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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 3, 2009

Awareness Week opens 2009-10 Up 'til Dawn effort

Northwest's Office of Campus Activities and various student organizations and Greek-letter societies are busy laying the groundwork this fall for the University's forth Up 'til Dawn campaign, a series of student-led fundraising activities benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Last year's effort raised almost $60,000 for the hospital, and organizers plan to exceed that amount by the time the 2009-10 campaign ends in March.  

Up 'til Dawn Awareness Week activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, with executive board members providing golf cart rides throughout campus for students, faculty and staff.  

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, and Wednesday, Oct. 7, Up 'til Dawn representatives will be on the first floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union handing out information about St. Jude's and the Up 'til Dawn program.

From 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, Up 'til Dawn executive board members will hand out free donuts and coffee at the University Bell Tower.

Up 'til Dawn is part of a national philanthropy involving students at more than 200 colleges and universities. The campaign consists of a variety of fundraising efforts held during the fall and spring.

Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is a major health care center for children funded almost entirely through private donations. Both a treatment center and research facility, the hospital is traditionally associated with the fight against pediatric cancer. In recent years, however, St. Jude scientists and physicians also have focused on genetic disorders and the development of a vaccine for pediatric AIDS.

For more information about the Northwest Up 'til Dawn campaign, e-mail Laura Palermo at s277760@nwmissouri.edu .

 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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