Slumber Party to Celebrate WWU Fund-raising Efforts

William Woods University students who helped raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will celebrate their fund-raising efforts with a “slumber party” Friday night (Feb. 11).

A patient from Columbia and her family will attend the celebration, which will include dancing, movies, ice cream, games, prizes and much more.

Called Up ’til Dawn, the student-run organization has raised approximately $11,000 through a letter-writing campaign.

“This surpassed all of our expectations,” said Barbie Banks, a WWU senior from Pevely, Mo., who is executive director. “There was a lot of hard work put into this philanthropic event and I am just really excited about the outcome.”

St. Jude, located in Memphis, Tenn., is a world-renowned hospital in the treatment and research of childhood illnesses, diseases, and cancers. This hospital is one of the forerunners in finding cures for cancers. St. Jude provides care to children without cost to families.

Students will celebrate their success from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Tucker Dining Hall. Staying up late will also serve as a reminder of all the parents who stay up late with their sick children, Banks said.