August 25, 2006

Eve of Janus event benefits Children’s Hospital

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Among those presented at the Eve of Janus were cancer survivor and Children’s Hospital patient Caroline Hale, accompanied by Brewer Adams.
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Eve of Janus event benefits Children’s Hospital

The 2006 Eve of Janus raised $142,000 to support its philanthropy, the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic.

The Eve of Janus, held for the past 36 years, is the oldest fund-raising event for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Members from the Nashville Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Chapter presented the check Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Since its inception, the Eve of Janus has raised more than $3 million for the Childhood Cancer Program at Children's Hospital. This year's event was held June 2 at the Hillwood Country Club and was co-chaired by Anne Davis and Christy Ivey.

“I think the support of the Eve of Janus and Tri Delta has provided over three decades has been essential to our success as a top 10 Children's Hospital,” said John Whitlock, M.D., director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

During the coming-of-age ball, young women, referred to as The Signs of the Times, and young men, called Marshals, are presented to the community.

“The Eve of Janus is a very meaningful fund-raiser for a part of the hospital, the sixth floor, that is very near and dear to our hearts,” Davis said.

This year, Caroline Hale, a cancer survivor and a sophomore at Sewanee University, was selected to be presented first.

“It means so much to be involved with an event where all the proceeds are going to the Children's Hospital, a place where I spent so much time,” Hale said. “The Eve of Janus is a wonderful way for Nashville to give to the community through the Children's Hospital.”

According to Davis, due in large part to the Nashville alumnae chapter's efforts to raise funds to support pediatric cancer research, the Delta Delta Delta National Fraternity adopted childhood cancer as its national philanthropic project. Vanderbilt's Tri Delta Chapter also raises funds each year for childhood cancer through its annual Delta Underground event.

The Children's Hospital namesake, Monroe Carell Jr., attended the event for the presentation of his granddaughter, Claire Stadler. Aly Armistead, the granddaughter of Mrs. Jack C. Massey, the longest-standing underwriter for Eve of Janus, was also presented.