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More than 700 students participate in Up ’til Dawn Finale for St. Jude

More than 700 WKU students participated in the Up ‘til Dawn Finale for St. Jude Children’s Hospital at the Preston Center on March 19.

The 2010 Up ‘til Dawn Finale is the celebration of fundraising efforts throughout the school year.  During the fall semester more than 900 students participated in a three-day letter writing campaign. Each student wrote on average of 50 letters to parents, family and friends in hopes of raising money for the hospital in Memphis. The finale total as of Friday is $104,000 with more donations expected to come in over the next several weeks.

The idea behind the Up ‘til Dawn finale is: “cancer never sleeps so neither do we.” Students began their night at 9 p.m. and stayed awake until 5 a.m., celebrating their fundraising and awareness efforts. The night was filled with various activities to keep the energy and excitement alive. Entertainment was provided by Campus Activities Board, who provided a performance by Natalie Stovall and a laser tag dome with five on five tournaments. There was also a dodge ball tournament and plenty of food provided through various donations.

In addition, Brooke Johnson, a St. Jude patient, along with her father and sisters, spoke to the group of students. The Up ‘til Dawn  Executive Board, consisting of 35 WKU students, is led by Executive Director Cory Gearlds, a senior nursing major from Tompkinsville, and Co-Assistant Directors Aaron Pawley, a senior economics major from Elizabethtown, and Lyndsey Crumpton, a sophomore marketing major from Glasgow.

Contact: Mindy Johnson, (270) 745-2060.

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