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Up ‘Til Dawn, an organization that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will host its final event Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Student Union Ballrooms.

Up ‘Til Dawn hosts final event in Union

 Up ‘Til Dawn, an organization that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will host its final event Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Student Union Ballrooms. 

 At the event, attendants will enjoy watching Battle of the Bands included with a DJ, along with other free, fun activities and games.

 “We’re going to have a Wii set up, karaoke, various board and kids games,” Amy Dandron, a senior Spanish education major, said.

 All of the organization’s participants are automatically invited.

 However, others can attend if they fill out at least five letters, that will be sent asking for donations, that night at the door, Dandron said.

 Raffle tickets will be given for door prizes, and food and drinks will be offered.

 Other fundraisers have included the letter-writing events last fall and this semester, a bake sale and the “jail-bait” event held on Feb. 23.

 The “jail-bait” event involved students paying money to “bail” several teachers out of a make-shift “jail,” where jumpsuit-wearing participants stood behind a silted, gray sheet, Dandron said.

 Dr. Patrick Schloss, VSU president, was spotted in a jail outfit in support of the event.

 “He was our main event for our fundraiser,” Dandron said. “We raised $170 to post his bail.”

 Also the organization held a cancer awareness week in September, Kimberly Edwards, director of Up ‘Til Dawn, said. 

 During this premier year at VSU, the organization has caught the attention of several students, faculty and organizations, such as the Greek community and Housing and Residence Life, Dandron said.

 “We have been fairly successful considering how small we are,” Dandron said. “Next year, we will hopefully be more successful.”

 The amount raised so far will be announced Friday; even though, the total will not be known as money is still being donated, Edwards said.

 All proceeds go to St. Jude’s.

Eric Jackson contributed to this report.

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