Chico State University repeats as the top fundraising campus

For the second year in a row, Chico State University in Chico, California, is the top Up ‘til Dawn fundraising campus in the country. During the 2007-2008 school year, more than 1,200 students joined together to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and raised more than $180,000.

Chico State is far away from St. Jude – 2,165 miles to be exact – but the cause is very near and dear to the school’s heart. Under the leadership of a student Executive Board and advisors Larry Bassow and Courri Brady, Up ‘til Dawn has become a way of life at Chico State. Students athletes, members of the Greek community, on-campus residents, commuter students and just about every other segment of campus has found a way to connect to the cause of supporting St. Jude.

This year, Chico State has its sights set on raising at least $200,000.  “I don’t believe we have even scratched the surface,” Bassow said. “We have 16,000 people on our campus, and 10 percent of them participate in the event. I’d like to believe we can get more than that. If we do our job right in promoting the hospital, the money will come.”


September 2008