Students stayed 'Up 'til Dawn' celebrating life-saving accomplishments

Students at Fort Hays State University held a late-nighter on Feb. 20, but this time, it wasn’t for studying or partying. Instead, they celebrated a successful year of fundraising through Up 'til Dawn, a program dedicated to the life-saving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event took place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. During the evening, students were entertained by FHSU performers, games, giveaways, food, announcements and many other fun activities. A local family, who had received support from St. Jude, attended and spoke during the event to remind the participants why their hard work is so important to the world-renowned hospital.

The Up ‘til Dawn final event was the culmination of five months of fundraising activities to benefit the kids of St. Jude. FHSU students raised $27,986 through the program by organizing a letter-writing campaign. Also supporting the students’ efforts by becoming sponsors of the organization and its events were the Delta Omega chapter of the Delta Zeta Sorority, Emprise Bank, Westlink Communications, Chartwells, FHSU Athletic Department, Maurices, Bank of Hays, Office of the President, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s of Hays, Hott Headz, Dreher's Pools and Spas, Hays Academy of Hair Design, Linweld, Taco Shop, Mr. Goodcents, Semolinos, Wendy's, Buckle, Domino's, and Memorial Union.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St Jude is financially supported by American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charaties, its fundraising organization.

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