CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Once Again Tops Among Colleges Raising Funds for St. Jude

Date: 04-17-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

For the second year in a row, California State University, Chico is the top collegiate fund-raiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., topping all other schools with a total of $183,561 raised to date during the 2007-2008 academic year.

CSU, Chico set new records this year for the number of volunteers taking part to raise money – 2,021 – and the number of letters sent out requesting support, which was in excess of 37,000. The University kicked off its fund-raising effort Nov. 5, 2007, with the popular Up ’til Dawn event held in Acker Gym.

Trailing behind CSU, Chico this year were Western Kentucky University ($107,000), University of Memphis ($101,000), Kansas State University ($80,000) and Clemson University ($71,000).

Last year, CSU, Chico set the all-time collegiate record for funds raised for St. Jude in one year – $187,000 – and now has raised more than $677,000 for the children’s research hospital over the six years it has been part of St. Jude’s collegiate fund-raising program.

“We congratulate the wonderful students and staff of California State University, Chico for another successful Up ’til Dawn event,” said David L. McKee, chief operating officer of ALSAC, the fund-raising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Your hard work and passion for the mission of St. Jude has had remarkable results. For the second straight year, Chico State has generated more donations for St. Jude during Up ’til Dawn than any other campus. You owe this amazing accomplishment to your enthusiasm and your compassion for the children of St. Jude. We are so grateful to Chico State for your support and commitment to St. Jude.”

“At the heart of our value system is a sense of service, guided by compassion and engagement,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “Our participation in the St. Jude’s Up ’til Dawn program underscores the truth of what we affirm. Moreover, it signals that we enthusiastically accept the challenge of meeting the high expectations that our performance in this program raises year after year. Whether through record-setting dollars, participants, or letters, we are the national leaders in an effort that brings out the best in us and connects us to a community whose hopes depend on us. As we have demonstrated, those hopes are well placed.”

St. Jude, the largest childhood cancer research center in the world, treats children from all 50 states as well as foreign countries, without regard for ability to pay. 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.

Larry Bassow, program coordinator for Greek Life at CSU, Chico and an advisor to Up ’til Dawn, said the committee of students who put together this year’s national-best fund-raising will be celebrating their achievements this spring; then it will be time to recruit a new team of student leaders for next year’s effort. The students and advisors will be traveling to Memphis in June to prepare for fall 2008’s Up ’til Dawn.

“Chico students have set the bar for the entire country in college efforts on behalf of St. Jude,” said Bassow. “Our Up ’til Dawn event is off the charts compared to other schools in terms of student excitement and involvement.”