Mount Union Students Raise $77,121.92 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
March 05, 2010
More than 300 Mount Union College students were anxiously awaiting for the clock to strike midnight to find out how much money they had collectively raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The Up 'til Dawn finale event was held on Friday, February 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s campus. At midnight students on the executive board revealed that $77,121.92 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This is the second year for Up ‘til Dawn, a student-led, student-run philanthropic fundraising program, to be held at Mount Union. This past November students wrote 12,000 letters to family and friends asking for donations to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find new treatments for cancer, sickle cell disease and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
Students at Mount Union came together once again and raised more money for the children and families at St. Jude than they did last year. Last year students raised $73,547.54.
“The success of Up ‘til Dawn at Mount Union is incredible,” said Abby Honaker, a junior English writing major who also is a member of the student executive board. “The executive board and many other students, faculty and staff worked really hard to make this fundraising program a success. It is amazing how much money was raised to make a difference in the lives of the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am already looking forward to next year.”
The finale event included a variety of activities for individuals to enjoy all evening including raffles, bingo, card making, karaoke, live music, t-shirt tie-dying and caricatures, among others. Several organizations volunteered their time and funding to help make this program a success including Mount Union After Hours, the Raider Programming Board and Student Senate. Local businesses also contributed prizes, food and monetary donations.