CSU, Chico News

Chico State Is Top Fundraiser in the Country for Up ’til Dawn Event

Date: 04-02-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Larry Bassow
Greek Life

The Up ’til Dawn event at California State University, Chico has moved from "star of the week" to just "star" for its fundraising efforts on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. With a final tally of $186,000 raised by students through the Nov. 7, 2006 event, the Chico project became the highest money-raising project ever, with the highest number of participants writing the highest number of letters.

And, reports Larry Bassow, program coordinator for Greek Life and advisor to the event, the fundraising efforts continue. "We are having our best spring yet," said Bassow. "We recognized the Chico State baseball team as the top letter-writing organization. We’ve supported one Up ’til Dawn run and are sponsoring another. We are in recruitment for participants for next fall right now. The Chico State students have been remarkable in their enthusiasm and dedication to this project."

At the fifth annual student-sponsored Up ’til Dawn event in November, more than 850 participants produced over 18,000 letters to friends and family requesting donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 70 teams-half made up of students from residence halls, and the other half made up of students from Greek and other campus organizations-met for a night of letter writing and education on St. Jude’s research and treatment of childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Although St. Jude Hospital is located in Memphis, Tenn., doctors and hospitals use its work throughout the world. The hospital, founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas, is committed to treating all children, no matter what their economic situation.