly thank you for coming together on Super Bowl Sunday and raising more than $30,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
When we bind ourselves together as one, there is nothing that we cannot achieve. For the first year, $25,000 was a very reasonable goal and we exceeded that. The St. Jude family is most appreciative and excited about what we will be able to do next year when we are more familiar with the program. There are many brothers to thank and I thank you all!
Please allow me to recognize First Vice Grand Basileus David Marion, and chairman Al White and the Social Action Committee; who went beyond the call of duty to ensure that we had a successful program. In addition, other brothers such as E. D. Hall, Conrado Morgan, Victor Bruinton, and Grand Keeper of Records and Seal Kenneth Rogers demonstrated outstanding leadership as our leading fundraisers.
Our outstanding undergraduates were led by the Beta Sigma Ques, which made our 39th Grand Basileus, Dr. Andrew A. Ray, very proud. In close competition were the N.W.A. Omegas, the Upsilon Nu Chapter, Brooklyn Omegas, and the Tenacious Tau Omega Chapter; all of whom made our top ten and were recognized for their outstanding contributions.
This was a great example of graduate and undergraduate chapters stepping up, working together and making a difference.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital serves children with cancer and other serious illnesses and is challenged to raise millions of dollars annually. More than 38 percent of the children they serve are African-American. St. Jude covers all of the medical expenses for the children after they are diagnosed and admitted to the hospital. They also absorb the cost for a parent to reside in the family residence during their child's hospital stay. The average cost per child is $485,000 and the parents do not pay a dime. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has saved the lives of many of our children when other hospitals, medical facilities, and service providers have turned them away. But Danny Thomas, the late entertainer, stepped up and said no more. As a result, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital not only took in those families, but he let it be known that those who chose not to serve African-American families could not do business with St. Jude Hospital.
Brothers, your efforts towards this worthy cause is a great way to kick-off Black History Month - working together as one and lifting as we climb.
Antonio F. Knox Sr.
40th Grand Basileus