TCU Daily Skiff Tuesday, April 6, 2004
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Students sleepless at St. Jude benefit
Friday’s fund-raiser for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital celebrated months of hard work.


By Stacey Grant
Staff Reporter

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More than 200 students stayed “Up ‘Till Dawn” Friday night as they celebrated the end of a yearlong fund-raising campaign for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Amy Morris, a representative from St. Jude, said $55,110 was raised for the hospital, which provides treatment to children with cancer and other illnesses, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Of every dollar raised, 86 cents goes back to the hospital and research and the other 14 cents goes to administration costs, Morris said.

Megan Plate, student director of “Up ‘Till Dawn,” said she was extremely pleased with how the fund raising turned out.

“I’m really excited. It’s such a great contribution to the hospital,” she said.

Plate, a senior biology major, said “Up ‘Till Dawn” represents St. Jude founder Danny Thomas’ vision: that no child should die in the dawn of life.

“Up ‘Till Dawn” was held from 7 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday at the University Recreation Center.

Through the course of the night, students enjoyed a large supply of free food, intramural tournaments, massages, board games, concerts by Free The Leaf and Green River Ordinance, and a performance by Senseless Acts of Comedy.

Plate said the participants had a great time and the energy level was high all night. The best part of the night was the morale dance, which the participants learned at different points in the night and performed at the very end, she said.

“The dance keeps their energy high,” Plate said. “They can perform it and feel like they’ve accomplished something.”

Chancellor Victor Boschini said in an e-mail that he was unable to attend “Up ‘Till Dawn” because of a prior commitment, but is completely in support of any event that raises either funds or awareness for great causes like St. Jude’s.

“I think it is such a good way for our students, who are all so blessed to even be here, to ‘give back’ a little,” Boschini said.

Junior social work major Melissa Lehon said she has served as captain of her team for the past two years and will probably do it again next year.

“I did it last year and had a great time,” Lehon said. “It’s a wonderful cause and it really makes a difference in a lot of people’s lives.”

Plate said the best thing about “Up ‘Till Dawn” is that it unites the students on campus.
“I enjoy seeing people from all over campus come together and have fun for an amazing cause,” Plate said. “It touches me to see that so many people care.”
Meghan Youker/Managing Editor
Free massages were given to students who celebrated “Up ‘Till Dawn” from Friday night until Saturday morning at the Recreation Center.
 
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