Chico State Places Second Nationally in Raising Funds for St. Jude's

Aug 15, 2013 5:06 PM

For the seventh time in as many years, the students of California State University, Chico were once again among the top fundraisers for “Up 'til Dawn”. The campaign is a national fundraising effort for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is dedicated to research and treatment to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Because of the amount of donations the hospital receives annually, families do not pay for treatment.

The Chico State team raised over $110,000 at the annual event last November, which earned them the second place spot for 2012. Chico State has earned five first-place titles in the last seven years, their two second place finishes were behind the University of Memphis where the hospital is located.

According to the university’s press release, Chico State beat their championship worthy amount from 2011 by nearly $10,000.

“Up ’til Dawn is one of Chico State’s best traditions,” said Ian Gilbert, associate director for the CSU, Chico Up ’til Dawn program and a fourth-year exercise physiology student. “Having raised $1.4 million in 12 years is something that every student who has ever participated in the event can be proud of. Up ’til Dawn strives to be inclusive and unite our diverse campus.”

The release also indicated more than 250 colleges and universities around the nation compete in Up ‘til Dawn each year. In 2012, the campaign raised nearly $3 million for cancer research and treatment for children.

Since Chico State began participating in Up 'til Dawn in 2000, they have secured almost $1.4 million in donations for St. Jude’s-more than any other participating college or university.

“This year, we are poised to reach our goal of raising $200,000 and earning our sixth national championship,” said Gilbert.

This year’s Up ’til Dawn event is planned for Nov. 4 in Acker Gym and will be themed “Carnival for a Cure.”


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