The Greek community will be holding its annual philanthropy event, Up ‘Til Dawn, this Monday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Ursa Major suite at the Bronco Student Center The event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and this is the first time it will be open to the entire campus community.
Attendees are encouraged to send letters to their families, friends and colleagues asking for donations to the hospital. Prizes will also be raffled off throughout the night, including gift cards, movie tickets, t-shirts, fitness passes, and an iPad. All proceeds go directly to the children’s hospital to fund research on childhood diseases.
Up ‘Til Dawn is a program hosted by schools across the country that allows St. Jude to offer their treatments completely free of cost: “because of its donors, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything,” according to the hospital’s website.
The program is called Up ‘Til Dawn as a tribute to the patients and their families who sacrifice many nights of sleep.
Last year the event raised $3,600, but this year the council is aiming for a holistic fundraising goal of $15,000. The Greek council hopes that opening the event to the rest of the community will help facilitate this goal, as well as giving insight into why Greek life is important.
“One of the goals of the students is to show people outside the Greek community that they do put on social events, but a lot of them are tied to good causes,” says Sharon Rocacorba, coordinator of Greek Life & Education. “We want to show that a lot of Greek life is about philanthropy.”
The event will feature performances by the National Panhellenic Council and Barkada Modern, karaoke, music by AMP Radio, and free food.
To sign up, visit www.myuptildawn.org.
(Photo: courtesy St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)