CSU, Chico News

Record Number of Students Plan to Break Fund-raising Record for St. Jude Children’s Hospital Tonight

Date: 11-05-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

More than 2,100 students have signed up for the Up ’til Dawn event at California State University, Chico this evening, Nov. 5. They will spend the evening writing letters to their friends and family requesting donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This is the seventh Up ‘til Dawn event. Last year’s event placed CSU, Chico first among other universities in the nation with the $187,000 raised as a result of the students’ letter writing. The money is used by St. Jude to treat and research cancer and other catastrophic diseases of childhood.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in Acker Gym. Letter-writing supplies and food will be available. In addition to writing letters, participants will watch live performances, spend time with a patient from St. Jude, and will be eligible for a raffle with more than $20,000 in prizes. One of the raffle prizes getting a lot of attention is a car donated by AutoTrader.com. Another top prize is free spring tuition at CSU, Chico, donated by Triple J Screen Printing and Embroidery.

“The students have set their goal at $200,000 for this year, and I think they’ll do it,” said Larry Bassow, advisor to the student event. “The students have done such an amazing job with this event in the last six years, raising more than $500,000. Their enthusiasm about making a difference with this event is catching!”

Although St. Jude is located in Memphis, Tenn., doctors and hospitals throughout the world use the results of its research. The hospital, founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, is committed to treating all children, no matter what their economic situation.