Updated: Oct 3
Belmont University hosted a rally titled No More Cancer to help raise money for Up ‘Til Dawn, a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, said “No child should die in the dawn of life.”
Each Belmont student that raises at least $100 through fundraising efforts is invited to celebrate in a fun-filled camp themed event.
“There will be silent disco, inflatables, games, and more,” said Lilly Owens, morale captain recruiter for Up ‘Til Dawn.
Last year, Belmont raised $134,255 for St. Jude. The 2020 goal is $120,000.
In efforts to promote the event and attain more funding, the executive board hosted a “No More Cancer Rally” on Tuesday.
Belmont sororities, fraternities, and students eager to promote the philanthropic fundraiser attended the rally featuring contests, candy, raffles, prizes, food and fun.
Some of the contests included texting 10 people asking them to donate to the Up ‘Til Dawn Page, posting on Facebook, messaging an ex-partner for contributions and designing the most creative poster.
“I’ve been excited to fundraise. It’s not hard to post on Facebook and have people donate,” said Macie Camp, a Belmont Kappa Alpha Theta sorority member.
Up ‘Til Dawn will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Check in will begin at 8 p.m.
On the website, students can find their school and affiliate with a Greek or student organization of their choosing or create their own team.
“It feels good to know you’re doing good for other people,” said Sonia Mathews, Executive Director and President of Belmont’s Up ‘Til Dawn fundraiser.
“It changes your perspective and it’s so rewarding helping others. We’re all strapped for cash, but if I’m able to make my own life a little harder to make theirs a little easier, I would do it.”
This article written by Kailee Doherty. Photo by Abigail Bowen.