WASHINGTON, Pa. (Nov. 8, 2011)—For the fourth year in a row, Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) students will be staying “Up ‘til Dawn” to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, recognized around the world for its research and treatment of children with cancer.
Students will gather for an opening celebration Nov. 11 from 7-11:11 p.m. to kick starts the annual campaign, which will organize students into teams to write letters asking for donations to the hospital, which will be collected throughout the year. W&J has helped to raise $45,723 in funds since 2008.
“We will make that epic wish at 11:11 p.m. on 11-11 to end childhood cancer,” said sophomore Haley Roberts, W&J’s advocacy chairperson for Up 'til Dawn. “St. Jude never turns anyone down because of someone’s inability to pay and every little bit raised helps.”
The theme for the evening is “Around the World.” Entertainment will include henna tattoos, food from around the world, balloon art, caricatures and music.
Senior Michael Harding, W&J’s executive director for Up 'til Dawn, said any student who addresses 25 letters receives a free t-shirt and is entered into a drawing for a $50 iTunes gift card. Those who address 50 or more are eligible to win a $200 Visa gift card or a pair of Steelers tickets. There will be numerous gift card giveaways throughout the night.
“W&J students have been strong supporters of this effort over the years and we invite everyone to join us Nov. 11 to keep the momentum and excitement going,” Harding said. “St. Jude is doing amazing work and W&J will continue to be a part of it.”