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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 25, 2012

Northwest’s Up ‘Til Dawn chapter gears up for Big Event

The Northwest Missouri State University chapter of St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn is sponsoring its annual Big Event to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The Seventh Annual Up ‘til Dawn Big Event is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Bearcat Arena. The event is open to the public.

“Our executive board dedicates this event to spreading the word about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with an additional focus on the events we have throughout the year,” said Kate Bridges, executive director of Northwest’s Up ‘Til Dawn chapter. “We want everyone to know that a small donation of their time or money really can help save a child's life, and in a student's time here at Northwest, they can really make a difference."

Teams and individuals may register online at Participants should bring approximately 25 names and addresses to mail prewritten letters to friends and family asking them to donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Participants who bring 25 names and addresses will receive a T-shirt. In addition, student organizations with the highest participation will have a chance to win a gift card. Entertainment also will be provided throughout the evening.

Up 'til Dawn is part of a national philanthropy involving students at more than 200 colleges and universities. Students honor patients of St. Jude who bravely fight cancer. With money raised by the Northwest chapter, University students help advance the mission of finding cures and saving children, so St. Jude patients can grow up and go to college, too.

Last year, Northwest, along with Up ‘til Dawn, raised $30,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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 Valerie Neal, leadership graduate assistant in the Office of Campus Activities, at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468