CSU, Chico News

Students Trying to ‘Three-peat’ as Top Fund-Raisers for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Date: 10-27-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Larry Bassow
Program Coordinator for Greek Life

Fifty volunteers are organizing the Up ’til Dawn fundraising event for more than 2,000 students on Monday, Nov. 3. The event raises money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The students are working to be first among other universities in the nation for the third year in a row.

This is the eighth Up ’til Dawn event. Volunteers will spend the evening writing letters to their friends and family requesting donations for the children’s hospital. Last year their personal requests resulted in a total of $183,561, ranking them first in the nation, for the second straight year.

In the previous year, the group set an all-time-high with the $187,000 they raised. The money is used by St. Jude to research and treat cancer and other catastrophic diseases of childhood.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in Acker Gym. Letter-writing supplies will be available. The theme this year is Las Vegas. Grand prizes include a laptop computer, free tuition for spring semester courtesy of Triple J Screenprinting and Embroidery, and an all-expense-paid trip for two to Las Vegas. In addition there will be a special guest from the hospital, two bands, free food and shirts for each participant.

“Up ’til Dawn has grown into a great event which brings our campus together for a meaningful cause, and it continues to be a staple in the ‘Chico Experience’ for our students,” said Larry Bassow, program coordinator for Greek Life and the advisor for the event. “The committee’s goal is $200,000 this year, and I have no doubt they can reach their goal. They’ve raised more than $650,000 so far, and their enthusiasm about making a difference with this event remains high.”

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.

For more information, contact Drew Lewis, co-director of the event at 707-363-5745 or Bassow, 530-898-5396.