Kafadar Commons hosted a rather unique event amidst the hustle and bustle of classes last week – a charity carnival. According to spokespeople Stephanie Ives and Whitney Rucker, Up ‘Til Dawn held the carnival to conclude their awareness week.
Throughout the week, the organization hosted events to provide information about activities and to gain support from the campus community. Up ‘Til Dawn raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fund cancer research and support the well-being of patients.
Friday’s festivities were based on the concept of being a kid for a day. The activities included giving away rubber ducks, balloons, darts, and golf cart rides. The idea was simple, but much more significant to someone whose childhood has been compromised by medical treatments.
Other awareness events include a bake sale, and a banner signing. The bake sale served to bring attention to the organization, and the generosity on campus yielded over two hundred dollars in donations. St. Jude’s will be receiving one hundred percent of this money. Students also showed their enthusiasm in the form of baby footprints and signatures on the Up ‘Til Dawn banner.
The entire campus was involved in the events. Donations have been received from students, faculty, recruiting representatives, and even personnel from off-campus businesses such as Wells Fargo.
Participants in the events were informed of the upcoming letter-sending event on November 16 and encouraged to participate. Teams may register to send letters to friends and family to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research hospital. Also, students are encouraged to keep an eye out for Up ‘Till Dawn fundraisers throughout the year.
Those interested in becoming a part of the letter-sending event should contact Travis Smith at the Student Activities office to receive information or to register a team. Those with questions about Up ‘Til Dawn should contact either Smith or Ives (firstname.lastname@example.org).