UM Students Team Up with St. Jude Hospital for Up ‘Til Dawn Fundraiser

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University of Montana students are teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Hospital to present the first ever Up ‘Til Dawn event on the Montana campus.

Up ‘til Dawn is a nationwide collegiate letter-writing fundraiser focused on fundraising and increasing awareness for the Memphis-based hospital.

The February 28, 2013 event will be held at The University of Montana’s University Center from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Opening the doors to continue pediatric cancer treatment and research costs St. Jude $1.8 million every day.

Through donations, St. Jude is able to provide treatment, research, housing, and travel for children at no cost. Patients and their families are never asked to pay for anything. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases; fulfilling founder Danny Thomas’ dream that “no child will die in the dawn of life.”

Up ‘Til Dawn invites the entire University of Montana student body to gather in teams, or as individuals to help “fight cancer in the 406.” The evening time spent sending the letters honors the countless hours of sleep lost by patients and their families through the struggles of pediatric cancer. The letters ask family and friends to join in the effort to help the kids of St. Jude by donating on the student’s behalf!

The University of Montana Up 'Til Dawn team

Join The University of Montana Up ‘Til Dawn team to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Event participants are asked to bring a list of addresses of friends and family, which they will use to send letters in support St. Jude. Up ‘Til Dawn will provide all the resources, envelopes, and stamps, as well as fun, games, and activities for all who come!

Each individual is asked to write a minimum of ten letters, but the more letters written increases chances of winning prizes, such as a ski pass package to local Montana resorts, tickets to Silverwood theme park, gift cards to local restaurants and stores, and a $250 Visa gift card.

Students and community members interested in getting involved as a team, individual or volunteer can register for free as an individual or team on the St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn website and can find more information on our Facebook page.

To join the fight prior to the February 28 event, come to the following three fundraising events. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about the fundraiser, and see University of Montana students working hard to give back to a charitable organization.


Wednesday, February 6

Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraising Night

Help support UM Up ‘Til Dawn and enjoy some great food at the same time! On Wednesday, February 6, bring your UTD coupon to Buffalo Wild Wings and send a portion of your meal proceeds to UTD, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Coupons will be handed on campus and can be found on our Facebook page.


Friday, February 8, 5-10 p.m.

FroYo for the Kids at U-Swirl!

Treat yourself to some delicious frozen yogurt at U-Swirl while benefiting The University of Montana Up ‘Til Dawn and the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Make sure you bring in the attached coupon to ensure a portion of the proceeds go to UTD! Coupons will be handed on campus and can be found on our Facebook page.


Tuesday, February 19, 6-9 p.m.

Tamarack Pint Nite

Drink good beer for a good cause! On Tuesday, February 19, enjoy a pint of beer at Tamarack Brewing Company while supporting Up ‘Til Dawn at The University of Montana. From 6-9 p.m., no flier or coupon needed! Seventy-five cents of every pint sold will help put on the Up ’til Dawn Main Event!


UTD is a University of Montana fundraiser that supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. College students nationwide are helping kids with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Learn more at the St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn website.