Student fundraisers stay Up ‘til Dawn
More than 130 students at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga stayed Up ‘til Dawn and raised $33,664.72 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A team of eight students led by President Jenny Pettit planned and organized fundraising through a variety of activities, and the culminating event in Maclellan Gym encouraged students to “fight the yawn—stay awake to cure childhood cancer.”
“Students who participated ‘wrote’ letters to their family and friends, and that money was sent directly to St. Jude. We didn’t handle much money, expect what donations we raised during informational events,” said Nonprofit Management major Lee Osceia Lafontant, Recruitment Chairperson.
Lafontant said the event provided fundraising experience, and an opportunity for those in the UTC Human Services Association to volunteer.
“It was a great experience, I met some awesome people who I probably would have never come in contact with,” Lafontant said. “We worked as a team, and endured stresses as a team. At times I did wonder if we could pull it off or even come close to our goal, but we did it, and the feeling that we all had when that amount was unveiled is pretty much indescribable.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital paid for Lafontant to spend a weekend in Memphis and play with some of the patients at the hospital.
“To know that we did that for those kids is pretty elating, because those were some wonderful, high spirited, and active children! It’s something that we did, for no pay, little recognition for people we will probably never meet, yet it brought out pieces of ourselves and we’re better because of it,” Lafontant said.
Plans are underway for Up ‘til Dawn to be held again in 2008, according to Assistant Dean Ella Weaver.
May 1, 2007