University of Montana students are teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to present the first-ever Up ‘til Dawn event on campus. Up ‘til Dawn is a nationwide collegiate letter-writing fundraiser focused on increasing awareness for the Memphis-based hospital. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the University Center Ballroom.
Up ‘til Dawn organizers invite the entire UM student body to gather in teams or as individuals to help “fight cancer in the 406.”
To honor the countless hours of sleep lost by patients and their families through the struggles of pediatric cancer, the event will be held during night hours. Event participants are asked to bring a list of addresses, which they will use to address prewritten letters and send them to family and friends, asking them to help the kids of St. Jude by donating on the UM student’s behalf.
Up ‘til Dawn will provide envelopes and stamps, as well as food, fun, games and activities for all who come. Each individual is asked to write a minimum of 10 letters, but by writing more letters participants will increase their chance to win prizes such as a ski- pass package to local Montana resorts, tickets to Silverwood theme park, gift cards to local restaurants and stores. For writing 35 letters participants will be eligible to win a $250 Visa gift card and for writing 50 letters they will be eligible to win an iPad mini.
To register for free as a team, individual or volunteer, go to http://www.stjude.org/UTD.
Prior to the Feb. 28 letter-writing event, three fundraising events will be held at Missoula restaurants on the following dates:
- Wednesday, Feb. 6: Buffalo Wild Wings. Present a coupon to designate a portion of meal proceeds to UM’s Up ‘til Dawn event. Coupons will be dispersed on campus or can be printed online at https://www.facebook.com/UMUpTilDawn.
- 5-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8: U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt. Present a coupon to designate a portion of proceeds to UM’s Up ‘til Dawn event. Coupons can be printed online at https://www.facebook.com/UMUpTilDawn.
- 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19: Tamarack Brewery. For every pint of beer sold, 75 cents will support UM’s Up ‘til Dawn event.
To continue pediatric cancer treatment and research, St. Jude spends $1.8 million dollars every day. Because of donations, St. Jude is able to provide treatment, research, housing and travel for children at no cost. Patients and their families are never asked to pay for anything. 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; fulfilling founder Danny Thomas’ dream that “no child will die in the dawn of life.”