U of M's "Up 'til Dawn" Is Honored with Youth in Philanthropy Award University News
For release: September 25, 2008

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The University of Memphis’ “Up ’til Dawn” program has been selected to receive the 2008 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award from the Memphis chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“Up ’til Dawn” is a student-led, student-run organization that raises money for and awareness of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since it was established at the U of M a decade ago, the local program has raised more than $810,000 for St. Jude.  The movement has grown to include more than 250 campuses nationwide and has raised more than $20 million.

Students who lead “Up ’til Dawn” educate the community about St. Jude while raising money through a variety of activities, including letter-writing campaigns, canning events, Rock for the Cure, and fundraising dinners. At the end of the program, campuses host a grand finale event and stay “up ’til dawn” celebrating their achievements and honoring the patients at St. Jude.

“This is a very significant achievement for a group of students who make a year-long commitment to raise money for St. Jude,” said Justin Lawhead, associate dean of students for leadership and involvement. “They are committed to the mission of the hospital and to the program. Theirs is a perfect example of how student leaders can dream, think, and do at the University of Memphis. It is a pleasure to work with them, and I look forward to supporting their future successes.”

The award honors a high school or college individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding community service through fundraising and/or volunteerism. “Up ’til Dawn” will be recognized at the AFP’s annual Crystal Awards luncheon Nov. 13.

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