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Feb. 2, 2012
Northwest Missouri State University students are gearing up for the final – and most popular – event of their annual Up 'til Dawn campaign and accepting donations that will award a lucky group of students, faculty and staff members the chance to jump into Colden Pond.
Up ‘til Dawn’s annual Colden Pond Plunge is set for 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, with the participants jumping into the pond at 2.30 p.m.
Members of Up 'til Dawn’s executive committee are accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday outside of The Runt, located on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union.
Containers are labeled with the names of 20 Northwest students, faculty and staff members, and those individuals who receive the most donations will take the plunge. The names include women’s basketball players Candace and Alexis Boeh, Student Senate President Andrew Maddux, 2011 Homecoming King Gunner Sumy, men’s basketball coach Ben McCollum and Dr. Christine Benson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Throughout the academic year, Northwest’s Office of Campus Activities, along with various student organizations and Greek-letter societies, sponsor a series of student-led fundraising activities to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Last year's Up 'til Dawn effort raised nearly $33,000 for the hospital, and organizers hope to exceed $50,000 in donations by the time the 2011-12 campaign ends in March. The Colden Pond Plunge is the campaign’s largest fundraiser and raised more than $3,800 last year.
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, contact Kat Donovan, leadership graduate assistant in the Office of Campus Activities, at 660.562.1226 or S277534@mail.nwmissouri.edu.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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