Up ‘Til Dawn: ‘Be a Kid. Save a Kid.’

(Up 'til Dawn)
(Up 'til Dawn)

November is here, and with that comes a fantastic tradition at Bryant – students can get involved and have fun for a great cause this month by participating in the 5th Annual ‘Up ‘Til Dawn’ St. Jude’s Fundraiser. The fundraiser will be held in the MAC on Tuesday, November 15th, from 5pm-Midnight, and it will feature a variety of raffles, activities, food, and entertainment.

Spanning a large portion of the day (and lasting well into the night), the main purpose of the Up ‘Til Dawn event is even greater: to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude’s is the only pediatric cancer research center that pays for ALL treatment, food, lodging, and travel costs for patients, as well as family members of patients. However, to do this, the Hospital must continue to receive generous donations – this is where we Bryant students come in!

Individuals and teams can sign up to be a part of the fundraiser, which is essentially an hours-long letter-writing campaign, designed to be fun and productive. Students must first collect addresses of friends and family members – everyone is asked to bring at least 25 addresses each.

On the night of the event, everyone will convene in the MAC and spend the evening addressing and mailing envelopes for the campaign that will be sent out all over the world. Want to participate? Start collecting as many names and addresses as you can – there is no limit, but try your best for those 25!

While many students involved in Greek Life work hard each year to sponsor the event, participation from students in all varieties of campus life—including Athletics, Club Sports, and many other student organizations—is important to making the event such a success. At last year’s Up ‘Til Dawn over 9,000 letters were mailed and nearly $33,000 was raised. This year, the bar will hopefully be raised yet again.

This year’s Up ‘Til Dawn event is titled “Be a Kid. Save a Kid.” – it is entirely Nickelodeon-themed and will feature “Slime Time Live,” bingo, pictures with Nickelodeon characters, spin art, and entertainment provided by WJMF, the Bottom Line, Velocity, and many other performers! Additionally, there will be an abundance of food for fundraising participants, from sushi to pizza to desserts, as well as a number of raffles for some great prizes, including gift cards, gift baskets, and t-shirts! Find and like the Up ‘Til Dawn page on Facebook to get all the details of the great entertainment being offered at the fundraiser.

A wonderful event like Up ‘Til Dawn comes once a year on Bryant’s campus, but the effects can make a lifetime of difference for a child in need. Any and all Bryant students are encouraged to participate, even if they are only able to make it to the event for a small portion of the time. St. Jude’s cannot continue the amazing work being done without involvement in events like Up ‘Til Dawn – thankfully, participation couldn’t be easier. It’s already the holiday season, so call home and ask your parents for their Christmas card mailing list if you can’t find enough addresses. And sign-up is just a few clicks away at www.stjude.org/utdreg. Additional questions can be directed to Courtney Andries (candries@bryant.edu), or you can email stjudeutd@organizations.bryant.edu. With participation from as many Bryant students as possible, this Up ‘Til Dawn will be the best year yet!