Jeans for St. Jude Day at Stevens: March 26

Up ’til Dawn raises money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

9/20/2010

HOBOKEN, N.J. ? The Stevens Institute of Technology chapter of Up ’til Dawn raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through its annual event, Jeans for St. Jude Day, on March 26, 2010.

Up ’til Dawn is a student-led, student-run philanthropic program hosted by colleges and universities nationwide with the purpose of eradicating catastrophic childhood diseases. Up ’til Dawn unites the entire campus with the goal to end childhood cancer once and for all.

On Jeans for St. Jude Day, members of the Stevens community who participated made a monetary donation (suggestion $5) to wear jeans to work that day. Student volunteers collected donations throughout the day.

Jeans for St. Jude Day is one of many events planned throughout the year to raise money for the hospital. All funds raised go toward the group's annual fundraising goal. This year, Up 'til Dawn raised $670 toward its annual goal of $20,000.

“This is the second year we have been working on raising money for the hospital,” said Nina Zalah, executive director and president of the Stevens chapter of Up 'til Dawn. “Last year we were able to raise a total of $15,000. This year our goal was raised to $20,000. All our efforts are to benefit the children and the great cause of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.”

In addition to Zalah, the executive board of Up 'til Dawn Stevens includes Andrew Ramos, Kristine Du, Stephen Yanczura, Stan Valvis, Janine Ambubuyog, Jon Monahan, Paige Armstrong, Mitch Izower and Theodore Poppe. All are anticipating another successful fund raising event.

“Last year Jeans for St. Jude was very successful. With the collaborative efforts and great support from faculty, the money collected was a huge percentage of our total raised.

This year, the group collected donations from all offices and buildings on campus.

“Hopefully, this will allow us to encompass a broader range of participants and increase awareness of our organization among Stevens staff,” said Zalah.

In addition to donating money, interested members of the Stevens community can help support the cause in other ways.

Zalah recommended that those interested in doing more volunteer their personal time and help plan events.

“Students as well as faculty members have dedicated their resources and time to help think of new and creative ways to fund raise,” she said.

Additionally, she suggested that potential volunteers attend and actively participate in the events held.

“The best way for people to participate is to attend the letter sending party. This is our main annual fundraising event where students and faculty are encouraged to bring a list of names and addresses and send out letters to family and friends requesting donations. With 35 to 50 letters sent, an average of $200 to $500 can be raised individually,” she said.

Through its efforts, Up ‘til Dawn honors the patients of St. Jude who bravely fight cancer, and with the money their campuses raise, these students help advance the mission of finding cures and saving children.

“St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an amazing charity, the efforts of Up 'til Dawn are intended to help save the lives of children and research cures for a vast magnitude of diseases,” said Zalah. “Aside from raising money, one of the main goals of our organization is to increase awareness of childhood disease and inspire people to become involved in making the world a better place. Knowledge is power and the more people know about how severe the suffering is for some of these children at St. Jude's Hospital, hopefully they will be able to appreciate their own lives more and be moved to give back to the community.”

Please visit this link to learning about the patients of St. Jude’s – A Portrait of Hope http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=d1473cb95601a110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD&vgnextchannel=7f0b7ff0be118010VgnVCM1000000e2015acRCRD

More about St. Jude’s and Up ’til Dawn: www.stjude.org/utd

Information about the clinical research at St. Jude’s: http://www.stjude.org/clinicalscience and www.stjude.org/basicscience

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