The women of Belmont’s Panhellenic Community recently teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to bring the “Up ‘Til Dawn” philanthropy effort to campus for the first time. Up ’til Dawn is a national collegiate fundraiser that was first held at the University of Memphis a decade ago. The Up ‘til Dawn program asks students, faculty and campus communities to raise awareness and support for St. Jude through a variety of activities including letter-writing campaigns, softball tournaments and carnivals, to name a few. Over the past 10 years, the fundraiser has culminated in an all-night Finale Event in which participants sacrificed a night of sleep in honor of the St. Jude patients who courageously battle cancer every day. At dawn, participants would find out how much their campus raised for St. Jude to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
Now held on more than 250 college campuses, the event began at Belmont in February when more than 200 students participated in a letter-writing campaign to friends and family. At the Finale Event, Belmont’s Panhellenic Community was told they had raised $18,080, more than the University of Alabama and many other schools who have held the event for years. These proceeds will allow the hospital to provide groundbreaking medical treatment to children living with catastrophic diseases at no charge to their families.