By Christina Berberian
Whether it is participating in a fundraiser, rally or donating, Cal Poly Pomona students value doing their part to help others.
One significant program that leads the collective effort of the student body to give back is Up ‘Til Dawn.
Up ‘Til Dawn is a nationwide program run by students to help raise awareness and raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Up ‘Til Dawn program at CPP is primarily run by the Greek community.
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Phi Sigma Rho sorority at CPP held a fundraiser to give back to their community and raise funds.
Held at the University Park near the Bronco Student Center, students at the fundraiser sold food from Jinza Teriyaki to raise money for the patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“All the proceeds for the teriyaki went to Up ‘Til Dawn, which gives them to St. Jude’s Hospital,” said Kelci Ellis-Alvarez, Director of Fundraising for the Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority Psi Chapter at CPP.
“We sold out completely within 20 minutes.”
Ellis-Alvarez goes on to say how she set up the fundraiser to allow the girls from the sorority to raise awareness for the cause and to raise funds.
Phi Sigma Rho’s philanthropic goals were met after selling out of their orders of Jinza Teriyaki within 20 minutes of the fundraiser.
Students at CPP know that philanthropy is an integral part of being a member of our school’s community.
“I think that fundraisers are important to help unify the student body,” first-year liberal studies student Gabrielle Aguirre said.
Greek life joining together to spread the word and raise money for those in need is something that can strengthen our community.
Even students who were not present at the fundraiser understand the importance for them at their school.
“If I heard about one I would definitely join in,” first-year aerospace engineering student Justin Lee said.
Up ‘Til Dawn is determined to keep fundraising in order to add to their growing amount of money donated to St. Jude.
Up ‘Til Dawn’s upcoming major fundraising effort is the annual overnight event. On Jan. 27, in the Bronco Student Center, CPP students will be able to participate in fun competitions and dance-offs to raise money for the hospital.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a mission to research and treat childhood cancer. All donations they are given are fully spent on defeating this disease and helping more children get treated.
According to the St. Jude Hospital website, 75 percent of funds are used for research and the children’s treatment come from donations alone.
Over the past few years, CPP has brought attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission to help children with cancer. CPP has raised over $175,000 in donations for the hospital.
The donations also help scientists and doctors who work for the hospital discover and create new treatments to help countless other children.
Those who ran the fundraiser and everyone who donated can be confident that they helped a great cause and contributed to saving children’s lives.
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Students know philanthropy is an integral part of being a member of CPP
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