CSU, Chico News

Student Volunteers Poised to Set New Records, Top $1 Million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Date: 11-05-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Acker Gym will be bursting with students Monday, Nov. 9, as money is raised for children’s cancer research at Up ‘til Dawn, the biggest single night of volunteer service on campus.

The event raises money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Last year more than 2,300 students and other campus community members filled the gym writing letters to friends and family requesting donations for the famed children’s hospital, located in Memphis, Tenn.

For four years running, CSU, Chico has been the top collegiate fund-raiser for St. Jude, and is set this year to be the first campus to go over $1 million in fund raising.

Last year CSU, Chico raised approximately $204,000, and has raised more than $880,000 for St. Jude’s over the past decade. CSU, Chico has set collegiate records for dollars raised in one year and number of letters sent out to potential donors.

In August, CSU, Chico students and advisers received awards from St. Jude for having the outstanding fund-raising event, overall program, program advisors and fund-raising total.

The ninth annual Up ‘til Dawn begins at 4 p.m. in Acker Gym. Letter-writing supplies will be available. Hollywood is the theme of this year’s event, and one of the prizes offered this year will be two tickets to a movie premiere in Hollywood.

Zach Sachs, co-director of the event with fellow CSU, Chico student Tara Razi, said volunteers are encouraged to bring a list of postal mail addresses of friends and contacts for letter-writing.

“This event is a unique opportunity for students to show their character as philanthropic individuals who can have a good time in the process,” Sachs said.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, is committed to treating all children who have cancer and other catastrophic diseases, no matter their economic situation.

For more information, contact Sachs at 925-899-0980, zsachs@mail.csuchico.edu, or Larry Bassow, Up ‘til Dawn adviser, at 530-898-5396.