Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will raise its pledge to a total of $33 million by 2024. Reaffirming its longstanding commitment to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
The announcement was made at the St. Jude campus in Memphis, Tennessee during Carnival’s seventh annual Day of Play where patient families enjoyed a variety of fun activities hosted by the line’s team members.
The Day of Play was held in conjunction with the cruise line’s hotel directors conference, where the leaders responsible for the guest operations on Carnival’s 26 ships traveled to St. Jude for business meetings and a tour of the hospital.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital Commitment
At the event, Carnival announced an additional $15 million pledge to the hospital over the next five years after achieving its initial fundraising goal early. Since the partnership began in 2010, Carnival has raised more than $18 million in support of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.
“Because of the generosity of our guests and team members, we are able to increase our fundraising goal and look forward to continuing to support our friends at the St. Jude Children’s Hospital”
said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“For the second year in a row, we have brought a group of shipboard leaders to St. Jude to see the work being done first-hand and to help incorporate the mission in meaningful ways with our guests, team members, and travel agent partners.”
“I know our hotel directors will leave Memphis inspired to do more for the kids and the health professionals who take care of them as we look for new ways to integrate our support into our shipboard and shoreside activities.”
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As the Official Celebration Partner of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Carnival hosts events at the hospital and raises money through a variety of fundraising initiatives, both onboard and ashore, including the Groove for St. Jude dance party and Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea where kids can create their own St. Jude-themed keepsake bear.