Record Breaking Attendance for the St Jude Gourmet Gala

St Jude 18th Gourmet Gala

Record breaking crowds attended the 18th Annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala. Supporting St Jude lets us support children’s health on a national and international stage.

John Melfi, the Oval Room, at St Jude Gourmet Gala

Mike and Melissa Hjelkrem at St Jude Gourmet Gala

St. Jude was created by Danny Thomas to treat children and their families. When he opened St. Jude in 1957, they chose acute leukemia as their first priority, a disease with 4% survival.  St. Jude is the largest private research institution addressing childhood cancers. Today survival for acute leukemia is 94%.

Annie Simonian Totah, Honarary Chair of the 18th Annual St Jude Gourmet Gala

Chris Weiner and Ashley Schneider at St Jude’s Gourmet Gala. Chris is the director of business operations and executive entertainment for the Washington Redskins. This is his second St Jude event!

Joseph Stango and Anon Claudia Lopez, Olivia Macaron at St Jude Gourmet Gala

Sariah and Farzad Najam have been attending events to support St Jude for years!

Amy Williams, Yolanda Ruiz, Elizabeth McNeal, Ruth Chris Steakhouse at St Jude Gourmet Gala

Families who bring their sick children to St. Jude’s in Memphis Tennessee do not pay for care, food, housing or transportation. Patient’s families speak of love from every St. Jude staff member they meet.

Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President ALSAC Foundation – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Gourmet Gala

Bill and Mary Vogenpohl at St Jude Gourmet Gala

Charity events such the Gourmet Gala make this care possible.

St Jude 18th Gourmet Gala sets attendance records.

Matthew Seckinger with Rural Society’s Braised Oxtail at St Jude Gourmet Gala

The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC at St Jude Gourmet Gala

A record-breaking 880 guests and 34 chefs attended the 18th Annual Gourmet Gala. The chef’s provided tasting menus of their signature dishes.  It was an evening of great tastes and a great cause.  With costs of providing care to children with cancer running a little over a million dollars a day at St. Jude, please consider donating today to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Adrian Estrada, Rural Society, at St Jude Gourmet Gala


Photo credits Matt Boccuzzi, 2017.