William Woods University students have raised approximately $17,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this academic year, exceeding last year’s amount by about $5,500.
The money was raised through the fund-raising efforts of a student-run organization called Up ’til Dawn®, which will celebrate its success with a fiesta Friday night (Feb. 10).
St. Jude, located in Memphis, Tenn., is a world-renowned hospital in the treatment and research of childhood illnesses, diseases, and cancers. The 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 student-led, student-run fund raiser that is hosted by more than 150 colleges and universities nationwide. Up ’til Dawn unites faculty, students and their local communities with a goal to help the children of St. Jude.
William Woods is currently the smallest campus in the country that participates in Up ’til Dawn. Crystal Goeringer of St. Charles, Mo., serves as executive director at WWU. 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.
Up ’til Dawn’s celebratory fiesta will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday in Tucker Dining Hall. Invited are the approximately 100 students who participated in the organization this year and the “All Teams Meeting” that was held in October. The team that raised the most money will be announced at the event.
Among the activities planned for the fiesta are dance lessons by Cindy Robb, instructor of athletic training; craft projects; laser tag; money machine; limbo contest; musical chairs, and hit the piñata. Food and prizes will be provided to all in attendance.