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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 31, 2011

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's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The Up ‘til Dawn Big Event will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Student Recreation Center. The event is open to the public.

The carnival-themed event is free and will feature carnival games, food, entertainment, door prizes and appearances by Bobby Bearcat, the Bearcat Steppers, Bearcat Marching Band and KZLX 106.7. Participants will also receive a free shirt.

Teams and individuals may register online at Participants should bring approximately 50 names and addresses to mail prewritten letters to friends and family asking them to donate to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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 $35,000 for St. Jude's 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 Kat Donovan, 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