Students Elected to Lead Up ’til Dawn

A new “Up ’til Dawn” board of directors has been elected at William Woods University, assuring the continuation of efforts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


The organization conducts fund-raising events to support St. Jude. The hospital, located in Memphis, Tenn., is world-renowned 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.


“Up ’til Dawn” is a national organization that was new to the WWU campus this year. It is completely student organized and led. During the 2004-05 academic year, they raised more than $11,000, primarily through a letter-writing campaign.


Barbie Banks, a WWU graduating senior from Pevely, Mo., was a founder and first executive director. She explained the origin of the name: “We have a party where we all stay ‘up ’til dawn’ in support of the parents staying ‘up ’til dawn’ at the research hospital.”


She added, “We understand the heartache of parents with children who stay awake all night wondering whether their children will see another day. “Up ’til Dawn” participants are willing to give a day of their lives to help ensure these children will see better days in the future. Through these efforts, we hope to help St. Jude further its role as an innovator in the fight against life-threatening childhood illnesses.”


Crystal Goeringer of St. Charles, Mo., succeeds Banks as executive director. Other officers include: Erica Dyer of Odessa, Mo., assistant director; Alarie Sims of Blue Springs, Mo., teams chair and morale chair; Kate Gosser of Crown Point, Ind., fund-raising and sponsorship chair; Emily Crites of Union Star, Mo., entertainment chair; Kristen Smith of Laddonia, Mo., public relations chair, and Tina Corder of Jonesburg, Mo., advocacy chair.