College’s Up ’til Dawn program has memorable year

With Ellen Campbell (Assistant Dean of Students) as the new advisor and a 13-member executive board, Up ’til Dawn at Marietta College decided to make this a year to remember.

“We really focused on making our finale event bigger and better than ever, and we set a record number of letters sent from Marietta College,” said Assistant Director Amber Davis ’11 (Ravenna, Ohio). “More than 5,000 letters!”

Up ’til Dawn, a national fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, had about 30 percent of the student body participate. The basketball team even auctioned themselves off raising $1,001. This year, Up ’til Dawn did more events than in the past, including monthly Gilman Theme nights, a Pudding Plunk, Spaghetti Dinner, a Flash Mob and 50/50 at basketball games.

“We had support from the softball, crew, baseball and basketball teams and five of the Greek houses,” Davis said.

This year Marietta’s Up ’til Dawn raised $24,993.98, which is more money per student than the leading money raiser, Chico State University. Next year’s Executive Director Lauren Franko ’13 (Broadview Heights, Ohio) said the Up ’til Dawn board hopes to accomplish even more great things.

Up ’til Dawn is a student-led, student-run, philanthropic program hosted by colleges and universities nationwide to raise funds for St. Jude. St. Jude’s strives to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is also the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital, according to the 2010-11 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.