Up ‘til Dawn
We raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and one thing that stands out is that the families and patients at St. Jude never pay for anything – treatment, lodging, food, travel, and the list goes on! They are also worldwide, treating patients from all 50 states and from around the world! Another amazing aspect is that the research they do is shared with everyone. Their goal is for there to be a day where they can close their doors because there is a cure.
Since they don’t ask the families to pay a dime, they call upon volunteers like us to raise the $1.8 million dollars a day that it costs to run the hospital. This is where Up ‘til Dawn comes in. Thirteen years ago, a group of students came together one night to stay up until dawn and asked for donations on behalf of the hospital; it was in honor of the parents and kids that stay up late dealing with these deadly diseases. We honor this tradition on our campus and will stay up until 6 a.m. fighting the yawn to help St. Jude with their mission at our Finale event on March 9, 2013! St. Jude started because the founder Danny Thomas believed no child should die in the dawn of life, and we share that belief.
We started putting on a Benefit Concert last year. We have local acts from our college perform and we charge a cover charge of about $2. All proceeds went to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year our benefit concert will be in the German Club, Nov. 27, so look out for more information!
This year we are also planning a ZOMBIE PROM! The zombie apocalypse is coming to UNH on Oct. 19 in the German Club. We are looking into a cover charge and you will have the opportunity to get zombie-fied!
Our “Finale” Event will embody everything Up ‘til Dawn stands for while the campus comes together to FIGHT THE YAWN! This year’s event will actually be an all-night event on March 9 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This year’s theme is Nickelodeon and we plan to bring our childhood back in order to help save the childhood of those in St. Jude. “Giving back a childhood, One Letter at a time.” We will transform our rec center into a play center, where we will have inflatables in different rooms and activities all night long. So join us to help save the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
We have a lot more events in between, so join us and keep an eye out for us! September is when Chili’s does a give back to St. Jude, so visit Chili’s and color in a pepper to benefit the hospital!
If you are interested in getting involved, feel free to email our Up ‘til Dawn account at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have open bi-weekly meetings for those who want to learn more and get involved! We can keep you posted! Or find one of the two Co-Directors: Jason Segal and Nazly Bokhari. We’re always open to speak with anyone about getting involved!