One of the most important ways in which we shine at Sterling is through our corporate-wide commitment to community service on a national and local level. Our dedication to service for others in need clearly demonstrates the considerable value we place on philanthropy as a corporation, and is a great source of pride to Sterling team members across the nation.
Founded in 1962, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® is Sterling's primary charity. We were drawn to and inspired by its powerful mission of "no child should die in the dawn of life." Started by late entertainer Danny Thomas, the St. Jude specializes in helping children from all over the world overcome cancer and other serious diseases.
We are always looking for innovative ways to give back to our communities. And in 1999, inspired by its patients and history of service, Sterling embarked on a caring partnership with St. Jude.
This past year, we presented St. Jude with a check for $2.4 million, our largest donation ever. It jump-started our newest, and largest commitment to date — the $15 million expansion and renovation of the hospital cafeteria. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and team members, we have raised $10.5 million in just eight years.
Located in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude is the largest childhood cancer research center in the world based on the number of patients enrolled and successfully treated. In the past 50 years, their patient survival rate has risen significantly from 20% to 70%, and St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from 70 foreign countries. Today, approximately 4,900 patients actively receive treatment from St. Jude
We get great satisfaction from making a difference in the communities in which we live and work. In Northeast Ohio, Sterling is affiliated with the following organizations and charities: