On Thursday, May 26, dozens of cartoonists will meet in Memphis for the 70th annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards. Before the awards ceremony that weekend, their first stop will be at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"We have invited the artists who are attending the NCS conference to sit down with patient families and draw works for them to take home, with the hopes that the experience brings them some joy despite their very difficult circumstances," said Steve McGarry, leader of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation.

That night, guests will get the chance to mingle with the cartoonists for dinner, a silent auction and entertainment. The fundraising event is open to the public. Cartoonists attending include:

Jeff Keane - Family Circus

Patrick McDonnell - Mutts

Lynn Johnston - For Better Or For Worse

Jerry Scott - Zits, Baby Blues

Rick Kirkman - Baby Blues

Mike Peters - Mother Goose & Grimm

Stephan Pastis - Pearls Before Swine

Bill Morrison - The Simpsons and Disney artist

Steve McGarry - Minions, Badlands, Biographic, TrivQuiz, Kidtown

Tom Richmond - Mad Magazine

Robb Armstrong - JumpStart

Hilary Price - Rhymes with Orange

Greg Walker - Beetle Bailey

Greg Evans - Luann

Mike Luckovich - Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist

Rick Stromoski - Soup to Nutz

Maria Scrivan - Half Full

Luke McGarry - Sad Chewie

Lincoln Peirce - Big Nate

Greg Cravens - The Buckets

Michael Ramirez - Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist

Jason Chatfield - Ginger Meggs

Ed Steckley - humorous illustrator

To attend, purchase tickets here.

Visit the NCS website or click here for more information about the event.