CSU, Chico News

Students Ready to Raise Thousands for St. Jude

Date: 11-03-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Jodie Bloom

California State University, Chico students will participate in the 11th annual Up ’til Dawn St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser Monday night, Nov. 7, in an attempt to win their fifth national championship for the event.

More than 3,000 students are expected to fill Acker Gym between 4 p.m. and midnight to participate in the letter-writing campaign to raise money for the hospital.

At the student-led event, participants address envelopes containing letters soliciting donations for the Memphis, Tenn. based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The football themed event will feature music, dancing, raffles and free food and drink.

Student Kendra Rippey, one of three Up ’til Dawn co-directors, said, “Up ’til Dawn means giving kids with cancer a chance to do the things in life that we take for granted. It’s about helping with the struggles the kids at St. Jude’s have day to day. They are the nicest, most optimistic people I have ever met, and they truly deserve to live a life without cancer.”

Student Jessica Vitorelo, one of the event co-directors, said, “I get to put on the biggest event at Chico State and the biggest Up ’til Dawn fundraiser for St. Jude while saving kids with cancer so that one day they can go to college too...what more could I ask for?”

In 2010, St. Jude honored CSU, Chico for being the fastest school to raise $1 million for research into cancer and other catastrophic diseases affecting children. Organizers hope to raise over $250,000 this year alone.

Up ’til Dawn is sponsored by St. Jude at more than 180 campuses and universities nationwide. The event is led and run entirely by student volunteers.