Our partnership with CURE Childhood Cancer started in 1978; Care Affair as we know it was born in 1984.
Fueled by willing service of the
Atlanta Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter.
Amount raised to date that's helped
fight against childhood cancer,
offered scholarships and support
to fellow Tri Delta sisters.
Our committee is comprised solely of members of
the Atlanta Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter:
Leah Harris Yarbrough,
Vice President of Philanthropy
Ashley Salzwedel, Chapter President
Jennifer Ayers, Donation Coordinator
Justina Knutson, Chapter Treasurer
Kelly Plantz, Donation Coordinator
Lenora Oeters, CURE Liaison
Locksley Randle, Membership Chair
Martha Sledge, Day Group Treasurer
Melissa Woolum, Sponsorship Jockey
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.
Care Affair Chairs 1984-1996: Becky Reynolds, Alycia Volk, Becky Reynolds, Bonnie Holiman, Deborah Ashendorf, Lynn Lanier, Virginia Aiken, Carol Caughman and Lynn Heinemann, Deborah Ashendorf, Becky Tolbert and Anne Trulock, Gail Walker and Darlene Hyry, Pam Elmore and Jennifer Nicoletti, Martha Sledge & Marilee McGinn
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!
Care Affair Chairs 1997-2009: Bonnie Holiman, Terri Vann, Melissa White, Maggie Eckard and Colin Smith, Nancy Adams and Dianne Bain and Wendy Eden and Pam Elmore and Becky Reynolds and Martha Sledge and Gail Walker, Maggie Eckard, Lynn Lanier and Patsy Newton, Maria Madden and Rachel Huenefeld and April Voris, Laura Hamilton and Susan Miller
Tri Delta’s commitment to raising funds and friends has been very important to our relationship with CURE. Since Care Affair's inception, over $2.4 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. In 2016 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! In 2018 we raised, $83,000 and in 2019 we had a Kentucky Derby themed party on May 4th raising more than $90,000! We can't wait for 2020!
Care Affair Chairs 2010-2020: Leigh Beakley and Leah Harris Yarbrough, Maggie Eckard and April Voris, Stephanie Griffin and Susan Johnson, Jennifer Germain and Lynn Koch, Jennifer Germain and Michelle Wylie, Lenora Oeters, Bonnie Holiman, Sarah Duncan, Melissa Woolum and Stephanie Muzi, Leah Yarbrough