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History
Supporting CURE from the very beginning!
Atlanta Tri Deltas have always supported children's cancer charities – it’s something we began as collegiate members by supporting our national philanthropy.

From 1978 through 1983, Tri Delta alumnae members raised funds for CURE and the CURE Play Lady, Miss Sydney, through the Easter Village craft fair at Perimeter Mall. Tri Deltas also volunteered at the clinic, which was then a trailer on Emory's campus, assisting Miss Sydney with the children.
 
In 1984, alumnae members changed the fundraising focus, continuing our partnership with CURE while also supporting our own Tri Delta Foundation.

Care Affair was first held at The Cherokee Town Club in Buckhead as a black-tie cocktail buffet with silent and live auctions. Music was provided by the famous “Atlanta Seventeen” orchestra, comprised of 17 Atlanta physicians who played big band music several times a year for community charities. The inaugural Care Affair raised $17,500 – much more than the $4,000 high raised through Easter Village.  Care Affair was on its way!  

The first chairman was Becky Reynolds; Dianne Bain created the Care Affair tag line; Lynn Lanier was the graphic artist; Gail Walker was Corporate Sponsor Chairman; and Nancy Adams was responsible for beginning our wonderful community jewelry collaboration for the silent and live auctions. University of Georgia Tri Delta Deborah Norville served as our guest emcee for year three, and the first trip to Europe was featured in year four.
 
After five years at The Cherokee Town Club, Care Affair moved to The Atlanta Athletic Club, which provided a larger ballroom. Year six featured a seated dinner dance for 350 guests, along with silent and live auctions.
 
Through the years, Care Affair has had many strong chairmen, volunteers and supporters. The event has moved around Atlanta, with venues in midtown, downtown, Dunwoody, and other areas. There have been cocktail buffets, seated dinners, wine tastings... always an auction and always fun!
 
Tri Delta’s commitment to raising funds and friends has been very important to our relationship with CURE. Since Care Affair's inception, over $2.2 million has been raised. Although the format of Care Affair has changed through the years, its dedication to CURE Childhood Cancer and the Tri Delta Foundation has been unwavering.  Last year we were able to donate $122,000 to CURE and the
Tri Delta Foundation. For 2017, we aimed to raise another $120,000 for CURE. However, we surpassed that goal, raising $144,500! Thank you so much to our wonderful sponsors who made this happen and to our volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make Care Affair such a smashing event! We are looking to donate even more in 2018!

CURE Childhood Cancer
When our chapter first dedicated its philanthropy to CURE, our goal was to help the doctors at Emory purchase microscopes for their “lab,” which at the time existed in a trailer. Since then, the AFLAC Cancer Center has built a brand-new state of the art facility, and clinical trials with multiple drugs have led pediatric oncologists that much closer to finding a cure!

It is a sobering statistic to know that cancer claims the lives of more young people in the United States under the age of 20 than any other disease, making the stakes even higher to help find a cure as soon as possible! That is exactly what CURE Childhood Cancer seeks to do on a daily basis with their life-saving research, conducted right here in Atlanta at the Emory University School of Medicine and the AFLAC Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. CURE Childhood Cancer also works diligently to assist both patients and their families in the fight against cancer.

Tri Delta Foundation
In addition to supporting CURE Childhood Cancer, 10% of the money raised during Care Affair is donated to our sisters through the Tri Delta Foundation. It is important to our chapter to live by our fraternity's promise to “assist its members in every possible way.” Funds from the Tri Delta Foundation benefit sisters experiencing medical, emotional or financial hardship, and our alumnae chapter is thrilled to be one of the largest donors to the Foundation.

The Tri Delta Foundation also provides educational financial assistance for deserving women. The Tri Deltas who receive undergraduate and graduate scholarships from the Tri Delta Foundation could be the future doctors, researchers, and biologists who one day find the cure for childhood cancer.
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