St. Jude S'travaganza, biggest fundraiser of the year

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The 20th Annual St. Jude S'travaganza took place Sunday night at the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds. It's the largest super bowl party in town and its focus isn't even on which team will win. At the end of the day, the real winner is St. Jude.

"Funds from this party go to benefit St. Jude Children Research Hospital. In the past 19 years we've raised 2.612 million dollars," said Volunteer, Susan Cathcart.

They plan on making that number thousands of dollars larger.

"We expect to raise $400,000 after all of our bills are paid," said Cathcart.

This large party all began to help raise money for St. Jude in memory of their daughter who lost her battle to cancer.

"We just want a way to give back to the hospital. We had a child who was a patient there at St. Jude, my husband and I did in 1993 and we started this party in memory of our daughter Donna," said Cathcart.

Cathcart said the help of the community and volunteers is what makes the event successful year after year.

"It's mostly community volunteers back at the event hall who have cooked all the food and serving all the food and cleaning all the tables," said Cathcart.

Their hope is to raise enough money one day to cure all of the children who are battling cancer.

"We just want to give back to the hospital and one of these days we said we were going to cure all the children and they can close this hospital up we hope," Cathcart said.