To Our Friends:
One weekend, one community, over one million dollars....again! The people of our Webster Parish community showed their love and monetary support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by raising $1,106,269.00 during the 37th Annual Minden St. Jude Auction. This is a magical event which cannot be fully explained to the person who has not actually experienced it!
When Mike Harper closed the Auction Sunday evening, he best described the four day "festival" as the combined efforts of many to become the portrait of who we are as a community. This is a place where educators teach and promote the importance of helping others to our children, where economically stressed businesses and individuals dig a little deeper to help the less fortunate, and where busy volunteers personally identify what contribution of time or talent best suits them to give to St. Jude. The hospital must run on a little over a million dollars a day to operate and continue vital research for the cures of childhood cancers and other illnesses that devastate the young lives of children and their families.
To begin to individually thank all the sponsors, vendors, runners, chili-cook off participants, musicians, blood donors, children, educators, artists, merchants, technicians, volunteers and officials who make the Minden St Jude Auction possible would be a nearly impossible feat, as so many have a part of making it the successful community event it has continued to be over the last 37 years.
Organizers do not set specific monetary goals. Many have come to expect our previous year's totals to be surpassed in the next year and we work toward that as a little competition with ourselves, but we never forget that no matter what amount we are able to bring at the end of the Superbowl weekend, it is great!
This year we will celebrate with an unbelievable total of $1,106,269.00 and, but let us all remember that EVERY year has been a community celebration of generosity and the power of being a part of something meaningful. St Jude will always be humbly grateful for all that we do, not just the money we make. Every dollar makes a difference, whether we have a $2500.00 year, or exceed a million!
To Minden, Webster Parish, and the friends we have made from all over the place through the internet, we want to say your support is overwhelming, and words seem inadequate. On the behalf of MSJ organizers, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and most importantly of all, the patients and their families that this effort is all about, thank you for making this event such a success. Our very special and unique community truly gave "A Million Reasons' To Give a Child Hope"! See you next year!
With Love and Thanks,
Minden St. Jude Auction organizers