Purple Eagles Luncheon at FedEx St.Jude Classic

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    FedEx, corporate events
    Beth Thorne

    Summer doesn't begin for us at Simply Delicious Caterings until the Purple Eagle Luncheon at the FedEx/St Jude Classic.

    For many years, it has been a FedEx tradition to name the large cargo aircrafts in honor of the sons and daughters of its FedEx Express team members. In 2012, FedEx Supplemental Air Operations began naming a FedEx Cessna Caravan aircraft in honor of a FedEx employee's child who is a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient, and The Purple Eagle tradition began.  

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    In honor of St. Jude's 50th anniversary, FedEx made the decision to place a Cessna Caravan on the course at TPC Southwind. They honor a St Jude patient and his or her family by flying the aircraft at the classic with the child's name and St Jude logo under the pilot's window. 

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     Three years ago, we got to step in to help honor these little guys too. FedEx teamed up with us for the luncheon that honors the Purple Eagles. In past years, we have organized a Jurassic Park theme where the dinosaurs took over the luncheon; we have featured Lisa Simpson at a special The Simpson's event; and in 2017, we turned the FedEx Corporate Cabana into an Oakland Raiders tailgate party!

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    This year's honoree was Calvin, and the joy on his face as he walked into his tailgate party was infectious!

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    The luncheon was all about him: his favorite dishes and dressing it up with his favorite team.

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    Our friends at FedEx Express remarked that "... working with Currie and the Simply Delicious crew on the Purple Eagle luncheon is a highlight. They take the Purple Eagle child's dream luncheon and make it a reality.  Perfect way to end the Purple Eagle dedication."

    We are already looking forward to next year!

    Check out more highlights from the Purple Eagle Luncheon at the FedEx St Jude Classic. Thanks to Creation Studios for the photos. 

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    Blog Author: Beth Thorne

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