The Greek community raised more than $41,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during its annual “Up ‘til Dawn” event.
The all-night fundraiser had three main events: The Amazing Race, poster making and Minute to Win it challenges, alongside smaller events including karaoke, Wii games and a photo booth.
This year, a special guest participated in the events – Andy, a cancer survivor from St. Jude along with his family. He wants to be an engineer one day and was able to interact with some of the engineering majors.
“The Up ’til Dawn executive board has been working since July to make this event happen and to raise over $41,000 is absolutely indescribable,” Diane Ahn, philanthropy chair, says. “We have worked so hard and it was definitely all worth it. I really appreciate all of the support that we have had.”
She initially joined the Up ‘til Dawn executive board to get more involved with the Greek community and was given the opportunity to go to a St. Jude Leadership conference. She became passionate about the work they do.
“We were able to speak with so many different patients and their families. I heard all of the lives that St. Jude has touched and it motived Jessica, the events chair, and me,” she says. “There is no doubt that this event is not easy to plan, but we kept reminding ourselves who we are doing it for.”
More than 300 students participated in the event and gave first-time adviser John LeJay II a chance to see the hard work, dedication, zeal, and compassion the Greek students have for Up ‘til Dawn.
“It wasn’t until I met one of the St. Jude’s patients, Andy, and his beautiful family, who participated in the actual event, that I saw how much of an impact we as a Greek and Cal Poly Pomona family make within the lives of others outside of our direct community,” he says. “I applaud this year’s Up ‘til Dawn committee on their amazing efforts, and I am fully confident that this event will flourish as the years go by.”