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CSU, Chico Places Second in National Fundraising Competition for St. Jude’s

Date: 08-15-2013

Sarah Langford

Public Affairs


In 2012, for the seventh time in as many years, California State University, Chico students were among the top fundraisers for a national fundraising competition benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The CSU, Chico team raised $112,000 at the annual Up ’til Dawn event in November and was named the national runner-up. The students have taken the championship five times in the last seven years. Their two second place finishes were behind University of Memphis, which shares a hometown with St. Jude’s. In their latest competition, CSU, Chico students beat their own championship-winning amount from 2011 by about $10,000.

The Up ’til Dawn event is an all-night challenge that attracts more than 2,000 students to address letters to friends and family members with a request for donations to St. Jude’s. Students participate in teams of six and compete for prizes throughout the night. Each student must raise at least $100 to participate.

More than 250 colleges and universities around the nation compete in Up ’til Dawn each year. In 2012 the program raised nearly $3 million for cancer research and treatment for children.

The CSU, Chico students also received the organization’s Outstanding Side Event award for their Bald is Beautiful fundraiser, during which more than 40 students shaved their heads to support the St. Jude’s cause. The award was presented at the Collegiate Leadership Seminar in Memphis, Tenn., July 25-28.

Since CSU, Chico students began participating in Up ’til Dawn in 2000, they have secured nearly $1.4 million in donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital – more than any other participating college or university.

“Up ’til Dawn is one of Chico State’s best traditions,” said Ian Gilbert, associate director for the CSU, Chico Up ’til Dawn program and a fourth-year exercise physiology student. “Having raised $1.4 million in 12 years is something that every student who has ever participated in the event can be proud of. Up ’til Dawn strives to be inclusive and unite our diverse campus. This year, we are poised to reach our goal of raising $200,000 and earning our sixth national championship.”

This year’s Up ’til Dawn event is planned for Nov. 4 in Acker Gym and will be themed “Carnival for a Cure.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is dedicated to research and treatment that help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families do not pay for treatment. For more information, visit www.stjude.org.