Every kiss begins with Kay, but what about every gift to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital? Last year, Kay Philanthropy (yes, it’s a thing) announced a $5 million pledge to kick off a partnership. Now they’re announcing a ten-year commitment, complete with a pledge to raise $50 million, to support the Kay Research and Care Center on St. Jude’s Memphis campus.
The crown jewel of the new center? The Eric Trump Foundation Surgery and ICU Center, toward which the Eric Trump Foundation gave $20 million earlier in 2015. (He’s the first son of Donald & Ivana Trump, yup, and he has his dad’s unfortunate hair.) There’s also the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration, and the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center, which is, supposedly, the world’s first proton therapy center devoted to treating children. Aside from all that, of course, the new center will go a long way toward supporting the research, education, care, and treatment for children with cancer.
As part of the fundraising campaign, St. Jude received a number of $1 million or more gifts from the following: the Jerry N. and Virginia S. Williams Estate; InfinityQS International, Inc.; Holly, Doug, Taylor, and Kyle Brooks; Michele and Bill Nuti; the Peter & Mary Russo Family Foundation; the Randi and Clifford Lane Foundation; and a donation made in memory of Dominick M. Amorosi, and Sky High.
"This is a momentous occasion for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as we open the new Kay Research and Care Center and celebrate the integration of treatment, research, technology, collaboration, and education on the St. Jude campus," said St. Jude's president and CEO Richard Shadyac, Jr. "We are tremendously thankful for the dedicated support of Kay Jewelers, the Eric Trump Foundation, and the many donors who partner with us as we take this important next step forward in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases."
It makes sense to us that Kay Philanthropy supports St. Jude—being a jewelry company, it wants to keep its charitable causes in line with the company's image, and no one is going to fault it for helping out St. Jude’s. Kay also gives generously to the American Diabetes Association, and to Jewelers for Children, a passthrough organization that helps direct funds from Kay and others to help kids through the Make a Wish Foundation, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and others.