Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Travel
  3. International Travel

Groove for St. Jude raises money on Carnival Magic

See also

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC - On this beautiful day at sea, Payton Stinnett is hugging a new friend, a cuddly teddy bear wearing a Carnival T-shirt. Although this is her favorite souvenir from the Carnival Magic cruise, the Dallas girl also knows that the stuffed animal her mother just bought is helping raise money for a very worthy cause – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

More Photos

“It’s to help other kids,” Payton explained.

Since December 2009, Carnival Cruise lines has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis to raise $3 million.

Once the cruise line successfully raised it’s initial $3 million, the company extended its commitment to raise an additional $5 million over the next four years. Carnival also has signed on to become St. Jude’s Official Celebration Partner.

“We hope that our fun in-hospital celebrations will bring smiles to kids’ faces and the funds raised will support St. Jude’s life-saving research and education programs,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO, in announcing the new goal.


As Official Celebration Partner, Carnival will help patients celebrate special moments at the hospital, including birthdays which will feature a new gift from Carnival specially created for St. Jude kids.

A variety of new fund-raising activities, both on board and ashore, are planned as part of Carnival’s ongoing support to St. Jude in the fight against pediatric cancer. Carnival has revamped the St. Jude portal with its website ( which includes information on the expanded partnership and an updated chart reflecting progress toward the new $5 million fund-raising goal.

“St. Jude is a wonderful organization that provides no-cost care to children from around the world,” said Carnival Magic Cruise Director James Dunn. St. Jude also helps families of those children. The leading researcher on rare childhood diseases and cancers, St. Jude has an amazing 80 percent success rate.


One of the big events on Carnival vessels is the Groove for St. Jude, a dance party hosted by the voyage’s cruise director. Participants sign up for a $10 donation, with all money going directly to St. Jude. Participants get a "Groove for St. Jude" logo T-shirt and a "Care to Play" wristband to wear at the event.

A popular Beary Buddy workshop also offers a St. Jude Bear, specifically designed for the program. The St. Jude-themed bears come complete with a “birth certificate” signifying that this is a special bear. Proceeds go to the St. Jude fundraiser.


As a side note, I grew up watching the “Danny Thomas Show” on our very small screen television at home. He is the comedian who went on to found St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

As a starving actor, the story goes that Danny Thomas made a vow. If he found success, he would open a shrine dedicated to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. The actor never forgot his promise. After becoming famous in the early 1950s, Danny and his wife built St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Opened in 1962, the hospital for needy children turns away no suffering child. It cares for children regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. Danny Thomas fervently believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”

Danny Thomas died of heart failure at age 79 on Feb. 6, 1991. He is interred on the grounds of St. Jude in Memphis. When his wife of 55 years, Rose Marie, died in July 2000, she was buried alongside him.

For more information: Check out the Carnival Cruise Lines website at or the Carnival St. Jude website at



  • Cashew dip
    Tasty cashew dip: You wouldn't think something so healthy could be so tasty
    Cashew Dip
  • Istanbul, Turkey
    Istanbul, Turkey has been named the number one travel destination by Trip Advisor
    9 Photos
  • Pasta Salad
    Pasta salad recipe: Easy and healthy pasta salad with delicious pasta dressing
    Pasta Salad
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Nail art
    Use this Coachella sunset nail art tutorial with RCM nail polish to create gorgeous nails
    7 Photos
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Recipe 101

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!