By Jennifer Morales
Join the Greek community and stay Up ‘Til Dawn to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Even though this annual fundraiser used to be strictly for the Greek community, it is now considered an all-campus event.
This means that whether you are part of a sorority or fraternity or not, everyone is welcome to attend.
On Jan. 27 in the Bronco Student Center all students will be able to participate in the opportunity to exceed last year’s earnings of $50,000.
“We [the Greek community] want to show our campus how we are giving back to the community,” said Kenia Quintos, Alpha Pi Sigma member and fifth year architecture student.
“It’s one of few events that the entire Greek community comes together for all at once to give back.”
To stay ‘Up ‘Til Dawn’, the event is held overnight because it shows empathy for all the parents that stay up all night at the hospital with their ill child in order to care for and cater to their needs.
The efforts and donations from this annual fundraiser show the parents that everyone who participates is willing to symbolically accompany them for one night as they face many difficult nights with their children.
During the summer Melissa Dominguez, Up ‘Til Dawn’s philanthropy chair, went to Memphis, Tenn., to visit the hospital along with other schools to get an understanding of the work being done and get a firsthand look to where the funds will be going.
“The understanding of the hard work gives everyone the motivation to raise as much as they can to help with research expenses,” said Dominguez. “This will benefit children with any health issues and bring the hospitals and their programs that many steps closer to a cure.”
Before the event occurs each year, students can form teams within their respective organizations and then each participant from that organization is put on a team to build multiple teams of six.
Each team has a minimum fundraising goal of $600 dollars to account for the $100 per person entrance but that goal can be met in one of two ways.
Either every participant must raise $100 or they can attend two No More Cancer Rallies that are held on campus.
The next two rallies that are scheduled will be held on Jan. 9 and Jan. 16 during U-Hour in room 15-1802.
With the help of these teams and other students, the proceeds grow annually and go toward the research of illnesses the children may have.
In previous years during the event there have been dance-offs and poster making competitions that result in colorful and influential decorations for the hospital wings where the children are being cared for.
This year at the event there will be games and other activities such as karaoke throughout the night to stay awake.
These activities will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and before the event concludes, the final fundraising total will be announced and presented to a representative from the hospital.
Courtesy of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
In the past few years, Cal Poly Pomona raised more than $175,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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