It is that time of the year again when St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals has a Call to Service here in the Washington, DC area. This annual event coincides with CBC. This event celebrates the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations and supports the mission to defeat childhood cancer and sickle cell disease. September is their respective awareness months so the timing couldn’t be better.
This year’s St. Jude Call to Service was at The Hamilton on 14th Street, in downtown Washington, DC. I was excited about the location because I know they have a really nice party area.
Naturally the first thing I did was hit the red carpet. My lace top was from Target and my bold yellow crop pants were a $10 find at Zara.
My sister joined myself and The Style Medic for the evening. My sister is not social like this and it was a treat to actually have her out with us. We had to seal this occasion with a picture.
What is sickle cell? Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that results in red blood cells becoming hard and sickle-shaped. The shape disrupts the normal flow of blood in the body, which can cause painful and sometimes life-threatening side effects. Click HERE for more detail information on sickle cell.
Myself and Richard Lee Snow, Senior Advisor – Multicultural Marketing Business Development. ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Our entertainment for the night was the one and only Regina Belle. She gave me all the life and all of the feels. She can still sang y’all.
Meet St. Jude Patient Courtney Davis, this young lady is going places. Her parents found out she had sickle cell while she was in utero. Her parents reached out to St. Jude and actually began treatment while she was in the womb. SO FREAKING SMART! Once Courtney was born she continued being treated by St. Jude; based on the treatment she has received to date it has given her a better quality of life. Sickle Cell is generally physically exhausting to the body and most people with it don’t play sports. Well Miss Courtney here has been able to start cheer-leading. On this night she received a full college scholarship to a college in Tennessee. Amazing!
Now back to Regina Belle, my favorite song A Whole New World originally done with Peebo Bryson. This song is from the soundtrack of the Disney movie Aladdin. She didn’t sang this for us and it is best. I will have fallen out on the floor like a fool. She did however serenade the beautiful Courtney with “If I Could.”
Jennifer M. Jones (National President – NPHC); Andre R. Manson (Grand Polaris, – Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.); Deborah Catchings-Smith – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.); AC Wharton (representing Dr. Everett B. Ward – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.); Mary Breaux Wright (International Grand Basileus – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.); Micheal E. Cristal (International President – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.); Beverly E. Smith (National President – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.); Anthony F. Knox, Sr. (Grand Basileus – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.); Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover (National Vice President – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.); Thomas L. Battles, Jr. (Grand Polemarch – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.)
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I had no idea that you could treat sickle cell in utero! That is amazing. I am always so proud of the service efforts of the NPHC. Looks like it was a great night – love those pants!
Me either, that was a new one for me. I love that they share their groundbreaking information.
Sapphire Kharyzma says
You look fabulous, as always! I love Saint Jude. They make such positive impact in the lives of children 🙂
Thanks, they really do. They change lives in such epic fashion.
I did not know Regina Belle supports St. Jude but I am glad she does. St. Jude is so important and they deserve to be backed by celebrities from all over.
I totally agree. It warms my heart every time I see a celeb supporting them.
This sounds like a great event! I remember my mom LOVED Regina Belle so it would’ve been a treat to hear her sing live, she has such a beautiful pic!!!
Regina is old school and I’m a sucker for old school music. She can still blow.
Allison Jones says
As a proud member of an NPHC sorority, I absolutely love that they put on an event like this. It’s such an important cause and I had no clue Regina Belle was involved.
Oh yeah Allison. They show up in grand fashion every year and support St. Jude.
I had no idea but that only makes me love her even more. She has always been one of my favorites and it makes me happy to know that she supports St. Jude
Right, that was my thinking too.
I had no idea! Each year we donate twice to St. Jude I love supporting the hospital.
Yes, I always like to see what organizations celeb contribute/advocate for. Thanks for your support.
Wow what an amazing event! I love the mission St.Jude is doing and it seems like they are doing more and more great events lately and I am loving it. So happy you enjoyed their concert!
Thanks, they are my favorite non-profit to support. Regina Belle was incredible.
Amber Myers says
What an amazing event this is! I had no idea Regina Belle supports St. Jude, but I’m so glad she does.
Me too, I love her even more for it.
robin rue says
Good for her. St. Jude’s is such a great cause to give to. I always give to them when I have a chance – they do such good work.
Yes, St. Jude is always my go to charity when it comes to donation.
Tomi C says
OMG! The kids JUST recited the lyrics to Regina Belle’s “If I Could” a couple of weeks ago during a Grandparents’ Day program at our church. That song makes me tear up every single time. I bet she gave an awesome concert and it looks like you had a blast. Way to support such a dynamic hospital!!!
OH MY GOSH! That sounds so freaking cute. Girl, I tear up too.
Tanay Michele says
St Jude is amazing I hope I’m in a place to donate more to them one day. I also didn’t know sickle cell could be treated in utero. I bet a lot of people aren’t aware of that.
There is so much good info out there that people just don’t’ know about. I’m trying to help spread the word. The more we know the better.
St. Jude’s hospital is probably the number one on my list when it comes to donating. They do so much good for everybody but children especially and I am definitely in support of that.
Kids always tug at our hearts to know that St. Jude is always there for them is comforting.
I’ve known my share of sick children and it’s nice to see that there are programs that are genuinely designed to help them and their families.
That is why it is so easy for me support. They are legit changing and saving lives.
Candice Straughter says
I’m gonna have to read more about this! My niece, nephew and aunt have sickle cell. My 8 year old niece experiences the most episodes between them all and it’s devastating seeing her in pain. How awesome to hear Regina Belle sing. That woman has a great voice.
OMG, sorry to hear that. St. Jude is by far leading the fight in Sickle Cell. They are a wealth of information.
Jo Jo says
That’s awesome she does. I had no clue. Looks like it was a wonderful event. Wish there was a video of her performing! Thanks for sharing 🙂
There is a video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1S4xXGzb6Y
Have always heard wonderful things about St Jude and the research and help they give to children and their families.
They are incredible.
I love your bold yellow crop pants from Zara. Also, I am a big supporter of St. Jude. I like to donate to them.
Thanks, Pam. Whenever I wear yellow I feel amazing. Thanks for supporting St. Jude.
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
Wow, I had no idea about this collaboration. I love it when a famous figure supports such a worthwhile cause as St Jude. This is so great for future research!
Me too, we should use our platforms for good.
What a great night and a great cause. And they picked the perfect place. I love the Hamilton! I’ve gone there for many a happy hour and even the gospel brunch!
The venue was perfect, the food at The Hamilton is delicious. Yes, I’ve done the brunch before as well.
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says
A good homeschooling mom friend of mine, her son, he’s 10, is in the hospital right now due to sickle cell anemia. most people don’t know a whole lot about it. When she posted about him being admitted the other day, and why, several were unsure of what it was exactly.
I wish them well. I’m still shocked how so many people know about it. That is why I am here, to help spread the word.
Our Family World says
This event is so heartwarming. Regina Belle is a fantastic singer and I am so happy that this event is all for the benefit of St. Jude NPHC. Thanks for giving these children a better quality of life.
She still has it after all of these years. I love that.
I bet it was amazing being part of such an important night. You looked beautiful, loving that top!
It was, thanks Dwan.
Lynn Woods says
What a cute outfit! Regina Belle has always been one of my favorites. Looks like you had a great time and what a great cause!
Thanks, Lynn. I try to keep it cute. We had a wonderful evening.
Kita Bryant says
One more reason to love her. Anyone that supports St. Jude is a hero.
I totally agree.
What an incredible event, I bet your sister enjoyed it and glad to see such organisations looking after the important diseases that our children might face.
She had such a great time.
Mama Ash says
I needed a tissue after watching Regina Belle sing, she is AMAZING. What a song and the touching, emotional video. I truly had no idea. What a special gala. God bless!
Me too, I love Regina Belle but she gives me all of the feels.
Both of my sisters were born with sickle cell anemia. One sister is older, and my other sister is the last born. My cousin died in his mid-twenties due to sickle cell complications. I witnessed the pain all my life. My dad stays alert at all times when it comes to his girls. There is no true definition of worry until you see it on my dads face. I donate to St. Jude on the regular. I don’t care what celebrity supports this cause. It’s different when it touches home. Great post. Yours is my favorite out of all the ladies. Keep supporting, there is many more proven test out there. But to say there is a cure…I need to witness it to believe it.
Wow Kay, that a story. My niece is only 1 years old so dealing with sickle cell is new for our family. I’m so thankful to be an Ambassador with St. Jude because they have really educated me. I, in turn, share that with my family. Sending lots of love to you and your family. That can’t be easy. Seeing a daddy worry will bring anyone to their knees.
I’m going to keep doing my part, sharing the knowledge and learning all I can.
We ALL should support St Jude’s!! It’s such a good cause – these pictures are amazing and I’m so glad there’s events and people like this out there!
They blow my mind every time I attend an event. I learn something new.