MAKE ROOM FOR DANNY THOMAS
Tuesday, January 12, Zahav - Brown bag lunch at noon, program begins 12:30
One of nine children born to Syrian-Lebanese Catholic parents, actor/singer/humanitarian Danny Thomas survived challenging times when work was almost impossible to find. When most down and out, he vowed that if he became successful, he would dedicate a shrine to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. His fortune turned—intriguingly with several notable roles as Jewish characters. As he achieved extraordinary success in television and film in the early 50's, he took steps to bring his promise to fruition. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis became the first facility to treat children of every color, creed, and financial status from all 50 states and worldwide, seeking cures to terminal children's illness and saving countless lives. Thomas' legacy of lasting music, love, and hope lives on.